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There are chess clubs, draught leagues, bridge nights.

When you are all racing do you chat to each other or focus on the race?

A lot depends on the size of the club. If the club is not large enough for there to be no spare capacity in between racing and marshalling, quit honestly you have not got much time for chat except at the end or briefly in between heats. Thats my experiance.

Similarly, chess, draught and bridge players do not chat when they are playing. They focus on the matter at hand. They might talk at the end when the night is over, but otherwise that will probably be watching as they will be interested in the strategy and skills of others.

Yahoo games is very similar. You can watch and not actively participate.

It is that mental diversion that is relaxing. In my job I spend much of my day meeting or talking to people. It is actually nice to get away from folk and do something completely different that involves using different skills or a different part of the brain, and that does not actually involve "chatting to people" live.

For those that work 100% of the day with computers then I feel sorry for you because you are missing out on human interaction and I can see where you are coming from with your needs. My work experiance though is the opposite.

I want 100% race action, not cosy gossip and chat for 20 minutes in between races.

This development will provide that oppertunity.


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Note also the following paragraph in the Hornby announcement that many of you may have overlooked:-

QUOTE The website will integrate the position of all of the on-line racers on a single virtual race track with detailed graphics of each car. It will also allow spectators from around the world to follow the progress of any race with virtual coverage on screen.

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QUOTE There are chess clubs, draught leagues, bridge nights.
That would fit in with socialising alright.
But alone with a PC is not.

BTW, it's well nigh impossible to believe that one of the most prolific posters on the internet has ANY time to meet or talk to anyone, let alone spend most of their time doing it!
 

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I don`t see the clash here with what is happening at clubs or anywhere else. It`s looks like a handy addition to what is out there and proof that the Hornby boys are forward looking and progressive. It`s just not my cup of tea that`s all. I need to be stood close to five other smelly racers as we charge around the track pulling each others legs and giving death stares to bad marshals!
 
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