of 7th - 13th May 2018 Jameson's Diary No.
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by the Landlord Kim Fletcher. Last
Updated 17th May 2018
No Rain in Spain?
The current crop of F1 drivers has not improved since the previous outing in Azerbaijan. The simple lesson that you don't win the race on the first lap – you only lose the race on the first lap, has yet to be learned. Remember too, that these drivers (the ‘best' in the world) have come through the ranks of Go-Karts to lesser formulae and then won their places on the F1 grid. That journey takes about 10+ years, so you would imagine they have learned the lesson by now. Grosjean in the Haas has not, taking out Gasly (Toro Rosso) and Hulkenberg (Renault) with his ineptness. This is one driver who was suspended a few years ago for his ability to crash on the first lap. He should stick to authoring cook books with his wife. You will not see him in F1 next year.
The remaining 17 drivers were there only to show just how good is Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), as he was never challenged over the remaining 65 laps. His team mate Veltteri Bottas has confirmed his talent as a capable journeyman and nothing else. Second place while driving the best car.
Third was Mad Max Crashstappen in the Red Bull, who (almost) got through a complete race without hitting anybody, but did manage to lose half his front wing on the way to the checkered flag by tapping Stroll in the Williams. Come back Maldonado, all is forgiven.
After jumping Bottas, Vettel (Ferrari) gave the impression that he would take the fight to Hamilton. He did not and despite changing tyres under a Virtual Reality Safety Car could not even get close enough to Max to be in the position of a challenge.
Ricciardo (Red Bull), despite setting a new lap record, was not his usual exciting self and a lonely fifth did nothing for his previously lauded reputation. Out of contract at year's end he will have to smarten up and defeat Max or he may find that nobody needs him.
Magnussen (Haas), Sainz (Renault), Alonso (McLaren, Perez (FIndia) and Leclerc (Sauber) enlivened the mid-field, but it was not enough to elevate the overall race to a bit more than soporific.
Driver of the day was again Leclerc despite this being his first season in F1, beating Stroll (Williams and Daddy's money), Hartley (Toro Rosso), Ericsson (Sauber and his team mate), Sirotkin Williams and a sack of Rubles).
1 L Hamilton Mercedes 1:35.29.972 - 192.945 km/h
2 V Bottas Mercedes 1:35.50.565 - 20.593
3 M Verstappen Red Bull 1:35.56.845 - 26.873
4 S Vettel Ferrari 1:35.57.556 - 27.584
5 D Ricciardo Red Bull 1:36.20.030 - 50.058
6 K Magnussen Haas - 65 laps
7 C Sainz Renault - 65 laps
8 F Alonso McLaren - 65 laps
9 S Perez Force India - 64 laps
10 C Leclerc Sauber - 64 laps
11 L Stroll Williams - 64 laps
12 B Hartley Toro Rosso - 64 laps
13 M Ericsson Sauber - 64 laps
14 S Sirotkin Williams - 63 laps
R S Vandoorne McLaren Gearbox - 45 laps
R E Ocon Force India Oil pressure - 38 laps
R K Raikkonen Ferrari Mechanical - 25 laps
R R Grosjean Haas Accident - 0 laps
R P Gasly Toro Rosso Accident - 0 laps
R N Hulkenberg Renault Accident
The next GP is at Monaco, 27 May.
Happy Times at Jameson's.
The Captain's report on a very stormy game.
PATTAYA CRICKET CLUB MAINTAIN PUSH FOR ESCL TITLE
Surrounded by thunder clouds and lightning Pattaya Cricket Club entertained local rivals Asian Stars in the latest round of Eastern Seaboard Cricket League fixtures at the very wet but playable Thai Polo Ground.
After winning the toss the PCC captain Simon Philbrook had no hesitation in asking the powerful batting line up of the Asian Stars to bat first. In the sultry conditions the PCC opening attack of Salman Khan and Wezley Masterton were exemplary with their line and length. Despite some early boundaries from Darmesh (11) PCC controlled the run rate and Salman made the deserved breakthrough as Ben Charleston held onto a spiralling catch at backward point. Salman struck again two balls later as he trapped Dimple lbw and wrapped up his spell with the wicket of Manoj caught joyfully by Venky. Asian Stars started to rebuild the innings as the ball softened in the wet conditions with Bilial and Mazar at the crease. Enter Andy Emery. Just before the drinks break he had Mazar (8) caught in the covers, next ball he held a fantastic low return catch to send Sam (0) back to the tent and then he trapped Satnaam (0) back on his stumps lbw to complete his first
hat-trick for the club. It was an innings changing 3 balls and PCC refusedto relieve the pressure despite some wonderful strokeplay from Bilal. Lee Standen clean bowled two tail enders and completed a run out to leave Bilal with the final Asian Star batsman. Andy returned to wrap up the innings as he had Bilal caught in the deep for a marvellous 72 but it was Andy's 4/14 that put PCC in control and needing 131 runs for victory.
In reply Manik and Wezley faced some determined and sometimes hostile new ball bowling but both weathered the storm, literally, and ensured the PCC innings started positively. With 46 runs on the board from 9 overs PCC were looking very much in command but the wickets of Wezley (12) and Venky (0) soon halted the momentum. Andy (10) steadied the chase with the unflappable Manik who was in imperious touch. But, a flurry of late wickets including Manik for a wonderful 67 created a little panic in the home dressing room before Lee Standen settled the contest with a glorious drive over extra
cover and a straight six.
PCC won with an over to spare and Manik deservedly was presented with the man of the match trophy. The win means PCC are now joint top of the ESCL with 3 fixtures remaining, the next of which is Sunday 20th May against the Southerners.
PCC would like to thank the club sponsors PSC, Amigo Group, Retox Outback Bar, Macallan Insurance and Aegis International and encourage anyone with a passion for the game to join the club by visiting the club website www.pattayacricketclub.com or the Facebook page.
Thunder – Stage.
Formed from the ashes of Terraplane (A not very successful Eighties Band.) Thunder were formed in 1989 and quickly became an overnight sensation, virtually the same band, but with a different approach and attitude. Their debut album Back Street Symphony went straight into the British Top 30 album charts. hit singles followed and then they sealed victory by performing a blistering set opening at the Monsters of Rock treating it as a lap of honor and stealing the show from the Headliners. From here on Thunder became something of a national treasure. In 2009 Danny Bowes decided that the band were not getting any bigger and perhaps they were all getting a bit old for this Rock & Roll thing. So with a final tour and obligatory live album Thunder split.
Trouble with retirement is boredom, so after two years in 2011 Thunder were enticed back into the game, firstly on exclusive one off dates, and then things just progressed from there.
The Line up has been stable now for nearly thirty years with only the Bass player changing a few times although the low notes are safely in the hands of Chris Childs since 1996. There have been Eleven Studio albums (Two post retirement) countless Live albums and compilations.
We now reach 2018 and Thunder are bigger and better than ever. No longer a support band or even playing theatres, but Arena's and headlining Festivals. They even Headlined SSE Arena in Wembley. This new live album was taken from one of the biggest concerts Thunder have ever done so far. The Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, playing to a rabid full house where the Welsh fans cheered every move and sung every word.
This is not in any way a greatest hits tour, included in this set are sixteen songs with six songs from latest album Rip It Up (2016.) and Four from Wonder Days (2015.) The rest of the set is made up of classics stretching back to their debut album. So not exactly a nostalgia band.
The new songs blend in seamlessly with the old. I mean of course they are Thunder songs so it would be disappointing if they didn't. Laughably Danny Bowes in between song banter has not changed in thirty years, but the crowd lap it up so why should it change. On the other hand lead guitarist Luke Morley's playing just gets better and better, now in the category of guitar hero. But Thunder are a team and it only all hangs together with all five on stage firing on all six. Ben Matthews takes on the role of multi instrumentalist and is also excellent at working the crowd in the live arena. Chris Childs is a worthy Bass player. On Drums is Harry James who brings a lot of humor to the band as well as being one of the most in demand session drummers on the circuit.
Mercifully traditional final encore has been cut down to just under ten minutes when it would often clock in at over twenty minutes with Danny Bowes spending half the time playing with the crowd, and organizing sing-a-longs here you just get ten minutes of solid Thunder Rock.
Stage is a fine addition to any music collection and in future will be considered one of the classic live albums.
Danny Bowes - Lead Vocals.
Luke Morley - Guitar.
Ben Matthews - Guitar and Keyboards.
Chris Childs - Bass Guitar.
Harry James - Drums.
No One Gets Out Alive.
The Enemy Inside.
River Of Pain.
Right From The Start.
In Another Life.
The Thing I Want.
Don't Wait For Me.
Rip It Up.
Love Walked In.
I Love You More Than Rock & Roll.
Wonder Days. She likes Cocaine.
Written by Mott The Dog in a storm at Jameson's, The Irish pub, Soi AR, North Pattaya.
Photos by The Mistress of the Lens Harpic Bryant of Breezeridge Photography.