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David & Christina Show Episode 20 – Reflecting since lockdown plus interviews with Sean and Michael Butera

 

 

Welcome to the David & Christina Show.
In the Corona Diaires, David talks about how masks can be cool and his update on the daily calm’s.
Christina does an interview with Sean from The National Food Service. This is a new public service, built by and for the communities that it serves. Their aim is to eliminate food insecurity and tackle the interconnected issues of social isolation and food waste.
David interviews an Australian artist called Michael Butera. A very passionate singer/songwriter who’s original works started from the age of 11. Michael has been based in North America for the last 10 years before coming back home to Melbourne. We will play his new single ‘The Green Garden’.
Hope you enjoy the show.
David & Christina x

Formula 1 Australia Grand Prix 2015 Review

The start of the season has bought up some interesting talking points. Same faces at the front of the field but an interesting race nevertheless with a good idea over whose fast and whose not. With some awards to dish out afterwards lets have a look at those talking points.

Hamilton “I’m back.”

This was a great start to Hamilton’s title defence as he manage to get the upper hand over Rosberg when it mattered. He was faster by half a second in qualifying and manage to control the race from the front to win comfortably.

He sounded very relaxed all through the weekend and wasn’t thinking about the break up with Nicole. A nice moment on the podium with Arnold Schwarzenegger was a fitting end to the weekend.

The new car from Mercedes is once again top of the back, refined and more powerful than ever before, it will take somebody brave to knock them down this season.

Ferrari best of the rest

It was great to see Ferrari back in a competitive car and all through the weekend were battling with Williams for the podium spot.

Massa got the upper hand in qualifying however Bottas couldn’t make the race because of a back problem. Susie Wolf wasn’t allowed to replace the Finn.

Rakkionen was very unlucky in the race with two pit stop errors and a retirement. Vettel manage to make the laps count to jump Massa and finish third overall. We shall wait if Ferrari get any stronger still.

15 cars made the start

Along with Bottas, both Manor Marrusia cars made it to Australia but had no running throughout the weekend. Actually managing to get the cars in the first place I give them a lot of credit for but for Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi it was no drive unfortunately.

Two cars couldn’t even make it onto the grid. Magunseen who replaces Alonso had smoke coming out of his car. Daniel Kvyat ran wide on cold tyres at turn 3 and then came to a stop on turn 15.

Renault and Honda engine worries

Red Bull were surprisingly off the pace and fell back below Sauber in the race. It was frustrating for Riccardo on his home race as he tries to finish as high as he can.

Christian Horner blamed the power of their engines and find it disgraceful. Hopefully Renault will work with Red Bull to find a solution to the problem.

But there is more worry over at McLaren, developing their new car is still a work in progress and from being five seconds slower than Mercedes in qualifying you can understand why.

Button did get Perez a hard time in the race not making it easy for him, even making contact.

Sauber legal battle

To try and ruin Saubers weekend was Giedo van Der Garde who’s legal battle over his contract was in full flow. Don’t know if this was resolved but that did get Sauber nervous moments.

In general Sauber were good in the race, espicially Nasr who made a great debut and was competitive throughout the race so very well done to him.

Sainz Jr Vs Verstappen and others

This would be a very interesting battle between the Torro Rosso drivers which I would love to ser throughout the year. Both were quick throughout such a shame the pitstops were not up to scratch.

Lotus have also turned a corner in terms of performance, great to see both cars up there however an early bath for both cars in the race were just bad luck. Maldonado didn’t crash himself this time, it was more of a domino effect with Rakkionen and Erricson.

Awards

Driver of the weekend – Lewis Hamilton (pace of a champion)
Baddy of the weekend – Monisha Kaltenborn (sauber boss not dealing with the legal issue sooner)
Rising star – Felipe Nasr (Sauber)
Unluckiest driver – Pastor Maldonado (another non finish not his fault this time)
Highlight of the weekend – sparks flying in qualifying

Commonwealth games 2014 review

So the games came home to Scotland for 11 days and it had plenty of excitement and drama throughout and I think it was a success. Please to see the mix of disabled athletes as well taking part. Let’s have a run through the different sports and see what’s been happening. This is going to be a brief look on each sports.

Athletics

Come rain or shine, this was always going to be great action on the track. Usain Bolt had his dramas but was in high spirits, dancing to the Proclaimers song and winning the 4 x 100m relay final. His compatriot Kemar Bailey-Cole winning the 100m final ahead of Adam Gemill, a great run from him.

Jamaica in total had the most success in the shorter distance events while the Kenyans took the longer distance races as they both got 10 golds in total.

A couple of big stories, Jo Pavey with an excellent bronze in the 5,000m final aged 40 said she wants to run at the Gold Coast in four years time. The women’s marathon winner Edna Kiglagat could make a major double success if she can win the Great North run in September. Amantle Montsho from Botswana has failed a doping test and has been suspended in the 400m final, one of the favourites to win. Finally Greg Rutherford has added his Olympic gold with a commonwealth gold in the long jump.

Badminton

Try hitting and reacting to a Shuttercock in speeds of up to 200mph, it’s bloody hard. Three golds from Malaysia, making it the most successful team in this sport. England did manage to get a gold in the mixed doubles, Chris and Gabby Aldock beat fellow compatriots Chris Langridge and Heather Oliver to win gold. Kirsty Gilmour loses out in her final against Michelle Li of Canada.

Bowls

Lawn bowls hasn’t been so popular before as they try and get it as close to the Jack as possible. Believe it of not, South Africa was the best country with 5 golds in total. Scotland though had 3 golds with apparently the Lionel Messi of bowls, Alex Marshall, an absolute superstar. Come on, let us see more of you on the bowls.

Boxing

England were the boxing champions, even as now with the male fighters there were no head guards so bruises and swelling get more of a notice. It was a good event for all the home nations, one match worth the notice was Nicola Adams, the Olympic champion only just winning her final against Michaela Walsh on a split decision no less.

Northern Ireland manage to get their gold medals in this event with Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan. Scotland also had some success with Charlie Flynn and Josh taylor. This is very promising as we have got loads of top, world class boxers out there and the future is certainly bright for British boxing.

Cycling

This includes both the velodrome and on track, Australia with seven golds was just ahead of both England and New Zealand. Even Bradley Wiggins didn’t help them win more golds. There was even mountain bike event were the New Zealander, Antonio Copper winning a dramatic race against two other competitors in a sprint finish.

In the women’s road race, the now retired Emma Pooley just lost out on a gold medal to fellow rider Lizzie Armistead. Geraint Thomas of Wales won the men’s road race, he didn’t feel fresh and he even had a puncture along the way.

Diving

England was the best with 4 golds from Canada with 3 golds, that even might have persuaded Andy Banks, the coach of Tom Daley to move into the Canadian diving set-up, blimey. That didn’t hinder Daley’s performance with a 10m platform gold. The star though must be 14 year old, Matthew Dixon, great to see a young lad competing, hails from Plymouth, like a certain Tom Daley.

Gymnastics

England had a brilliant 9 golds in total, one more than Canada. The star in the making was Claudia Fragapane’s with four golds in total, the first women in 84 years to achieve this success and only 16. A superb star and watch out Rio if you are listening. Louis Smith was back competing since his strictly success and the fame, he stared as England took gold in huge artistic teams final.

Another man with success was Max Whitlock with three gold medals after winning the men’s floor final for his 3rd gold, breathtaking performance. A quick word to the Isle of Man with a team competition for the first time ever, such a small country but with a lot of gusto.

Hockey

Hockey was all Australia’s with both wins in the male and female finals. England’s women’s did took a bronze but could have made the final but lost to a dramatic shootout.

Judo

A sport were throwing and grappling your opponent to the floor to gain the all important 100 points. It was a tie between England and Scotland with 6 golds each. One of the gold medalist, Chris Sherrington said that the sport saved home after spending £8,500 on drink in three months. Good on you.

Netball

Netball, a women’s version of Basketball but isn’t really. The gold went to Australia with a win against New Zealand. England though did have some really dramatic matches, losing to New Zealand by one point in the semi finals is certainly worth a watch.

Rugby Sevens

Two days of competition as Hampden Park witness some fantastic action. South Africa took a surprise gold by beating favourites New Zealand who were dominating the competition in the past. Another sport to watch out in Rio.

Shooting

With England getting more medals in the shooting, it was Australia that had the most golds with 6. Jen McIntosh for Scotland actually overtake her on mother for being the most decorated female in commonwealth games, 5 medals for her.

Squash

Two golds for Australia make them top of the class. The only gold for England was Nick Matthew retaining his gold in the men’s singles final. A sport that has now grown very popular and hasn’t received a lot of tension in the past.

Swimming

As expected, Australia dominated the pool with a massive 19 golds in total compared to England’s 10. Another inspiring person was Erraid Davies who won bronze in the SB9 100m breaststroke final and was only 13 years of age.

One of the people we love is South Africa’s Chad Le Clos and his father but he has revealed that he suffers from Asthma and was in shocking form in the run up to the games. He though has equalled Ian Thorpe’s seven medals at the games, a great performance.

Table Tennis

At ping pong or riff raff, Singapore were dominating the event with 6 golds but there was encouraging performances for England, Paul and Joanna Drinkhall, taking mix doubles gold. I would love to see more of Tin Tin Ho who is a rising star and only just missed out of the gold medal.

Triathlon

England took all the golds in these events which for the first time included a mix team event as Vicky Holland, Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee and Jodie Simpson taking a superb gold.

Weightlifting

This is going to kill me, lifting 50kgs over the top of my head. Nigeria were the best with 6 golds but it could have been much more. Teenager Chika Amalaha was stripped of her golds medals after failing a drugs test.

Wrestling

A sport that Kurt Angle loves and wants to save for the Olympics. Canada has 7 golds and India with 5 golds. Just don’t let Henry VIII wrestle with you, otherwise you might lose a lot of your face.

Overall it was a total of 59 golds for England, 10 ahead of Australia with Scotland 4th with 19 golds, the most successful amount of medals by the home nations, fantastic performance, well done guys.