A blog by Patrick Crozier

October 27, 2003

Croziervision quote of the day
Patrick Crozier

From Tim Hames in the Times:

It does not help that so many of those selected for safe Tory seats in 1997 and 2001 appear prone, to put it kindly, to eccentricity. A meeting of the 1922 Committee must, at times, resemble the bar scene from Star Wars.
October 22, 2003

Who says Germany's in recession?
Patrick Crozier

They've got a whole new industry opening up: alibi services. According to the Times:

His [Herr Eiben] is one of several German-language companies offering covers for people wanting to dodge a meeting, a relative, a lover, a creditor or a spouse. For prices ranging from €20 (14) to €1,200, Herr Eiben offers a range of services that ensure that his clients will not be tracked down.

Germany: Land of the Free-to-shaft-your-mistress-without-the-wife-finding-out.

October 19, 2003

3 points for a win
Patrick Crozier

Readers of a certain age will remember the bad old days when a game of football offered the winners only a miserly 2 points. How much better it must be now that it 3 points for a win? How many more games now see a result where once they would have only seen a dreary old draw? How many more goals scored in front of an audience of millions since the changeover in 1981-2?

How many indeed? Here's a table:

English top division
  Uh oh, that isn't right.
October 16, 2003

Queen raises fears over EU constitution
Patrick Crozier

So says the Telegraph:

The Queen is growing more concerned about Tony Blair's plans to sign a European constitution that she fears could undermine her role as sovereign.

The Telegraph has learnt that Buckingham Palace has asked for documents highlighting the constitutional implications of the EU's plans to be sent to her advisers.

But nothing is going to happen is it?

October 13, 2003

October 07, 2003

Some Formula 1 links
Patrick Crozier

As many of you will know, I recently gave a talk at one of Brian's Fridays on the subject of Formula One and why it is so bad. It is a subject in which I continue to take an interest and this evening found myself doing a google search on general F1 related things. In the course of the search I uncovered the following:

Course Safety and Emergency Response in Motor Sport, Ben Chapman. This is a final year dissertation and seems reasonably comprehensive. The only thing lacking is a discussion of the impact of high speed, especially high-speed cornering on safey and, thus, regulation.

Putting the "Grand" Back into Grand Prix, Scott Russell (I think). Includes this quote:

This season, for the first time in my years as a Formula One enthusiast, I didn't watch every lap of every race. Infact, I probably watched nearly half the season with my hand on the fast forward button. There where even races I didn't watch. For the first time, I actually just didn't watch races. And I missed nothing. A year ago I wouldn't dream of missing an F1 race. Now I just don't care.

Damning stuff, though I don't particularly like his solutions.

F1 = Fake? by Simon Lewis decries the recent rule changes. He says:

We all agree that the first few Grands Prix of 2003 were entertaining, but they were unusually unpredictable. Initially due to new qualifying rules, but mostly to weather conditions. Lets not forget how much the rain affected things. Take away the weather and the jiggery-pokery of a new qualifying regime and there remained patently little real racing going on.


Safe:How Safe Can Formula One Be? by Roger Horton. The author gets really quite philosophical:

Again we have to ask the question,how safe is safe? What level of risk are we comfortable with?

Risk is something that will always be with us.

October 05, 2003

Croziervision not-very-well-thought-out theory of the day
Patrick Crozier

The real split in the Conservative party - the one that is really holding it back - is not the split on Europe or the split between libertarians and authoritarians or between traditionalists and modernisers. The real split is between those who believe it to be a machine for winning elections and those who believe it is a machine for propagating ideas.

October 04, 2003

The rape scandal
Patrick Crozier

UK readers will be aware of the allegations of gang rape surrounding seven Premiership footballers in a London hotel last weekend.

A couple of things occur to me:

  1. Privacy is dead. The idea that the alleged perpetrators' identities can be kept secret is just nonsense. I found out the name of the club involved in 10 minutes.

  2. For a celebrity simply being cleared of a serious misdemeanour is not enough. At his trial, the judge said of John Leslie that he could leave the court without "a stain on his character". No, he couldn't. I doubt if he'll ever work in television again.

  3. This (OK three things) really matters to football clubs. They can't just let justice take its course. It affects their reputations and, ultimately, their share prices. If I were a chairman of a football club I would want to make sure that I could demand full candour from any player in such a situation, with the punishment for non-complicance being dismissal.

  4. Oh, and one last thing. If I were one of the accused I would tell the truth and I would tell it in public. If I were innocent there would be a chance that the mud would not stick. If I were guilty there would be a chance of rehabilitation. The problem is - and this is especially true of a celebrity - even if you are found not guilty, if you have hidden behind anonymity, it looks bad and that is seriously career-limiting.

October 03, 2003

You know it's garbage
Patrick Crozier

I've just read this on the front page on the Telegraph's website:

Comprehensive shake-up The biggest shake-up in secondary education in Britain for almost 60 years has been announced by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

No, it isn't; no, it hasn't. I haven't even read the story. Why not? Because I know it's garbage. How many times have we heard the words "shake-up" and "biggest" in the same sentence over the past 6 years? Zillions, I should think. It never is. It's just another PR puff to cover up the fact that the government hasn't the slightest idea what it is doing. And in the Telegraph of all things. Wake up guys!

Alice Bachini is back
Patrick Crozier

And very definitely on form.