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God save the Queen -- and our tax dollars; Austin junket event 'chaos,' a 'nightmare'
Friday, Jul 06, 2012, 04:51PM CST
By Mark Lisheron

Bloomin’ g’day and right ho to all you chappies and birds, crumpets and nabobs. Texas Watchdog is coming to you live from Silverstone Raceway in Jolly Ol’ England.

Well, not exactly. We weren’t offered the same last minute, all expenses paid junket the blokes from the city of Austin got.

Just imagine, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, City Manager Marc Ott, Police Chief Art Acevedo and Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr getting all knackered collecting facts about Formula One racing to bring back to the hoi polloi here in the Colonies.

But, blimey, if we didn’t do the next best thing, checking up with the Northampton Chronicle & Echo website. Seems our right honorable Safety and Security Measures Research Mission ran into a bit of a gullywasher.

Looks like it’s all mackintoshes, galoshes and bumbershoots this weekend, wot? Just don’t seem cricket, what with all the money put up by Circuit of the Americas, builder of a Formula One track in Travis County, and the $5,556 generously donated by the taxed class.

Katie Tyler, Silverstone’s director of communications, is calling it a disaster. We e-mailed Katie this afternoon, hoping to find out what our intrepid racing explorers might be doing to stay dry.

We also e-mailed Jeremy Casey, the sports editor of the Chronicle & Echo, and John Harrison, who is covering the raceway deluge, confident that they had at least been introduced to our Austin VIPs.

More than likely we will get an up-to-the-moment report after tea time.

Rest assured our intrepid expedition will return with everything needed to conduct a race in a flood. Only a tosser or plonker would think that’s not money well spent.

Contact Mark Lisheron at 512-299-2318 or or on Twitter at @marktxwatchdog.

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