Jul. 13, 2005

Accidents will happen. Why?

52 dead in the London bombings, but 127 have also just died in a Pakistan train accident. That pales beside the toll in China's coal mines, where over 1,100 miners have died in just the first three months of 2005. I know that life is fragile, but is it also really that cheap?

Turning to motorsports, as I like to do, last night I finally had a chance to watch the British Grand Prix race that was run last Sunday at Silverstone. Sheryl and I had been away at her friend's cottage on the Black River, north of Orillia, so Brian taped it. Monday night was an anniversary party for Capocaccia, a nice restaurant owned by Sheryl's friend "Cousin Sal". Brian also had a full evening to deal with, so that pushed race night to Tuesday. Addendum for search engine users: Capocaccia (416-921-3141) is located at 1366 Yonge Street, a block south of St. Clair.

Unfortunately it was a pretty ordinary race. Certainly no fatalities! Ferando Alonso was on pole again in his Renault, followed by Jenson Button's BAR. Behind should have been the McLarens of Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya, but another forced engine change kicked Kimi back to thirteenth. Most of the 'action' took place as a result of pitstop timing, when following cars were able to push ahead on the momentarily cleared road. Montoya was able to pull off a great move on the first corner, leaping from third to first with a quick start and excellent tactics and that's where he stayed. Other than that the course didn't offer many opportunities for passing. Regulations that have reduced the allowed downforce make it difficult to pass on fast tracks like Silverstone. Kimi did manage to claw his way back to finish in third place, leaving Alonso as the meat in a McLaren sandwich.

Listening to: Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today) by The Temptations from Motown Classics Gold.

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