hot air

the region 1 dvds I ordered from amazon have turned up. ( the highlander, the hitcher, angel heart, robin hood, prince of thieves and brazil). highlander is a really poor quality transfer – and robin hood is a flipper but the rest seem fine.

on friday we ( janie, tom, vanessa and I ) decided to do the whole balloon night glow thing. as it started later – requiring darkness – we went to the “family house” chinese restaurant in totton ( again ) and had another excellent meal that involved crispy aromatic duck. the balloons were on southampton common – we had to pay an enourmous amount of money to park and then walk ( much to toms horror ) to the takeoff area. the night burn/glow thing was done to music – a selection from 2001 to startrek voyager – there did seem to be an overall theme. there was also a whole smokey light show thing going on – it was pretty impressive ( pictures: 1, 2, 3 ,4 ,5 ,6 ,7 )

this weekend was the french grand prix. the qualifying on saturday left me pretty depressed (1: schumacher, 2: coulthard, 3: barrichello, 4: hakkinen) so I sat down for the race on sunday with a sinking heart. but what a great race – the mclarens obviously had the legs on the ferraris and despite schumacher and barrichello having the better start, coulthard was soon attacking the back of schumachers car. he first attempted to go round the outside of schumachers ferrari on the adelaide hairpin – schumacher blocked him and coulthard actually gave him the finger whist taking evasive action. I couldn’t help feeling that instead of gesturing at him it would have been funnier if coulthard had reached into his cockpit and pulled out a sign on a wooden stick with “you suck !” on it and waved it at the german. anyway on the second attempt he succeeded and went on to win the race ( schumachers car broke down before the end ) the final result being ( 1: coulthard, 2: hakkinen, 3: barrichello ) a result I was pretty happy with despite mika only coming second. ( if you are really interested and missed the race a lap by lap report can be found here )

the real depressing thing is that this time last year we were on the malaysian tropical island of sibu at the rimba resort. the guy who runs the place actually dragged his tv and satellite receiver into the bar so we could watch the fench grand prix – oh well – back to work tomorrow.

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