July 2007

Most of the world will know the basic background to this story - a McLaren employee was found with a whole batch of documents which should really have been in the hands of Ferrari team members only, thus sparking a huge uproar from Ferrari that McLaren were guilty of using these secret documents to better their 2007 car.

The FIA however have decided that the current evidence suggests that although McLaren did have this information in their possession, they have not used it to gain an advantage and therefore they are not to be punished.  At the moment at least - if further evidence comes to light then they could face the ultimate penalty of being excluded from not only this year’s Championship but also the 2008 Formula 1 World Championship as well.

Scott Speed - Scuderia Toro RossoNot unsurprising news today that Scott Speed has been replaced by Sebastian Vettel at Scuderia Toro Rosso.

It was surely a switch that was going to happen at the end of the season anyway, but the dramas of the last few weeks have simply hurried this process along a bit. Amid rumours that he was not going to be retained for next year, there were even wilder rumours about a physical altercation with his boss at the European Grand Prix - after his comments here Speed’s future was basically decided there and then.

I have finally got round to watching the third episode of this series. This one follows the story of Olivia and Zakk.

Olivia is a three year old from Kent who was diagnosed about nine months before the programme started. Her treatment seems to be doing the trick and the cancer is now in remission, however she is still facing very invasive and painful treatment to come.

There has been a bit of a hooplah over the past couple of weeks which was kickstarted by an advert for an upcoming BBC show which implied the Queen had taken the huff and stormed out of a photoshoot.

As it turned out, Her Majesty hadn’t stormed out and the footage used was actually of her walking into the room - the production company simply altered the chronological order of the footage to make it suit their version of events.

When I saw the title of this clip on Youtube I thought the result was going to be something pretty abysmal.

But I was wrong, it’s absolutely amazing - especially when you think it only took 2 and a half hours in realtime.

Much quicker than da Vinci did it no doubt…

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