Posts Tagged ‘Billy’

Some of you may have started watching Billy Connolly’s trip down Route 66 (ITV 9.00pm Thursdays).

I have, and unlike some reviewers – The Metro – I’m loving it. I also enjoyed Stephen Fry’s trip around the 50 States of America a couple of years ago, yet felt that this programme warranted one week per state as it seemed so hurried. Both presenters are able to bring out the best (and worst) in American life without demeaning the subject.

Connolly is taking a little more time and undertaking the odd trip off piste, so we are seeing (and learning) much more about America’s real beating heart. However, he is still not taking quite enough time for me. I’ve ‘done’ a little of Route 66 and found quite a few quaint icons, food stuffs and food places and this week he skipped every one of those I’ve seen!

As he entered Oklahoma, it was as if Miami (pronounced Miamah!), the 90′ concrete totem pole at Foyil, the Blue Whale at Catoosa (although there was an image in passing), the massive city of Tulsa, the various bits of original 9′.00″ wide roadway and POP’s iconic soda sculpture just outside Oklahoma City didn’t exist.

Well, those are the bits I’ve ‘done’ – from the Kentucky border to the outskirts of Oklahoma City. So, in case you’re interested – here are my recollections of the journey.






Perhaps Stephen Fry and Billy Connolly should combine their talents and deliver a 50 week review of the USA? See the Indian reservations, spend more time with the Amish, explore the hurricane and tornado belts, discover and discuss what’s best and what’s worst about America.

Read Full Post »