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Moto GP 2008 Round 5 Race Preview.

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Well we are late in posting our race review from Sundays action but we though we’d make a few post-race comments. It was an amazing race full of action, drama and some absolutely sensational riding. The French weather loomed and caused all sorts of tension and uncertainty. Would it rain would it hold off. The race was declared a ‘dry race’ however, it did drizzle slightly.

Casey Stoner got a blinding start and led for the first section of the race. He was hauled in by a hard charging Rossi and was later overtaken by Pedrosa. Meanwhile Rossi was creating a gap at the front while Jorge Lorenzo was making his way up the field after a bad start.

Casey Stoner seemed to regain some composure after looking uncomfortable for a spell but that was to come to nothing as his machine seemed to expire at the end of the main straight. Stoner had to push his Ducati to get back to the pits where a spare bike with ‘wets’ had been prepared for him. Hoping for a miracle (rain), he rejoined the race two laps down. Meanwhile Rossi was in vintage form at the front while Lorenzo had amazingly moved up to second with Colin Edwards third and Pedrosa dropping off to fourth. And that would be how they crossed the finish line with Chris Vermeulin in fifth.

It was a welcome victory for ‘The Doctor’ who equalled Angel Nieto’s total of 90 Grand Prix wins. Rossi collected Nieto on the warm down lap and let the legend ride his M1 Yamaha with Valentino as passenger holding a flag that read ’90+90′. Only Giacomo Agostini has more wins than Rossi but with 32 more to get the record it remains to be seen if even the great Vale will be able to reach the milestone.

Special mention goes to “Iron Man”, Jorge Lorenzo! What an amazing ride to come from 10th place at the start of the race to second and was actually pulling time on Rossi. Simply amazing considering the guy can hardly walk! We here at Gadget Freaks firmly believe that if he can keep himself out of trouble he will be in line for a real upset this year. We’ll have to check the record books to see when the last time a rookie won the premier class.

So a great weekend for Yamaha getting a clean sweep of the podium. Ducati, however had a weekend to forget. With Casey Stoner’s (16th) machine failure and Marco Melandri (15th) at odds again with his machinery there will be some serious searching as the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello is next and they will be certainly be hoping for a taste of the Moet on home soil.

Championship Postions After 5 Rounds.

1- Valentino Rossi Yamaha  97

2- Jorge Lorenzo    Yamaha  94

3- Dani Pedrosa     Honda    94

4- Casey Stoner     Ducati    56

5- Colin Edwards   Yamaha  47

Next Race; Italian Grand Prix Mugello Italy June 1, 2008

Tristram Cary, the composer of the Dr Who theme tune and a pioneer of electronic music, has died

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Sad news indeed here at Gadget Freaks. Tristram Cary, the composer of the Doctor Who theme and electronic music pioneer has died in Adelaide, Australia. Of course the long running sci-fi series has a special place in the hearts of all gadgeteers so it’s only fitting to remember the creator of what is one of the most memorable and unique TV themes of all time.


Cary came upon the idea of tape and electronic music whilst serving in the British Navy as a radar officer during the Second World War. He later went on to become one of the principal pioneers of electronic music founding an electronic music studio at London’s Royal College of Music in 1967. Moving to Australia in the 1970’s, he established a similar studio at the world renowned University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music.

The son of Irish born Novelist, Joyce Cary, he was said to have had a unique childhood. Family friends, T.S. Elliot and James Joyce would often call at the family home for tea.

Many regard Cary as the father of modern electronic music. His theme to the long running BBC series is said to have inspired the likes of Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, Portishead and many others. Not only a composer, he co-designed a synthesiser used by such legends of music as Roxy Music, The Who and the previously mentioned Pink Floyd.

In 1991 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia ( OAM ) for services to Australian music. During his distinguished if not seminal career he also composed music for Hollywood feature films, television theatre and concerts.

He died in The Royal Adelaide Hospital ( Australia ) aged 82.

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April 28, 2008 at 6:32 am