The BBC Has a Jeremy Clarkson Problem




Somebody did somebody wrong at the BBC:



With Clarkson being an already heavily contentious media personality in the U.K. following remarks over the past few years that have been deemed racist and xenophobic, the news has made headlines nationwide, sparking widespread debate over his future and that of the show, which airs in more than 100 countries and brings in some $220 million for BBC Worldwide.


Within minutes, an online petition calling for the BBC to “Bring Back Clarkson,” was posted online. It has been signed by more than 250,000 people as of Wednesday morning London time.


On announcing the suspension, the BBC also confirmed that the episode of Top Gear due to air this Sunday would not be broadcast. A spokesperson has now confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the following episode, the penultimate one of the current season, has also been canceled, while they haven't yet decided on the final installment. "It's a moving situation," they said.

If you were of the opinion that Clarkson is an out of control asshole who brings in hundreds of millions of dollars for his employer, you'd probably have a lot of soul mates at the BBC. They are caught between the liability this man brings to their venerable business and the profits generated by a show that, quite frankly, could be successful if the right person were to appear.

Why not do it with Jason Statham or Clive Owen? Why not give Liam Gallagher a call? Hell, you could do it with Bez and no one would notice.

On second though, yeah. They would notice. Clarkson is almost irreplaceable, giving him a lot of power. He'll come out the other side of this with offers if they fire him.

Justine Frischmann




If you love abstract art, and I know I do, then you're going to fall in love all over again with Justine Frischmann from Elastica. How do you get involved in something like this? I would do it in a heartbeat.

Hollywood and Middle America




The movie business is designed to sniff out dollars. It chases money better than any other industry in America. When something works, Hollywood runs it down and shakes coins out of it and then abandons the carcass as soon as there's no more cash. The next 18 months are going to be strange because the films that just made some money are going to dictate what you will see from here on in until another shift or change happens in the culture.

Hollywood just made a ton of money by putting out a film that appeals to conservative, pro-military Middle Americans. This is an audience for which the coastal enclaves (with their Fifth Columnists, of course) have a special kind of contempt. No one makes a movie that will play in rural Mississippi unless it has Transformers or Super Heroes in it, and, even then, the audience they're chasing is young, Asian and male.

Someone is going to make another version of American Sniper, and then there will be a half dozen knockoffs or films of a similar nature. They will chase the rapidly evaporating movie patron until there's nothing left of the industry. They'll do that because someone will wisely figure out that they can put on a television show that appeals to this audience and make bank.

Alpine Mountainside




This is another landscape shot, capturing the whole mountain, in the Tyrol region.

The Palace




The front facade of one of the palaces in Germany built by Crazy King Ludwig, and this is not Neuschwanstein.

Birds in the Water




Alpine Architecture




A great example of bent timber architecture, taken in the Alps. This is from the Tyrol region, and it's a great mix of yellow and green. The clock indicates that this might be the rathaus, but I think it's a tourist trap kind of a store place.

Sunset in the Alps




Alpine Trees




This shot was definitely taken in the Tyrol region of Austria, but it could have been Germany.