In about an hour, the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans will begin. Le Mans is one of the most famous events in motorsport, its fame rivaled only by the likes of the Monaco, Indianapolis, and Daytona. It is the jewel in the crown of the FIA World Endurance Championship — indeed, it overshadows the rest of the calendar to such an extent that most teams and drivers would likely take a victory at Le Mans over the actual WEC trophy itself.
Many different manufacturers have taken part in the race over its long history, but few have been as truly unlucky as Toyota. In 1999, the #3 Toyota TS020 GT-One driven by Ukyo Katayama was successfully chasing down the lead #15 BMW of Pierluigi Martini close to the end of the race when it suffered a tyre blowout, effectively ending its challenge for the overall victory. The #3 car ended up getting second. In 2014, the #7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid, driven by Nakajima Kazuki, was in the lead during the night when its race was ended when an FIA-mandated sensor overheated, damaging other crucial electronics in the car.
Whilst I do not think it will be as disastrous as some of the predictions imply, I do think that they will fail to close the gap to the Tories, and that gap may indeed widen despite May’s disastrous campaign due to Labour losses in the north and the Midlands.
As it turns out, I was wrong. Labour did reduce their gap in parliament to the Tories, and by a pretty significant margin. Previously, Labour held 229 seats in Parliament to the Conservatives’s 330 — a deficit of 101. When Parliament next takes session, there will be 261 Labour MPs and 318 Tories — a deficit of 57.
The 2017 British general election will be the third general election that I’ve followed in detail. I wasn’t expecting one to come so soon after 2015, but here we are. I’m neither British nor do I live in Britain, so my interest in this affair may seem disingenuous to some, but after witnessing my own country fall into the hands of a cartel masquerading as a political party, this election offers politically-minded individuals such as myself the ability to enjoy the “fun” of watching an election from a more detached point of view. Today, June 8th 2017, is election day. Unfortunately, today also looks set to be a bad day for those who, like myself, are sympathetic to Jeremy Corbyn and Labour.
So, what exactly is going on in Britain? On April 18th 2017, PM Theresa May announced her attention to hold a snap election on June 8th. At the time, this plan seemed to make a good deal of sense: a general election would give May the opportunity to bury Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour, stave off potential challenges from within her own party, and push back the deadline for the next GE from 2020 to 2022 — creating a nice gap between that vote and the Brexit deadline in March 2019.
Just as I started writing my series of posts on Premier League crest designs, Juventus decided to bring a boatload of attention to that subject by launching a new logo that is radically different from any of their past designs. Juve is not in the Premier League, by virtue of that whole “located in Italy not England” technicality, but I had to write about it anyways.
AFC Bournemouth’s current badge, introduced in 2013, is an evolution of the Dickie Dowsett design that has been in use by the club since 1971 in some form or another, apart from a brief period in the 80s when they used a rather euphemistic badge depicting a pair of Cherries (the club’s nickname). Central to Bournemouth’s crest is a stylized image of Dickie Dowsett, a footballer who scored 79 goals for the Cherries and later served as their commercial manager.¹
Logo design is a subject that has always been of great interest to me for some reason or another. I can’t quite say why, but those symbols that get slapped on everything from cars to soda cans have long piqued my curiosity. They represent a sort of modern, capitalist heraldry. Good ones elevate a product, and bad ones reduce it. I have no formal education in graphic design, I should point out, so for me this really is more of a spectator sport than anything else.
A more conventional sporting interest of mine is association football – aka soccer. However, for most of my life that interest began and ended with international football – I liked to watch the World Cup and the Euros, and that was about it. I’d watch club games every now and then, but I did not really follow any league thoroughly. That changed last year, when I began to follow club football more closely.
Well, it’s time for my final 12 days of anime post! Except, I’ve missed a bunch of days… yeah, next year I’ll make sure to write the articles beforehand to avoid writer’s block. Anyways, I will finish all the posts which were intended for this 12 Days series, though I’ll publish them later as stand-alones.
Anyways, since today is my final 12 Days post, I thought I’d dedicate it to a rather peculiar topic that I am quite interested in: anime title screens. The inspiration for this post came when I decided to watch a bit of the first episode of Seiren, an anime airing this season that I am quite looking forward to due to it’s connections with the Amagami franchise. The show hasn’t been translated yet, so I only watched a bit of the raw. That bit, however, included the opening… and that OP included the abomination of a title screen that is pictured below. The out-of-focus background, the fuzzy gradients, the ClipArt style hearts – it’s a good example of bad design.