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Diddly-Squat

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Pre-order Diddly Squat today and get ready to learn all about Clarkson's biggest and most ridiculous farming struggles. Welcome to Clarkson's farm. It's an idyllic spot, offering picturesque views across the Cotswolds, bustling hedgerows, woodlands and natural springs. Jeremy always liked the idea being a farmer. But, while he was barrelling around the world having more fun with cars than was entirely reasonable, it seemed obvious that the actual, you know, farming was much better left to someone else Then one day he decided he would do the farming himself. After all, how hard could it be? Well . . . Faced with suffocating red tape, biblical weather, local objections, a global pandemic and his own frankly staggering ignorance of how to 'do farming', Jeremy soon realises that turning the farm round is going to take more than splashing out on a massive tractor. Fortunately, there's help at hand from a large and (mostly) willing team including girlfriend Lisa, Kaleb the Tractor Driver, Cheerful Charlie, Ellen the Shepherd and Gerald, his Head of Security and Dry Stone Waller. Between them they enthusiastically cultivate crops, rear livestock and hens, keep bees, bottle spring water and open a farm shop. But profits remain elusive. And yet while the farm may be called Diddly Squat for good reason, Jeremy soon begins to understand that it's worth a whole lot more to him than pounds, shillings and pence . . . Praise for Clarkson's Farm: 'The best thing Clarkson's done . . . it pains me to say this" THE GUARDIAN; 'Shockingly hopeful' THE INDEPENDENT; 'Even the most committed Clarkson haters will find him likeable here' THE TELEGRAPH; 'Quite lovely' THE TIMES… (more)
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Those who are having The Grand Tour withdrawal symptoms may or may not enjoy Jeremy Clarkson’s life on the farm. If you’ve missed it, Jeremy decided to give farming a go at his home in the Cotswolds and it can be seen as the limited series Clarkson’s Farm on Amazon Prime. This book is a collection of his newspaper columns about life on the farm. Some may have read them already, but I hadn’t. I think I enjoyed them even more than his car columns.

The book is divided into seasons, then months of life on the farm covering just over one year. Unfortunately for Jeremy, that year was 2020 so things were made even more difficult with COVID-19 and lockdowns. It covers general farm stuff, from tractors (Jeremy’s is a Lamborghini), the problems of hitching up anything to said tractor and the problem of fitting that tractor into the shed. I found the sections on sheep particularly funny and the things that they do that frustrated Jeremy no end. There are other things that frustrated Jeremy too, such as the control the government has over what is grown, Brexit laws changing the way things work (like having seeds stuck in France with no way out) and general government bureaucracy. Then add on frustrating farmer things, like the wrong weather at the wrong time, mending fence posts and the price the farmer is paid for goods. Like the name of his farm, the farmer makes diddly squat.

Clarkson raises a number of issues with farming in the UK that the general public wouldn’t know about, which seem to be quite a bit different to in Australia as the government seems to have more control over what is grown. I enjoyed comparing what I know of Aussie farming with Clarkson’s experience in the UK (I still can’t get over that each field has a name). The columns are humorous, easy to understand and give an insight into different aspects of farming (right down to the farm shop). It’s clear that even for all its frustrations, Clarkson enjoys farming and it really shows through his writing. There’s a sense of pride and love in sharing his farming life.

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  birdsam0610 | Apr 29, 2022 |
Hilarious as always, Jeremy Clarkson gives the reader a comical description of life on his farm over a year.
I'd already watched Prime Tv's Clarkson's Farm, and loved it. Comparing the two, I don't think that the book was as much fun, but it was still an enjoyable read. ( )
  deaflower | Mar 21, 2022 |
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Pre-order Diddly Squat today and get ready to learn all about Clarkson's biggest and most ridiculous farming struggles. Welcome to Clarkson's farm. It's an idyllic spot, offering picturesque views across the Cotswolds, bustling hedgerows, woodlands and natural springs. Jeremy always liked the idea being a farmer. But, while he was barrelling around the world having more fun with cars than was entirely reasonable, it seemed obvious that the actual, you know, farming was much better left to someone else Then one day he decided he would do the farming himself. After all, how hard could it be? Well . . . Faced with suffocating red tape, biblical weather, local objections, a global pandemic and his own frankly staggering ignorance of how to 'do farming', Jeremy soon realises that turning the farm round is going to take more than splashing out on a massive tractor. Fortunately, there's help at hand from a large and (mostly) willing team including girlfriend Lisa, Kaleb the Tractor Driver, Cheerful Charlie, Ellen the Shepherd and Gerald, his Head of Security and Dry Stone Waller. Between them they enthusiastically cultivate crops, rear livestock and hens, keep bees, bottle spring water and open a farm shop. But profits remain elusive. And yet while the farm may be called Diddly Squat for good reason, Jeremy soon begins to understand that it's worth a whole lot more to him than pounds, shillings and pence . . . Praise for Clarkson's Farm: 'The best thing Clarkson's done . . . it pains me to say this" THE GUARDIAN; 'Shockingly hopeful' THE INDEPENDENT; 'Even the most committed Clarkson haters will find him likeable here' THE TELEGRAPH; 'Quite lovely' THE TIMES

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