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Clarkson’s Farm on Amazon Prime: Who is Kaleb Cooper
Clarkson’s Farm on Amazon Prime: Who is Kaleb Cooper, Jeremy Clarkson’s farming sidekick?
In a new Amazon Prime series, Kaleb is not afraid to put Jeremy right.
Clarkson’s Farm, a new TV series on Amazon Prime Video, follows Jeremy Clarkson as he gets to grips with running and managing his own farm in Chipping Norton, in the Cotswolds (launched on Friday 11th June 2021). He’s joined by his farming sidekick, Kaleb Cooper, alongside other agricultural experts who are there to show him the ropes.
But who is Kaleb Cooper? Not afraid to put Jeremy Clarkson in his place and share a bit of banter, Kaleb Cooper is Chipping Norton born-and-bred and it’s fair to say that farming runs through his veins.
Country Living chatted to Jeremy and Kaleb ahead of the new series. Jeremy describes it as a “love letter to farming” about the nitty gritty of crops and land management, not just cute lambs and bottle-feeding animals.
HOW DID KALEB COME TO BE ON CLARKSON’S FARM WITH JEREMY CLARKSON?
Kaleb worked on Jeremy’s farm when it was run by Gerald, a contract farmer, before Jeremy decided to take it on himself when Gerald retired. Kaleb knows the land like the back of his hand – better than Jeremy, in fact.
“We needed a tractor driver for the series and we looked everywhere,” says Jeremy, “I said ‘I tell you what, you could look at the guy who’s actually doing the tractoring here now anyway.’ So we got Kaleb and I think you’ll all agree he’s good on television. He knows his stuff, he’s young, he’s got bad hair – everything was right. Well he’s had his hair done today because he knew he was going on…”
“I haven’t had it done! It’s the sun bleaching it,” Kaleb interrupts.
KALEB – WHAT DOES THE FARMING LIFE MEAN TO YOU?
“The farming way of life… I can’t describe it to anyone. I love my life. I am very, very happy and I don’t understand why anyone would want to go to London and stay in London, but that’s completely up to them,” says Kaleb who, in the programme, shares a story of the one time he did go to London but stayed on the bus because he found it too busy.
“Farming for me is not a job, it’s a way of life. I don’t get up in the morning and think ‘oh I’ve got to go to work, I’ve got to drive to the farm, I’ve got to get in the tractor and put that on there.’ I get up and go ‘right, what am I doing today?’ It’s how excited I get about doing a job. For example, if I know I’m going spraying in three days’ time I’m thinking ‘yes, in three days’ time I’m going tractoring!'”
KALEB – WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE FARMING COMMUNITY?
“The good thing about the farming community is that every farmer wants another farmer to do well, secretly. They are so loyal to each other, and farmers want to help each other out as much as they can. Every farmer around here has tried to give you [Jeremy] as much advice as possible.”
KALEB – WHAT’S IT LIKE WORKING WITH JEREMY CLARKSON?
“You’ve adapted to the farming life as well and you love it as well,” Kaleb says to Jeremy, who is quick to reply “I do. I adore it.”
“It makes the day 10 times easier when two people enjoy something and can work together,” says Kaleb.
Jeremy agrees, saying: “He does give me a hard time, but I quite like that. It’s a good working relationship. It’s good working on the farm and it’s good working on TV. You were here anyway so it’s not even forced.”
JEREMY – HOW IMPORTANT HAVE KALEB AND THE REST OF THE FARMING TEAM BEEN?
“You couldn’t possibly become a farmer without surrounding yourself with people like Kaleb and Gerald and Charlie. I genuinely believed that you’d put seeds in the ground and then weather would happen and then food would grow, and I’d go on a skiing holiday. That’s what I thought farming was […] I don’t really listen, let’s be honest, but at least they were there to come and shout at me when I’d done something wrong.”
BY EMMA-LOUISE PRITCHARD – Country Living
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
TOP TEN Awesome Things Wales Gave the World
With a population of just over three million people, Wales is a small country by anyone’s standards. Much given over to wild hills and great swathes of fields, the towns and cities are few and far between. However, for a small country it has given the world some rather impressive theories, inventions and fashions – so here’s our guide to 10 awesome things which originated in Wales – and you may well be rather surprised.
- Mail order
Powys businessman Pryce Pryce-Jones owned a shop in Newtown, Mid-Wales in the mid-ninetieth century. He noticed that the railways were being expanded, and he decided to use this new resource to send packages out to people’s homes, rather than have them collect from him. First he sent out leaflets, detailing the products, in the post and encouraged people to ‘mail order’. This paved the way for the universal mail order system and, eventually, the internet shopping mega-industry of today!
- The weather forecast
Known as, ‘the father of modern meteorology’, Montgomery born David Brunt was the Britain’s first full time Professor of Meteorology at Imperial College London – the art of the weather forecast was born – and has proved extremely useful ever since. A First World War Meteorologist, he became president of The Royal Meteorological Society in 1942 and was knighted for services to his industry in 1959.
- Mary Quant and the mini skirt
The Swinging Sixtes – and every ‘It’ girl was wearing the Mary Quant mini skirt. A true icon of its time, its designer Mary Quant was born to Welsh parents – who’d have thought that Wales and catwalk style went hand-in-hand, but then Wales did give the world Princess Diana’s wedding dress too!
Swansea-born Edward ‘Taffy’ Bowen was one of the pioneers in the discovery of radar. He built the first radar transmitter in the 1930s and this inspired him to build smaller transmitters which could be fitted into aeroplane cockpits – without radar and Taffy Bowen, the Second World War could have ended with a very different result.
An Irish Intitution? – so you may think, but legend has it that the recipe was allegedly ‘bought’ by Mr Arthur Guinness from a tavern keeper in Holyhead, North Wales whilst he was waiting for a ferry, and taken over the sea to Ireland where is became the iconic symbol it is today.
- = and + signs in mathematics
The + and = signs in maths are both down to a Welsh man called Robert Recorde from Tenby in South Wales, who in 1557 changed the then standard equals sign (II) to the = we are all familiar with today.
- London’s Covent Garden
Designed by the legendary architect Inigo Jones, who was born the son of a Welsh cloth worker, London’s Covent Garden is one of the most famous buildings in the city. Built in 1630, it was the first modern square in London and ticked all the boxes for contemporary style. Taking inspiration from the fashionable Italians, the piazza was born and can still be enjoyed today.
- The microphone
Denbighshire-born David Edward Hughes invented a carbon microphone in the 1870s. He failed to patent his device and Thomas Edison, who was working on a similar project, became synonymous with its invention. However, there were witnesses who told that Hughes was demonstrating his device quite a while before Edison!
- Alfred Russel Wallace, born in Usk, Monmouthshire, was a naturalist and botanist who worked alongside Charles Darwin developing the theories of natural selection and human evolution. Called the father of bio-geology, he paved the way for some groundbreaking scientific theories. However, he was from a poorer background than his contemporary scientist – it was Darwin who was to finally write ‘On Origin of Species’, although an earlier piece on this theory was jointly published by Wallace and Darwin, so no doubt their work together helped.
- Powered flight
Bill Frost, a carpenter from Saundersfoot in South Wales was seen flying 500 yards (457 metres) in a plane made by himself, in 1896. He patented his invention but was too poor to renew the patent – two years later the Wright Brothers officially made aviation history.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. Dr. Seuss
Happiness is… Clarkson’s Farm on Amazon Prime
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
I was walking past a clothes shop and saw a beautiful dress in the shop window. I went in and asked the shop assistant, “Hi, can I please try on the dress in the shop window?”
“Of course,” nodded the shop assistant, “but you know we also have changing rooms, right?”
Love is…a mixture of sunshine and rain.
A time for Old MacDonald had a farm on CD…A time for Old Clarkson’s Farm on Amazon Prime.
1985 “Back to the Future” directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd is released.
1928 John Logie Baird demonstrates the first colour television transmission in London.
1900 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Blanche Bingley-Hillyard beats rival and fellow Briton Charlotte Cooper 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
1886 In Germany, Karl Benz drives 1st automobile.
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