Take the Last Train to Clarksonville

Well, it’s official – he’s out.  It has been decided that Clarkson did indeed abuse and physically assault his producer and therefore he has been sacked.  Whatever you think of his wild and whacky style of presentation I’m sure most people would agree that assaulting one’s producer is Just Not Cricket and frankly shows a lack of self-control consistent with the behaviour of the average three-year-old.  To be peed off after a long day when there is no food provided, might be considered understandable; however to have a tantrum just because there was no hot food, is immature.  Were they in the middle of the desert?  Were there no take-away pizzas within reach?  And if not, would it really be so terrible to eat cold food?

I think he needs a taste of reality.  Lots of people have to put up with insufficient food or meals that are not at all what they would like, at the end of a working day.  It’s time he got a grip.

I was thinking they should get a woman on now to present the show.  Mark reminded me that Angela Rippon once fronted it; perhaps they could get Jenni Murray of Woman’s Hour?  I think she’d do a great job…

I have been to sunny Loughborough today.  It’s a funny old town, home to the nation’s sports’ and PE students (do they call it PE nowadays?) as well as to some now-defunct heavy industry, commemorated by a Bell Foundry Museum and various vast bits of rusting iron masquerading as sculptures.  It’s a low-lying town and the Grand Union canal runs through it, making the tow-path a great place to walk in summer and watch the boats go by or visit the inns along the waterside.  At weekends the Great Central Railway steams up to the outskirts of Leicester and back again, complete with grown men (and women) having a whale of a time dressing up, oiling engines and blowing whistles.  Give me this any day and you can keep your fancy gas-guzzling cars and off-roading speed-freaks.

Tonight we will be discussing the hot topic ‘What is Democracy?’ at Drink and Think.  Join us – Ale Wagon at 8

Kirk out

3 thoughts on “Take the Last Train to Clarksonville

  1. there used to be forests in scotland, all felled to fuel those dirty smokey chug chug trains you are eugalising (probably wrong spelling, sorry)…….and the idea of one of those women hosting top gear……….omg……….its a bloke show…………one of the few……….when Rippon was on it before it was a boring, car shopping, show, as tedious as the current Fifth Gear is now. I dont know why people think that Clarkson can be replaced and the show can just continue. The show is now dead and buried. The 50 million pounds per annum that the show brought in to the BBC is now lost. There will soon be a cry to increase the licence fee (for those who actually pay it) in order to try to continue producing the good tv that the Beeb has a tradition for………….The three of them will simply go to Sky , or Channel 4 or ITV and make another version of Top Gear.

    1. Well, we’ll see about Clarkson and Top Gear. I wouldn’t wish steam trains back again as they are very polluting, although I think they used coal rather than wood. The comment about Jenni Murray was a wind-up tho as I know how much you love Woman’s Hour…

      1. the irony with clarkson and the beeb no renewing his contract…………..he still has to do the live shows around the world as thats a diferent contract apparently and no doubt he will take those opportunities to embarass auntybeeb and confirm his place in the eyes of his disciples as petrolhead demigod………the trains mostly burned coal, but whilst on an open topped double decker bus tour of Edinburgh the guide pointed to the hills and bemoaned the loss of trees to the trainsnakes……….if they didnt burn wood they certainly used thousands and thousands of wooden sleepers. Dont get me started on womans hour and the only female I could personally accept on Top Gear is Susie Quatro (even has the right name). I watched some old clips on youtube last night and………..awful, just awful……..

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