Morning all. I’m feeling a bit grumpy today. My local bakery was bereft of an absolute essential part of the start to my day – Danish Pastry. So double espresso and smattering of salt-cured fish-eggs of the Acipenserides family – on a cracker – it has to be.
Anyway, to the F1 summer shut down… now there’s a story in itself.
Those of you who believe that the factories which build and design the most sophisticated prototype racing cars on the planet actually fall silent for 2 weeks – have been greatly misled. This does not happen, certainly in a number of teams facilities where TJ13 friends reside.
So we all suffer a summer of no F1 and why? It is based upon a delusional notion that the hard working families of the F1 employees are taking a well earned break and that no car development work for 2 weeks takes place. Balderdash.
Anyway, what they do is their business I guess – oh… unless it’s in breach of the law governing the sport… but hey that’s never bothered anyone before.
On to TJ13 plans. For the next few weeks I will be partaking in a challenge which takes me to a remote part of the planet where there is no 3G or internet. Life will be simple and much like the days prior to the industrial revolution.
On the one hand I am filled with horror at the thought of the isolation from the common consciousness of humanity as shared via the internet. On the other, it feels like a worthy activity which should give me a different – even if not permanent – perspective on life and what is really important.
The strange part of this is the pilgrimage is open ended (not forever) but the date of return is somewhere between 3 and 4 weeks I believe.
I need to be around for SPA, though it could be that it is only after the race I can get to put quill to parchment.
This self imposed exile from the 21st century feels a little selfish to you all, because we are a community and you meet to chat not just with me. The metaphorical slamming of the courtroom doors is clearly not just.
This made me think a little about internet communities and in fact they will probably appear to some a little strange. Here at TJ13 we all meet daily in the courtroom and discuss the affairs of the day from places across the planet in when it is night for some and day for others.
So Mr. Huntley Jacobs, Mr. Myburgh and I have come up with a plan to hopefully facilitate the continuing social parlance amongst those who are not disappearing from the routine of their daily lives.
We have about 9 or 10 articles being prepared by our much respected writers who have evolved as an integral and vital part of the team – since they first happened through our doors.
Now as excellent and engaging as I’m sure these posts will be, there won’t be one for every day. So we have decided that someone amongst the writers will still post the daily news page. However, this will be a 2 sentence or so summary of stories in the English speaking media with the link to take you to the original and full article.
Then it’s over to everyone to pick up the gavel, make their judgement on the matters which arise and hand it over to the next commentator. A little like musical chairs, without the music…. or the chairs…. And nobody get’s knocked out either
That was not the best example I guess – better thought of as ‘pass the gavel’.
So it is with a heavy heart I bid you farewell – au revoir – but not goodbye
(And please don’t have wild parties and wreck the joint. This is not a state funded establishment)