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It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

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Me I teach english as a foreign language in Barranquilla, Colombia. In my previous life, as I call it, I was an IT guy, systems administrator, computer tech, as well as a shipping/receiving guy and also worked as a merchandising guy for a year for a camping/RV accessories store.

Chip Wiegand

I teach english as a foreign language in Barranquilla, Colombia. In my previous life, as I call it, I was an IT guy, systems administrator, computer tech, as well as a shipping/receiving guy and also worked as a merchandising guy for a year for a camping/RV accessories store.

Auto Racing News

World Rally Championship news - Autosport

Stay up to date with the latest World Rally Championship news from Autosport.

06/27/2017 12:19 PM
Why DMACK won't repeat its 2016 Rally Poland shock
DMACK is unlikely to repeat its 2016 dominance of Rally Poland this weekend as that was achieved with a bespoke tyre, says its World Rally Championship driver Elfyn Evans
06/23/2017 05:31 AM
WRC Rally GB ponders new opening stage for 2017 itinerary
Rally GB organisers are considering the addition of a new Thursday night stage and a change of start venue for Britain's World Rally Championship round
06/21/2017 06:59 AM
Rally GB alters 2017 itinerary after pressure from WRC teams
Rally GB organisers have bowed to pressure from World Rally Championship teams and will issue a revised itinerary for the October 27-29 event
06/16/2017 06:50 AM
Why Ford has to back Sebastien Ogier and M-Sport in the WRC
A Ford Fiesta leads the World Rally Championship with Sebastien Ogier and M-Sport. But that combination will only stay together for 2018 if Ford makes a factory WRC return
06/15/2017 09:28 AM
Sebastien Ogier: I'll stay at M-Sport for WRC 2018 if Ford backs it
Sebastien Ogier will stay at M-Sport for the 2018 World Rally Championship if Ford gives it factory backing again, but is talking to rivals in case it does not
06/14/2017 05:44 AM
Esapekka Lappi secures Toyota seat for rest of 2017 WRC after Italy
Toyota team principal Tommi Makinen has rewarded Esapekka Lappi's Rally Italy performance with a drive for the rest of the 2017 World Rally Championship season
06/13/2017 10:10 AM
Jari-Matti Latvala warns he'll break WRC radio rules
Jari-Matti Latvala says he is ready to break World Rally Championship car-to-team communication regulations after being placed in what he felt was a dangerous situation on Rally Italy
06/11/2017 02:14 PM
Citroen drops Kris Meeke for Andreas Mikkelsen for Rally Poland
Kris Meeke has been dropped by Citroen for the next World Rally Championship round in Poland, and has been replaced by Andreas Mikkelsen
06/11/2017 07:44 AM
WRC Rally Italy: Ott Tanak wins attritional event in Sardinia
Ott Tanak took his first ever World Rally Championship victory with first place on Rally Italy, after surviving an attritional event in Sardinia in his M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC
06/11/2017 03:55 AM
Rally Italy Sardinia: M-Sport's Ott Tanak on brink of first WRC win
Ott Tanak extended his Rally Italy lead on the first two stages of Sunday morning to 25.5 seconds over Toyota's Jari-Matti Latvala

Rallycross news - Autosport

Stay up to date with the latest Rallycross news from Autosport.

06/23/2017 04:41 AM
Audi decides Ekstrom must miss Holjes World RX for Norisring DTM
Audi Sport has decided that reigning World Rallycross champion Mattias Ekstrom will miss his home RX round at Holjes next weekend to prioritise the Norisring DTM round
06/12/2017 06:58 AM
Audi set to prioritise DTM over World RX in Ekstrom date clash
Mattias Ekstrom's World Rallycross Championship defence could face a significant hit as Audi wants him to prioritise the clashing Norisring DTM meeting over the next RX round at Holjes
06/11/2017 11:12 AM
World RX Hell: VW's Johan Kristoffersson adds to points lead
Johan Kristoffersson extended his lead in the World Rallycross Championship by winning the Norwegian round of the series at Hell, as home favorite Petter Solberg didn't make the final
06/11/2017 07:40 AM
WRX Hell: Andreas Bakkerud qualifies top of intermediate class
Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud qualified top of the Intermediate Classification for the first time in 2017 in the World Rallycross Championship at his home event in Hell
06/10/2017 11:09 AM
WRX Hell: Mattias Ekstrom tops the order at the end of day one
Reigning World Rallycross champion Mattias Ekstrom topped the order at the end of the first day of action at the Hell circuit in Norway
05/31/2017 08:16 AM
Two-time BTCC champion Alain Menu set to make rallycross debut
Double British Touring Car champion Alain Menu is set to make his rallycross debut in the final round of this year's British championship
05/30/2017 10:17 AM
Silverstone 2018 World Rallycross track revealed
Silverstone has revealed its new rallycross circuit that will host the World Rallycross Championship in 2018
05/28/2017 11:41 AM
Petter Solberg's dominant World RX round at Lydden ends with a win
Petter Solberg claimed his first victory in over a year by winning the British round of the World Rallycross Championship, on the series' final visit to Lydden Hill
05/28/2017 10:33 AM
Lydden Hill World RX: Solberg remains top depsite Hansen Q4 win
Petter Solberg's PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team remained top on the second day of Britain's World Rallycross round at Lydden Hill
05/27/2017 12:39 PM
Lydden Hill World RX: Solberg leads overnight after double wins
Petter Solberg's PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team dominated the first day of Britain's round of World Rallycross at Lydden Hill

Dakar news - Autosport

Stay up to date with the latest Dakar news from Autosport.

05/26/2017 11:54 AM
Peugeot says it will quit Dakar Rally if rules change
Peugeot will halt its Dakar Rally programme if mooted rule changes for the famous cross country event go ahead in 2018
03/22/2017 06:53 AM
Peru to return to Dakar Rally schedule for first time in five years
Peru will return to the Dakar Rally schedule in 2018, hosting stages of the event for the first time in five years
01/16/2017 05:47 AM
Peugeot's Loeb baffled by decisive Dakar Rally problem
World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb says he still doesn't know what caused his Peugeot to stop for 26 minutes early in the 2017 Dakar, effectively costing him victory
01/14/2017 06:42 AM
Dakar Rally 2017: Peugeot's Peterhansel beats Loeb for 13th win
Stephane Peterhansel delivered back-to-back Dakar Rally victories for Peugeot, seeing off team-mate and World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb for his 13th win in the event
01/13/2017 04:29 PM
Stephane Peterhansel on brink of 2017 Dakar Rally victory
Stephane Peterhansel took a major step towards a 13th Dakar Rally win as he preserved most of his lead over Sebastien Loeb heading into the final day
01/13/2017 04:13 AM
Dakar 2017: Loeb thinks Peterhansel can't be caught now
Sebastien Loeb believes his 2017 Dakar Rally victory hopes are realistically over now Peugeot team-mate Stephane Peterhansel is nearly six minutes clear with two stages left
01/12/2017 04:44 PM
Peterhansel given Dakar Rally lead back after collision with biker
Peugeot's Stephane Peterhansel has reclaimed the Dakar Rally lead after being given back time following his collision with KTM motorcycle rider Simon Marcic
01/12/2017 03:06 PM
Dakar: Sebastien Loeb fastest, Stephane Peterhansel in bike clash
Peugeot's Sebastien Loeb provisionally took victory on the 2017 Dakar Rally's 10th stage, but the overall picture remains unclear after Stephane Peterhansel made contact with a bike category competitor
01/10/2017 06:27 PM
Dakar 2017 'Super Belen' stage cancelled due to road chaos
The 2017 Dakar Rally's long-anticipated "Super Belen" stage on Wednesday has been cancelled
01/10/2017 03:57 PM
Sebastien Loeb takes Dakar 2017 lead with stage victory
Sebastien Loeb topped stage eight of the 2017 Dakar Rally, retaking the lead of the event from Peugeot team-mate Stephane Peterhansel

Touring Cars news - Autosport

Stay up to date with the latest Touring Cars news from Autosport.

06/27/2017 05:08 AM
Mortara finding Audi to Mercedes DTM move harder than expected
Last year's DTM runner-up Edoardo Mortara says his first season with Mercedes has been more difficult than expected as it and former employer Audi are "two completely different worlds"
06/26/2017 12:20 PM
Coronel's crash with fire van in Vila Real WTCC practice was 25G
World Touring Car Championship driver Tom Coronel has revealed that his impact with a fire vehicle in Vila Real practice measured 25G
06/25/2017 01:36 PM
Vila Real WTCC: Honda's Norbert Michelisz takes first win of 2017
Honda's Norbert Michelisz claimed his first World Touring Car Championship win of the 2017 season by converting pole to victory in the main race on the streets of Vila Real
06/25/2017 12:20 PM
Vila Real WTCC: Sebastien Loeb Racing's Mehdi Bennani wins opener
Sebastien Loeb Racing's Mehdi Bennani claimed victory in the opening World Touring Car Championship race in Vila Real after escaping the chasing pack early on
06/25/2017 06:16 AM
WTCC Vila Real: Changes made to joker lap for safety reasons
World Touring Car Championship officials will alter the Vila Real joker lap ahead of Sunday's two races after teams expressed their concerns about the speeds of cars rejoining the circuit.
06/24/2017 12:44 PM
Vila Real WTCC: Norbert Michelisz takes dominant pole in qualifying
Honda's Norbert Michelisz marched to a dominant pole for Sunday's main World Touring Car Championship race in Vila Real with a series qualifying lap record around the Portuguese street circuit
06/24/2017 08:27 AM
Vila Real WTCC: Huff's late lap edges Michelisz in practice
Rob Huff improved late on in the second World Touring Car Championship practice session at Vila Real to depose Honda's Norbert Michelisz
06/20/2017 11:29 AM
Injured BTCC driver Luke Davenport now out of coma
Motorbase Performance has released an additional update on British Touring Car Championship driver Luke Davenport's condition, confirming that he is no longer in a coma
06/18/2017 10:38 AM
Hungaroring DTM: Audi's Rene Rast takes maiden win for points lead
Rene Rast's maiden victory in the DTM finale at the Hungaroring sent the Audi driver to the top of the drivers' championship by a single point
06/18/2017 06:35 AM
Hungaroring DTM: Rene Rast doubles up on pole as Audi stars again
Audi rookie Rene Rast doubled up in Sunday's DTM qualifying at the Hungaroring to claim his second pole in a row
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Sportscars news - Autosport

Stay up to date with the latest Sportscars news from Autosport.

06/27/2017 10:03 AM
Ferrari picks Vilander to replace Bird at Nurburgring WEC round
Toni Vilander will replace Formula E-bound Sam Bird in the World Endurance Championship's Nurburgring round, Ferrari has confirmed
06/26/2017 11:22 AM
Pipo Derani set for World Endurance Championship return in LMP2
Pipo Derani is set for a return to the World Endurance Championship with the Rebellion LMP2 squad at the forthcoming Nurburgring round
06/26/2017 05:46 AM
Toyota/Porsche's Le Mans failure show LMP1 'too extreme' - Jarvis
Former Audi LMP1 driver Oliver Jarvis believes Toyota and Porsche's failures in the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours prove the World Endurance Championship's top-class manufacturers have pushed beyond the limit
06/24/2017 07:05 PM
Bentley wins Blancpain GT Series' Paul Ricard 1000km
Bentley took its first Endurance Cup victory in the Blancpain GT Series for three years in Saturday evening's Paul Ricard 1000km
06/24/2017 05:47 AM
Black Falcon Mercedes on pole for Blancpain's Paul Ricard 1000km
Mercedes claimed pole position for the Paul Ricard 1000Km Endurance Cup round of the Blancpain GT Series with a last-gasp lap from Yelmer Buurman
06/23/2017 08:54 AM
Rebellion accepts Le Mans 24 Hours exclusion over 'judgement error'
The Rebellion LMP2 team has accepted the loss of its overall podium finish in the Le Mans 24 Hours for what has been described as an "error of judgement"
06/23/2017 06:06 AM
ByKolles could've won 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours - Oliver Webb
The ByKolles privateer LMP1 squad could have won last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours with a clean run, according to team regular Oliver Webb
06/23/2017 04:36 AM
Vanthoor turns down Lynn's G-Drive seat for Nurburgring WEC round
Porsche works driver Laurens Vanthoor has turned down the chance to replace G-Drive Racing's Alex Lynn in July's Nurburgring World Endurance Championship round
06/22/2017 10:38 AM
Toyota receives apology from Capillaire for Le Mans-ending mix-up
Toyota says it has received an apology from LMP2 driver Vincent Capillaire for the incident that indirectly caused the leading #7 car to retire from this year's Le Mans 24 Hours
06/22/2017 09:15 AM
No WEC/Formula E 2018 clashes as part of three-way deal with F1
Bosses from Formula 1, the World Endurance Championship and Formula E have agreed to avoid major date clashes in future seasons

GT news - Autosport

Stay up to date with the latest GT news from Autosport.

06/24/2017 07:05 PM
Bentley wins Blancpain GT Series' Paul Ricard 1000km
Bentley took its first Endurance Cup victory in the Blancpain GT Series for three years in Saturday evening's Paul Ricard 1000km
06/24/2017 05:47 AM
Black Falcon Mercedes on pole for Blancpain's Paul Ricard 1000km
Mercedes claimed pole position for the Paul Ricard 1000Km Endurance Cup round of the Blancpain GT Series with a last-gasp lap from Yelmer Buurman
06/15/2017 09:20 AM
ISR and Sainteloc join WRT as Audi's Spa 24 Hours factory line-up
The Czech ISR and French Sainteloc teams will join Audi's roster of factory teams for the first time at the Spa 24 Hours next month
06/08/2017 11:29 AM
Former Red Bull protege Beitske Visser among new BMW juniors
Former Red Bull protege Beitske Visser and Dennis Marschall have been announced as new members of BMW's junior programme
06/07/2017 10:17 AM
Porsche eyeing factory-supported Spa 24 Hours entry
Porsche is working on putting together a factory-supported entry for the Spa 24 Hours next month
06/05/2017 10:59 AM
McLaren set to terminate deal with its GT car partner CRS
McLaren is set to terminate its contract with CRS to develop and build its GT3 and GT4 racing machinery
06/04/2017 11:04 AM
Zolder Blancpain GT: Stevens and Winkelhock win for WRT Audi
Ex-Formula 1 driver Will Stevens claimed his first outright win in sportscars alongside WRT Audi team-mate Markus Winkelhock in the Zolder Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup round
06/02/2017 02:41 AM
Jenson Button to make Super GT debut for Honda in Suzuka 1000km
McLaren-Honda Formula 1 reserve driver Jenson Button will make his Super GT debut in the Suzuka 1000km race
05/28/2017 09:55 AM
Nurburgring 24 Hours: Late rain hands Team Land Audi surprise win
Kelvin van der Linde snatched an unlikely victory on the final lap of the Nurburgring 24 Hours after a sudden downpour played into the Team Land Audi's hands
05/25/2017 07:09 PM
Memo Gidley completes first test since 2014 Daytona crash
Memo Gidley returned to the cockpit of a racecar at Sonoma on Thursday, the first time he has driven since his massive accident in the 2014 Daytona 24 Hours

Formula 1 news - Autosport

Stay up to date with the latest Formula 1 news from Autosport.

06/27/2017 11:55 AM
Mercedes and Ferrari differ on Austrian Grand Prix tyre choices
Formula 1 world championship rivals Mercedes and Ferrari have opted for different tyre compound choices for the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix
06/27/2017 10:15 AM
F1 video: Red Bull's latest upgrades in detail
Red Bull is continuing to make gains in the Formula 1 development race after starting the 2017 season below the high expectations it was tipped to achieve under the new rules package
06/27/2017 09:29 AM
Honda 'very relieved' by McLaren's first points of 2017 F1 season
McLaren's first points of the 2017 Formula 1 season in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix left the Honda's F1 project leader Yusuke Hasegawa "very relieved"
06/27/2017 07:11 AM
Suspension on Felipe Massa's Williams 'locked solid' in Baku
Felipe Massa was on course for victory in Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix before a failure on the damper system locked the rear suspension solid, according to Williams's Paddy Lowe
06/27/2017 06:22 AM
Lewis Hamilton: Baku clash shows Sebastian Vettel feeling pressure
Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes has taken encouragement from Sebastian Vettel's behaviour in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix because it shows his Formula 1 title rival and Ferrari are feeling the pressure
06/27/2017 06:02 AM
Gutted Max Verstappen makes Red Bull simulator engine joke
Max Verstappen has joked that his Red Bull Formula 1 car will at least be reliable when he takes part in a session in the simulator this week
06/27/2017 05:35 AM
British Grand Prix announces new four-day timetable for 2017
British Grand Prix organisers have announced the new four-day timetable for next month's Silverstone Formula 1 weekend
06/27/2017 04:26 AM
Jacques Villeneuve defends Sebastian Vettel over 'ugly' Baku clash
Jacques Villeneuve has defended Sebastian Vettel's angry swerve at Lewis Hamilton in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, saying the incident shows that Formula 1 drivers have emotions
06/27/2017 03:59 AM
Autosport podcast: Vettel and Hamilton's F1 title battle explodes
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix clashes between Formula 1 title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton under the safety car is among the main talking points of the latest Autosport Podcast
06/26/2017 09:34 AM
Ferrari F1 team wants to avoid war of words over Vettel/Hamilton
Ferrari says it is not interested in getting involved in a war of words with Formula 1 title rival Mercedes after the controversy of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Chip Wiegand

I teach english as a foreign language in Barranquilla, Colombia. In my previous life, as I call it, I was an IT guy, systems administrator, computer tech, as well as a shipping/receiving guy and also worked as a merchandising guy for a year for a camping/RV accessories store.

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Human remains found in the western Mexican state of Michoacán have been identified as journalist Salvador Adame, who was missing for more than a month, a state prosecutor said Monday.
Efforts to find 31 people still missing after a tourist boat capsized in northwest Colombia have been suspended overnight due to thunderstorms.
A 22-year-old protester died after being shot three times in the chest by a national guard at point blank range in Caracas, Venezuela.
While politicians in Washington debate building a wall between the United States and Mexico, Americans who've moved south of the border have a different perspective on the country they've come to call home.
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off of Guatemala's Pacific coast Thursday, the US Geological Survey reports. The quake was recorded at about 24 miles (38 km) from the city of Puerto San Jose, according to the USGS.
President Trump said designs for his proposed US-Mexico border wall are already in the works, telling an Iowa crowd the wall may be a solar panel energy saving wall.
Secretary General António Guterres' announcement that he would pull the $400 million plan designed to help Haiti's cholera outbreak, which the UN played a role in bringing to the island, is a huge betrayal, writes Stephen Lewis.
President Donald Trump rankled Mexico again, this time calling it the second deadliest country in the world. Mexico quickly countered, saying Trump's claim is wrong. So who's right?
Bruised, battered and facing financial ruin after the 2013 America's Cup defeat, the Kiwis have transformed themselves into the team to beat four years on.
Behind a bookshelf and through a hidden door in a Buenos Aires, Argentina, suburb, police have discovered a dusty, secret room holding a massive trove of Nazi-era artifacts.

Barranquilla Life


Winners of FICICA 2017 were announced this week. On Saturday, April 13th, the Cine de la Calle’s FICICA (International Short Film Fest) gave its last showcase of shorts in the acoustic conch of the Sagrado Corazón Park. During the six days, they had workshops, conferences, and of course short film presentations. This event brought together

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To come up with a cool, innovative present for my mom each year is not an easy task for me. I mean, there is her birthday in February, Christmas in December and Mother’s Day in May… plus any old day, I-was-thinking-of-you present, but those are easy because they don’t require planning for a specific day.

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It’s been a long year since I enjoyed a December-night of dancing to North and Latin American retro music with friends, who are now spread out across the globe. It was at the Oro Puro bar. I remember the lights around us; the menu full of cocktails and food; retro movie and series posters with

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On Sunday, April 30th Children’s Day was celebrated on the streets Barrio Abajo with a series of ludic activities. Fabila Acosta and Faleimy Delgado from Fundación Casa de Hierro got together teachers who volunteered to give back some of their know-how to the children. The kids from the neighborhood had fun painting murals with artist

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A cyclist controversy occurred last month. While the two biggest Colombian representatives of the sport that have given more glories to our country (Nairo Quintana and Mariana Pajon) heated the debate on the administration of the Colombian Cycling Federation, Sofia Arrieta and Gabriela Bolle stand out winning races at the United States Cycling Elite National

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Outdated stereotypes and age-old mottos, unions and left-wing student movements amassed on the streets; a now established repertoire for international workers’ day demonstrators who are ironically there precisely to march against the establishment. Walking in complete calm and civility under the scorching sun and punished by the relentless heat, Barranquilla’s demonstrators completed the traditional march

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DJs Mr. Bignayo and Hoyo Negro brought down the house at the presentation night of the 17th edition of FICICA, the City’s Short Film Festival. The event that took place last Friday night at the Alianza Francesa started with a press conference at the AF Library, lead by the director of FICICA, Harold Ospina, and

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Santo Tomás, a town on the bank of the Magdalena river, neighboring Barranquilla keeps alive one of Holy Week’s most controversial and remarkable traditions.  Photos by: Pacho Manrique “The discipline” soars, drawing a semicircle through the air, before cracking as its’ beads find their fleshy mark. An aching body, swollen from physical punishment, is about

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Holy Sweet Season During Lent and the Easter season, Barranquilleros enjoy the most delicious sweets. These candies and treats are home-made, and have become a popular tradition in the city during this special time of year. Enjoy the combination of the sweets and the breeze while taking a walk around the city this Holy season.

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