I stopped paying attention to anything Darren Heath (that author) had to say on anything except photography after following him on twitter for a while. He is an idiot, endlessly spouting smug toss on a wide range of subjects, always with the same misplaced confidence. Final straw: seeing him raging about how a BBC documentary earlier this year on autism wasn't drawing on Andrew Wakefield's utterly discredited work on the MMR jab. ("Why was no mention made of alleged link of #MMR jab to #autism on #BBC4 prog 'Growing Children'? A glaring omission.")
He also laughed on Twitter about how Hamilton was going around the paddock looking so miserable in the run up to the Spa weekend and to cheer up for god's sake. When Lewis had just suffered a death in his close family and in fact had actually been spending his time in the hospice with her when he had to leave for the race weekend. She died the day after he left to travel to Belgium. Hamilton had spoken publicly about this at length and the tabloid press had been covering it but I guess mr finger-on-the-pulse missed it. Or maybe he didn't and thought he should cheer up anyway, suggesting he has literally no idea how people work.
I am sure we don't know even a quarter of what goes on behind closed doors but I'll not be taking Heath's word for it. He's a tool.
(edited to add: whoops, thought I was in the thread sparked by more of Darren Heath's ill-chosen words.)
You're spot on. For someone who has been in the business for so long, he really got no clue. He knows how to write though, always entertaining. But sadly his desire to always make a soap-opera out of it gets the better of him. It's quotes like this one : 'Our Spanish hero is not only quick on track but swift with the ladies too, reputedly having bedded the majority of the more attractive female TV presenting dollies that flounce up and down Formula 1’s expensive catwalk'. That's where I stopped reading.
Edited by Smile17, 12 December 2012 - 15:04.