Archive for October, 2015

If you wake up with a splitting headache on the weekend and it’s not a hangover, I can save you. This is the first Saturday in years where I haven’t woken up with a headache. I’ve worked out that I was physically addicted to caffeine. I didn’t consume as much of the stuff on the […]


Why does Public Health England want the government to bring in a sugar tax of up to 20% on soft drinks? They say the tax will reduce obesity. If soft drinks are more expensive fewer drinks will be sold but what about people who can afford to pay the extra, will they care if a […]


Carlton Television made me deaf. A couple of Craics ago, I mentioned how I took part in an interesting experiment in 2003. I’ve posted clips from it here before. This week, I came across video of the whole thing and thought you might like to see it. Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; […]


In this one we talk about caffeine addiction; How the worst thing you can do if you want to lose weight is join a gym and why do they keep messing with our clocks? Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a […]


Crappuccino.

26Oct15

Giving up caffeine is hell. I’ve spent the last two weekends in bed with a splitting headache. During the week, I’ve cut down to just one cup of coffee a day but on the weekends I haven’t been having anything. That’s when the withdrawal symptoms hit. I was taking ibuprofen four at a time and […]


Television is obsessed with taking people out of their comfort zone and making them look stupid. Carlton Television made me do a radio show without being able to hear properly, on Ready Steady Cook they made me prepare food on camera and the most uncomfortable one of all was in 2009 when Krash TV got […]


China Plate.

24Oct15

When the Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Manchester yesterday, they got the food wrong. On this trip they’ve been trying to introduce him to meals that are typically British. The day before, when he was taken to David Cameron’s ‘favourite’ pub in Buckinghamshire, he had Fish ‘n’ Chips. A special meal was prepared for him […]


As I haven’t done that much television work, you’d think I’d remember the times that I have. I came across a video this week of when I was on ITV in 2003. At the time, I was the presenter of the Breakfast Show on 106 Century FM, the regional radio station for the East Midlands […]


Do you believe it is wrong to punish someone for something they didn’t do? If the answer is “yes” then you must also believe it is wrong to reward someone for something they didn’t do. I heard that or words to that effect from Penn Jillette, one half of ‘Penn & Teller’, the American magicians […]


Here’s what I’ve been talking about on the radio lately, including; Why Volkswagen have done nothing wrong; Britain’s train operators do not follow the rules of business OR physics; A chat with a teenager who chased a murderer; In-law porn; Britain not doing enough for migrants but the Gulf states aren’t doing anything!; Tales of […]


Why did Prince William make a direct television appeal to the people of China? It’s one of the most bizarre aspects of the state visit to Britain of the Chinese president Xi Jinping. Prince William was invited to speak on Chinese state TV about the issue of wildlife conservation. He was an odd choice as […]


Road Rage.

18Oct15

Why are BMW drivers so angry? A recent study of 2,837 drivers showed that they’d seen more aggression from drivers of BMWs than any other make of car. Land Rover, Audi, Subaru and Vauxhall made up the top five. Looking at that list, the one thing those cars have in common is that they’re all […]


Why do radio stations book the cleaners to come in DURING the Breakfast Show? It’s peak time for listening and the time when the most is going on in there. It’s where the most expensive advertising is sold and is the most important daypart. You can’t win in the ratings during the rest of the […]


Sweet FA!

15Oct15

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. When the English writer, Evelyn Beatrice Hall wrote those words in 1903, she pretty much summed up what free speech is all about. I hardly ever agree with the Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, but I think he’s […]


I used to get requests for previous calls as well as songs when I did a phone-in request show in Australia. In 1996, I was presenting a weekend show on 2GO, the local commercial radio station on the Central Coast of New South Wales. All afternoon I’d been giving away tickets to a rodeo, you […]


In this one we talk about the speech I made at North Hertfordshire College, how it freaked me out and might just have freaked out the students and their lecturer. Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. If you’d like to talk […]


One of the main differences between working in radio and TV is the amount of control you get. You get to make a lot more of the editorial decisions when you’re on the radio. In 1998, while working at 2CR in Dorset, I had the honour of meeting Jim and Alison Cronin for the first […]


You may have heard the story of the bluesman, the Devil, and the deal at the crossroads. One night some time in the early 1930s, at the stroke of midnight, aspiring bluesman Robert Johnson walked down to the windswept crossroads at the junction of Highways 61 and 49 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Reciting an ancient incantation, […]


It’s always fun when you embarrass the competition. Commercial radio is very competitive. From a sales point of view our ‘product’ is listeners, that’s what we sell to advertisers. It’s a zero sum game, for the ratings on my radio station to go up, someone else’s have to go down. That can lead to some […]


Mack Nuggets.

08Oct15

Here’s what I’ve been on about on the radio lately, including; Why Volkswagen have done nothing wrong, parking nightmares, Britain’s train operators not following the rules of business OR physics, how Jeremy Corbyn has changed everything, a chat with a teenager who chased a murderer, in-law porn, what we should do with crooked MPs, Britain […]