Archive for March 15, 2009

The Formula 1 season starts in less than two weeks and it looks as though it will be the most unpredictable season ever. There are just a couple more testing sessions to go before the cars are packed up and flown over to Melbourne. Usually by this time after analysing the testing so far, I have a good knowledge of who will be the quickest at Albert Park, yet I can honestly say I don’t know which car will be on top. Testing has thrown up a lot of wildcards this year. Red Bull, Williams, Renault, Toyota, Ferrari, BMW and Brawn have all spent time at the top of the charts while McLaren seems to be really struggling.


At the last couple of tests in Barcelona Brawn have been almost a second ahead of the other teams, which despite the protests of Ross Brawn makes me believe that they are running the car under weight. They may have a car that will be quick when they reach Melbourne, but it won’t be that quick. I suspect that they will score a lot of points and maybe one or two podiums, but I doubt that they will do much more than that. Too many people are getting carried away with their testing and should not forget that there have been several times that the team that won the Testing World Championship has finished nowhere once the real racing starts. (Remember Ligier back in 1997?)


I have a feeling that the 2009 season will be a three horse race between Ferrari, BMW Sauber and Toyota. I feel that Ferrari will prevail with Felipe Massa becoming the World Driver’s Champion, but feel that BMW will give them a real scare. I also see Toyota emerging as the third force in F1 with Trulli and Glock winning a couple of races for the Japanese squad.


The battle for fourth in the constructors will be between Red Bull, Renault, McLaren and Brawn (if they can keep the momentum from testing). I suspect McLaren’s 2009 season will end better than it starts, as they look to be a long way behind everyone else. Fortunately for McLaren they have enough resources and money to catch up to everyone.


This season will be interesting and we could possibly see more winning teams and drivers than any other so far. I think that after next week’s testing I will write up my official 2009 predictions.


Surprise, Surprise!!!

Posted: March 15, 2009 in AOL Australia

Hey, guess what? Surprise, surprise, the AOL browser is once again not currently working. This happens at least three times a week. I should really get rid of AOL and I will be very soon, but it won’t be by my own choice. Apparently Primus, who bought AOL Australia back in 2004, have decided that it is not in their interest to continue with two ISP companies and will force AOL customers to use their iPrimus service. This is what I read on my last telephone bill. I’m sure that there are not that many AOL Australia customers who will be upset by this as we can be assured of a much better service than we have been getting. (Well, the service couldn’t possibly be worse!)

There was some very distressing news today that some nude photographs of Pauline Hanson from the 1970s have found their way into the media. (Yes, hearing this news did make me vomit a little bit!) Why would anyone have nude photos of Pauline Hanson, let alone think that anyone else would want to see these photos. The pictures that were published in today’s News Limited papaers were just gross. Even back when these photos were taken in the 1970s Pauline was not a very attractive woman, with her beady eyes and smirky smile, that I don’t know who could possibly want to see these photos at all. I know that she is the poster girl for the Australian chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, but nobody other than these white supremacists or some desperate 60 year old could want to see these. I can think of 1,098,876,654,231 celebrities that I would rather see naked.

Everyone knows that Radioactive Man is Bart Simpson’s favourite comic book character. Few people know that Bongo Comics (the publishers of the Simpson’s comic book) printed some actual Radioactive Man comics back in the 1990s. These books are enjoyable parodies/satire of well known superhero comic book stories and clichés. Sometimes these days superhero comics take themselves too seriously and forget that comic books should be about fun and not about beloved characters being raped and murdered.

This particular story parodies Denny O’Neill and Neal Adams’ Green Lantern/Green Arrow series of the 1970s and is very enjoyable.

Two months ago we changed to a new storage space in the city. There were a number of reasons for doing so, which I hinted at in a previous post. I am now wondering if we made the right move.

A couple of days ago we received a letter from our new storage place that stated that we had not paid our rent for March 2009. The only problem is that we have paid for 2009 and unfortunately for them, we have ample proof that we have paid our bill. Whoops!!! I paid the bill using internet banking and can easily bring up on my computer screen proof of the transaction. Add to that my monthly bank statement that has this transaction on it. I also have a copy of an email that I sent the storage company telling them that I had paid the bill. They did not respond to this email.

I have sent off another email again stating that the bill has been paid and giving them details of the transaction. I hope that they actually respond to this email too, but it is not a good way to do business if you lose the details of someone’s payment.