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'Top Gear' in their pipes?

The BBC said they had 'herbal tobacco'. We all know what that means, right kids?

From BBC News today


Top Gear pipes anger anti-smokers

Clarkson and May lit pipes filled with herbal tobacco

Anti-smoking campaigners have asked the BBC to apologise after Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May lit pipes on Sunday's show.
"Smoking in a studio is illegal. We would hope programme-makers make some form of apology," said a spokeswoman for Action on Smoking and Health (Ash).
Waverley Borough Council said it was investigating the incident at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey.
The BBC declined to comment on whether or not what took place was illegal.
All three of the show's presenters pulled pipes out from under their chairs during a discussion about Porsche-branded products, but Richard Hammond did not light up, having recently given up smoking.
Hammond declined to light his pipe


After putting the wrong end of the pipe in his mouth, Clarkson, 47, was seen running from the stage.
The ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces in England was introduced in July, following similar laws in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
Flouting the ban can result in fines of up to £50 for individuals and £2,500 for businesses who allow people to smoke on their premises.
The BBC's spokeswoman said it had received just a couple of viewers' complaints.
'No audience complaints'
"During an item in Top Gear, making fun of car merchandise, the presenters lit up branded pipes, which contained herbal tobacco," she said.
"We are very upfront about the style and tone of the show, so viewers know what to expect."
"There were no complaints from members of the audience present during the filming," she added.
One audience member told the BBC News website: "No-one in the audience seemed to mind when they lit up - people laughed, although the room did get quite smoky."
'Not appropriate'
Ash's spokeswoman said smoking was "not appropriate for the BBC".
"There are no exceptions," she said, adding: "You cannot smoke in a public place. This isn't covered by artistic integrity."
She said she did not consider it appropriate to fine the BBC, but that producers "should be reminded at the very least of the law, and make sure they abide by it".
A spokeswoman for Waverley Borough Council said footage of the show had not yet been viewed, but added: "Smoking is not permitted in a smoke-free place."
The Rolling Stones flouted the ban in August when Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood smoked cigarettes during a gig at London's O2 arena.
The venue was not fined after Greenwich Council said it was "satisfied" the incident was a one-off.
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It was funny as fuck DR , Jeremy puts the lit Porsche pipe in his mouth round the wrong way as continuation of his joke about the Porsche having the engine at the wrong end , set's his mouth on fire and has to spit it all out at the audience's feet , oh how we laughed.

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Yeah, I was going to ask if anyone saw the show. On Sunday here they aired the 'caravan holiday' episode from about a year ago and that had us spitting our coffee. He's a wag that Jezza.
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One a playwright feted for his literary genius, the other a rock star renowned for his foul mouth: but Oscar Wilde and Liam Gallagher now share the accolade of being voted among Britain's greatest wits.

Great minds: Oscar Wilde, Jeremy Clarkson and Liam Gallagher have been voted into list of favourite wits

Have your say: What are
your favourite witticisms?
Wilde, who even on his deathbed remarked, "either those curtains go or I do", was voted number one in the list of comic masters, ahead of comedian Spike Milligan, who had engraved on his tombstone the epitaph "I told you I was ill".

Third was Stephen Fry, who played Wilde in the 1997 eponymous film of his life.

He once quoted the playwright when passing through airport customs, announcing: "I have nothing to declare but my genius."

And in reference to his homosexuality, the comedian, actor, and quiz show host declared: "My first words, as I was being born... I looked up at my mother and said, 'that's the last time I'm going up one of those.'"

The poll of 3,000 comedy fans placed Liam Gallagher tenth.

advertisementThe Oasis singer, famed for his drunken antics and abrasive attitude, once said of his brother Noel, "I'd do time for him. I love him. Me and him are cool. If anyone stepped on his toes, I'd cut them off."

In fourth place was the columnist and host of the motoring programme Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson.

The self-confessed petrolhead is unafraid of stirring up controversy with his caustic comments.

"Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary… That's what gets you," he once declared.

Wartime prime minister Sir Winston Churchill, famed for his witty putdowns came in fifth.

Accused of being drunk by the MP Bessie Braddock he is said to have replied: "Madam, you are ugly. And I shall be sober in the morning."

Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, more renowned for her steely personality than her roustabout humour, was the highest ranked woman in the poll, taking 12th place.

She once quipped: "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."

The poll was conducted to mark the launch of a new UKTV digital television channel called Dave under the banner "The home of witty banter".

Quotes from Britain's top ten wits

1 Oscar Wilde: "Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast."

2 Spike Milligan: "A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree."

3 Stephen Fry: "It is a cliche that most cliches are true, but then like most cliches, that cliche is untrue"

4 Jeremy Clarkson: "We all know that small cars are good for us. But so is cod liver oil. And jogging. I want to drive around in a Terminator, not the heroine in an EM Forster novel."

5 Sir Winston Churchill: "I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."

6 Paul Merton: "My school days were the happiest of my life: which should give you some indication of the misery I've endured over the past twenty five years."

7 Noel Coward: "Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar. Never spread it about like marmalade."

8 William Shakespeare: "Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery."

9 Brian Clough: "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business, but I was in the top one"

10 Liam Gallagher: "She can't even chew gum and walk in a straight line, let alone write a book." (on Victoria Beckham)
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10 Liam Gallagher: "She can't even chew gum and walk in a straight line, let alone write a book." (on Victoria Beckham)
I totally agree with Clarkson on that list, but if Liam Gallagher said that it is only because his brother Noel wrote it for him.
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Brilliant. There is NOTHING, nothing, like British wit.

There is nothing anywhere else in the world that comes close.

Of course on the other hand there is the Royal Society For the Protection of Birds.

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Best car show going, but it can try too hard sometimes to be exciting.
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One a playwright feted for his literary genius, the other a rock star renowned for his foul mouth: but Oscar Wilde and Liam Gallagher now share the accolade of being voted among Britain's greatest wits.

Great minds: Oscar Wilde, Jeremy Clarkson and Liam Gallagher have been voted into list of favourite wits

Have your say: What are
your favourite witticisms?
Wilde, who even on his deathbed remarked, "either those curtains go or I do", was voted number one in the list of comic masters, ahead of comedian Spike Milligan, who had engraved on his tombstone the epitaph "I told you I was ill".

Third was Stephen Fry, who played Wilde in the 1997 eponymous film of his life.

He once quoted the playwright when passing through airport customs, announcing: "I have nothing to declare but my genius."

And in reference to his homosexuality, the comedian, actor, and quiz show host declared: "My first words, as I was being born... I looked up at my mother and said, 'that's the last time I'm going up one of those.'"

The poll of 3,000 comedy fans placed Liam Gallagher tenth.

advertisementThe Oasis singer, famed for his drunken antics and abrasive attitude, once said of his brother Noel, "I'd do time for him. I love him. Me and him are cool. If anyone stepped on his toes, I'd cut them off."

In fourth place was the columnist and host of the motoring programme Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson.

The self-confessed petrolhead is unafraid of stirring up controversy with his caustic comments.

"Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary… That's what gets you," he once declared.

Wartime prime minister Sir Winston Churchill, famed for his witty putdowns came in fifth.

Accused of being drunk by the MP Bessie Braddock he is said to have replied: "Madam, you are ugly. And I shall be sober in the morning."

Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, more renowned for her steely personality than her roustabout humour, was the highest ranked woman in the poll, taking 12th place.

She once quipped: "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."

The poll was conducted to mark the launch of a new UKTV digital television channel called Dave under the banner "The home of witty banter".

Quotes from Britain's top ten wits

1 Oscar Wilde: "Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast."

2 Spike Milligan: "A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree."

3 Stephen Fry: "It is a cliche that most cliches are true, but then like most cliches, that cliche is untrue"

4 Jeremy Clarkson: "We all know that small cars are good for us. But so is cod liver oil. And jogging. I want to drive around in a Terminator, not the heroine in an EM Forster novel."

5 Sir Winston Churchill: "I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."

6 Paul Merton: "My school days were the happiest of my life: which should give you some indication of the misery I've endured over the past twenty five years."

7 Noel Coward: "Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar. Never spread it about like marmalade."

8 William Shakespeare: "Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery."

9 Brian Clough: "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business, but I was in the top one"

10 Liam Gallagher: "She can't even chew gum and walk in a straight line, let alone write a book." (on Victoria Beckham)
Oscar Wilde is indeed a scream. The deathbed remark about the curtains is a pure classic. I had no idea of it, when I put a quote of his in my signature

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I totally agree with Clarkson on that list, but if Liam Gallagher said that it is only because his brother Noel wrote it for him.
Your finger is on the pulse jlomon , two other people have said the same comment ,I can't stand the northern monkey, he more smarmy than witty and his band is just a feeble homage to Lennon.
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