Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Smoke Gets In Your Square Eyes

I see those publicity-seeking Top Gear chaps have whipped up a bit more controversy by smoking pipes during last Sunday's programme. I say 'whipped up' because I suspect they knew exactly what they were doing, being an old hand at the TV game myself.

You see, the smoking ban in England covers workplaces and enclosed public spaces, but, unlike Scotland, excludes theatre stages and film and TV sets. So by lighting up their briars during the programme, they would have known that it would get the anti-smoking brigade, er, hot under the collar, but were safe in the knowledge that they couldn't be hauled off to spend time at Her Majesty's pleasure (where one can also, of course, puff as much as one likes).

A clear cut case of the BBC faking a controversy, if you ask me!

Fake BBC controversy on real BBC website


tony flaig bignews said...

Like the new layout

Eastcliff Richard said...

Thanks Tony. I'm sure you noticed that I nicked most of my ideas from you.

Still, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery they say.

Tony said...

Then I assume Bruce Forsyth is sincerely flattered by your looks.

tony flaig bignews said...


To be honest I notice you seem to have strayed by a good country mile into bignews territory.

Get back to your millionaires paradise where the erection of a heras fence is the bignews item for 9006 days later.

As for tony said

Eastcliff Richard said...

Sorry Tony. It was just an excuse to run the picture actually.

tony flaig bignews said...

I'm working nights and therefore am not my normal jolly easygoing nonirritable self

tony flaig bignews said...

my apologies

Eastcliff Richard said...

No need to apologise - I'm hardly the voice of calm myself.