Top Gear, birds and bears

To: "'Tim Dolby'" <>, <>
Subject: Top Gear, birds and bears
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 08:05:25 +0930
Doesn't this repeat on ABC2 tonight ?

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Tim Dolby
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2008 9:05 PM
Subject: Top Gear, birds and bears

Hi all,

I've a confession to make. Rather than watch David Attenborough's show
on bears (except for the last 5 minutes on the Giant Panda, which was
fantastic!) I watched 'Top Gear'. Sorry about that. 

The thing is that on Top Gear they drove across Botswana, over the
Makgadikgadi salt pans, through the Kalahari, and then onto the Okavango

Also guess what!? Jeremy Clarkson, the show's main character, is a
birder. He was rarely seen without his binos (Leica from what I could
see) around his neck. In a similar vain to the Tour de France (which, by
the way, starts soon), there were many birding references. Mainly about
hornbill: 'There's a Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill!'. Botswana's known
for its hornbill.

Also FYI the following article appeared in the Agence France-Presse
(AFP), see below. (That being said Clarkson once said: 'There will be no
tree, leaf, cloud, lawn, peat bog or environmental precious place that I
won't drive over.')

Now isn't this what birding-aus is all about! Good birding gossip,
intermixed with some other stuff.


Tim Dolby


Botswana clears "Top Gear" of damaging salt pans

GABORONE (AFP) - Botswana's government came to the defence Friday of the
makers of "Top Gear" after the BBC motoring show was accused by
environmentalists of damaging the famed Makgadikgadi salt pans during

Jeremy Clarkson and his co-hosts had been widely criticised earlier this
month for driving an assortment of vehicles across the sun-baked salt
flats, home to one of the biggest populations of zebras in the whole of

But in an attempt to dampen the row, the government in Gaborone has
issued a report it commissioned into the filming, saying the producers
went to great lengths to ensure that there would be no damage to the
wilderness. "Many weeks of planning went into determining a suitable
route for filming".

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