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F1 : Bahrain 2018

This was a much more exciting race than Melbourne in my opinion. There was lots more overtaking and tense moments (especially for us vettel fans). This was bound to be a more entertaining race with both Hamilton and verstappen out of their expected position in qualifying, so with all that happened these are my 5 points on this race…

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F1 : Melbourne 2018

The first race of the season is always the most eagerly awaited race due to the months of wait we we have to go through but it has finally happened.

I will be doing my best to do a brief review of all the races this season and it will be a similar format as our 5 Things… blogs. So here is the first race and the main points that I took away from it…

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365 Challenge : Happy Happy Joy Joy

We cry for lots of reasons: sadness, pain, fear… and happiness. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?

I can’t remember to be honest. Because I can’t remember I’ll just give you a few that I do remember in my past. PLUS for a Geek who doesn’t go on about sport very often… These are all sports related!

Well one of the funniest moments was Italy vs Germany in the 2006 World Cup. It went to penalties and Italy have just as bad a penalty thing as England do. I support both Italy and Germany just so you know (along with the Dutch) but I have a strange thing about Italy so support them over every country in every sport. I honestly nearly broke my fingers punching my bedroom wall in joy when they won, horrible tears of joy.

Then again Jenson Button’s first win at the Hungarian GP in 2006 was pretty bad. I started to cry before the race was over and was screaming through my tears that he was obviously going to crash and the world would be over. I think I was in shock when he actually won. Not sure how my family put up with me.

Both those were 10 years ago now. Bloody heck.

Alonso winning the 2005/2006 championships, Button winning the 2009 championship. Actually the 2009 Australian GP weekend I don’t think I stopped crying. It was just stupidly happy times.

Ali Carter used to make me cry a lot. I can’t remember if there was anything in particular that made me cry but whenever he won I used to cry (yes I like Snooker, so shoot me.)

Not sport related?

I’m trying to think of something in a book that made me cry. I’m pretty sure there will be something. The end of Lord of the Rings makes me cry, not any of the bad stuff but like Sam’s life.

That’s about it.

I possibly nearly cried when I was told I got my job. I mean I never thought I’d have one so it was surprising!

And one more (Fandom) thing

So just a random thought whilst talking to Luc today, I found the perfect way to figure out whether I’m “Obsessed” or just generally “Overly Enthusiastic” about someone, some thing, some event, some character etc… etc… etc…

My whole life I never thought about it and when he spelt it out the way he did to me it was like the wool had been lifted from my eyes.

So the difference between Obsessed and Overly Enthusiastic.

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365 Challenge : Idyllic

What does your ideal community look like? How is it organised and how is community life structured? What values does the community share?

Ideal community?

Personally I think the question doesn’t really ask what a ideal COMMUNITY would look like but what you’d love to dictate to other people to make THEM perfect for YOU.

What does it look like?

Well I’m pretty much in some pretty ideal communities already. Or have been. The 2005-2009 Bebo F1 community was wonderful as was the community we made for ourselves after that. The Wrestling community on Tumblr have their moments. I think the one I love the most at the moment is the anime debating community brought together by Twitter User IcebergLuffy. Its the most active I’ve been in a community since about 2010/2011 and is a wonderful community even if I only really contribute to it during the debate on a Saturday (it tends to be posted early Saturday morning but in the US it starts Friday evenings.)

So yeah for a introvert recluse a online community is perfect for me.

I really would like to be more into the communities in general again like I used to be. The problem is with my paranoia when you get burnt once you think it’ll happen 100 times over. The way I left the F1 community I was part of and actually Digital Spy and the Strictly Come Dancing / F1 community on there too has left me feeling pretty down on opening myself up again. Its sad because the communities I’m kind of part of just seem so nice but I kind of clam up the second I look like I’m making a step forward.

Its why I tried and kind of still trying so hard to join a community on WoW which just seems impossible for me.

How is it structured and organised?

It doesn’t matter. Even a online community it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day people need to be left to live their life the way they want to live it. It would suck if people were forced to do things one way for any reason.

Sure we have structure in our life that we have to follow. We HAVE to go school and HAVE to in some way get a job in our adult life and follow the rules of both but we are still individuals that have a choice over certain parts of our life.

If you start trying to structure it for a whole community then it stops being ideal because its just brainwashing people into acting in your perfect way which even if you brainwash people to believe its the “best” way just won’t fit into some peoples way of being.

So no structure or organisation.

Of course if you are talking about smaller things its nice to be online when other people are. Its why I loved the #F1Chat stuff when it was big and being online at the same time to talk about F1, Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, World Cup matches and other things. Obviously if your gaming there needs to be organisation so you are online together at the right times.

The thing that makes me sad is not being online the same time as people to talk about F1. I think having to work Sunday’s started to kill my interest but by the time I stopped working Sunday’s the highlights meant I no longer got to always watch at the same time.

Pah.

What values do we share?

It depends what you mean by values.

If you mean the big ones you’d hope everyone you share this Earth with will live by good ones but I honestly think that people shouldn’t judge others because even if they on the outside seem to have terrible values you really need to talk to them before you truly make your mind up.

The sad thing is people are too busy to react strongly when they disagree that everyone becomes defensive and more often then not people lose the chance to actually get to know each other properly. There are lots of people that have really strange values or opinions that when you get to know them you learn that they aren’t actually as strong into their convictions as they first sounded or else are just nice with dodgy values.

F1 : Australian Grand Prix 2016

Well Qualifying was a event in some unspeakable way.  I’m not sure the idea of “shaking up the grid” with it really worked all it managed to do was end Qualifying with 3 minutes on the clock still.

Its the race that counts thought.

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F1 : Australian GP Qualifying 2016

So F1 is back.

With it we now have Channel 4 picking up the free to TV deal, half the races live and half in highlight form.

Amanda will be reviewing it again but until she’s back I’ve said I’ll give it a go. She hadn’t done qualifying reviews before and I can’t remember the last time I’ve attempted it so stick with me as I find the best way to review the new qualifying format.

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365 Challenge : Buffalo Nickel

“Dig through your couch cushions, your purse, or the floor of your car and look at the year printed on the first coin you find. What were you doing that year?”

I found a coin in my bag, it was a 50p from 2008.

2008

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365 Challenge : Polite Company

I’ve never understood the notion that you shouldn’t talk about politics or religion. I don’t really understand why you’d put limits on what you can and can’t talk about. The people who tend to say this in my experience are those that don’t like dealing with people with differing opinions. Maybe it is a saying that meant more “back in the day” then it does now. Right now though I think its more important to talk about politics and religion then it is to ignore them to be “polite”.

Whatever that means.

Instead of living by that adage I honestly think its time we taught people to be tolerant of others and more flexible in your own views.

Lets be honest that is where the problem lies and why we stick by it. People get angry when they think someone is trying to force their views on them and instead of listening and having a proper conversation tend to build walls. The second that happens in a discussion it no longer is a discussion and instead you tend to throw the same lines at someone that isn’t listening.

Why is it any different from talking about your favourite F1 driver? Or band? Or what movie you like or dislike?

For instance it is very well known that I really don’t like Lewis Hamilton. I could list the reasons right now and someone, instead of reading them and going fair enough BUT here are a few reasons why I like him and bringing me into a conversation about him from a respectful angle, will instead read it and say actually you are wrong and here is why and yes I know this is my opinion but it should be YOUR opinion too.

So for polite conversation we now don’t talk about politics, religion or F1?

I don’t like Star Wars. I got taken to see it by my OH and really thought it was a terrible movie and it hurts my head when people call Rey a positive female lead character. I could go into detail and someone again might try to make me see their opinion on the subject, give their side and how they feel and change my mind, but not be going out of their way to change my mind. Instead its more likely someone will tell me I’m wrong, and here is a aggressive list of reasons why you are wrong and I’m right.

So for polite conversation we now don’t talk about politics, religion, F1 or Star Wars?

After our best male wrestlers blog came out Anna ended up having to defend why Pete hadn’t added Roman Reigns to the top 10. Some of the Roman Reigns fans even told her to go kill herself for Petes opinion that Roman Reigns didn’t entertain him enough in 2015 to be in a list of his favourite wrestlers of 2015. Nothing mean or cruel were said about Roman Reigns but plenty of nasty things were thrown back at us.

So for polite conversation we now don’t talk about politics, religion, F1, Star Wars or our favourite wrestlers?

I can go on but I think you can get the point.

Why is politics and religion held higher then anything else you could disagree with? Why instead of teaching kids at a young age how to debate and not take differing opinions as a insult to their opinion we teach people to avoid speaking about things that might upset other people?

If you go with the thought you don’t want to upset someone else or have them think badly of you then you just won’t have anything to talk about! Nothing will ever be safe to talk about.

Politics and Religion are two very important subjects that NEED to be talked about. People shouldn’t put up walls and refuse to hear someone else’s opinion because you lose the chance to learn more about the person opposite you and the biggest opportunity to learn something new. The worst thing that happened in the UK Elections and the Scottish Referendum (my OH is Scottish and took a big interest in it) is that politicians didn’t talk about politics, they didn’t really talk about what they were going to do. They spent the whole time telling us how terrible the other people were and then us at home instead of talking about politics put up walls. If enough people actually talked to someone without aiming insults at them you might find out that people vote for parties for a varied reason and might even hate the party they vote for but don’t see anything better. You might actually realise that what EVERYONE truly wants is a party that mixes a bit of every party together.

When we stop talking about things because the world needs to be handled with kids gloves then we stop growing as a society. We should always be open and respectful to others ideas and opinions whilst hoping they’ll do the same to us.

Its just a little bit silly really.