July 2000This is the start of the reviews. The first few months were done in reverse order, like this one, then they go in chronological order. Don't ask for an explanation because you won't get one!

[Monday, 31st] Farscape, affectionately known as Farce-scape, is back [18:45, BBC2]! Nice to have programmes on BBC 2 again instead of wall-to-wall Bloody Wimbledon.

[Sunday, 30th] Dean Malenko is the James Bond of the WWF [Heat, 17:05, Channel 4], is he? He looks more like Richard M. Nixon than any of the OO7's. The WWF must be getting really hard up for people to put in the ring with so many of their actors on the injured list. Especially if they had to revive Sergeant Slaughter to fill up ten minutes or so. Who's next from the Eighties? Big John Stud? Andre the Giant? Rocky Johnson? Can't wait to find out!

The German Grand Prix [12:15, ITV] was a most entertaining shambles. It got off to a good beginning when David Coulthard, on pole, moved over in front of Michael Schumacher, giving Schumacher a taste of his usual tactic, and let Mika Hakkinnen shoot into the lead from third on the grid.
   Even better, Schumacher then proceeded to crowd Fisichella off the track and got shunted off himself for his pains! No red flag, no safety car: the forces of evil Schumacher was out of his home Grand Prix and the crowds started to go home; which proved to be a bad decision.
   Just as the race was starting to turn into a McLaren procession, some nutter in a rain cape started wandering around on the grass in the forest section. The safety car came out, everyone dived into the pits for new tyres and more fuel and Coulthard was left on the track, hanging out to dry behind the safety car because Hakkinen was brought into the pits first and Coulthard wasn't told he could come in too and wait his turn.
   Coulthard had fought his way up from dead last to sixth when the safety car came out again after Diniz drove into Alesi and caused a big accident. Soon afterwards, the rain started to come down in serious quantities. Hakkinen went in for wet-weather tyres, leaving Rubens Barrichello in the lead with Coulthard second.
   On a track that was half wet and half dry, Barrichello chose to stay out and Coulthard came in for wet-weather tyres, losing his second place. Finding that he could make up the time lost on the wet parts of the track when he got to the dry section, Barrichello just kept on going for a totally unexpected Ferrari victory and his first ever Grand Prix win. And all this from starting 18th on the grid. It was an excellent performance on a shambles of a day.
   Those scoring points were Barrichello [10], Hakkinen [6], Coulthard [4], Button [3] (from starting last on the grid after stalling his car at the start of the parade lap), Salo [2] and de la Rosa [1]. Michael Schumacher retained his lead in the driver's championship (56 points) with Hakkinen and Coulthard tied 2 points behind him and Barrichello 8 points behind them.

[Saturday, 29th] I'd not watched an Inspector Morse for ages but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Masonic Mysteries [20:00, ITV]. Maybe I'll watch another in a few years' time.

[Friday, 28th] The WWF's decline continued with Raw [21:30, Sky Sports One]. It's now fashionable for someone who loses a match either to attack the winner from behind with a steel chair or to get one or more mates to help to beat him up. What these sore losers don't seem to realize is that no matter what they do to the winner, it doesn't change what they are - just another rotten, lousy, stinking, useless loser!

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