Clarkson would not be interviewed for this article. He refuses all interviews, claims Top Gear's publicist, although he pops up in the pages of the Sun and the Sunday Times often enough. Which is a shame, because Clarkson is an easy hate figure for Guardian readers, even those who secretly enjoy Top Gear. He seems to ooze contempt for the environment. During filming for Top Gear, it was claimed he damaged a peat bog in Scotland. On another occasion, the BBC was forced to apologise after he rammed a pick-up into a chestnut tree to test the vehicle's strength. He rails against political correctness and health and safety regulations, and earlier this summer was accused of calling Gordon Brown "a cunt" in unbroadcast comments to his Top Gear audience, whom he has also referred to as "oafs". He has been condemned by chief constables for glamorising speeding, has joked about truck drivers murdering prostitutes, and said a woman presenter would be "a disaster" on Top Gear.
Wilman insists they do not stage their misadventures but admits it is "less spontaneous" after 13 series. "We know we want calamities to happen. There is no surprise to us any more, just relief, when things go wrong," he says. Unlike great rock bands, he does not think they will be destroyed by their own hubris. "It will end because we are a one-trick pony, as all good shows are, and at some point we will run out of ideas or the public will go, 'We've got the point now.'" he says. "But we'll run out of songs first."
You'd think there'd be plenty, and there certainly is no dearth of apparently appropriate books. But oh, my. I don't want something obviously intended for schools, with questions and lesson plans. I don't want jokes, especially not dumb jokes, and most especially not jokes about flatulence. Flatulence? Really? In a discussion of Brownian motion? This was in an otherwise appealing book, and leads me to suspect the whole series; Amazon only lets you preview a few pages, and I'm left wondering what unpleasant surprises lurk, unexamined. Sad, because the series (Basher books) is otherwise one of the most attractive.
Penzey's Spices is offering free apple pie spice in honor of the day, and later we'll take advantage of that. Bill Penzey may sadden me with his efforts to alienate his customers through his political rants, but that doesn't change the fact that Penzey's is the best I've found when it comes to high-quality spices and interesting spice blends.
It's extraordinary how often otherwise civilized people think it's not only their right but their duty to criticize the size of other people's families. I freely confess to doing so myself on occasion, though I do try to limit my comments to general cases, not specific people. Maybe it's because the only remaining area of our sex lives where criticism has not been taken off the table is its fruit (or lack thereof).
Well it may be that Mr Downie wants only his freemasons on the committee. Now this isn't as bad as it at first may sound because at least then you have a coherrent team who all have the same basic principles and morals. Which are in line with many others in government jobs and private sector. 2b1af7f3a8