Driving the dictator
Another classic trip from 20 years of TG mag: delivering Admiral General Aladeen to a big telly interview.
Posted: 28 Oct 2013
A few minutes after, I’m dressed in full Russian guard
costume behind the wheel of the Prombron as we head out into drizzly early morning
London. Derren – an official ‘fixer’ for the film’s promoters – is in the
passenger seat. “What do you do for a living, Sam?” he asks. Clearly ‘Write bad jokes for TopGear’
is not a permitted answer.
“I’m a…” I search haplessly for a cunning lie. “I do… search engine optimisation.” Where did that come from? I have no idea what search engine optimisation is. Is it a real job?
“Ah, my wife does a lot of that stuff,” says Derren. Brilliant. Great lie to pick. Quick, ask a question before he can.
“Where are we heading?”
“The North Korean embassy. We’ll meet Sacha there.”