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  1. Not directed at me I know but I can also agree with what Wildwing says. I stayed with family in Oakville about an hour away and just travelling up on the day was enough to see and do everything. It was the 4th of July too so the number of people there was probably above average if anything. Also fun fact: whilst in the queue for the Maid of the Mist the guy in front of us was struggling to put on his waterproof poncho thing. So we helped him out and it turned out that he lived under a mile away from where we do. Funny how you can be 3000 miles away from home and randomly bump into someone from the same village as you.
  2. FIFA (and by proxy, UEFA) is renowned for intervening when governments interfere with the running of Football Associations. It's a strict policy that they have. If any sort of travel ban was to prevent players competing then that could certainly fall under that policy. Also worth noting that FIFA (and again UEFA) try to separate nations with any kind of conflict so they don't face each other in competition. Examples have included Russia and Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan and also strangely Spain and Gibraltar. So, the UEFA president can try to take the moral high ground on this all he likes but the policies that they implement aren't always consistent or fair either.
  3. Haas probably has the shark fin with the nicest profile to it. Fairly large winglet below the US flag on each side too. I also agree that is a fantastic new livery for Toro Rosso.
  4. Yeah, Force India has the perfect opportunity to own the orange and green and it would make perfect sense. They move further and further away from it every year though. Two more unveils today. The new Ferrari SF70H. Note the shark fin and T-wing. Less black which is a good thing and the shark fin is reminiscent of lauda era designs which I like. Still not a fan of the big Scuderia Ferrari logo next to it though. The McLaren MCL32 and a completely new look which takes inspiration from the Bruce McLaren days. I'm not overly impressed personally.
  5. Car unveils are definitely more interesting when there has been a major rule change. It's interesting to see how different teams have interpreted the new rules. There are two things I like on the Mercedes car purely from an aerodynamic point and not necessarily for aesthetics. 1) It's hard to get a good picture but there are two significant winglets either side of the Petronas logo on the nose. This is only possible with the new rules. 2) It will also be fun to see whether this T-wing just in front of the rear wing gets outlawed or not. It is probably doing the same job that the shark fin on other cars is doing.
  6. If I won the lottery I would probably just travel the world watching as many sporting events that I could. Definitely the following: Follow a Formula 1 season from start to finish. Follow the England Cricket team for a full year - basically drinking beer all day in the sun and getting rowdy and sun burnt in far away commonwealth countries. Rugby World Cup in a southern hemisphere country (although Japan 2019 would probably be quite cool too). Some ideas which are more realistic but still bucket list worthy to me: There are a few theme parks, and particular roller coasters, which wouldn't be too difficult for me to visit. Thorpe Park (London), Phantasialand (Germany), Efteling (Netherlands) and Gardaland (Italy) for example. Ireland (and NI). Particularly Co. Monaghan and Co. Armagh. My surname is Irish and my ancestry can be traced back to these places. Considering how close I live to these places and how easy and cheap it is to travel to them, it is amazing to think that I have never even visited these countries and seen what they are like in person. I could literally walk to the ferry terminal from my house and board a ship that day for less than £50. Just travel anywhere on a BAe 146 / Avro RJ aircraft. I have already done it when I was very young but would like to do it again. It is my favourite aircraft, which I realise makes me a massive nerd to even have a favourite, and as it is a regional hopper could be tied in to a city break somewhere on mainland Europe. I have a degree in aerospace engineering and I just like some of the unique and quirky design features which give the plane some character. A lot of these aircraft are coming to the end of their service history or being sold/leased to foreign operators.
  7. What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet
  8. So it would be OK for his Grandpa to sing a song about it but not him? (Just playing devil's advocate here for the sake of a little fun. I have no horse in the race but find it all quite funny)
  9. PSN: marble21 Steam: marble21
  10. I know this isn't meant to 100% be a "this is what Nike should/will do in real life" but you would need more than one sock choice if it were. Good concept otherwise though combining the rumoured shield on the shirt with the throwback look which actually reminds me of a retro spurs shirt I own - so great execution there. Nice presentation also.
  11. I am a concept creating robot sent from the year 2 and I have failed in my duties. I think for the number 8 I found a picture from Grosjean's twitter page and used the trace tool in inkscape - it was a long time ago that I did it. It looks OK on here but zoomed in even a little bit it's really not that good quality. The bold part I have quoted about the customink I don't fully understand. Is that a custom t-shirt making company or something? If it is that then that's not something I have considered. It would be cool though, sure. Yeah, I agree about Manor. The smaller teams can play an important role in F1 as not only do many drivers but also many engineers and mechanics start their career at the "back" of the grid and work their way up. The new ownership has addressed the current financial issues so hopefully we will see some change with that. McLaren for sure will be interesting. As well as the massive hint they dropped on twitter, there have been a few significant personnel changes so a 'rebranding' kind of makes sense. I'm hoping for a few more surprises on the grid too. We'll soon find out.
  12. Neglected this... I will post what I did before the actual cars start to be presented next week. These were my original ideas. I did most of these in December/January so I am doing it to see how much my opinions change once we know what the real cars will look like. A few teams like McLaren have posted hints at some changes and we've even lost Manor from the grid after financial collapse. Most of what I have done is only subtle changes at most, so it's a bit of a waiting game before the livery releases start happening and I can come up with some updates. Also, like previous years I will do some bonus fantasy concepts once it's all done.
  13. I bought 10 of these off of eBay only to witness a box of 100 get delivered to the stationary cupboard behind my desk the very next day. Not the end of the world though, as they are good pens considering the low price. I have one of these (Parker Jotter) which I reserve for my signature only. No idea why I do that.
  14. A nice concept and very well presented. I always like seeing stadium concepts here and this hasn't disappointed. I like how it is a generic modern stadium, so will be good for holding in atmosphere/noise created by the crowd, but the 'incomplete' end adds some character and a unique feel. I also like stadiums where the field is below street level which this seems to be. Is this on the site of the current stadium or at a new site?
  15. I agree with what other people have kind of been touching on. The removal of the ship leaves an empty yellow band which feels like is incomplete/missing something. Have you tried it so that the outline is the same thickness all the way around the shield? Or as suggested with MUFC or 1878 for example. Personally, I like the ship. It makes it instantly recognisable as Manchester United to me, particularly in those colours, as well as the historic links to the cotton industry in Manchester (despite any negative connotations that brings). Maybe it's not as simplistic as you would like with the ship included, so I understand your thinking.