Posts have been thin on the ground since the Ball as I took a little time out and unplugged. Essays for Corporate finance and for Marketing were submitted last weekend, along with our final syndicate group work for Modelling. Overall they went well even if the guidelines for them were a little hazy.
Entrepreneurial Finance becons now. I am very intrigued by this module. It is like no other on the course and has the reputation of being one of the best experiences yet. The professor is flying in from UCLA and, judging by the pre-work and rumors of the week long format, promises to be something quite tough, quite challenging but extremely rewarding.
Oxford won the boat race convincingly on Sunday. There was a program on before discussing their mental preparation and I think that had a big influence; were Cambridge beaten before they even got in the boat?
The story of last weekend though, for racing and sports fans, was of course the fantastic story of Brawn GP. The team that only a few weeks ago was facing closure with no backing, turns up in Australia, locks out the front row on the grid. Then in the race, Jenson Button drove well to secure a long over due victory and Ruben’s (the man most thought had driven his last GP in Brazil 2008) sees good fortune shine and picked up second (after some adventures in the race.)
What went less well reported was that the actual racing was really exciting. Yes, even F1 ! The front wing on the new cars certainly make them look odd but it the aero changes have certainly made the difference – car have not run that close to each other for many years.
A great rags to riches story. Richard Branson also timed his entry into F1 sponsorship perfectly – he is a lucky guy! As is Lewis Hamilton – 3rd in the first race when the car looks a handful and when he started dead last. Like Alonso and Schumacher before him, he never gives up and it pays off. The mental toughness, like in the Oxford boat cannot be underestimated in sports success. Fascinating. An exciting season is ahead…