Another quick round-up on account of stuff getting in the way.

There is growing criticism of product placement on TV in the US and the trend is now being spread to news and current affairs programmes too.

We already have this on BBC Breakfast. Not a day goes by without a blatant plug for another BBC show being dressed up as news – today’s was BBC2 drama Burn Up.

An alarming story about heavy-handed policing and the misuse of anti-terrorism laws, all coming from a family’s attempt to take a day trip through the Channel Tunnel.

Is the future of green motoring on display at the British International Motorshow, or is the event’s eco village just a novelty sideshow amidst the usual array of gas guzzlers?

And Richard McComb, a man usually graced with an effortless style, proves what I thought when turning 40 recently – wearing blue denim jeans if you’re aged 35+ is simply unacceptable.

Wearing denim in middle-age immediately draws comparisons with Jeremy Clarkson. Who wants to endure that in the twilight of their life?


5 responses »

  1. Ursula says:

    Some men manage to carry off blue jeans, even after a certain age, others don’t.

    For the big gentle giant Jeremy Clarkson his jeans – and the slight overspill – have become one of his trademarks. Can you imagine the public outcry if he suddenly went for a pair of chinos instead?


  2. Paul Groves says:

    Ursula: I’m not sure even Mr Clarkson himself would recognise his description as a “gentle giant”.

  3. Nick Scott Donald says:

    My father (over 60) sometimes wears denim jeans with ironed creases at the front.
    When I asked him about this flight of fancy, he informed me that he is his “own man” and I couldn’t really argue with that – especially because he loudly declared the conversation closed and then asked me to leave.

  4. Ursula says:

    Paul, he probably wouldn’t admit to it, just as most men don’t like being called “sweet”. But judging by all his columns, including some of the travel and reportage with his friend and colleague, the distinguished and gifted wordsmith AA Gill, Clarkson reminds me very much of a couple of other guys of my acquaintance: Big, overbearing, expansive – one of the boys; yet a soppy heart of gold. Bring out the violins.


  5. Paul Groves says:

    Nick: Not a man to be crossed, your father…or creased.

    Ursula: It pains me to say it, but I think you’re wrong.

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