How an air-conditioning mechanic in Sydney Australia became an award winning broadcaster in Britain; Part 174.


When you move to a new neighbourhood, the last thing you want to do is fall out with the local kids.

In July 2006, I got a job as the Breakfast Presenter at TFM Radio on Teesside so we moved up there. The house we rented was in a place called Wynyard. It’s a kind of a gated community. Duncan Bannatyne and various players from Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough lived on the estate.

Wynyard has it’s own security guards who wave at you from a guard house when you drive in and out and your number plate is photographed. The guards did patrols around the clock and you could call them up if you saw anything suspicious.

We met some great people at Wynyard and we got on really well with most of our neighbours. I say ‘most’ because we didn’t get on with the people who lived right next door. I’ll explain why in another Craic.

The best thing about living on an estate with a security patrol is that when kids are kicking a ball around in the street and you’re worried about losing one of your car’s door mirrors to a half volley, you can call security and they’ll show up and move the kids on.

I did that a lot but I always told security that I was calling from the house next door.

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