Smokers – The end is nigh!

I can’t wait to walk into a pub, restaurant, public space and not smell stale or stinky cigarette smoke or see cigarette butts lying on the floor. Today is the last day in Great Britain, that the selfish smoker can light up in a public place. So you guys better enjoy it, because from tomorrow I hope you get fined. Maybe that will stop your disgusting habit.

For information on Smokefree England, check out the official site.

Now that is F1 racing at it’s best.

Wow!, what an exciting Canadian Grand Prix? Definitely one of the best races in many years. It had everything; big crashes, costly mistakes, a lot of passing, two black flags, stop and go penalties, retirements, and good sportsmanship.

Definitely won by the best driver on the weekend, Lewis Hamilton, the only person I think who can and most likely will challenge Schumachers seven world championships in the future. He has what it takes to keep winning and giving Alonso a run for his money. I think Alonso knows this and feels vulnerable, hence his many mistakes.

Major disappointment for Ferrari. They were just outpaced and slow. At least Kimi got some points, but he really needs to pull finger if he has any chance of winning anything this year.

I thought the second best passing manoeuvre in the race was Sato passing Alonso. Sheer brilliance…

How was Kubica’s crash? It looked horrific, but it just shows you how tough formula 1 cars are, if they can take that sort of impact and save the driver from almost certain death. Apparently he has only suffered a broken leg. He is so lucky.

What’s been happening Bowen?

Right, it’s been quite a while since I posted any sort of "Bowen News", on our website. In fact I’ve just been looking back, and the only real news about us was posted on February the 9th, the day after we returned from a weekend in Rome. Which got me thinking, I hadn’t posted any photos of our trip. So I’ve just added a new Rome photo album in our Weekend Breaks Album.   We were pretty disappointed with Rome. The old city was awesome, but the rest of Rome was dirty, full of rude Italians, and expensive. I guess like most cities. We won’t be going back!

We bought a new car, well we traded in our Skoda Vrs (big mistake – I regret it now), and got a Skoda Sport (smaller engine – same colour – RED – because red is faster). The BIG IDEA was that we were going to buy a new house, so needed to save some money, but 4 months on, and we are no closer to buying a new house and now we have a slower car. And not having a sixth gear really sucks….

But it’s not that bad, considering we drove all the way to the lake district recently (mentioned below) and back and I managed to average 90 miles an hour, which is pretty darn fast (and I didn’t get any speeding tickets).

Jo passed her drivers license and so is enjoying her freedom.

I’ve been reading through the Selborne College – Class of ’91 website. It’s a facinating read to see what my classmates having been doing with their lives, what they are up to now, and how spread out everyone is. I can’t believe it’s 16 years ago since I walked out of those school gates. I also can’t believe that in all that time, I have probably seen 5 people from school.

As mentioned above, we visited the Lake District recently for a mini-break. Unfortunately the weather was kak (raining and cold). We stayed in the little town called Windermere in a lovely hotel close to the town centre. We did a lot of driving around the various lakes and also hired some mountain bikes and cycled around Lake Windermere, through the forests and along the little farm roads.

The highlight of our mini-break was a visit to the GO APE in Grizedale Forest. Basically it’s a whole load of Tarzan swings and rope bridges, zip slides and wires 40 feet in the tree tops, which you have to manoeuvre through. You are attached to a safety harness but free to do the various courses at your own pace.

We did the course on a Tuesday, so there were only a few people there, which was brilliant because it allowed us to take our time and enjoy the experience. All the photos are in a GO APE photo album, found in the usual place. We would highly recommend going ape, and if you enjoy the wind in your hair, getting a bit dirty or are an adrenaline junkie, you will love this experience.

Look what those nice people at have brought out – Heli Attack 3. I’ve made played it a couple of times and it’s brilliant. I don’t know if it’s better than the first two games, but there is plent of variation. It’s got the most annoying sound track, which I only discovered could be turned off when I was about to quit the game. Doh!

Throw away the key pleeeeeeeease!!!

It just shows you what the world has come too, when news broadcasters display ‘breaking news headlines’ like this. As if the whole world cares if Paris Hilton goes back to jail or not!

It’s even worse to read that this stupid empty headed blonde bimbo is freed from jail after 3 days because she couldn’t hack it in jail. What does that tell you about this pathetic person? I hate this woman, I really do. I don’t see why she needs to get all this attention. She is a nobody. They should lock her up and throw away the key. Or better still, send her to Siberia, where she can do some hard labour. We really don’t need useless people like her in this world. For the amount of money she is costing the tax payers in the US, they could have fed an entire country in Africa by now. At least one judge has a sensible bone in his body to send her back to jail, but he will no doubt be sued for all his worth over this incident…

Spodtronic – Nokia Internet Radio / Podcasting Application.

I found this brilliant application for my Nokia N95. It’s called Spodtronic – "The next generation of mobile radio". The quality is incredible, even better that the Visual Radio application offered on my Nokia N95 phone, only because it uses the internet to stream high quality audio to the phone and not the FM frequency. You need to be on a mobile package that offers unlimited data download, else you will be paying a high price for the internet usage on your phone. (T-Mobile – Web n’ Walk – Highly recommended).

Spodtronic is also visual, so while you are listening to songs, it will also show you the artist / band cover, their discography, and various other bits of information about the song(s) you are listening too. I see Virgin Radio are using them, which is great. There are loads of other radio stations as well and plenty of international radio stations. Click the logo above and download the program for your Nokia phone. It’s really awesome!!

Oh!, I see it also offers Podcasts, if you are into that sort of thing.

If you want to see some more images of spodtronic running on a Nokia N95, then click on the phone image to the left.