Archive for August, 2012


The moon looked different last night. I was driving south on the M5, heading home from my cousin’s wedding. Only about an hour earlier torrential rain was being scooped away by the wipers but now they’d started to make that rubber on glass sound. I switched them off and turned on the radio. The announcer […]

Mack’s Craic


Why can’t journalists all decide to pronounce “Julian Assange” the same way? On the TV news, the host will call him Julian “Asonge” (rhymes with blancmange), then cross live to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where the reporter on the spot will call him Julian “Assange” (rhymes with flange), then they’ll interview an expert on […]

Mack’s Craic


Scone, how do you say it? Is it “sconn” or “scohwne”? I always thought the word was “sconn” and the posh way to say it was “scohwne”. Now I’m wondering if the word could be “schowne” and the posh way to say it is “sconn”, you know, like when posh people call a room, a […]

Mack’s Craic


“Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for President. One hopes it is the same half.” – That’s a quote from the writer Gore Vidal who died last week. Vidal made a good point, which I was reminded of this week. I’ve been going on the air on radio stations […]