Category Archives: Formula 1

10 Achievements in 2015

2015 was a year of big change in my life. Here are 10 moments in 2015 that I think sum up the year pretty well.

April: Played in my first Roller Derby game ever


May: Completed Tough Mudder, an 11km assault course

Tough MUdder

May: Presented my PhD research at Eurographics in Switzerland


May: Garden Society got a new committee and won over £1,500 to spend on beekeeping equipment (amongst other things)

Garden Soc

May: Quitting my PhD. Long story, but in short I wasn’t happy with the direction the research was going in and I wanted to work on something that had more real-world prospects.


Jul – Starting my new job as an Integration Test Engineer at Sky UK, working on the new Sky Q product


Jul – Watching Hamilton win the British GP at Silverstone with my Nephew


Aug – Taking the boat to Bristol. It was a very long way to go, and it took most of the summer in weekends, but it was 100% worth it!


Aug – Moving in with Emily to a (very) little place we can call our own (for the next 12 months)


Nov – Winning prize at CVMP. Very unexpected, but still very cool!


Who knows what 2016 will bring!

They’ve Brawn It Again!

Well. Another day, another 6 hours of revision. First exam on Tuesday and all I can say is BRING IT ON! Lets do this.

Had a minor fail this morning when I got up to revise at 9am and fell asleep for another hour. Nevertheless, I got lots done today, clocking up a record 5.5 hours straight in the library!

Apart from revision, I’ve watched the grand prix this evening and you’ve got to give it to Brawn for consistently out-performing all the other teams in Formula 1.

As for the rest of this week, lets give the lowdown:

  • Monday. Electronics 1 revision.
  • Tuesday. Electronics 1 exam. Electronics 3 revision.
  • Wednesday. Electronics 3 revision. Electronics 3 exam. Electronics 2 revision.
  • Thursday. Electronics 2 exam. Rest.
  • Friday. Start of maths revision weekend marathon for test on Tuesday…

I feel most confident about the electronics 2 exam. Electronics 3 looks to be the hardest, but we’ll see…

  • Happiness: 7/10
  • Workload: 10/10
  • Last meal: Not-a-Cornish pasty with chips
  • Thought for the day: “Tomorrow it’ll only be tomorrow before our first exam!”

Button, Chairs & Oh No!

Forewarning: This is just a short post. You may have realised that I’ve been posting every day recently. Well, I just wanted to warn you that with exams getting extremely close now I’m probably not going to be able to keep this up…

Jenson Button on pole! What a pleasant surprise that was! Unfortunately, it looks likely that I’ll not be able to watch the race tomorrow (you know, with revision and all that)

After 6.5 hours of revision, me and Josh decide to utilise the office chairs at our disposal:

Revision (1) Revision (2)

I’;m starting to forget what day it is, they all merge into one when all your doing is REVISION!!!

Tomorrow: More revision!!!!

  • Happiness: 7/10
  • Workload: 10/10
  • Last meal: Curry (a different one)
  • Thought for the day: “My mouth is just the right size to eat chocolate biscuits whole!”

Work, Chavs & Riddles

Lots more work today. Feeling a lot more confident about the maths exam. Me and Josh spent pretty much the whole day in the library working apart from the odd break for lunch. This evening me and Josh had curry and it was really good to be able to relax. Me, Josh & Phil were telling each other riddles over dinner; not everyone’s idea of relaxing, but there you go.

The usual motley crew went to Rubix for chav night. I (rightfully) decided to say well away… Did give rise to lots of jokes about people dressing as chav’s though.

I like days like today when you feel that you’ve not only done a lot of work, but also been able to spend time with people. I can’t say enough how I’m looking forward to not having to worry about exams and just being able to spend time with everyone.

This weekend is going to be an interesting struggle between trying to get as much revision done as possible, eating, shopping and watching the Spanish Grand Prix. Sorry, but its got to be done. I’ve even figured a way of cooking and eating lunch while the grand prix is on to save time!

I’ll keep you posted as to my progress, but at the moment the exams feel do-able and life is generally good =)

  • Happiness: 8/10
  • Workload: 10/10
  • Last meal: Curry
  • Thought for the day: Aim for the moon, even if you fail, you’ll land among the stars…

One Hundred Years of Solitude

That’s a wrap. Had a great time celebrating the end of term in Rubix on Friday. It was definitely the best night I’ve had in Rubix. It was also the first time I can recall that all my housemates had come out together. Of course, once we left Rubix at 3:30am, it wasn’t worth going to sleep. So I had some chips and a coffee and watched the grand prix qualifying.

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton on the podium! What a great start to the season. Can’t wait for the second race in Malaysia this weekend!

Saturday afternoon I was picked up and brought home. It’s weird, yet again, to find myself in the same place. Nothings changed. Actually, scrap that, the toilet seat is new. But other than that, it’s like entering a time capsule of your childhood. I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy coming home, it’s brilliant to see Mum, Dad and James again, but it lacks the same ethos as uni. Where are the parties? The music? People wandering into my room just for a chat? I do miss uni.

This week is about knuckling down to do some hard work. Exams are just around the corner and I will be prepared. I’ve just finished a 3 hour session this morning on analogue electronics. Talk about the tip of the iceberg…

This afternoon I’m going to a reunion of sorts. Back to sixth form for an informal meet up with old friends and teachers. Definitely looking forward to that, it’s gonna be another one of those time capsule things though isn’t it?

  • Happiness: 7.5/10
  • Workload: 7.5/10
  • Last meal: Cereal! Don’t start…
  • Thought for the day: Even with the best of maps and instruments, we can never fully chart our journeys.

PS Check out the 80+ new pictures in the Flickr stream! (that’s the thing on the right)

PPS The name we all came up with for our new house was “Zion”. That’s why the post was titled Zion, its the name of the house!

No, Bernie, NO!

I’m thinking that, while university life is cool and all that, you may also be interested in knowing what I’m thinking about in terms of news I’ve heard and songs I’m listening to (for example). I may be wrong, and please, please tell me if I am, but I’m going to give it a go.

So it turns out that F1 boss plans scoring revolution. While this does initially sound like a good idea, will it mean that in the future the championship will be as close as it was this year (when it came down to the last corner!!!)? Will the season be decided several races before the last race? And what about the smaller teams, how will they be differentiated?

I think a better idea would be to give the winner of a race more than 2 points more than 2nd. Maybe they should get 14 points instead of 10? I think something needs to be done, but it shouldn’t sacrifice the battle between the lesser teams.

And for those of you who are interested in what I’ve been up to: Finished my work today, took a long time, but me and Josh got there in the end. Lectures went well, all is good in the world. Just got to get through labs now… Bring on the weekend is all I can say!

  • Happiness: 8/10
  • Workload: 6/10
  • Last meal: Very tasty Thai Green Curry (but with korma instead of Thai green curry, basically just chicken korma with lime juice)
  • Thought for the day: You found me, you found me, lying on the floor…