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How great was James Hunt?

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Is there a reason to celebrate James Hunt, the British F1 champion of 1976? Nope. That’s why we are!

Try to describe someone who’s typically British and I doubt you’d find a better person than James Hunt. A national class tennis and squash player, his move to motor racing in a period when up to one in five drivers would die before the end of each season appealed to his sense of adventure and danger.

His was an unconventional route into Formula 1 via Lord Hesketh’s F1 team (which was more a hobby than anything) but the impressive showing led to a drive for McLaren. Six victories later and he was world champion.

Although it’s more a case that Nikki Lauda lost it than Hunt won it, they became best of friends off track.

Retiring shortly afterwards, F1 called him back as the BBC placed him next to Murray Walker to create a golden commentary team that has yet to be beaten by any British broadcaster carrying Formula 1. And he never let people forget which drivers he bore a grudge against.

James Hunt died of a heart attack in 1993, shortly after proposing to his long term girlfriend. He was 43, and was British through and through.

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We’re back with a new summer look for The Daily Dust

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Welcome to the new look Daily Dust. We’re still bringing you the best of British from around the web, but we thought it was time for a little summer spruce up around the site.

We’ve been online now since late in 2008, and in that time we might have moved a pixel or two, but we’ve not sat down to see what works on the site and what needs work. Well, now we have, and the results are here for all to see.

Highlighting our favourite stories of the day was one goal, and we’re going to bring a featured story to the top of the index page on a regular basis. A lot of you commented that regular visitors were having to really look to work out what was new. So we’ve merged the categories on the front page to a single river of news, but you can still jump to your favourite section from the top menu bar.

If you’re looking to reach out to tens of thousands of UK readers, the new design will make it easier for us to run competitions, look at new products, and talk about  new services for our British audience, as well as give a great start to some recently graduated journalists who are working with The Dust.

You can join in as well, by letting us know what’s happening around you, by getting in touch directly with the editorial team or suggesting a story through our quick and easy form.

And now, onwards to more fun and frolics with your good news newspaper, The Daily Dust.

Coffee shots by Alfonso Surroca via Flickr.

PS… If you could just ignore any teething troubles with the new site, it would be appreciated, there’s still one or two points we want to add, but we’ll do that out in the open so we can bring you the best of the web every day!

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Finding my way around Norway during Eurovision

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Sometimes you just need a good book and everything in one place.

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Capello spot on with squad selection

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As Fabio Capello names his final 23 man squad for this summers World Cup, Sam Cooper takes a look at what each player brings.

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Campaign Watch, 5 May

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The finish line is almost in sight, so how did everyone spend their last lab.

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Campaign Watch, 4 May

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Don’t worry, it’ll be all over soon! In the meantime…

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