December 14, 2014

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Hamilton is Sports Personality of the year –
Lewis Hamilton, winner of the 2014 Formula One world championship is voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year by the British public. Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy is given a Lifetime Achievement award and Christiano Ronaldo wins the overseas award at the ceremony held in Glasgow, Scotland.
Lewis_Hamilton_Lewis Hamilton

Petsmart sells for $8.7bn –
The pet supply company PetSmart has signed a deal to sell itself to an investment group led by BC Partners for about $8.7 billion in the largest buyout of a US company in 2014.

Penultimate climate ultimatum –
United Nations members have reached an agreement on how countries should tackle climate change by setting national pledges for a summit due to be held in Paris in 2015. The document was signed after a two week meeting took place in Lima, Peru, hosted by Peru’s environment minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal. Environmental groups criticised the document, saying the proposals were nowhere near drastic enough.

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Lewis Hamilton v Ken Block


January 3, 2015

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Girl survives plane crash –
A seven year-old girl who survived the plane crash that killed her parents in Kentucky, US, managed to walk a mile through dense woodland to raise the alarm. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the Piper PA-34 aircraft after the pilot reported engine problems.

Fancy a quick test drive? –
Former Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell now runs a Mitsubishi dealership on the British island of Jersey in the Channel Islands. The 1992 world champion raced for Renault Williams, Ferrari and Lotus as well as winning the CART title in the US in a Lola-Ford. He is running the franchise with his son.
Nigel Mansell 2007

Worth its weight in gold –
A fish owner in Norfolk, England paid £300 in vets’ fees when his pet goldfish became constipated. He took his fish to Toll Barn Veterinary Centre in North Walsham where vet Faye Bethell used anaesthetised water to knock out the goldfish before removing the blockages.

Elvis’ planes under the hammer –
A pair of jets that Elvis Presley called “Lisa Marie” and “Hound Dog II” are being auctioned off in Beverley Hills, California. The Convair 880 and Lockheed Jetstar were owned by Presley from 1975 just two years before he died. Neither can fly but the successful bidder has an option to buy a few acres of land by Graceland to display them.
Lisa Marie

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Blackout City from Nicholas Buer on Vimeo.


October 25, 2015

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Lewis Hamilton wins his third F1 World Championship –
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling United States Grand Prix to seal his third World Championship. Hamilton pressured team-mate Nico Rosberg into a mistake during a frantic last 10 laps after a safety car and swept by to take his 10th win of 2015. It was an exciting climax to a race of fluctuating fortunes, lead changes and superb racing in changing conditions. Hamilton becomes only the second British driver after Sir Jackie Stewart to win three Formula 1 drivers’ titles. [BBC] See List of the Day
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Moto GP: Valentino Rossi penalised for kicking Marc Marquez –
MotoGP championship leader Valentino Rossi will start the final race of the season from the back of the grid after kicking Marc Marquez off his bike during the Malaysian Grand Prix.Rossi finished third but was given three penalty points following a post-race investigation. He later accused Marquez of “making me lose the championship”. Honda’s Dani Pedrosa won the race, with Jorge Lorenzo second. The final race takes place in Spain on 8 November. Rossi now leads Lorenzo by just seven points in the championship. [BBC]
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Confusion as Turkey clocks defy time-change delay –
Confused Turks are asking “what’s the time?” after automatic clocks defied a government decision to defer a seasonal hour’s change in the time. Along with other countries, Turkey had been due to “fall back” an hour on Saturday at the end of summertime daylight saving. The Turkish government however decided to postpone the change until after upcoming polls. But some clocks have changed the time regardless – causing bewilderment.
The hashtag #saatkac – or “what’s the time?” – is now trending in Turkey as Twitter users express confusion. [BBC]

Our Fractal Brains from Julius Horsthuis on Vimeo.

List of the Day –

Formula One Grand Prix Winners
Rank Country Driver Wins Seasons active First win Last win
1  Germany Michael Schumacher 91 19912006
1992 Belgian Grand Prix 2006 Chinese Grand Prix
2  France Alain Prost 51 19801991
1981 French Grand Prix 1993 German Grand Prix
3  United Kingdom Lewis Hamiltondagger 43 2007 2007 Canadian Grand Prix 2015 United States Grand Prix
4  Germany Sebastian Vetteldagger 42 2007 2008 Italian Grand Prix 2015 Singapore Grand Prix
5  Brazil Ayrton Senna 41 19841994 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix 1993 Australian Grand Prix
6  Spain Fernando Alonsodagger 32 2001
2003 Hungarian Grand Prix 2013 Spanish Grand Prix
7  United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 31 19801992
1985 European Grand Prix 1994 Australian Grand Prix
8  United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 27 19651973 1965 Italian Grand Prix 1973 German Grand Prix
9  United Kingdom Jim Clark 25 19601968 1962 Belgian Grand Prix 1968 South African Grand Prix
9  Austria Niki Lauda 25 19711979
1974 Spanish Grand Prix 1985 Dutch Grand Prix
11  Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 24 19501951
1950 Monaco Grand Prix 1957 German Grand Prix
12  Brazil Nelson Piquet 23 19781991 1980 United States Grand Prix West 1991 Canadian Grand Prix
13  United Kingdom Damon Hill 22 19921999 1993 Hungarian Grand Prix 1998 Belgian Grand Prix
14  Finland Mika Häkkinen 20 19912001 1997 European Grand Prix 2001 United States Grand Prix
14  Finland Kimi Räikkönendagger 20 20012009
2003 Malaysian Grand Prix 2013 Australian Grand Prix
16  United Kingdom Stirling Moss 16 19501962 1955 British Grand Prix 1961 German Grand Prix
17  United Kingdom Jenson Buttondagger 15 2000 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix
18  Australia Jack Brabham 14 19551970 1959 Monaco Grand Prix 1970 South African Grand Prix
18  United Kingdom Graham Hill 14 19581975 1962 Dutch Grand Prix 1969 Monaco Grand Prix
18  Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 14 19701980 1970 United States Grand Prix 1975 British Grand Prix
21  Italy Alberto Ascari 13 19501955 1951 German Grand Prix 1953 Swiss Grand Prix
21  United Kingdom David Coulthard 13 19942008 1995 Portuguese Grand Prix 2003 Australian Grand Prix
23  United States Mario Andretti 12 19681972
1971 South African Grand Prix 1978 Dutch Grand Prix
23  Argentina Carlos Reutemann 12 19721982 1974 South African Grand Prix 1981 Belgian Grand Prix
23  Australia Alan Jones 12 19751981
1977 Austrian Grand Prix 1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix
26  Canada Jacques Villeneuve 11 19962006 1996 European Grand Prix 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix
26  Brazil Rubens Barrichello 11 19932011 2000 German Grand Prix 2009 Italian Grand Prix
26  Brazil Felipe Massadagger 11 2002
2006 Turkish Grand Prix 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
26  Germany Nico Rosbergdagger 11 2006 2012 Chinese Grand Prix 2015 Austrian Grand Prix
30  Sweden Ronnie Peterson 10 19701978 1973 French Grand Prix 1978 Austrian Grand Prix
30  South Africa Jody Scheckter 10 19721980 1974 Swedish Grand Prix 1979 Italian Grand Prix
30  United Kingdom James Hunt 10 19731979 1975 Dutch Grand Prix 1977 Japanese Grand Prix
30  Austria Gerhard Berger 10 19841997 1986 Mexican Grand Prix 1997 German Grand Prix

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8 #HappyBirthdayKatyPerry #HIAC #NFLUK
9 #SaatKaç #5HAppreciationDay #TimeSongs
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