Archive for June, 2016

I always enjoy going on the air in the United States and this week I’ve done that a lot, because they wanted me to talk about Brexit. Thanks to all of the US broadcasters that had me on, including David Ranken at News Radio 1080 KRLD in Dallas, Walter M. Sterling on Newstalk 1290 WPHT […]


Who caused this mess that Britain is in right now? If you look at those who were most likely to have been a Leave voter, they are predominantly people over the age of 65 and the poorer working class. These are people who rely, to varying degrees, on the welfare state. The elderly have their […]


Brexit Wound

25Jun16

If you punch a random stranger today there is a 51.9% chance they deserve it! That Tweet from @_GregJamison  summed up how a lot of people felt the morning after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The aftermath of the referendum result is immense. The pound has been pummeled, losing around 10% of its […]


Highly Infected

23Jun16

A while ago I read, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Dr Stephen Covey. In the book he talks about what he calls the ‘maturity continuum’ – the levels of dependency that demonstrate the relationship of the 7 habits. They are: Dependency Needing others to get what you want. – This is the […]


Is time travel real? If I could travel in time, I would go back and kill young Adolf Hitler. A lot of people would do the same thing. Some say that the fact that no one has done this proves that you can’t travel in time, but scientists who believe that time travel is possible […]


Are you fixing the wrong problem? Penn Jillette, one half of Penn & Teller the magicians, told a great true story on his podcast this week that could change the way you think about interpreting research and problem solving. It was a story about Abraham Wald who was a Hungarian born mathematician who emigrated to […]


Sun King Wrong

20Jun16

I love it when ancient and modern collide.  This week, we had the longest day of the year. It’s an important day for pagans who celebrate the summer solstice.  It reminded me of when we lived in Wiltshire and visited the ancient stone circles at Avebury on the day of the solstice. We accidentally found […]


Hey Paula

19Jun16

Why is Paula Abdul following me on Twitter? She started following me this week. At first I couldn’t work out why but now I think I know. A few days ago, I played some audio on BOB fm of when she got vomited on. The only logical reason for Paula Abdul to be following me […]


Junior Choice

18Jun16

When Whitney Houston sang, “I believe that children are our future”, she wasn’t talking about radio. Young people aren’t listening to the radio. They’re too busy doing other things, mostly online. They get their music from Spotify or download it for free from elsewhere. Radio One’s average listening age is 32. Kids haven’t been habitually […]


I just got a reminder of how we’re all being tracked online. I did a bit on BOB fm yesterday about cyclists riding naked through the streets of London. Underneath it, I played “Yakety Sax” by Boots Randolph III. You probably know it as the theme to The Benny Hill Show. Today, I opened Youtube […]


Don’t expect Russia to be thrown out of Euro 2016 if their fans cause more trouble, not yet anyway. UEFA say that’s what they’re going to do but they can’t chuck them out until all of their group games have been played. There’s too much money tied up from sponsors, tickets and television rights for […]


Streaky Bike-on

14Jun16

Why you should never ride a bike naked. At the weekend, hundreds of naked cyclists rode through central London. It was a protest highlighting how vulnerable they are when they ride their bikes on the road. Considering they are aware of how vulnerable they are, it’s odd then that, even when they are clothed, they […]


Crazy Daze

13Jun16

“Whatever happened to crazy?”, asked the American comedian Chris Rock in his 1999 TV special, ‘Bigger & Blacker’. He was talking about how when a lunatic goes on a shooting spree, modern society looks for something to blame. It can be anything from rap music to violent video games. Why do we refuse to admit […]


Mack Nuggets

12Jun16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOB fm lately, including: How Nancy got wound up by her husband for 25 years; How bad Chris Evans was on Top Gear; Australia is BIG; Navigational nightmares; Why I don’t trust Cambridge; The truth about plain cigarette packaging; Strange ways you’ve injured yourself; What you got up […]


Tim Peake has been given a medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and he’s also going to be given the ‘Freedom of Alton Towers’. I was hoping that when he returned to earth later this month, we wouldn’t hear any more about him but it looks like after he gets back, we’ll have to put […]


The Foreign Office did something awful this week. They warned football fans travelling to Euro 2016 from the UK to remain vigilant at all times in the face of the threat of terrorism. The advice highlights stadiums, fan zones and transport hubs as potential targets for atrocities. What a terrible thing to tell people. If […]


Double Take!

07Jun16

You’re going to think I’ve made this up but I swear it’s true. Sam and Michelle left BOB fm a couple of weeks ago, they worked as sales executives. They’ve been replaced by two new people in the sales team. The new salespeople’s names are, “Sam” and “Michelle”. That’s right, Sam and Michelle have been […]


There will be many touching tributes to Muhammad Ali at his funeral on Friday but it’ll be hard to top what he said about himself. Muhammad Ali is the only celebrity I can think of that got away with telling everyone how great he was without making himself unlikeable. In fact the more he said […]


You can always have fun when a misconception causes insecurity. My friends, Martyn and Emma, got married in Dorset on Bank Holiday Monday and Julie & I were invited. They’ve been together for almost twenty years, so the wedding was a very casual affair in a nice hotel at the seaside. Unless you were the […]


Mack Nuggets

04Jun16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOB fm lately, including: How Nancy got wound up by her husband for 25 years; How bad was Chris Evans on Top Gear? Australia is BIG; Navigational nightmares; Why I don’t trust Cambridge; The truth about plain cigarette packaging; How to save yourself from becoming resistant to antibiotics; […]