13 Aug 08
Getting your priorities right is key to being a WRC journo. Which is why I feel that Colin and I are ahead of our game.
Take today for instance; we were first in line to pick up our Media accreditation, in fact so keen we were to demonstrate our efficiency and dedication to the job at hand we were early and had to wait for the press officers to unlock the building and turn the lights on. And the reason for this unusual desire to beat the others to the front of the queue? One word for you: Wine. Add another and you can fully understand our haste. Free wine. Bottles of it.
We diligently checked our media packs for the usual stuff, road books, car passes, maps and the odd free pen but at the forefront of our minds was whether we would be getting a bottle of something cheeky or not. We were in luck and now the bottles are sitting waiting for Sunday afternoon to come along. We usually get something free in our packs at every event but hands down Germany wins every time in the freebie stakes. Although the coat hanger that transformed into a clothes brush in Italy was quite ingenious.
Anyway, we are here and yet again we have failed to get any grasp of the German language ahead of the event and the locals will have to put up with us saying the usual rubbish for the duration of the rally.
The first test of our language skills came at the McDonalds drive through today. We rolled up to the ‘talky into thingy’ and a German voice boomed out something in German (strange that eh?) to which Colin replied - I’m sorry I don’t speak German but we would like a big mac, fries and a coke please. We received a big mac, fries and sprite so two out of three ain’t bad. I did study the language at school, but only because I thought I would be getting a free trip to Germany - when that didn’t happen I lost interest and failed the exam mainly because I kept answering every question with ‘Vorsprung durch technik’ which was on an Audi advert at the time. Tragic or what?
So anyway, moving on. This weekend the Citroen World Rally team are taking over World Rally Radio, they will be selecting the music (Ooo la la) and answering any questions you may have, so have a good think and then send your questions for the team over to firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a host of competitions running throughout the weekend and as ever our crack team of stage end reporters will be working hard to cover every stage end - complete with brollies, as the weather here is a tad miserable but should make for exciting rallying action.
We will be on air from the following times (CET) this weekend
Hope to catch you then!