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Webber raced with broken shoulder – again!

Mark Webber had fractured shoulder in 2010
Mark Webber had fractured shoulder in 2010

Mark Webber just doesn’t have the luck.

At the start of 2009 he was knocked off his bike by car while on a downhill section of his own challenge endurance event.

This year it turns out that, unbeknown to his team, he had another mountain bike crash at Suzuka.

This time a friend dropped it in front of him and he had no where to go other than right over the top. He fractured his shoulder and had to have pain killing injections each time he got in the car – for the remaining four races of the season.

The timing does sound a little sour grapes but if its true, you can’t help feeling for the guy as the two years he’s had a competitive car he’s had broken bones.

Read the autosport.com article here.

Great times

The weeks are flying by.  The little guy is growing a pace and we are all getting used to being a new family.  Its great with the run up to Christmas, what better present could anyone want?

Also of interest to me is the motorsports scene.  F1 is due for a shake up next season with a number of new teams entering – the first time in many years.  Already they are bringing some fun to proceedings with Virgin’s Richard Branson and Lotus chief Tony Fernandes poking a bit of fun at each other:  http://www.autosport.com/news/grapevine.php/id/80599

Of importance to my work life post-MBA, it looks like F1 is also set to embrace the online world too.  Fingers-crossed as I would love to be a part of the coming revolution.

Entrepreneurial Finance and Brawn GP

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?

brawn-gp-auz-2009The 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…

Revision

beach-1Next week we have (another round of) exams and where I have four, others have only 2.

Revision however is going well so far, after a fairly shaky start to Corporate Finance, everything is now much clearer.

The MBA definately gives back the more you put into it and you are not spoon fed.  This has come as an annoyance and shock to some at first but really what can you expect.  There is an interesting dycotomy however, as they are paying significantly for something that they may not actually get in the end i.e. the MBA ticket.  It is therefore interesting to see the different reactions to that, especially when exams, projects and jobs are being discussed, as they are all really tough.

The Ball organisation is coming together too, with one of my friends leveraging his girlfriends expertise in such matters – it is going to be great.  Doing different things like this really brings out talents in people you may never have happend upon – the discovery of mastery negotiation skills in one friend, for example, has been truely impressive!

We are going to take advantage of the garden this summer so went out and got some garden stuff this morning.  The highlight being (I hope!) the grow your own chilli’s … check back for chill growing progress!

Good luck to all those who are racing this weekend and to those of us left who are revising.