Richard Hammond

When Steve Irwin died, I wasn’t very upset about it. I was surprised at the almost Diana-esque overblown outpouring of grief. It seemed as though he had transformed from being an annoying crocodile botherer into one of the world’s greatest animal lovers overnight, just by dying.

I’m not even a particularly big fan of Top Gear. But I find the news of Richard Hammond’s condition quite upsetting. I’ve heard now that the chances are that he might not make it through the night. Very sad indeed.

18 comments

  1. I find your comments particularly offensive to the momery of someone who did so much to inspire a new generaion of animal lovers and conservationists. I am saddened by the news of Richard Hammond and understand that the prognosis is now good. But please have considertion for the thoughts of others.

  2. Well I’m sorry if you think I should be, but I’m not the sort of person who starts liking somebody just because they’re dead. People didn’t watch Steve Irwin for the conservation stuff. They watched him because he taunted animals.

  3. We don’t need all the hero’s to die to love them, the planet would be a bit of a joke if there were nt people like this to do the kind of stuff we all want to do. Pray to all the gods Hammond makes it and give thanks for what Steve Erwin did.

  4. I was very sad both when Steve Irwin died and when I heard of Richard Hammond’s accident, I liked both of their shows (and the two blokes) and think it is wrong to say that everyone over reacted about Steve Irwin. He died for goodness sake he didn’t just get bitten by an animal or something!

  5. Ah, I love it when PETA are quoted… One assumes it’s not the well known group “People Eating Tasty Animals” but in fact the other, more militant vegetarian hippy one… Like they’re going to be an unbiased source.

  6. richard hammond ? Steve Irwin? U play with fire u could get burned. Heard that expression ? Fair enough, Hammond hurt himself, boo hoo. Driving extremely fast can have that consequence. Also noone said shit when Irwin was waving his infant son about in front of the jaws of a crocodile .. fuck these morons , i wont start crying when they all start dyin

  7. Guess you’re right Walker. But IMHO there a lot in difference between tormenting a crocodile and a Pagona Zonda (really fast car), even if it is for your own pleasure.
    No doubt both guys knew what they where doing and what risks they were taking, and one bought the farm and one nearly did.
    The clip where Steve waving his baby in front of the crocodiles is surrealistic, it makes me think of M.J. waving his child from a balcony (Berlin?) To top it Hammond had to strap one of his daughters in a child seat in the dragster!

  8. I looked at the http://www.helpinganimals.com/f-wildlifewarriors.asp site and stopped reading when it mentioned animals “personal space”. FFS. I have no feelings over SI dieing, I didn’t know him, I would be sorry to see RH unable to do Topgear but again I don’t know him so no reason to get upset.
    The outpouring after SI death was too much, as someone said very dianaesque(again I didn’t give a toss about her either). What bothers me is that people who have shoved there grandparents in a nursing home to rot and wouldn’t even turn up at a family funeral would cry and wail at a person they don’t know dieing.

  9. LOOK IT WOULDENT BE THAT IF IT WAS SOMEONE FROM YOUR FAMILY THAT WAS FAMOUS DIED!!!AND PEOPLE STARTED TO TALK ABOUT THEM ON THE INTERNET SAYING THEY DIDNT GIVE A TOSS ABOUT THERE DEATH AND IT WAS THERE OWN FAULT

  10. You people are really sick saying you don’t care that SI died and that it was Richard’s fault he crashed. They are both legends so shut up.

  11. well richard hammond is better thank goodness! a little reply to Walker’s email sent on 28/09/06 YOU ARE AN IDIOT!