London Calling

20Jun17

DM

In the latest episode of my show for America, Dominic Monaghan talks about how he turned to drugs to cope with life after Lord Of The Rings; Proof that traffic Wardens are evil; The fallout after Britain’s latest general election; Is Theresa May, “dead woman walking”?; The ambulance chaser phone call; Reaction to the fire in the tower block; The opening of the British Parliament delayed because of goatskin paper; Does type 2 diabetes make you bad at math?

Listen to Episode 36 of London Calling here;
http://www.talkers.com/talkersradio/london-calling/london-calling-with-graham-mack-episode-36-dominic-monaghan/

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Exit Plan

19Jun17

Exit

Exit signs are in the wrong place.

It’s hard to imagine the true horror of what people must have gone through in London’s tower block fire. For the people who were trapped inside it must have been hell.

I’ve never had to find my way out of a burning building. From what I’ve heard, the biggest problem is smoke. As well as making it hard to breath, it makes it hard to find your way out because you can’t see anything.

The closest I’ve had to having to find my way out of a smoke filled room was when I had to find my way out of a room filled with steam.  I worked for a maintenance contractor at Marsden Point oil refinery in New Zealand. One day, we got a call saying that when they turned on the taps in the men’s toilets in the electrical department, steam came out.

A thermostatic valve had jammed wide open, over-heating the hot water and a relief valve that was supposed to vent excess pressure had failed. If it kept going, the tank would have exploded.

I needed to vent the pressure quickly so I opened all of the hot water taps. The room filled with steam and I had hard a time finding my way out. It was a square room and I knew where the door was but it took me a while to find it.

Obviously, what I went though is minor compared to being trapped in a burning building but the thing I learned is that in a situation like that, exit signs are useless. Steam, like smoke, fills a room from the top down. Why are all exit signs placed up high? I’ve seen them above doorways. In a fire, that’s the first place that’s going to be obscured by smoke.

The advice the fire brigade give you when trying to get out of a smoke filled room is to get down low. Why aren’t signs pointing to the nearest exit placed on skirting boards or painted on the floor?

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London Calling

12Jun17

Graham Mack

In the latest episode of my show for America, I talk about Terror on the streets of London and the European anti-terror policies that make no sense, the song that was banned by every British radio station and America’s most important talk radio convention.

 

Listen to London Calling Episode 35, here;

http://www.talkers.com/talkersradio/london-calling/london-calling-with-graham-mack-episode-35-reaction-to-the-london-attacks-and-talkers-2017/

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I spent 30 hours in New York City last week.

Here’s the report I did from Talkers 2017 where I met Michael Harrison, Phil Boyce, Chris Stigall, Harry Hurley, Thom Hartmann, Tom Leykis, Norm Pattiz, Mike Francesa, and Love & Laughter with Beth Liebling.

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Mack Nuggets

31May17

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOBfm lately:

The lady who got her hand stuck down the toilet.
Why is there always a single shoe by the side of the road?
The British media are royal sycophants?
Stuff left behind.
David Beckham is no actor.
Donald or Duke?
Cyclist should be banned from the road.
Are the Russians getting ready to invade Britain?
The Dutch King’s dirty little secret.
When Jane was the date from hell.
Dominic’s best bargain.
Don’t eat the right things your fault, eat the wrong things it’s not your fault.
How to save the planet.
Have-a-go Heroes.
The rise of the girlie man.
Why is Hertford not on the map?
The bell ringer who got caught in the rope and grabbed by the bells.

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Air Souls

30May17

Why are airlines so bad at public relations?

British Airways is the latest airline to suffer a PR disaster. The CEO said too little too late.

Dressed in a high-vis jacket, speaking from BA’s operations centre near Heathrow, Alex Cruz tried to repair the damage done to the brand after the global IT crash that grounded flights and left thousands of passengers stranded at the start of one of the busiest weekends for travel in the UK.

The British Airways’ chief executive said he is “profusely” sorry, but his apology didn’t work. Passengers described chaotic scenes at Gatwick and Heathrow airports at the weekend, with a lot of people hitting out at the airline for a lack of information and a lack of senior management on the ground.

This customer relations disaster comes at a difficult time for BA, which has faced criticism for cutting costs and lowering the quality of its service. Last year, it announced it would stop free food and drinks for economy passengers on short-haul flights in Europe.

BA says it is still investigating what caused the power supply problem — and what happened with its back-up system. However, it said a move last year to outsource several hundred IT jobs to specialists supplied by India’s Tata Consultancy Services was not to blame.

We saw a similar PR disaster with United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz last month. He didn’t apologise quickly enough or effectively enough after a man was physically dragged off one of their planes. He didn’t change his tune until United’s stock price plummeted.

It’s amazing that of all businesses, an AIRLINE would be so bad at PR. A very bad day in the airline industry isn’t one where someone gets dragged off a plane or when 75,000 people miss their flights. A really bad day is when a plane disappears off a radar screen and doesn’t come back. The people in charge of airlines should be people with the very best PR skills possible.

Being the CEO of an airline is a lot like being the pilot of one of their planes. Most of the time, the systems run themselves, you don’t have much to do. You’re there because when things do go wrong, you’re the one who knows EXACTLY what to do. You have to get it right first time because you don’t get a second chance!

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London Calling

29May17

Mike Brewer

Here’s what’s in Episode 34 of my show for the USA:

Mike Brewer from Wheeler Dealers talks about his favorite cars and the time he was in a military helicopter when the pilot was shot.

Ken’s issue in a supermarket.

Free food for school children.

A great bargain story.

Has Brexit been good for Britain?

Dot Kennedy from Philadelphia was in her 60s when she started stand-up comedy, listen to her set.

Listen to Episode 34 of London Calling here;
http://www.talkers.com/talkersradio/london-calling/london-calling-with-graham-mack-episode-34-mike-brewer-part-2/

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Super Sneaky

28May17

Bag

The environment is being destroyed by the Supermarkets of Britain.

When you shop at any of Britain’s big supermarkets, you’re not given environmentally friendly, biodegradable bags to take your shopping home in. You’re given plastic bags. These bags can take hundreds of years to break down. They’re clogging drains and waterways and killing wildlife.

The government should force the big supermarkets to provide biodegradable bags. That’s not what they’ve done.

A couple of years ago the government brought in a law that made it compulsory for supermarkets to charge 5p for plastic bags. In effect you’re fined for using the only type of bag the supermarket offers you. The supermarkets get to keep 4p from every plastic bag and the government gets a penny in VAT.

Since this came in, the amount of plastic bags being used has gone down but the supermarkets are still dishing out more than a billion plastic bags every year!

There’s news this week that one of the biggest supermarket chains has plans to phase-out single-use 5p plastic bags and will only sell so-called reusable bags that cost 10p. These are just plastic bags made from thicker plastic. They’re trialling this in some stores over the next ten weeks.

Reusable bags are only reusable if you reuse them. That means remembering to take them with you when you go shopping. If you forget or make an unplanned shopping trip, you’ll still have to buy bags but it won’t be the cheap plastic bags, it’ll be the slightly heavier duty plastic bags, the ones that cost twice as much.

This is genius, it makes it look like they’re being environmentally responsible but the truth is, they’ll make even more money and sell even more plastic!

Instead of providing bags that DON’T destroy the planet, the supermarkets are raking in billions because they won’t do that! And at the same time, they’re making you, the customer believe it’s YOUR fault!

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Mack Nuggets

27May17

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOBfm lately, including:

Why is there always a single shoe by the side of the road?
The zombie apocalypse at Stansted Airport.
The fake speed camera.
The British media are royal sycophants.
Stuff left behind.
David Beckham is no actor.
Donald or Duke?
Stephen Fry being investigated for blasphemy.
Cyclists should be banned from the road.
Are the Russians getting ready to invade Britain?
Are we in the grip of election fever?
The person responsible for the ransomware attack is named and shamed.
The Dutch King’s dirty little secret.
People who never have their money ready.
When Jane was the date from hell.
Free school meals should be banned.
A boozed up Badger.
Dominic’s best bargain.

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Vote

“Which way do you vote?”

The sales manager at work asked me that question in the middle of a crowded office today. Britain’s next general election is only weeks away, I suppose he was curious.

I told him it depends because I don’t have a brand loyalty. I approach voting the same way as I approach buying a new car. I look at my circumstances and choose the one that suits my lifestyle best at the time.

I used to drive a Porsche 911 but as it got older, I found it was costing me too much to run, so now I’ve gone completely the other way, I drive a Japanese hybrid. If my circumstances change I may go back to a Porsche, until then I’ll stick with the fuel efficient Jap.  

I’m the same with politics. If a party comes out with a flashy new model and promises it’ll make my life better, I might go that way. If I do and then realise it was all hype or it ends up costing me more money in the long run, I’ll go a different way next time. If I like what they’ve done, when the time comes to choose, I might go with that brand again.  

And really, the most sensible way to look at politicians is to give them the same respect you give used car salesmen.

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London Calling

22May17

Dominic

If you’re a fan of Lord Of The Rings or Lost, you’ll enjoy my chat with the actor Dominic Monaghan. He talks about how he went from being a hyperactive child in Manchester to star in one of the world’s biggest film franchises and one of the most successful TV shows of all time.

As well as that;
Is Britain really in the grip of election fever?
Why is there always a single shoe on the side of the road?
The person responsible for the latest computer virus is named and shamed.
Stuff left behind when you moved into a new place.
David Beckham is no actor.
Archive audio from Australia.
Should fidget spinners be banned?
The curse of the radio awards.

Listen to Episode 33 of London Calling, here;

http://www.talkers.com/talkersradio/london-calling/london-calling-with-graham-mack-episode-33-dominic-monaghan-from-lord-of-the-rings-and-lost/

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London Calling

15May17

othermotors

In Episode 32 of my show for America, Mike Brewer from Wheeler Dealers talks about how he went from being a South London car dealer to the presenter of one of the world’s most popular car shows on TV.

Also on the show: The zombie apocalypse at one of London’s airports, why we should all be eating insects, the Duke of Edinburgh announced he’s retiring from public engagements so there’s a look back at some of the racist and sexist comments he’s made and we play “Donald or Duke” to see if you can tell the difference between one of his quotes and one from Donald Trump, Stephen Fry is investigated for blasphemy, why Kim Jong-un’s picture is hanging on a wall in a mum’s house in Derby and is Russia about to invade Britain?

Listen to Episode 32 of London Calling here;
http://www.talkers.com/talkersradio/london-calling/london-calling-episode-32-mike-brewer-from-wheeler-dealers/

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Tosh & Becks

12May17

As far as acting goes, David Beckham is a great footballer.

He makes a cameo appearance in Guy Ritchie’s new film, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”.

In the film, he plays a disgruntled Cockney knight called ‘Trigger’ (I’m not making this up).

He offers a few words of advice to Arthur.

I don’t think Posh needs to worry about what she’ll wear at the Oscars.

That’s an important scene, David speaks the final words before King Arthur pulls the sword out of the stone.

Unfortunately Beckham, was acted off the screen, by the stone!

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Subtext

11May17

Are the Russians getting ready to invade us?

There was a Russian submarine in the English channel on the weekend.

The Royal Navy ship, HMS Somerset spotted it off the east coast of the UK on Friday morning and followed it through the Strait of Dover.

Last month, Somerset’s sister ship HMS Sutherland escorted two Russian warships that sailed close to UK waters.

The Russians keep doing this. RAF jets keep getting scrambled to keep an eye on Russian military planes that fly close to UK airspace. In February, Typhoons were deployed to monitor two nuclear-capable Tupolev TU-160 Blackjack bombers.

A lot of people are worried about what the Russians are up to. Well if they’re trying to mount a sneak attack, they’re rubbish at it. Their planes always fly past in daylight and the submarine was spotted on the surface.

All Vladimir Putin is doing, is showing off. That submarine WANTED to be seen, The Russians are posing.

That wasn’t a periscope, it was a middle finger!

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STANSTED-AIRPORT-ANTON-NELLO

Like a “zombie apocalypse”. That’s how one Twitter user described scenes at London’s Stansted airport yesterday.  Reports today say it was chaotic and some passengers even fainted.

It was all because an X-ray machine broke down. It took nearly four hours to fix it.

Stansted is the fourth busiest airport in the UK and is used by an average of 67,000 passengers a day.

Here’s the thing; In all the years since passenger security checks have been brought in, the staff at Stansted have not found a single passenger carrying ANYTHING that they were going to use to bring down a plane.

Even though hundreds of people were stranded at Stansted yesterday and a lot of them missed their flights, during the time of the crisis, not a single drop of shampoo, mouthwash or bottled water made it onto an aircraft and there wasn’t one reported incident of a an angry passenger getting into a heated discussion with security guard over whether toothpaste, jam and hair gel are liquids or not!

So, maybe it wasn’t all bad news after all!

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London Calling

08May17

ZombiesZombies

In Episode 31 of my show for America: Why Britain doesn’t have a government right now; Have-a-go heroes; How to save the planet; Is snooker a sport?; Why S-Town is one of the worst podcasts ever made; Chris White from the Zombies talks about the problems the band had in the Philippines, making Odessey & Oracle and other bands touring the US using the name “The Zombies” without permission.

Listen to Episode 31 of London Calling here;
http://www.talkers.com/talkersradio/london-calling/london-calling-episode-31-chris-white-from-the-zombies-part-2/

Listen to previous episodes here;
http://www.talkers.com/talkersradio/category/london-calling/

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London Calling

02May17

Matlock

In Episode 30 of London Calling, my show for America, Glen Matlock from The Sex Pistols talks about the band’s rise, fall and reunion and how fame changed Johnny Rotten.

As well as Glen, there’s the Real reason Britain is going to have a general election in June and how British commercial radio is censored until it’s over; A not so lovely meter maid; More proof that cyclists are not right in the head; A blackbird sings; How socialised medicine in Britain is run by control freaks and S-Town brings back memories of rural Australia.

Listen to Episode 30 of London Calling here;
http://www.talkers.com/talkersradio/london-calling/london-calling-episode-30-glen-matlock-from-the-sex-pistols-part-2/

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Earth

I’ve worked out how to save the planet.

We keep hearing about how fossil fuels are bad for the environment and how they’re eventually going to run out anyway.

As long as we generate electricity from renewable sources the answer has to be electric cars. I’ve been thinking about this lately because the new Mackmobile is a hybrid, so I’m halfway there. I’ve been wondering about going all-electric.

Electric cars haven’t really caught on yet and the reason most people give for not buying one is electric cars don’t have the range. Well, range isn’t really an issue, some Tesla models can go for 300 miles on a single charge. The real problem is the time it takes to charge them up, it takes hours. On a serious road trip, if your battery goes flat and you’re not at your final destination, you’re knackered and if there’s nowhere to charge it up when you get there, you might not have enough charge to get home.

I can’t get a fully electric car because I live in a block of flats with nowhere to charge it. I can’t plug it in at work and if there was somewhere to charge it between home and work, I’d have to add a few hours to my commute while I waited for it to charge up.

The answer is pretty simple, removable batteries. If you had an electric car with say, four removable batteries, each one powerful enough to run the car’s motor individually for say, a hundred miles. Have it set up so that the car uses one battery until it’s dead, then switches to the next one. When you stop at a charging station, all you do is take out the dead batteries and replace them with fully charged ones. That way you’d be able to refuel an electric car in just a few minutes, probably quicker than you can fill up a petrol car.

The dead batteries could be charged up at the charging station and when they’re fully charged, they’d be ready to be exchanged for dead ones from another electric car driver.

Stick up a wind turbine and solar cells at the charging station and the electricity to charge the batteries would be generated without harming the environment or taking resources from the national grid.

So electric cars ARE the future but not until we make them so you can take the batteries out.

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London Calling

18Apr17

London Calling

In Episode 29 of my show for the USA, I talk about how the Soccer World Cup is coming to America, Canada and Mexico but should not be there at all; The Queen meeting her namesake in a zoo; How the National Trust upset Christians; The British tradition of doing a runner and the delights of transatlantic travel.

Listen to Episode 29 of London Calling here;
http://www.talkers.com/talkersradio/london-calling/london-calling-episode-29-graham-mack/

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dEISEL

If you drive a diesel car in Britain you could be paid up to £2000 by the government to scrap it and buy a petrol powered car instead. It’s part of government plans to tackle pollution, according to newspaper reports.

Once again the government is blaming YOU for a problem THEY created. Buses, trucks, trains and taxis run on diesel, no one’s talking about scrapping them, it’s just you, the private car owner that they’re pointing the finger at. Some people switched to diesel because when Tony Blair was Prime Minister, he gave tax breaks to you if you bought a diesel because he said they were BETTER for the environment. We went from 1.5 million diesel cars on our roads ten years ago to 11 million today. Now the current government are trying to make YOU feel guilty for the pollution they’re causing.

It’s a problem that’s easy to solve. It’s not the engines that are bad for the environment, it’s the fumes from the burnt fuel. All you have to do is change the fuel. When Rudolf Diesel invented the engine that now bears his name, it ran on peanut oil. That’s right, diesel engines are designed to run on vegetable oil. An oil that does not produce the toxic gases that burnt diesel gives off. Compared to diesel oil, it’s a clean fuel. In Rudolf diesel’s day, the low grade fuel oil we now call diesel was cheaper than peanut oil so he just ran his new engine in that.

An unmodified diesel engine will run on used chip fat. I know because I’ve done it. When I worked on a radio station on England’s South Coast, as a stunt, we bought a used Peugeot diesel, filled it up with used chip fat from a local chippy and drove it, unmodified to Paris and back.

For the short time the car was on British roads, we were breaking the law. It is against the law to run a diesel vehicle on cooking oil, even if it’s used cooking oil which is essential waste. It’s against the law because you’re evading VAT and all of the other tax and duty that makes up most of what we pay at the pump.

Finding a use for used cooking oil would reduce waste and help prevent a fatberg from clogging up our sewer pipes. But where are the environmentalists? They LIKE the idea of scrapping cars and most of all they like the idea of blaming YOU not the government. The so-called Green Party are just politicians, greedy for power and they can only get that by controlling you.

The government failed to bring in regulations for cleaner fuel and now you’re to blame! It didn’t used to be this way, when it was discovered that lead in petrol was bad for the environment, they didn’t blame you, they just brought in new rules that banned leaded fuel and it worked! Why don’t they just bring in new regulations for the fuel that’s burned in diesel engines?  

Has anyone thought about the environmental impact of scrapping 11 million cars?

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