Archive for September, 2013

Costume Drama


“The world’s gone mad”. Are you allowed to say that any more? The supermarket chains Tesco and Asda have withdrawn Halloween outfits called “mental patient fancy dress costume”. They were criticized for stigmatizing people with mental health issues. Both stores apologized for any offence caused and agreed to make donations to the mental health charity, […]

Ultravox & Simple Minds are doing a UK tour together. That kind of makes sense, if you like one, you probably like the other. I wonder if the tour will be called “Ultra-Simple”? Probably not, musicians have been teaming up for years but combining their names doesn’t seem to happen. Queen and David Bowie didn’t […]

“You get over it”. That’s how Annie’s mum described to us her battle with cancer. Annie is one of my wife’s oldest friends; they went to school together in New Zealand. Annie and her lovely mum were visiting us during their trip to England and over lunch, I’d asked Annie’s mum about her health. Her […]

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Manukau Heads lighthouse G’day Deano and the crew. This is from us back home. You’ll be having some strategy meeting. Knocking around a few ideas. Hell, you might even be asleep. Us at home? We’re doing that too. You’ll have your eye on the big picture, the San Francisco bay weather,…

Oldies Radio


The past and the present collided this week. I’m in York presenting the drive-time program, 4pm to 7pm on BBC Radio York. An old mate of mine from Australia was in town. Phil McNab was one of my teachers at The Australian Film TV and Radio School (AFTRS). Phil and his wife Vivian are on […]

Father Figure


I don’t think my dad ever understood why I didn’t want to be like him. He was a hard hat construction worker most of his life. He worked as a piping supervisor on petro-chemical plants all over the world, a real man’s man. He used to describe anyone who stood on a stage, in front […]

There was a tear in my eye as I drove into Liverpool. I haven’t lived in the area since 1983 and as I headed along Edge Lane, The Beatles song, “In My Life” came on BBC Radio Merseyside, “There are places I remember                         […]