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Member postings for Charles Pic

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Thread: Fantasy Formula 1
15/04/2019 07:01:30


i know what’s going to happen in these races in my mind, and then the race happens and it’s completely different indecision

Ah well, I’ll just admit I’m not good at this and if I can serve some purpose by making those ahead of me feel better, then I’m ok with that! I really enjoyed yesterday’s race in any case, lots of mini battles going on, even if the TV director wasn’t great at catching them. RIC vs HUL is going to be a fascinating situation this year, if the Renault cars stays working long enough for them to do battle.

LEC seems to have no chance in this, his first season in Ferrari, as they will have him jump out of the way as soon as he’s seen to be impeding VET.

12/04/2019 20:33:30
Posted by McG 6969 on 12/04/2019 07:32:38:

Please, Charles. Next time you consider throwing away £20, just ask me my Paypal address. wink

Wait till his team mate is provided with a functional sixth spark plug... or is that part of the Red tactics? ...

Now having said all that, just pretend that the last row in the arena obviously is the best place to watch the lions doing their job... surprise

No worries... & cheers


Ah well, we will see. I’m a big Lewis fan as it happens, so I’ll be delighted if he wins the WDC, but if he doesn’t then I reckon Seb has the best chance and in that case collecting on my little wager will make me feel better about Lewis having lost.

12/04/2019 07:12:41

Hehe, all good fun! Well anyway, in an attempt to recover the situation a little, I’ve put £20 on Vettel for WDC at 4:1. I know that at the moment everyone is writing off his chances, saying he makes mistakes, etc... but heavens, the guy is a 4 times champion in what appears to be the fastest car, with a team who have publicly stated they will be favouring him this year “in certain situations” (whatever that means).

The fact the odds are so generous appears to be just on the basis of two bad races, which over the course of a season will pale in comparison with the fact that he’s in the fastest car and has every likelihood to beat his teammate.

Now having said all that, I am bottom of our little league table, so what do I know!

11/04/2019 10:07:34

Well I hope you lot appreciate the almost limitless compassion I have for you all, which has led me to start this season with a shockingly badly picked team and horribly misjudged predictions!

It was the very most I could find in my heart to do for you all, so you had the best possible headstart.


Watch out though, I might start trying soon.... winksmile d

Edited By Charles Pic on 11/04/2019 10:08:04

Thread: Cheaper Teslas.....
21/03/2019 17:39:50

I take my hat off to Elon Musk for his vision and ambition, but surely he has only succeeded with Tesla to the extent he has because he took the “first mover advantage”. Most of the big players in the industry have been keeping their powder dry, waiting for the economics of electric cars to be right.

I wonder how well Tesla will do when some of the companies who actually know how to make money in the car industry really press ahead with fully electric ranges. Elon has done well, but doesn’t seem to know much about generating a profit or indeed corporate governance.  As an engineer, Elon is wonderful.  As a businessman, not so much.

Edited By Charles Pic on 21/03/2019 17:40:47

Edited By Charles Pic on 21/03/2019 17:41:28

Thread: Fantasy Formula 1
21/03/2019 17:35:31

Oh dear, that was a bit of a grim opening to my campaign. I placed too much faith in Ferrari it seems, so jace given my team a shake up now. Can only improve from here... (unless I drop to last I suppose,). Ho hum

Thread: Growing chillies from seed
21/03/2019 17:33:21

Thanks for your further replies, chaps. I now have four seedlings and have positioned them on a windowsill with a reflector made of cardboard and tin foil behind them, to grab a bit more sunlight.

Lets hooe they develop and that i can pot them on and get them outside in maybe a month or so.

17/03/2019 07:59:59

Thanks guys, sounds as though I need to rig up a light on a timer. I’m not keen to have to buy anything, so would using a regular led lightbulb work? I can probably afford the electric bill of using an Ikea E14 3W bulb on a timer for 12 hours a day.  It’s about 1kWh per month if my mental maths is right  


 Would be about 250 lumens I think, but if dangled directly above the mini pots, then hopefully it’s enough

Edited By Charles Pic on 17/03/2019 08:01:35

Edited By Charles Pic on 17/03/2019 08:28:41

Thread: Fantasy Formula 1
16/03/2019 16:07:02

Not sure of the house policy on spoilers, so I will just say that I was surprised to see a certain person on pole as I’d bought into the pre-season hype that the other big team had a significant advantage. I was even tempted to put money on the pointy-fingered one for WDC, but I suppose that’s why the media spins certain things the wrong way at time - to fleece the masses via bookies who pay for some of the misleading press coverage...

my, haven’t I become cynical in my old age?

well, I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow. So many talking points in this season. I see the one who had his daddy buy him an F1 team so he could go quicker is already looking a little slow against his Mexican teammate. Will be particularly interesting to see how RIC and HUL compare and whether Kubica can really deliver the goods after so long away. His driving was looking pretty ragged in quali and practice I thought. Maybe some frustration there that he’s sacrificed so much to battle his way back into F1, only to end up last.

Thread: Growing chillies from seed
16/03/2019 15:58:32

Well blow me down, after moving the plate of recalcitrant chilli seeds to a cupboard above my fridge, suddenly the remaining 5 from the original 6 batch have all germinated since last weekend and have been potted on.

The first one, which was potted up last weekend has now burst out above the surface of the potting compost and is probably wondering why it’s so dingy in my kitchen. How important is it that they have not just light, but bright light at this stage?

just wondering if I should rig up some artificial lighting, or whether I still have a chance of success without going to this trouble?

Thread: Acromaster pro
11/03/2019 12:11:12

so I see multiplex have come out with an updated “pro” version of their Acromaster. I was just wondering why they didn’t appear to change the aero at all, just updated little details like battery tray, motor mount, undercarriage, etc.

The last ttime I flew an Acromaster it had strong coupling in knife edge, so needed a rudder elevator mix on transmitter. Isn’t that the kind of thing an updated design could have fixed?

Thread: Growing chillies from seed
11/03/2019 12:08:09

After ten days, only 1 of my 6 seeds had sprouted. So that one has now been planted into a small pot. Not sure if the others are going to do anything so I have started 6 more seeds in damp kitchen paper. I did just realise though that I’ve omitted the “fridge for 24 hours” stage from the latest batch of 6. Will have to wait and see if they sprout anyway.

Needa lot of patience in this growing game, huh?

Thread: Fantasy Formula 1
02/03/2019 09:01:24

McG, I think the fantasy F1 league prices are mostly influenced by last year’s finishing positions, although they’ve clearly picked up on Vettel’s potential advantage and priced that in. I wonder what odds you can get on Vettel for WDC this year, as that looks quite likely from wheee I’m sitting.

Thread: Growing chillies from seed
02/03/2019 08:58:48

Thanks for all your info folks, that is perfect for me because I am a beginner with this kind of stuff. I’ll follow the advice go put the seeds in the fridge for a day, then damp kitchen paper in a warm place, and see how I go from there.

Thanks again for all your input!

01/03/2019 08:44:42

Any green fingered types in here? I picked up a packed of “Cayenne Long Slim” chilli seeds in the supermarket (Capsicum annuum L). How should I start these off for best results - would you soak the seeds or plant into mini pots and start watering?

hopefully they will be happy on a kitchen windowsill until it warms up outside. Guess they need summer weather to really thrive?

Thread: Fantasy Formula 1
01/03/2019 08:41:36

Watching winter testing is such a tease. One day Alfa Romeo are looking good, the next day it seems like Haas or Toro Rosso might be the “good value” team option. Have pretty much ruled out McLaren, Racing Point and Williams at this point.

Ferrari seem to be the cream of the crop, but how much do Merc really have in their back pocket? It’s intriguing this year, for sure.

04/10/2018 14:29:20

I've just logged in and made my predictions for Japan, on the basis that by the time I wake up on Saturday morning it might be too late to do so, and relying on me remembering to do them tomorrow didn't seem like an altogether reliable plan either.

01/10/2018 14:16:00

It's rather close between 7th and 9th isn't it? I'll be having a word with my team and encouraging them to put in one good weekend to see if we can leapfrog the lot of 'em!

It's easy with twitter these days - I'll reach out and tweet them all and let them know what's at stake. I'm sure Lewis will be feeling the extra pressure next weekend, knowing that I am counting on him to win me 7th in the modelflyers league.....

30/07/2018 09:06:50

This race seemed like a lucky escape for Hamilton. A dry quali and he could have been starting 5th or 6th behind the Ferraris and Red Bulls, and then the critical pitstop delay which dropped Vettel behind Bottas.

I was amazed Vettel chopped across the front of Bottas to take the turn 2 apex - surely he could have guessed that Bottas might have been left with not enough grip to avoid a collision? A lucky escape for Seb as well then, could've been a puncture.

I wonder if Christian Horner's past sniping at Renault is behind the constant failures they are experiencing now, as they head towards divorce with Renault at the end of the season? or is that too cynical?

28/07/2018 07:49:13

Yes indeed, Ferrari seem to have stolen a march on engine development and now have this somewhat opaque "special boost" mode in evidence, which Renault and Merc have complained about following Germany. Dark muttering of GPS traces revealing acceleration curves that can only come from breaking rules. Double battery KERS systems.... it's all brewing up into a big row if you ask me. Even Toto from Merc is mentioning the "integrity" of the FIA - in the context of saying he trusts it, but still, it brings the words integrity and FIA together in a public statement. What is that intended to conjure in the minds of those who hear it? To me it seems clear, Ferrari are being accused of cheating by the other teams and the FIA of either being complicit or not adequate in enforcing the rules.

This whole situation could blow up into a much bigger story if you ask me, and it seems far from the case that Merc are favourites for the title this year, even with Hamilton's points lead. If Ferrari have something special giving them the upper hand in engine power then they must be the favourites now, as they've been beating Merc on the twisty circuits all year.

That Ferrari engine which started with great plumes of smoke each time in the pre season does seem to have been designed to use its oil in a different way to the others. Just saying..!

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