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June 14, 2009

James May, Top Gear and the North Pole

Sunday afternoon entertainment for Flea-readers everywhere. First, this rather excellent James May interview.

If May's continual bickering with Clarkson seems like an unhappy marriage on-screen, he says it's even worse off-screen. Filming the famous episode where they drove a Toyota across sea ice to the North Pole, they had blazing rows the entire way about the music coming out of Clarkson's iPod.

It wasn't that May dislikes King Crimson, Yes and Genesis - although he wishes Clarkson's tastes extended to The Stooges or Guns N' Roses - it was that Clarkson likes to talk over music, whereas May likes to listen to it. The pair argued almost constantly - until they almost went through the ice.

'That was the most scared we've ever been. Every muscle in my body was primed for death. There was a hammer in the car for breaking the window in the event of going under, and I'd loosened it so that I could free it with one finger. I was rehearsing it in my mind - "If we go through the ice, I'll do that, that and that to free myself, grab Jeremy if necessary..."

Second, this Top Gear polar special.

In which the English demonstrate they do not understand quite how dangerous is the winter.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 14, 2009 11:04 AM


The Polar special is probably my favourite episode. It has convinced me that a suitably equipped Toyota Tacoma is all one really needs to get ahead in life.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 14, 2009 05:36 PM

I'd never seen any Top Gear until recently, when I saw this clip, which is one of the greatest things I've seen recently.

Posted by: dorkafork [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 18, 2009 07:52 AM