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    This article was published in ARENA, July 2000 arena

    High octane. High stakes. High paying. Or just plain high. . . Inside the fast , dangerous and fun world of the Formula 1 playboy

    Text Ivan Rendall

    Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone was once quoted as saying that 'the world revolves around sex and money, in that order. Except in America, where it is money and sex'. And he should know.

    The 69-year-old Mr Ecclestone, who is married to a stunning former model (not a rarity in his industry), presides over the business of Formula1 as a personal fiefdom based on revenues from global television and sponsorship of over £2 billion a year. One of the richest men in the world, he is at the head of a coterie of team bosses and drivers who share in this bonanza, most of them millionaires several times over.

  • The Future of History

     

    THE FUTURE OF HISTORY - Cat Articles

    Walking on the moon was the future once; now it's history.

    When Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins returned from the moon they had to into quaratine where they spent part of their time watching such television recordings as there were in 1969. They showed scenes of childish excitement, wild celebration and earnest studio discussion. moved by it all, Buzz Aldrin pointed to the sceen and said: "Hey, look at that Neil; I guess we just missed the whole darn thing."

    Today, the idea that nothing has really happened unless it happened on television, has taken a firm hold of our historical imagination. And that is the opposite of a couple of centuries ago when history was invented as a subject, when the only records were paintings and short runs of a few books exclusively abourt God, kings, queens, and battles. There were oral histories and records of events written by Tacitus and Bede, but not history in the sense we have come to understand it.

    When Rosa Parkes refused to move from her seat in the black section of a racially-segregated Alabama bus there was no camera on hand so the moment went unrecorded. It was not seen as history in 1955 but we are now mostly agreed that it was a "leap [no less] giant" historically than Neil Armstong's 14 years later which she made by sitting down. There is a sense in which the two events were either side of a tipping point when history was redfined.

    This website is about history, popular history. Hopefully it's not addressing history's lowest common denominator, or about professors descending from their dreaming spires to slum it on telly, debating which Great Brit should grace the back of a £10 note, nor even which Great Brits should be compulsory parts of the national curriculum. It’s about us, the millions of people who are very unlikely to sit on an equestrian statue and stare down Whitehall or have their portrait above the stairs at No.10. It’s about what we did, why, what we lived through, and the context, and how people have contributed to our modern world.