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Gay For May, Part The Fourth

I believe I’ve built a bullet-proof case in my quest to prove the fact that James May embodies everything one would hope to find in the ideal 21st Century Renaissance Man.  I would put him up against any currently living male of the human species.  You cannot name another person who has driven the world’s fastest production car at top speed, made a blimp out of a caravan, and eaten bull penis.  A more Reanissancey or manly man there is not.  Yet, not unlike the situation I found myself in when I started a petition to get Lou Reed’s face put on the Statue of Liberty, I am utterly alone in my pursuit.

The above video is the first episode of James May’s Toy Stories.  Here, May sets out to prove that the old toys are better than new toys, mostly because they required imagination and inspired youngsters to be active creators rather than passive consumers.  The first episode is an homage to British scale model manufacturer, Airfix.  Not only does May manage to get high school kids interested in this character-building hobby, but he and the kids actually make a 1 to 1 scale model of the most popular Airfix model, the Supermarine Spitfire.  For those of you poor at maths, 1 to 1 scale is actual size.

The whole series is excellent.  He builds a house entirely of Lego and constructs a garden entirely of Plasticine, which he manages to get into the world famous Chelsea Garden Show.

The one that got me started down the path to scale modeling oblivion.

Above is the Supermarine Spitfire I built after watching James May’s Toy Stories.  It’s not an Airfix, but that’s not the point.  The point is to Get Excited And Make Things.  And if you want to do that, there is no better source of inspiration than James May’s Toy Stories.  It’s just one more reason I am totally gay for May.

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Gay For May, Part The Third

I believe my arguments for James May as the avatar for the modern day Renaissance Man were persuasive on the Renaissance portion, but may have come up short on the Man half.  The short clip that follows will forever balance the equation.  On this episode of The F-Wordcelebrity chef Gordon Ramsay challenges May to ingest some of the world’s most disgusting foodstuffs.

In the next challenge, Ramsay and May square off in a cook-off.  The dish?  Fish pie.

If you’ve never seen The F-Word, the customers in the restaurant decide whose dish is best.   You’ll notice the clip ends before the winner is named.   I suspect that’s because Ramsay announces that if May wins, he’ll quit cooking forever.  James May, Renaissance Man, does indeed defeat celebrity chef and mere mortal Gordon Ramsay.  You should look for the entire episode because Ramsay’s reaction is well worth it.  It’s just one more reason I am Gay for May.

DISCLAIMER: it should go without saying that the title of these posts is meant to be taken with a grain of salt upon the tongue which you should plant firmly in your cheek.  I do not mean to in any way insinuate that James May is gay.  Nor, in fact, am I.  Only that James May is what I would consider an ideal male specimen and my affection for him will not be constrained by the label “bromance.”

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Gay For May, Part The Second

In this second installment of my ongoing attempt at making of the case for James May as de facto exemplar of the modern day Renaissance Man, I present People’s Exhibit #2– James May’s Man Lab. In it, our hero, James May, endeavors to single-handedly reverse the eternal decline of the present day male of the human species and see to it we all become “proper chaps.”  May sets about his task by showing us slothful menfolk a series of “how to’s” which will undoubtedly lead to enlightenment. In the first show of the first season, he demonstrates how to fabricate a kitchen countertop out of concrete, how to woo a lady, how to polish boots, and how to diffuse WWII era unexploded ordinance.  I believe you’ll find it instructional.

It is a wonderfully informative and hilariously entertaining show. It’s a crime it’s never received a airing in the States (I’m frowning at you, BBC America) because I believe this program is in the interest of the public good.  The more people who see it, the better the chances for humankind’s survival.  Series Two is airing in the UK as we speak.  Those of you so inclined can find the first few episodes on the Youtubes.  Those of you who would call a contractor to install a wine rack should probably not be using a computer in the first place.  Keep calm and carry on.

DISCLAIMER: it should go without saying that the title of these posts is meant to be taken with a grain of salt upon the tongue which you should plant firmly in your cheek.  I do not mean to in any way insinuate that James May is gay.  Nor, in fact, am I.  Only that James May is what I would consider an ideal male specimen and my affection for him will not be constrained by the label “bromance.”

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Gay for May, Part the First

Most Americans who know about James May (and there are frightfully too few) only know him as the slow one with bad hair on Top Gear.  This is a shame and I aim to do my part to correct this sad state of affairs.  Over the coming weeks, I intend to prove that James May is nothing short of a modern day Renaissance Man.  I see him as a role model and truly believe the world would be a better place if more people, men especially, did the same.  When ever I find myself in doubt, I ask WWJMD?  What would James May do?

I was an aspirational wine ponce before I knew there was such a thing.  Thankfully, James May co-hosted this wonderful, funny, and enlightening series with wine ponce extraordinaire, Oz Clarke, to give me something to aspire toward.

In the first season of Oz & James’ Big Wine Adventure, the two travel around France in a Jaguar, pitching a tent, visiting vineyards, attempting to define “terroir,” and drinking themselves silly.  It’s definitely entertaining and you might even learn a thing or two about wine.

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