BBC, BBC and Unexpected Wine

It’s about time I posted a biographical-type entry rather than bombarding you with short stories, so let’s see – what’s been happening?  Since Sunday I’ve been busy working as per usual and preparing some comic poems for Red Nose Day in case some emergency comic poetry is required.  I might get to do one at Sound Cafe today, though there hasn’t been as much time for poetry lately as there was before.  Anyway, the comic poems include ‘Ode to the Upperton Rd Bridge’, which is a William McGonagall parody; a series of limericks about D H Lawrence (yes, I know); a poem about getting older which is a dialogue between self and mirror, and another series of limericks called ‘On Not Speaking a Scandinavian Language.’  I went through a real limerick phase a few years ago and I couldn’t stop writing them – I must have at least half a dozen series of limericks on various subjects.

So if you know of any Comic Relief events which would benefit from poetry please let me know.

Spat of the week award – as well as prat of the week award – goes to none other than Jeremy Clarkson.  I wouldn’t watch Top Gear if it was the last programme on TV, but I can understand the appeal of someone who tells it like it is.  The appeal diminishes greatly though according to the views they express; so that, say, Russell Brand would be more attractive to someone on the left (although I don’t like him) while Clarkson caters for the disaffected to the right.  However he loses credibility when he makes racist comments and (allegedly) throws a punch at his producer.  So I am on the side of the BBC here (British Broadcasting Corporation) and not that of the BBC (Bring Back Clarkson).


In other – though perhaps not unrelated – news, last night I ventured out of my comfort zone into what was until recently the local Conservative Club.  They have widened the membership now and it is no longer exclusive to Tories – my reason for going was not, however, to experience the new ambience but to scope the place out for an Artbeat quiz.  Five of us nervous left-leaning Liberal pinkoes gathered apprehensively in the bar – but we need not have worried.  The clientele were welcoming and friendly, the quiz was great fun and contrary to our expectations we ended up winning!  Normally I’m crap at pub quizzes because they seem to feature a kind of general knowledge which has passed me by, such as the names of arcane soap opera characters or who sang the song which kept ‘Frankie Goes to Hollywood’ off the No 1 spot with ‘Relax’.  Actually I know that one – do you?  But between us we managed to sweep the board and to get a clear round in the literature section – which, since most of us were in the Literature Tranche* of Artbeat, would have been humiliating had we not done so.

The prize turned out to be a bottle of wine – not just one bottle to share, but one each!  So I did pretty well out of the evening, especially since people bought me drinks.

The best quiz question was about Beatles songs.  The clue was a list of things starting with Triumph – I can’t remember what the others were – and I guessed that they were varieties of strawberry, hence ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’  I was very proud of that one..

Kirk out

*if tranche is the word I want, which it probably isn’t



Filed under friends and family, music, poems, politics, TV reviews

2 responses to “BBC, BBC and Unexpected Wine

  1. Sarada Gray

    This post has generated a great deal of discussion, though unfortunately on Facebook rather than on here. I always prefer it when people comment on here and then everyone can see the comments – anyway, the gist of it is whether Clarkson can be considered a racist; whether, for example, he used the word ‘slope’ to refer to an Asian bloke (the BBC think he did), whether he used the n-word (yes, although he apologised afterwards) whether he regularly asserts that Mexicans like siestas (is that racist? I’m not sure – it’s a bit of a caricature though) – and whether a number of other examples of remarks he has made mean that he should be sacked.
    I’m not sure whether he should be sacked or not. What disturbs me about all this is that there are clearly a number of people (men? white men?) who feel that Clarkson speaks their thought. It is easy to demonise these people and say that they are out of order, but the disturbing thing is that many people feel that there are things they would like to say in public that they ‘can’t say’ or ‘aren’t allowed to say.’ And that means that an awful lot of people remain to be convinced about the use of language.
    This debate is not helped by some well-meaning people going ott. I actually have no problem with Clarkson slagging off Gordon Brown as politicians are generally fair game, though I don’t think he should have mentioned his nationality or his disability.
    I think it comes back to what I said after the Charlie Hebdo massacre – attack people by all means for things they have control over – their opinions and actions – but not for things they can’t control, such as race, disability or nationality.
    OK that’s me done for now. I look forward to further comments

  2. Clarkson may be many things, but I don’t think he’s stupid. This inclines me to think he is NOT a racist as I understand the term (someone who believes in the concept of racial superiority/inferiority). He may use (and probably has used) racist language but I interpret his intentions in doing so as being to offend liberals and people on the left. He knows he has an audience and he knows what that audience expects of him; and he can probably point at his career and tells us he’s done something right. He is, after all, a multi-millionaire, an opinion-former and he has the ear of the Prime Minister.

    Personally, I can’t stand him. but I have an infallible method of avoiding him: I never watch him on television, or read his journalism. His activities only reach me via the news and he only makes the news when he does something ‘outrageous.’

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