Archive for June, 2014

Howard Stern once said, “Most of the things I do are misunderstood. Hey, after all, being misunderstood is the fate of all true geniuses, is it not?” A recurring theme in my life is being misunderstood. Unlike Howard who was obviously talking about being misunderstood artistically, I am continually misunderstood by people in positions of […]


These new e-passports are a con. I found out first hand this week. There’s a lot of fuss right now about e-passports which have a chip in them so they’re supposed to be more secure. I read on http://www.zdnet.com that they’re easy to clone and fake. They even published this picture of Elvis Presley’s e-passport […]


Britain in February 1997 took a bit of getting used to after living on the New South Wales Central Coast. Julie and I had moved there so I could present the Breakfast Show on 2CRFM in Bournemouth. After two weeks living in a hotel, we found a flat in Boscombe. At the time the pound […]


Sometimes people who’ve turned you over, end up in a position where they find themselves asking for your help. “The Program Director’s name is Graham Mack… “G, R, A, H… yes, that’s him… yes, I think he did used to work there…” When Laura in the BOB fm office hung up the phone, she turned […]


One of the things I liked the most about presenting the Breakfast Show on 2CR in Bournemouth in 1997 was just how flexible things were. It meant that we could change anything we did to suit the attitude and personality of the show.  The station was owned by a company called GWR. They had a […]


Sean Hannity from Fox News crept up behind Michael Harrison, the publisher of “Talkers” and grabbed him by the throat while I was interviewing him for the latest Radio Academy podcast. It was all in good fun and set the tone for what was billed as “The 17th installment of the talk media industry’s longest […]


A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away, I had a boss who I thought was going to fire me on first sight. He turned out to be the best boss I’ve ever had. In February 1997, I moved back to Britain after living in Australia and New Zealand for fourteen years. […]


Flight Risk

20Jun14

“You had ONE JOB!” Is what Julie said to me when she came home from work and I told her what I’d done. Twenty-four hours before our flight to New York, I was the one who had to check us in online. Julie was working at the time the online check-in opened, so it meant […]


There is no job security in radio. About the worst thing that can happen is if the person that hired you is replaced. Now you’re working for someone that didn’t choose you. Often they’ve got a different idea of how your show should sound or may even have someone else in mind for the job. […]


Love is Blind

18Jun14

Like most married men, I suffer from a condition known as ‘Domestic Blindness’. D.B. sufferers are unable to find everyday household objects even when they’re right in front of us. I got a great surprise birthday present from Julie. She bought me a Marshall guitar amp fridge. It’s made by the same people that make […]


When I moved back to Britain in February 1997, I felt like a time traveller. I’d left my past behind in 1983, which was when I’d left Britain, never planning to return. It soon became clear that it wasn’t 1983 in Britain any more. The first thing that hit me was the way people were […]


“You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about the pathway to the future but all there will ever be is what’s happening here and the decisions we make which are based in either love or fear”. That’s just a tiny part of Jim Carrey’s recent commencement address that he gave at Maharishi University […]


When you’ve just spent twenty five hours squashed into an economy class seat and a few more hours in airports changing planes between Sydney and New York via Auckland, Honolulu and Los Angeles, the thing you look forward to the most is a nice hotel room and a comfortable bed. Unfortunately, that’s not what we […]


BOB’s Best

11Jun14

Where is the best Cafe? In BOB fm’s continuing quest to find the best of everything, the latest category is BOB’s Best Cafe. Last week, 31 cafes were nominated, vote for your favourite now; http://www.bobfm.co.uk/on-air/breakfast/bobs-best/ Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at http://www.mackmedia.co.uk


Have you ever found yourself asking what, to you, is a perfectly reasonable question but then realise that the person you’re asking thinks you’ve lost your mind? In early February 1997, Julie and I were about to leave the New South Wales Central Coast and move to England. Our car was being put on a […]


Fruit Fly

08Jun14

You’ll be glad to know that my new computer finally arrived. It was only a day late but that’s not the point. They still haven’t been in touch to find out if it was actually delivered or not. They had me fill in an email survey the morning after it was supposed to be here […]


There’s a lot to sort out when you move house. It’s even more complicated when you move to another country and you don’t actually have a house to move into. In February 1997, Julie and I moved from Australia to England. I presented my last show on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast […]


Crab Apple

04Jun14

“Do what you said you would do, when you said you would do it, the way you said you would do it”. That is the number one rule for life and business according to Larry Winget, who describes himself as, ‘The pitbull of personal development’. Larry is right because whenever an individual or organisation doesn’t […]


My last show on the radio in Australia was very emotional. In January 1997, I was offered my first radio job in Britain. I’d been presenting shows on commercial radio stations in Australia for the past three and a bit years and was hosting the night-time show on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. […]


Anyone who says they understand Linkedin is lying. That’s because no one understands Linkedin. When you ask out loud in a crowded office, “What’s the point of Linkedin?”, I guarantee that at least one smug idiot will roll their eyes and say the word “networking”. I found out this week that that’s the biggest lie […]