I generally avoid asking questions to which I don't know, or might not like, the answer. So it was a mistake to scratch an itch tonight that had been bothering me for some time.
AJ has been chatting away at breakfast about how wonderful and funny Jeremy Clarkson is. This is all the more galling as I'm no 'petrolhead' myself, proof of which is that I drive a 2002 Hyundai Accent 1.3, a car which has yet to feature on Top Gear (unless it was one of the vehicles launched at a caravan in a quarry in one of the show's more nihilistic episodes).
So I casually asked AJ whilst we were watching the show tomight - "AJ, who would you prefer as your Daddy - Daddy, or Jeremy Clarkson?" "Jeremy Clarkson" he fired back.
"And if it was between Daddy and Richard Hammond?" "The Hamster" he replied, showing an impressive grasp of the programme's argot for a 6-year old. "And Daddy and James May?" I asked weakly. I think you can see where this was going.
"What about if you had to choose between Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May?" I asked. "Now that is a tricky one" AJ said, not making me feel any better by the length of time he took to weigh up the various candidates. "Definitely Jeremy Clarkson - he knows all about fast cars."
Taking pity on me, however, he added - I suppose I could have two daddies - you and Jeremy Clarkson". Honour was restored.