|Beaulieu Palace House|
The American Conservative tour of London takes a detour of about 2 hours from London near Southampton to Beaulieu (http://www.beaulieu.co.uk/). Here you will find the National Motor Museum which has exhibits featuring the vehicles from Top Gear, over 50 vehicles from various James Bond films, the Secret Army museum devoted to the SOE, and much more.
Top Gear (http://www.topgear.com/uk/) is a tremendously popular BBC program which looks at the world of the automobile in a light-hearted manner that has appeal even to those who care very little for cars. Jeremy Clarkson, the lead host of Top Gear, is extremely non-pc in many of his declarations and has a clear rightward tilt. He referred to Gordon Brown, the previous Labor prime minister, as "a one-eyed Scottish idiot." In December of 2011 he said of striking public sector workers (the passport control workers, for example, declared a one day strike creating 12 hour waits at British airports and threatening the lifeblood of the British economy -- tourism), "I would have them all shot." Remember that this is a BBC production and that TV viewing in the UK requires the payment of a license fee to the government that subsidizes BBC productions. Imagine if PBS in the states carried the Rush Limbaugh show -- unthinkable -- but something very like this goes on in Britain.
Clarkson loves to mock the Prius-driving liberal left. Their horrified reactions to his antics continue to demonstrate to the world the near total lack of a sense of humor of the contemporary left.
Clarkson on Global Warming
Clarkson on Politics
James Bond (see earlier post, Commander Bond's London, 2/23/12) is a British icon that celebrates suave British competence in the world of espionage. Here you will find "Little Nellie," the one man helicopter from You Only Live Twice, Goldfinger's awesome Rolls Royce 1937 Phantom III (see below) and several Aston Martins. You may also find the Lotus Esprit S1 that transformed into a submarine that was used in The Spy Who Loved Me. At Beaulieu the AMC Hornet that jumped over a river making a 360 degree twisting turn in The Man with the Golden Gun is on display.
It is interesting to note that James Bond was first created with the publication of Casino Royale in 1953, -- the same year as Queen Elizabeth II's coronation and the British conquest of Everest. Happy Jubilee, Mr Bond!
|Auric Goldfinger's 1937 Phantom III|
Commander Kelly, says "Spend a fun day out at Beaulieu".
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