clarksons farm I've just finished watching the 2nd series of Clarkson's Farm.  I watched the first series at the time it came out and loved it.

 It was clear that Jeremy and co were up against it with the likes of COVID and shit weather but it was a highly enjoyable series which highlighted just how hard work farming is.

 I think people take for granted that work just gets done and everybody thinks all farmers are stinking rich, driving hither and thither in their Range Rovers etc.  But that's just not true, not   all farmers are minted.

 So, series 2 then.  More of the same, but worse, for Jeremy and co.

 You see, as part of trying to make the farm sustainable he built a farm shop in series 1.  All was fine until local council numpties got involved and decided to dictate what he could and   couldn't sell.

 So he decides to take it a step further and build a restaurant.  

 And the locals object to it, not because it's a restaurant but basically it's because he's, well, Jeremy Clarkson.

 Which seems a bit petty to be honest.

 At one of the local meetings one local resident actually tells him HE doesn't need an income because he's a "media personality not a farmer".  But in all fairness, what the fuck does that   have to do with the price of fish?  Clarkson could give up his column writing and TV shows overnight and concentrate on farming for 100% of his income.  Does he not need an income     there?

Do his staff all work for nothing then?  It really is an idiotic stance to take, Clarkson running a farm isn't a stunt, you can tell he genuinely loves it despite all the shit that goes wrong.

Now, it's clear that some of mishaps are scripted or planned, much like in the same way that things "happened" on old Top Gear or The Grand Tour.  It is entertainment after all.

But that doesn't mean the farming isn't real.  He employs local people who have farming at the very core of their families for decades, THAT isn't for entertainment.

The concerning part of this second series though is just how much stupid bureaucracy there is in this country.  From farming to planning permission, it's clear that this country wants to set up people to fail.

Imagine being a councillor and actually wanting to deny someone from having a viable business that employs local people.  These people clearly don't work for the good of the country; I wouldn't be surprised if they take some backhanders too to deny people.

I've stood for council election myself and I know that if elected I wouldn't be looking for ways to deny people a living.  The automatic stance with these cretins seems to be "Show me why I shouldn't deny you" rather than "Prove to me you have all the plans".  Starting off from a negative never ends well.

Another problem I have with these people is that they seem to be denying him just because he's Jeremy Clarkson.  They don't like him, so they won't let him build simple things on his own land.

That screams discrimination and bias to me.  I guarantee if someone other than Clarkson put those plans in place and had the farm in their name those plans get through.... eventually.

I'd never really known any farmers until a few years ago, and meeting them gave me a respect I hadn't known before.  When I watch this show I have the utmost respect not just for Jezza and co but all the farmers, they're being shafted on a daily basis by supermarkets, councils etc.  Some of it feels by design too, but that's another story for another day....

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Google celebrates after Scooby Doo character Velma "comes out".


You do know she's a fictional cartoon character, right?  How can she "come out"?


As the article says, Velma is now officially a lesbian in the latest Scooby Doo film.

Why?  Why on earth does that need to happen?  It's a cartoon about a bunch of (supposedly!) teens who go around catching criminals that are pretending to be ghosts, ghosts or, get this, ghosts.

What the hell has the sexuality of any of the characters got to do with the stories?  Absolutely nothing at all.

There shouldn't be any sexuality in a kids programme (or film) like this, it's unimportant.

Assuming Velma will have a love interest then and I'll wager ten whole English pounds that said love interest is a person of colour.

How very fucking woke.

Does this mean then we'll finally see Fred and Daphne get together?  Will we see Shaggy (steady - Ed) pitch up with a lady of his own? (Phew - Ed).

No, most likely not.

Because that would be the norm wouldn't it?  And we can't be having straight characters getting love airtime, that's reserved just for the gayers.

The problem here is that it just ends up taking over the story, we see it all sorts of shows now where a lesbian has to be shoehorned (Matron - Ed) in to the story even though it's totally irrelevant.

Why are they trying to make all shows so homogenous?  Every show has to have people of different sexuality, colour or gender despite it not being part of the story to begin with.  Look at some of the specific black shows in the States for example, they don't feature a single white face.  But have a cast of only whitey?  Fucking racist innit, man.

But one thing you can guarantee on is whose idea it was for Velma to "come out" in the first place.

I'm willing to bet another ten whole English pounds that it was dreamt up by a straight white guy who hangs around with gay men at work.  Probably called Anthony but pronounces it as "Anth-er-nee", has (He/Him) pronouns on his internal e-mail and LinkedIn profile and desperately wants to be part of the LGB crowd so much he calls himself an "LGBT Ally".  The only problem is that he can't take hot crumpet from behind without blubbing.

It's finally happened, Mock the Week has been cancelled.

Not in the new woketard "Cancellation" sense where people are hounded to take something off because Maureen the Transwoman from Basingstoke got offended at a joke about a penis.

No, the good old traditional "Cancellation", simply because, well... people stopped watching.

I've moaned on here about Mock the Week for years.  It used to be a favourite of mine, I watched it from day one.

But ever since around Brexit times it became very samey. 

"Let's make a joke about Brexit!", oh ha ha ha.  Very witty.  But you did that joke last week.  Any other material?

"Donald Trump eh!  What about him?  What a tosser"

Oh, ok.  So, Brexit and Trump.  Anything else?

"And that's all we've got time for this week"


This is what happens when comedy is infiltrated by the Left.  It becomes all about being "right on".

Don't make jokes anymore, just say something political that the audience might clap at.

Doesn't matter if it's funny.

This week at the Edinburgh Fringe, Jerry Sadowitz had his show cancelled after the first night.

The venue, The Pleasance went on to say that they did not "censor comedians’ material" but this is clearly bollocks.

They didn't like what THEY saw and there were some complaints so the pulled the show.

Surely THEY knew what his act was like?  He's not a newbie!

Now, Jerry Sadowitz isn't my cup of tea.  He's not a comedian I've ever really found funny, but that doesn't mean to say he shouldn't have a platform.  If you're not keen on an act simply don't go to see it.

The people who complained have probably never seen him before because I refuse to believe they would be offended when they know what he is like.  As I recall, he's always been controversial.  Surely if you're a bit of a snowflake, prone to feeling "unsafe" by COMEDY you do your homework first.

Feeling unsafe, for fuck's sake.  Here's a stepladder, get over yourself.

Comedy is subjective, we all have our favourites and the ones we wouldn't touch.  But it is freedom of speech or freedom to perform that we must protect.  I can't stand Miranda or that Mrs Brown's Boys but they both pull in viewers.  Until such time people get sick of it and stop watching they will remain popular, even if I'd rather watch paint dry myself instead.

Some of my absolute favourites over the years have waned a little.  Frank Skinner struggles to create new material, and he's seemingly still dining out on double entendres.  That's not enough these days.

I've moaned about Russell Howard loads of times.  Used to be so funny then his show became all about political gestures and zero comedy.  The answer, I switch off.

Ricky Gervais is consistently funny, with a little tinge of controversy but he knows how to court it.  He's a clever comedian.  See also Jimmy Carr.

But if an act doesn't interest or you think you might find offensive then just switch off.  Don't watch it all the way through, get mad as fuck then campaign to have them hung, drawn and quartered.  The person with the problem is YOU.

We need to protect what is left of comedy as it's really a dying art.

Continuing the trend of bringing back TV shows for the 2020's sees a reboot of "Doogie Howser, MD"

Except it's not Doogie Howser now, because being a straight white male is something that's not allowed on TV anymore.

Nope, enter:

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Doogie Kamealoha, MD instead.

Yes, of course!  It's a girl.  And she's not white.  Nooo.  That would be sacrilege.

She's Hawaiian instead.

But still called Doogie, because otherwise how would we know it was a reboot?  It's like rebooting Indiana Jones but keeping the first name and changing the surname to Jane or Ongabonga.

And then, they remade that 90s tea time classic "The Wonder Years"

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And of course!  It's a black family.  Nobody wants to see whitey on TV anymore.

I must admit though, I'm surprised that there isn't a white husband or wife in this but then again it is American; they don't seem to subscribe to that mixed race family nonsense that us Brits seem to be bombarded with in every TV show and advert these days.


You might be surprised to learn they've done a remake of "The Darling Buds of May"...  

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Look at this evil!  "The Larkins", it's actually an old fashioned white family!  Oh my god.  How has this managed to get through?

There appears to be no mixed race family nonsense, regardless of what might have gone (or most definitely not) at the time it is set and there doesn't appear to be a child desperately struggling with their gender identity or sexuality.  Perfick.


BBC's new TV drama, Vigil has been on for a few weeks now, so is it any good?

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It started off pretty good with the first 2 episodes being available on iPlayer immediately - since then we've been spoonfed an episode a week just like the old days of linear TV.

Which frankly I'm OK with.

But the show itself?  Well, it's rather annoying.  Here's why:


Suranne Jones' character is a DCI who is "dropped" onto a nucelar submarine in the Atlantic.  Why would a DCI from the Scottish Police Force be winched onto a submarine when the Royal Navy have their own police?  She would have no jurisdiction there.

Secondly, it's a nuclear submarine but at one point was running on diesel!  What?  

At one point the sub was using a periscope to look for ships as it prepared to surface.  You're telling me a state of the art nuclear submarine doesn't have radar?!


Then of course there's the sheer uncooperative nature between the Navy and Police - I very much doubt they would be so surly and rude to each other in real life.  This is just like those American cop shows where an officer turns up at a suspects house and is met with such attitude that you wonder how the Police don't just take their ass in.  

"I'm not answering your questions" - shuts door... In reality would be followed up with "Oh yes you are motherfucker" followed by the door getting kicked in and guns drawn.


Suranne Jones' character is one of anguish.  Always glum looking, with her wonky nose.  Maybe she has good reason to.

You see, she had a boyfriend who she was about to marry along with a step daughter.  Things were going all tickety-boo when there was a car accident which Jones had caused.  In the accident their car careers off the road and plunges into a lake.  As a result she manages to save the kid, but husband-to-be perishes.

Cue lots of flashbacks to happier times.

And of course due to the anguish bestowed on her, she's on medication.  When her 3 day stint onboard is extended she naturally runs out (because clearly she only took enough for 3 days?) then cue lots of druggy type flashbacks like they do on American films to portray someone as being high... Lots of wavy lines and the sort.  I'm sure withdrawl from anti-depressents induces that kind of shit.


Anyway... If all that wasn't annoying enough then there's more.

Because the BBC have managed to tick some more boxes.

They've only gone and managed to tick the "Unlikely Lesbian" box.

I know, right!

Imagine, Suranne's life is all nice and perfect.  She's always been totally straight and then calamity happens.

Suddenly she's a lesbian, in a relationship with her colleague who is very much her junior.

In fact, it's her who used to shout "YOU NURR NOFFIN JOHN SNURR" on Game of Thrones.

Now, the couple aren't openly scissoring each other in the office in front of their colleagues but it hardly seems to be that secret either.

Strangely there's no outrage at all, because I'm pretty certain if it was an older male detective knobbing his female junior the feminazi's would be up in arms about it.  Must be the age we live in.

But the odd thing about it, and this is what annoys me, is that it actually does not offer anything to the story.

Apart from Jones and Leslie appearing in a flashback scene in the bath together or the odd kiss it really plays no real part.  It's just another needless relationship.

What does surprise me though is that this lesbian couple isn't inter-racial.  That's a first.

Finally, Jones' glasses are too big for her head.  When she puts them on she looks like a cross between Millhouse from The Simpsons and Edith Apfel.

The problem is, I'm 5 episodes in of 8 - I'm too far invested to stop now.  How many more plot holes will there be?

Who knows.

If you haven't seen it, don't bother - there's better stuff from the BBC or head straight over to the new series of Manhunt on ITV - for once they've done something worth watching.