The Times has posted an excerpt from Richard Hammond‘s new book Or Is That Just Me? In this piece, the Top Gear co-host reveals what it was like to be chased by several angry, gun-wielding Alabamans. During a stunt done with the express purpose of pissing off as many backwoods homophobes as possible, Hammond drove a car with the words “Man love rules OK” scrawled on the side of it through the highways of Alabama. He barely escaped with his life: “I didn’t want to wake up tied to a tree, being invited to squeal like a little piggy for the entertainment of a 20-year-old psychopath in giant dungarees, with three teeth in his head and a bitter hatred of anyone who wasn’t also a 30-stone homophobic racist who shot at things he didn’t understand.”
Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.