February 24, 2010
My Soul Mate?
My favorite car-related television show -- well actually, the only car-related television show I've ever watched -- is the BBC's Top Gear, where three witty and acerbic Brits, ordinary blokes for the most part, get to test-drive hideously expensive autos (like the Bugati Veyron, base price €1,223,679 -- that is, £1,063,826 or $1,700,000); they either praise them to the heavens... or else make arch and sarcastic sneers.
One of them, Jeremy Clarkson, seems to be the head Brit; for one thing, he's the tallest. In this week's episode (broadcast on BBC America, probably weeks or months after its broadcast in the UK), I learned three things about Jeremy:
- He's a fan of the Simpsons TV show; he called the French "cheese-eating front-wheel-drive monkeys."
- He's a fan of Fawlty Towers, John Cleese's follow-on show to Monty Python; he said, "I made a reference to Agincourt, but I think I got away with it."
- And when he was urging another host, James May, to win a race in order to stand up for the "prog-rock generation," the very first band he mentioned was... King Crimson!
Now I know why I like Jeremy so much. Well... that and this.
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, February 24, 2010, at the time of 6:27 PM
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The following hissed in response by: Geoman
Clarkson is a curmudgeony *******, but his bile is applied evenly, which is why I love the guy. He's a skeptic of goverment in general. He skewers everyone and everything, and rarely if ever)apologizes for it.
He also described General Motors as a "pensions and healthcare company which sees the car making side of the business as an expensive loss-making nuisance"
Thanks, but careful with the language, Geoman! -- .
The following hissed in response by: BigLeeH
Yes, I love Top Gear, too. But I must admit that I loved it more before I saw their "American" episode (Season 9 episode 3) which is vastly annoying. It features a series contrived, and sometimes staged, sequences that reinforce all of the absurd stereotypes that Europeans have about America in general and the American south in particular. It featured cheap handguns, scary rednecks and a visit to Bagdad, Florida. It finished with a visit to post-Katrina New Orleans where the show dropped any pretense of humor and launched into a five-minute scold. It is the only episode of Top Gear where I could not forget -- for even an instant -- that they all work for the BBC.
My advice: avoid that episode. You'll be happier.
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