I'm not really a sports fan, but I am pleased today to be making my debut as a sports writer. I do understand the excitement that comes from following the fortunes of a favorite team or figure, but I sometimes find major sporting events a little empty, a diversion of energy and somehow detached from the real world.
I'm in the Lake District for a few days... which often happens as a connoisseur of fine landscapes and excellent walking. But this trip is a little different. Sure, there have been a few walks, one of which I filmed, and I have caught up on my latest landscape viewing, but really I'm here now for a different purpose.
When news emerged this week that James May of Top Gear fame had announced his intention to buy an electric car, commentators were bemused. As Antony Ingram put it, isn't he the guy best known for being one of "a trio of presenters who hate fuel-efficient cars, think electric cars are useless and like to scream around airfields in gas-guzzling supercars"?
In September 2014, ten teams will face each other on the tarmac for the first ever racing series that will feature only electric cars - the FIA Formula E World Championship. It will be a ground-breaking championship, filled with new challenges, where drivers will use two cars rather than one, and 'refuelling' will be done wirelessly.