Things I have learned from following sport (specifically from watching rally)

What that drink is in the rustic looking cup with the metal straw that they drink in Argentina. See this video from Best Of Rally Live of shakedown for Rally Argentina 2013 – it opens with some atmosphere setting shots … Continue reading

Judging an app by its icon

I'm using this blogging app for the iPad, called Blogsy. It's functionally pretty damn good. Works with all kinds of blogging platforms, your WordPress, your Blogger, your SquareSpace, your Moveable Type, et cetera. Gives you a nice WYSIWYG posting area … Continue reading

Conversation chocolates and wanker hats

As a Christmas gift, I got a box of Green & Black’s Conversations chocolates. The writing on the box proclaims “CHOCOLATE THAT REALLY GETS YOU TALKING” and promises “inspiration for fun conversations and enthusiastic debates”. These are dinner party conversation … Continue reading

Another email to David Robey

Still confident you made the right decision? Of course it’s better to ditch a cheap team who aren’t on contracts than to look at places where BBC radio could save big money. Of course. Listeners think you’re an incompetent cloth-eared … Continue reading

An email to David Robey

Dear Mr Robey, The Danny Baker show is the best show on radio. Yet you are axing it. As a listener, I find this unacceptable. Please reverse your bizarre and perverse decision. Yours with deep disappointment, Gemma Hallam … Continue reading

Top Ten Gingers

Top Ten Gingers: featuring red-headed old lady fashionistas, orange cats and SPORT, SPORT, SPORT. The top three in this festival of the flame-haired are all rally-related. What a tremendous shock. 10. Paul Collingwood. Now who doesn’t love Colly? As I … Continue reading

The best Brian ever

My favourite Brian ever, ever, EVER, is Brian Wilson. Brian Wilson has written and arranged music of sublime beauty. He is a genius. It’s an overused word, but I don’t misuse it here. If you don’t understand or appreciate the … Continue reading

Top ten Brians part 2

5. Brian Johnston, “Johnners”, cricket commentating legend. Co-creator of one of the funniest moments in all sporting commentary. 4. BRIAN BLESSED. When I worked in a college bar which was not equipped with a bell to ring for last orders, … Continue reading

Nokia and the WRC: the end

An update to my previous post on Nokia’s woes, and the ill-fortune of the World Rally Championship in having a doomed sponsor. Last weekend’s (May 24-27) Acropolis Rally of Greece was the last rally for Nokia as sponsor. We have … Continue reading

Top ten Brians part 1

10. Brian the Snail from TV’s The Magic Roundabout. Annoying, people say. But the right kind of annoying. The endearing kind of annoying. 9. Brian from “Monty Pythons Life Of Brian”. He isn’t the Messiah. And neither are you, just in … Continue reading