OK – first things first. As the pics above will testify, I did as promised take part in the Omagh Half-Marathon yesterday, and my thanks to all those big-hearted people who sponsored me for Trócaire : it’s one thing to talk about injustice, another to do something about it. If you haven’t put a couple of quid behind me yet, it’s not too late – there are two days left. So go to
and join the other open-handed sponsors there . And yes, Virginia, mo chara Jim did take photographs of me in the immediate aftermath of the race, but we felt if posted they might be seen by children or those of a nervous disposition. It wasn’t worth the risk.
One person I was glad wasn’t in Omagh yesterday was Jeremy Clarkson. I don’t watch his programme Top Gear since I’m not that interested in watching blokey blokes enthuse over their penis extensions. But I couldn’t help noting his latest escapade, which was to build a bridge over the River Kwai. Being the man he is, Clarkson can’t help being a smart-arse and remarking to his colleague that the bridge was indeed a real achievement “but there’s a slope on it”. The colleague tries to pretend this was a comment on the bridge’s structure but it’’s obvious that Clarkson is referring to the Asian man who is walking over the bridge towards him. If I told you Clarkson was being sued for £1 million for a racist remark on television (he has previous), you’d no doubt be pleased. If I told you it wasn’t Clarkson but the BBC that stands to be sued, and that any money will come out over your pocket and mine vis the TV licence, you might be bit less pleased. But the accompanying demand that he be removed from our screens should cheer the heart of anyone who isn’t of a blokey bloke tendency.
If fired, Clarkson might consider moving to Belfast, where he could join hands with the type of moron who daubs the exterior of houses with signs like ‘Locals Only’. Though the drawback to that might be that he’d travel to Omagh on Half-Marathon day. There were a number of wheel-chair contestants and I expect Jeremy “I’m Big” Clarkson would have something awfully witty to say about them too.
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