With the UK going into another full lockdown after the Christmas holidays and while still recovering from Covid, Jeremy Clarkson is now starting to feel the effects of the isolation within his home. In his latest column, he writes about how he’s being driven “loopy” by staying inside at the current time of year.
Because of this feeling of madness, he ends up with a “spuddy disaster” in his kitchen after a simple mistake could have ended in something much worse.
The Grand Tour presenter explains how he set an alarm on his phone while cooking baked potatoes but when the timer eventually went off at 10pm, he completely forgot what the timer was for, and left the potatoes in during the night.
He writes: “As I’m being kept inside by both the law and the weather at the moment, I’m going a bit loopy.
“Last night, at 10pm, the timer on my phone went off.”
Completely forgetting the use of the alarm, he continued his evening while the baked potatoes slowly turned into two small pieces of charcoal.
“But I couldn’t for the life of me remember why I’d set it.
“The next morning I found two very small pieces of charcoal in the oven which, the night before, had been baking potatoes.”
The ex-Top Gear presenter has recently commented on the Grenfell cladding disaster. Writing in a recent column he said:
“… as a result of the Grenfell fire, the insurance bill for the six-storey building where I have a flat in London is set to rise from £8,000 a year to more than £60,000,” Clarkson writes for The Times.
When I found out, I made some noises in The Sun, and immediately a government housing wallah called Baron Greenhalgh — who sounds as if he should be a Child Catcher/Dick Dastardly baddie in that Danish penis story — went on Twitter to say I can afford it.”
He ends the column by slating insurance companies and the government who have allowed such a thing to take place, while calling for human goodness:
“I’m not sure that the evil Baron Greenhalgh is the man for the job, but we do need someone kind to sit down in a room with everyone involved and say: “Out of the goodness of our hearts, we simply must do something about this.”’