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Weekend of a Champion: London Review

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"Rush" - the documentary.


London Film Festival press screening, September  26


Jackie Stewart, Roman Polanski, Helen Stewart


Frank Simon

LONDON - The gladiatorial golden age of Formula 1 motor racing is currently enjoying high cinematic interest thanks to Ron Howard’s rubber-burning bio-drama Rush and Asif Kapadia’s heartbreaking 2010 documentary Senna. A fly-on-the-steering-wheel profile of Scottish three-time F1 champ Jackie Stewart at the peak of his career, Weekend of a Champion is a vintage documentary produced and presented by Roman Polanski. Shot at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1971, it offers an insider’s view of this high-risk, high-octane sport during its most lethally dangerous period.

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Screening at the London Film Festival this week, Weekend of a Champion was a minor project that Polanski made between his breakthrough American movies, Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown. It never received a full U.S. release, and was largely forgotten until the negative came to light recently. Now this restored and expanded version, which features new contemporary footage, has been bought by the documentary arm of Rush Hour director Brett Ratner’s production company Rat, which plan to release it through Netflix.

Granted special access as a personal friend, Polanski shadows Stewart and his wife Helen across four days of tense training runs, glitzy social functions, cheerful meetings with competition winners and autograph hunters. The pair also blast around the compact Monte Carlo circuit together, as the affable Scot explains the precision technique involved in every curve and gear-shift. Despite heavy rainclouds and the ever-present threat of fatal accident, the race itself ultimately passes without serious incident.

Weekend of a Champion clearly will clearly have most appeal to hardcore motor racing fans, who will appreciate the forensic precision that Stewart puts into every decision, a Jedi-like level of expertise that later served him well in his post-championship careers as a commentator for ABC and safety campaigner. Casual F1 fans may also enjoy the cameos by legendary drivers including Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss and Stewart’s former team-mate, Graham Hill. Other celebrities of the period also make fleeting appearance, including Princess Grace, Ringo Starr and Joan Collins. As a flashy tax haven for the super-rich, Monaco has long been the most glamorous race of the season.

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Rakishly dressed and shaggy haired in the dandyish Austin Powers style of the period, Polanski appears sporadically on screen throughout. He also co-stars in a new 20-minute coda, reuniting with Stewart 40 years later in the same hotel suite to reminisce on old times. This is the least dramatic or dynamic part of the documentary, but in some ways the most revealing. Stewart reflects ruefully on all the fallen comrades he lost during an era when racing drivers had a one-in-three chance of survival. One of them was his handsome French team-mate François Cevert, a fleeting presence in the film, who died in a crash in 1973.

Thanks partly to Stewart’s dogged campaigns to make the sport safer, the number of fatal crashes has declined dramatically in recent years. “In the 1970s, motor racing was dangerous and sex was safe,” he quips, a line that surely carries an extra sting for Polanski. Weekend of a Champion begins as a motorsports movie but ends up a portrait of two wily elder statesmen who have survived into their seventies by skill, stealth and sheer luck.

Production company: RP productions

Producer: Roman Polanski

Starring: Jackie Stewart, Roman Polanski, Helen Stewart

Director: Frank Simon

Cinematographers: Bill Brayne, Pawel Edelman

Editors: Hervé de Luze, Shawn Tracey, Derek York

Sales company: Pathé International

Unrated, 93 minutes

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Sri Lanka vs. South Africa Scoreboard

Sri Lanka vs. South Africa Scoreboard

Associated Press - 4 August 2013 11:39-04:00

HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka (AP) ? Scoreboard Sunday in the second Twenty20 match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium:

Henry Davids b Kulasekara 7

Quinton de Kock st Sangakkara b Senanayake 19

Faf du Plessis b Malinga 12

JP Duminy c Mathews b Senanayake 30

AB de Villiers run out 15

David Miller c Chandimal b Kulasekara 36

David Wiese not out 7

Wayne Parnell not out 10

Extras: (2lb, 7w) 9

TOTAL: (for six wickets) 145

Overs: 20.

Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-44, 3-48, 4-86, 5-105, 6-132.

Did not bat: Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Bowling: Nuwan Kulasekara 4-0-22-2 (1w), Lasith Malinga 4-0-32-1 (1w), Sachithra Senanayake 4-0-18-2 (5w), Angelo Mathews 4-0-32-0, Ajantha Mendis 4-0-39-0.

Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Kusal Perera, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senananyake, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis.

Series: South Africa leads three-match series 1-0.

Toss: South Africa.

Umpires: Ranmore Martinesz and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Sri Lanka.

TV umpire: Raveendra Wimalasiri, Sri Lanka. Match referee: Andy Pycroft, Zimbabwe.

News Topics: Cricket, Sports People, Places and Companies: Mahinda Rajapaksa, David Miller, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Southern Africa, Africa, South Asia, Asia

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Jamie Dupree's Washington Insider: Congress leaves until after Labor Day

As Senators headed home on Thursday afternoon, with House members ready to join them on Friday for a five week vacation, lawmakers in Congress are leaving Washington with precious few achievements to show the folks back home.

For some voters, that's just fine - they don't want Congress to do much; for others, the lack of action on major issues shows how screwed up things are in Washington, D.C.

It has been 19 years since the Congress finished its budget work by the end of the fiscal year (September 30). Neither the House nor the Senate will come close this year.

The House has passed four of the 12 budget bills.

The Senate has passed none of them.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Congress had sent only 23 bills to President Obama for his signature, the latest being a bill that rolls back a recent increase in student loan interest rates.

One thing I've talked about for years is how much less work is being done by both the House and Senate - and figures produced by one of my colleagues bears that out.

Lisa Desjardins of CNN went back through the last five years, and found that 2013 has had the least amount of Congressional activity.

For example, in 2009, the Senate met for 113 days before the August break - 24 more days than in 2013.

Think about that - basically the Senate worked five more weeks in 2009 up until this point of the year, than Senators did in 2013.

The difference in the House was 19 days - almost four full work weeks.

Seems pretty logical to me that if you aren't in Washington for work in Congress, you aren't going to get much done in the House or Senate.

The last time the Senate voted on a Friday was in March. ?

The House didn't schedule one five day work week on the floor for the entire year.

For the next five weeks, the Congress is out. Then lawmakers are back for two weeks, and then they take the next week off.

By then, it is September 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Before that date, the House and Senate must approve a temporary, stop-gap budget to keep the government running.

Or, we have a government shutdown.

Source: http://www.wsbradio.com/weblogs/jamie-dupree/2013/aug/01/congress-leaves-until-after-labor-day/

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Azarenka, Stosur move to California semifinals

Azarenka won seven of 10 break points to defeat Radwanska on the hardcourts at La Costa Resort and Spa and move into her sixth semifinal appearance of the year.

She will face seven seed Ana Ivanovic moved into the semifinals, taking down Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-7 (1-7), 6-2.

Earlier in the day, French journeywoman Virginie Razzano stunned third-seeded former Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova 6-7 (6-8), 7-5, 7-6 (10-8) in a marathon 3- hour, 35-minute affair.

Razzano is no stranger to knocking off better-known talent. She also shocked Serena Williams in the opening round at last year's French Open.

Her semifinal opponent will be fifth-seeded Samantha Stosur, who bumped off two seed Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 in a 2-hour, 31-minute match. Radwanska, who was the runner-up in Stanford last week, titled here two years ago and was the Carlsbad runner-up in 2010.

The 2013 Carlsbad titlist will claim $125,000.

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Google removes multiple stops feature from Maps

Question: How do I get directions for a route with multiple stops in the new Google Maps?

Answer: The snazzy redesign that Google unveiled at its I/O developer conference in May, and is now inviting users to try, took away this feature.

I didn't realize it myself until I was trying to calculate mileage expenses on a drive with an intermediate stop ? and realized that the usual buttons to add a destination had vanished. Other Maps users have been equally puzzled.

You can't blame them: Google didn't mention this subtraction in its post about the new look, although it did spell out the removal of the Latitude location-sharing feature that many people never bothered to try.

It also has yet to revise its old instructions for requesting a multiple-stop itinerary. They include a sample link which yields the old maps interface, plus a small caption at the top explaining that you were switched back to the prior version because you requested a feature the new one doesn't support.

But using the search syntax shown on that page ("from:first place to:second place to:third place") didn't work to request new multidestination directions. If you've opted into Google's new maps site, your only workaround on the desktop is to go to the blue "Help & Feedback" button at its top-right corner and select "Return to classic Google Maps."

Or you can pick up your phone ? not to use Google's Android and iOS apps, but to use the mobile version of its website.

It seems almost inevitable that Google will restore this feature (a Google spokesman didn't want to comment on the record), but in the meantime this is a lesson about how not to introduce a new product. Sometimes a company has to drop a useful feature to get other things to ship on time ? but why let users discover its absence when it could have explained things upfront?

It may also be an opportunity for Google users to try other mapping sites.

For the past few years, Google's strongest competition has come from Microsoft. Its Bing Maps site matches many of Google's features (bicycling directions are a notable exception) and was first to introduce others, such as a bird's-eye view from a much lower altitude than the usual satellite imagery, and it still allows multiple-stop directions.

AOL's MapQuest does as well but looks much more cluttered. Yahoo Maps has a cleaner appearance but only does driving directions.

These competitors, however, have yet to match Google's vast "Ground Truth" effort to augment and expand its cartographical data. As one result, Microsoft only recently updated its database to reflect the permanent closure in January of a stretch of Interstate 395 in Washington, while Yahoo did not know about that as of Wednesday.

(Google misses things, too. Although its overhead view shows how Columbus Circle in front of Union Station has been straightened out, its map view shows the old, tangled alignment. Please remember to trust your eyeballs regardless of what mapping app you use, lest errant guidance drive you to do something embarrassingly stupid like, say, driving a mile up a bike trail.)

Tip: Gmail's offline mode lets you read without bandwidth ? or ads

If you use Google's Chrome browser, you can install an app for its Gmail service ? open a new tab, click "Web Store" at the bottom right corner and search for "Gmail Offline" ? that lets you read and respond to your messages without an Internet connection.

That's a huge upgrade by itself, putting Google's Webmail service on a par with separate programs like Apple's Mail or Microsoft's Outlook in allowing you to catch up on old messages while offline. (Google Docs got a similar upgrade last summer, which I used to write part of this column on a Wi-Fi-free flight.) But Gmail's offline interface also strips out the already-fairly-unobtrusive ads that Google normally displays at the top of your inbox.

Give it a try. Then take a moment to think about how much you might pay to have those ads scrubbed from the regular Gmail interface, if Google allowed that choice.


Rob Pegoraro is a tech writer based out of Washington, D.C. To submit a tech question, e-mail Rob at rob@robpegoraro.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/robpegoraro.

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