TOP GEAR host Jeremy Clarkson has no shortage of detractors, from former British PM Gordon Brown— lampooned by Clarkson during an Australian tour as a ‘‘ oneeyed Scottish idiot’’— way down to the usual online screamers.
With his net worth estimated last year at about $4.5 million, the occasional snipe must leave Clarkson absolutely devastated.
The presenter’s opponents have also cashed in with freelance hit pieces here and there. British journalist James Delingpole, in Australia now to promote his excellent book Killing The Earth to Save It, had this to say in The Spectator: ‘‘ A few years ago, I was asked to write a rant-piece for a tabloid newspaper along the lines of Why Jeremy Clarkson is a bad thing. My problem, a not inconsiderable problem, given the £1200 ($1900) being offered for about half a morning’s work, was that I didn’t think Jeremy Clarkson was a bad thing. Reluctantly, I said no.’’ Clarkson surely owes Delingpole a shot at Top Gear’s track in a $1900-priced car. Seems only fair.
GIVE HER A HAND
I REALLY, really wanted to attend nrma president Wendy Machin’s launch this week of a campaign against road rage but the traffic in Sydney at 10.30am was outrageous and I got cut off twice by idiots and then a cyclist put his hand on my car to balance himself at a red light. If he wants it back, he’s welcome to contact me. Apologies to Wendy for not making it to the launch. Her campaign sounds interesting and worthwhile.
SPARE THE RAGE
JOKING! The previous item is entirely made-up (well, apart from Ms Machin’s anti-rage initiative). I’m mr Calm & Gentle behind the wheel these days, thanks to buying a 13-year-old bmw for which spares are rare. Any angerinduced incidents and I’m looking at a year-long wait for a wiper blade. This rare-spares tactic is recommended to potentially raging road-users. For the extreme cases, buy a Jensen FF or NSU Ro80. You’ll be driving as though the bumpers are formed from Swarovski crystal.
LAND Rover design director Gerry Mcgovern explains Victoria Beckham’s influence on the new Range Rover Evoque Special Edition: ‘‘... we quickly recognised our similar design tastes and ambition for this car. At the first meeting ... I was struck by the juxtaposition of the masculine watch on a very elegant, feminine wrist. We both agreed it was the ideal way to introduce a softer touch to the bold, assertive exterior colour scheme.’’ Maintaining the Posh influence, the Evoque is anorexic and can’t sing.