Top Gear, birds and bears

To: Paul Taylor <>, Birding-Aus <>
Subject: Top Gear, birds and bears
From: Peter Ewin <>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 14:58:44 +1000
As a reglar watcher of Top Gear I was surprised at the revelation of Jeremy 
being interested in birds (to be honest James strikes me as the most likely to 
be the birder of the three). However, I suspect the main reason why he doesn't 
advertise it is because his usual spiel is that environmentalists are all 
nutters and that they are stopping people (ie him) from driving cars as fast 
and as often as they want to (he regularly rants about how hybrid cars are 
driven by hypocrites). Having an environmental bent (ie being interested in 
birds) probably would weaken the image that he is blokey bloke that just loves 
driving fast.

I too was wondering about the damage across the lakbed (considering it 
supposedly had never been done before), particularly when they stripped 
virtually every panel off the Lancia and Mercedes. I assume however, as there 
was a film crew and various support vehicles (and the Vice President flew in to 
see them off) that the whole exercise was well planned and any damage was 

In response to Tony's query, Top Gear is repeated on Saturday nights, but they 
are still showing last season (or possibly even the one before) so it will be a 
while before it is repeated.
Peter> Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 09:18:32 +1000> From: > To: 
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Top Gear, birds and 
bears> > Tony Russell wrote:> > Doesn't this repeat on ABC2 tonight ?> > No - 
it's an SBS program.> > Clarkson's birding tendencies were hinted at in an 
earlier episode of> Top Gear, with Jamie Olivier as the "Star in a reasonably 
priced car"> discussing home-grown produce:> > JC: "I grew a field of barley at 
my house and i didnt use fertilizer to> be green and it all came up short and 
grey."> > JO: "Why the hell were you growing barley?!"> > JC: 
"Hmm...well...(Covers mouth to muffle words) It was to attract a> certain 
species of bird...I'm a bit of a birder...I'm an RSPB member!"> > (Six acres of 
"soggy grey drinking straws" to be exact, "sold for exactly> £325 less than it 
cost to buy the seed and rent a combine harvester.")> > I'm not sure if his 
reluctance to reveal he's a birder is because of his> well known antipathy 
towards Bill Oddie, or because some consider birding> to be as "uncool as 
caravaning".> > -- > > 
Paul Taylor Veni, vidi, tici ->  I came, I saw, I ticked.> 
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