Archive for December, 2013

Australians are hard working, no-nonsense, practical people. They might not follow all of the rules but they get the job done. They also love to have fun. For two weeks in June 1993, as part of the broadcasting course I was on at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, I was working at the radio […]


I’m so glad “super” has come back as a prefix. Recently I’ve heard of things being described as; super-fast, super-quiet and super sleek. People are being described as super-organised, super-intelligent, and confusingly, super-normal. I grew up in the 70s when everything was super. We had superstars, supermarkets and Hong Kong Phooey was the “number one […]


Although I was thousands of miles from home, there was something familiar about Kalgoorlie. I presented the 7pm to midnight shift on the local radio station 6KG, for two weeks in 1993. Kal, is a mining town in Western Australia. I found it easy to relate to the mainly blue collar workforce that listened to […]


Shut-up Shop

23Dec13

Shopping on the high street is so twentieth century and let’s face it, a bit rubbish. I tried to buy a laptop computer on Saturday but the big department store I went to were out of stock of the model I wanted. It’s not an unusual make or model that I’m after, it’s the one […]


I really didn’t want to go out after midnight in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. I’d heard the town could get a bit wild after dark. Kalgoorlie is the largest settlement for hundreds of kilometers. Most of the people who live there work at the Super Pit which is an open-cut gold mine almost four kilometers long, 1.6 kilometers wide and […]


“So this is Christmas, And what have you done, Another year over, And a new one just begun”. That’s the first verse of my favorite Christmas song, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. I love that first verse because it asks us to do two things that are really important, define reality and give […]


One of the funniest things I’ve ever heard on the radio wasn’t supposed to be funny. I was in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia in June 1993. I presented the 7pm to midnight shift on the local station “Rockin’ The Goldfields 6KG” so I listened to the station, whenever I could to get a feel of how […]


Selling tobacco is illegal but millions of retailers are getting away with it. According to the World Health Organisation, smoking kills more than five million people every year. And it’s not because of an unwanted side-effect, a bad batch or the consequences of over-indulgence or misuse. Tobacco, when it is used exactly as the manufacturer […]


In June 1993, I realized that radio meant more to me than life itself. There are lots of bugs that will kill you in the Australian Outback. Some of the deadliest are spiders (Redbacks and Funnel Webs). As part of the course I was on at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney, […]


Julie got caught out by a bogus phone call today. It was someone claiming to be from Vodafone. They said they’d looked at the calls we make and data we’ve been using and could switch us to a cheaper plan. Before they could do that, they needed to ask a few security questions. These included […]


The constant sound of dripping from the leaky tap in my room at The Palace Hotel is one of the lasting memories I have from the two weeks I spent in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. In June 1993, I presented the 7pm to midnight shift on, “Rockin’ The Goldfields 6KG”. I was sent there on my […]


At JACK fm we’ve kidnapped Santa. He won’t be released until we get another thousand toys in our toy appeal with O2. We’re collecting them for underprivileged kids. The deadline is Sunday at midnight, if Father Christmas stays tied up in the cupboard under the stairs at JACK fm he won’t be able to make […]


It’s funny how things that used to be impressive aren’t any more but things that used to be normal are now regarded as amazing. In 1993, my fellow students and I at the Australian Film Television and Radio School were gob smacked when we were shown a digital four-track audio recorder and editor. We could […]


Jammy Dodger

09Dec13

I heard the radio station travel reporter say “The A1(M) in Hertfordshire is busy southbound this morning. It’s due to sheer weight of traffic”. Sheer weight of traffic? I was checking out what a competing radio station was up to when I heard this bloke blame THE TRAFFIC for the traffic! To be fair he […]


Christmas came ten months early in the Riverina region of New South Wales Australia in 1993. It was my first show on commercial radio. After traveling 725 kilometers overnight by Greyhound bus from Sydney the night before and not getting any sleep, here I was presenting the afternoon/drive show on 2QN Deniliquin. The show started at 2pm […]


Julie and I have rented 15 houses and flats in three different countries in the 26 years we’ve been married. If you’re about to move into a rental and are a less experienced tenant, here’s my top 20 things we’ve learned along the way. 1.  When an estate agent shows you rental properties, only the […]


There’s a saying in Australia, “If you want to get on in life, you have to, bite off more than you can chew, then chew like buggery”. During the six months I spent on the broadcasting course at The Australian Film Television and Radio School, twice I was sent out to live and work on […]


At first I was really pleased when I asked the bloke who fixed my central heating what radio station he listens to. From what he told me about his favorite on-air features I could tell it was the radio station I’ve just started working for. Then he called the station “Dave”. The name of the […]