I’m a Roger fan through and through. And a huge Andy Murray fan. When Nadal as a 19-year old won the French for the first time, I wasn’t overly impressed. This annoying boy with the long hair and sleeveless shirts. Not my cup of tea. But over the years, what he has achieved is just incredible – and not only on his favourite surface (clay, duh). His rivalry with Federer has produced some of the best tennis ever, so yes.
Last year, when Nadal was trying to come back from injury, and came close-ish but not quite in several matches, there were so many questions about whether he could make it back to the top… And then this year at the Australian Open, when the men’s final was – astonishingly – a Federer-Nadal match up, it was such an awesome throwback to their years of dominance. And though I was rooting for Federer, and though I was extremely happy that Federer won, from then on, all I wanted was for Nadal to win the French (preferably also in a Federer-Nadal final… but that was not meant to be as Fed decided to skip the entire clay season). It would be a record-breaking tenth title, and it would be a fitting return for the King of Clay.
And he did it! He swept aside Wawrinka (who, granted, was not playing his best – I am grateful to Murray for wearing Stan down haha), and just was immoveable. An incredible tenth French Open title – aptly named La Decima. Fantastic. So glad I got to watch it live (one of the perks of staying at a hotel…) :D
by David Baldacci.
I rated it 4/5 on Goodreads :D
I’m very curious to know what it is about humans and speed. What is it about the rush of wind that makes us love it so much?
Apex brings us the story of the hypercar – from Porsche to McLaren to the granddaddy of them all Ferrari to Bugatti and Pagani and Koenigsegg, all vying to create the best of the best, which means of course, a price tag upwards of a million USD.
It’s so interesting to see the various philosophies which are embedded within each company – from the importance of the best and most current technology in Koenigsegg to artistry and elegance in the Italian carmakers, especially Pagani. To watch the underdogs – the smaller, less well-known companies – compete against the top dogs. And then interweave that with the designers of racing games, where much work is put in to simulate the driving of these hypercars for the masses who will never get the chance to actually drive the real thing.
Very interesting indeed.
And in other news, Sebastian Vettel won the first F1 race of the season…. I guess Ferrari are finally back this year…
Last year, I was approached to produce a huge show spanning various cities and restaurants. Whilst doing research for said show (which I didn’t end up getting), I was told about Chef’s Table, which I had no access to as I had no Netflix.
I have Netflix now.
Without realising, I watched the first season in a day – I didn’t know that there were only six episodes to a season. The most compelling part about the show is understanding what goes on in the brain of a hugely successful chef. The most awful part of the show is the fact that I will likely never be able to afford a meal at any of these restaurants. I also don’t like the music, but that’s just a personal thing. I’m not a fan of Vivaldi’s Seasons, so the theme tune is like… meh. And I know classical music, so it’s distracting when it’s in the background. But like I said, it’s personal. I’m weird. I’m sure other people love it.
My favourite episode in the first season is the last one, featuring Magnus Nilsson, who owns Fäviken in the middle of nowhere in Sweden. It’s incredible that this little restaurant, so constrained by its environment, can serve up meals that are just beautiful.
The Dan Barber of Blue Hill Restaurant episode was also great. I love farms and watching this episode about his grandma’s farm made me happy. Farm to table is so two (or three or four or five) years ago, but the concept will always make sense, and fresh food is always best.
Anyway. Shows like these inspire me to make good shows. Maybe someday, one day…. :)
1. a. having reason or understanding
b. relating to, based on, or agreeable to reason: reasonable (a rational explanation) (rational behaviour)
It’s so difficult for an emotional and impulsive person to be rational. Because by the time I am rational, I’ve usually already acted out of spite or defiance or anger. I always thought that I would get “better” as I grew older, but as I hit 30, I discovered that this is not the case at all.
Still, now that I am nearing my mid-30s, I’ve come to discover that there are times when I can be rational. Well, more rational than before. Not nearly as rational as I should be, or as my boss is. Pfft.
In reality, it’s because I have more responsibilities in life, and those are always in the back of my head, and so all (or at least, most) actions are coloured by those responsibilities. Like when I get really upset with my job, I go for a smoke instead of quitting immediately. Not that smoking is any better, but well. At least I still have a job right now hahaha.
Thinking about what has happened in the past 30 hours, it’s funny how I can rationalise what has happened, and kinda make myself feel better about it all. I suppose the fact that I know it’s not time for me to leave yet helps. But at the same time, I know that time is coming.
Can’t bloody wait.
Yayyy :D Delicious home-cooked food by the best chef ever (my mother) and yummy Ritz-Carlton cake to top it off. Woohoo!!