Archive for December, 2015

It’s the wrong time of year to get anything done. We had a quiet Christmas, partly due to the fact that no one can call us on the home phone. We switched telephone providers on 17th December. Since then, we haven’t been able to get incoming calls. I call their customer “care line” every day […]


You never know where you’ll end up unless you just take a punt and start something. In 2011, I was working as Breakfast Show Host on BBC Wiltshire. One day on the show, I interviewed Gavin Jones, the Chief Executive of Swindon Borough Council. During my research, I discovered that he played lead guitar, so […]


I’ve worked out what’s really going on in the customer services department at my phone and internet provider. I switched to them on Thursday. Since then, my landline phone hasn’t been able to get incoming calls. I call their customer “care line” every day and they apologize for the way I’m feeling. They never apologize […]


Phoneys!

21Dec15

I’m sure my new phone and internet provider know how rubbish they are. A quick Google of their name and the phrase “customer service” reveals hundreds of horror stories and even an award for bad service. In the last Craic I told you about the problems I’m having with my landline telephone. I switched my […]


Virtual Reality

20Dec15

“It ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it”. – There’s a lot of truth in those lyrics to that old song, especially when it comes to customer service. On Thursday we changed our landline phone and internet provider. With all the connecting and setting up I did with the new router […]


I’m pretty sure I know why I’m being plagued by one-eyed monsters. It’s because hardly anybody does basic car maintenance any more. My dad was no mechanic but he did every oil change on his Cortina, himself. Most drivers these days wouldn’t know where to find the dipstick. Every morning on my eight mile drive […]


Traffic news on the radio usually comes too late to be of any use. The police and emergency services do what they have to do first. Then, they contact radio stations. By the time you hear about it, the problem is much worse and usually impossible to avoid. That’s why I like it when I […]


What do you do when you get booked to play a gig but find yourself without a band? In July 2007 “The Graham Mack Blues Band” were booked to play Mr Kyps in Poole, Dorset. I was based on Teesside at the time and I had a problem. The rest of my (Teesside based) band […]


Mack Nuggets

12Dec15

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOB fm lately, including: Being Embarrassed by your parents. What men DON’T want for Christmas. Plastic surgery that fixed one thing and ruined another. A bag for life. Why Volkswagen have done nothing wrong. Prince William, the wrong person to talk to the Chinese. Britain’s train operators do […]


It’s not easy to predict the the future. The Met Office have all kinds of scientific equipment including satellites to help predict the future and they’re rubbish at it. They predicted a hot dry summer for England. We actually got one of the coldest wettest. In the autumn, they predicted 38 days of Arctic winter. […]


Monkey Music

08Dec15

I got back into music in 2004. It was all because of the late Jim Cronin. With Dr Alison Cronin, he set up the ape rescue centre, Monkey World in Dorset.  This week I found a video from 2004. I’d put a blues band together and got to be part of “Chimpfest”. It was the […]


Compared to New Zealand, Britain is pretty uptight and it’s getting more uptight. You used to be able to walk along Downing Street. Now huge railings and gates stop you getting close. I have 8mm cine films my Dad shot of me as a kid standing outside the door of number 10. That same film […]


Vegilante

05Dec15

The hunt is on for a school kid who has been secretly planting cooked sprouts in other kids’ bags. Staff at Monkfield Park Primary School in Cambridge have sent out a letter to all of the parents and banned the kids from playtime until they get a confession. It sounds to me like the kid […]


Mack Nuggets

02Dec15

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOB fm lately including: What men DON’T want for Christmas. Should we be bombing in Syria? David Beckhams old car. A hapless taxi driver. A diary mix up. Is the Apple Watch the most useless gadget ever? Plastic surgery that fixed one thing and ruined another. The USA’s […]