Daily Archives: August 8, 2006

Changes At Red Bull Racing

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Yesterday, while celebrating Jenson’s big win, I omitted to mention that Mark Webber has signed to drive with Red Bull Racing next year. While this might be great news for some it does mean that Christian Klien is being left without a drive next year and, as this picture might suggest to you, that can’t be a good thing really. Christian might not have had the best performances of the year but can that really all be placed at his door and not the car? He’s results have not been that much worse that team-king David Coulthard. “My aim has always been competing in Formula One and I am not willing to give it up so easily,” Klien told F1Racing.Net.

On this day…

2005: Swiss Re Tower, London
2004: Back Ache
2003: More Gay Marriage
2002: Water, Water Everywhere

Swiss Re Tower, London

Yesterday, I mentioned my visit to the South Bank and the picture I took of the Swiss Re Tower from the top of City Hall (previous visits noted here and here). I did a little reading on the tower last night to find that the official name of the building is 30 St Mary Axe (which, I guess is also the address). It was the original site of the Baltic Exchange (a membership organisation at the heart of the global maritime marketplace). The Baltic Exchange headquarters was destroyed by a terrorist bomb in 1992 (an IRA attack on London) and there was a plan to try and rebuild part of it. When the damage was greater than expected the plan was changed and Norman Foster’s company came up with the plan for the stunning building that’s there now. There are some fantastic pictures of 30 St Mary Axe at Flickr.

On this day…

2006: Changes At Red Bull Racing
2004: Back Ache
2003: More Gay Marriage
2002: Water, Water Everywhere

Back Ache

the start of the work in the gardenSo, this was the scene yesterday morning. It’s proved to be a lot harder work than we imagined and I can hardly walk. Still, they bring the new fence tomorrow (which will look something like the old one really) and it’s starting to make the place look better. We had an enjoyable barbecue with the neighbours for an hour yesterday afternoon which gave us a break and – probably – saved PY and I from arguing too much about the laying of the paving slabs.

Thank goodness the weather has been great this weekend – although it has made the work a little harder. This past week has had two torrential downpours which have brought parts of the transport system to a halt. A little like on this day in 2002.

On this day…

2006: Changes At Red Bull Racing
2005: Swiss Re Tower, London
2003: More Gay Marriage
2002: Water, Water Everywhere

More Gay Marriage

Yet again Maggie Gallagher is off on a mission to tie same-sex partnership recognition to the end of the human race (if a few gay men have equal partnership rights then nobody is going to make babies anymore).

Eric, on the other hand, posts some interesting comments about equality.

After reading an article that stated Bush’s intention to sponsor a legislation that seeks to permanently bar same-sex marriage I am quite frustrated. We live in a country that claims to be the land of the free, yet not all of its citizens are not allowed to marry who they love.

EQUALITY & THE HYPOCRISY OF A NATION, http://eric.everydaylies.com/archives/002918.php

On this day…

2006: Changes At Red Bull Racing
2005: Swiss Re Tower, London
2004: Back Ache
2002: Water, Water Everywhere

Water, Water Everywhere

Last night was an underwater adventure for many Londoners. Apparently, 3cm of rain fell in 30 minutes – which is a reasonable amount of water. The strain on the drainage system was too great and we had cars underwater, closed tube stations and some very, very wet people walking around. Many people have a perception that London is grey and always raining but it doesn’t handle rain well at all. I guess it’s all the Victorian sewers (or whatever they are).

The pictures of cars almost submerged are strangely reminiscent of my home town of Shrewsbury – which is prone to flooding. The town is mainly contained within a loop of the River Severn and, as such, seems to get drowned from all sides in the winter storms and spring thaws.

I guess Shrewsbury is my home town. I was not born there, did not live there for the first fourteen years of my life, and have not lived there for ten years. My parents still live there and I go to see them occasionally and I think of it as my home town, but really, it’s just another place I have lived. Of course, I do have very fond memories of the place which, I assume, helps.

On this day…

2006: Changes At Red Bull Racing
2005: Swiss Re Tower, London
2004: Back Ache
2003: More Gay Marriage