Archive for July, 2016

Mack Nuggets

31Jul16

Here’s what I’ve been on about on BOBfm lately, including: Boris Johnson the porn star. When you’ve been stabbed in the back. Protesters. Why Britain voting itself out of Europe shouldn’t have been a surprise. When you beat the odds. Conservative Karaoke. Why British people have a problem with commitment. Julie gets an unexpected compliment. […]


What is a catalytic converter? It sounds like a part on the Starship Enterprise. Well my car needs two of them. For the past couple of months, I’ve spent over a thousand pounds on the Mackmobile to make a ‘check engine’ light go out on the dashboard. It’s been to three different garages, who’ve gradually replaced […]


Why is my wife booking a secret trip to Scotland? That’s what I thought was going on yesterday afternoon. I was busy on the computer and heard her in the next room, say the word “train” out loud. Then she said, “Edinburgh”. It sounded like she was on the phone to an automated ticket booking […]


Knightmare

26Jul16

Sir Philip Green should not be stripped of his knighthood. If he did something wrong, he should go to jail. Green is under pressure after a parliamentary report into the collapse of the retail chain British Home Stores was released. MPS accused him of ‘systematically’ taking money out of the company, failing to address its […]


Are working class people allowed to be satirical in Britain? That’s the question I found myself asking as I watched the latest episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s show, ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”. His guest was John Oliver, the host of ‘Last Week Tonight’, a satirical show on HBO . ‘Last Week Tonight’ is huge in […]


It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than 20 years since I started on the air at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. It was the last commercial radio station I worked on in Australia, I left in 1997 and moved to Britain. Here’s some of my favourite callers from my 2GO […]


Trump Card

23Jul16

The Republican National Convention in Cleveland is one of the scariest things I’ve ever watched. True leaders define reality and give hope. Politicians don’t work that way, they embrace a distorted reality and promise solutions to problems that don’t exist. Take just one example, immigration. Here in the UK, there is a fear that immigrants […]


The Mackmobile is sending me broke! A couple of months ago a light on my dash board came on. It was a little picture of an engine and underneath it said, “Check engine, visit workshop!” I took it back to the place I bought the car from just over a year ago. They charged me […]


The Russian Olympic team should not be banned from the games in Rio next month. The International Olympic Committee said it will “explore the legal options” before deciding whether to implement “a collective ban” on all Russian competitors for the global showpiece, which starts on 5 August. That’s not fair, because the Russian Olympic team […]


You never know what you’re going to see at a classic car show. The only thing you can guarantee is that there’ll be lots of the classic car owners sitting on folding picnic chairs near their cars. On Sunday we went to the Uxbridge Autoshow, there were a lot of nice cars there. And some […]


If you watch the news you’ll see that there’s a lot of bad stuff going on in the world right now. If that’s bringing you down, it might help if you remember this;  There’s an unwritten rule in newsrooms, “If it bleeds, it leads”. Bad news gets bigger ratings and more clicks than good news.  […]


One of the big differences between working on the radio in Australia and working here in the UK is the studio mixing desks. When you start a new on-air job, you have to quickly get used to the studio mixing desk, or the “desk”. That’s what it’s called in the UK, in Australia it’s called […]


David Cameron will be a tough act to follow. His standup comedy at his final Prime Minister’s Questions was his best yet… Then I watched Theresa May’s effort… Oh dear, I didn’t laugh once. I started to get worried Theresa just wasn’t as funny as Dave. Then she proved me wrong…. By appointing Boris Johnson as Foreign […]


How much will it cost to fix my car? A couple of months ago a light on my dash board came on. It was a little picture of an engine and underneath it said, “Check engine, visit workshop!” I took it back to the place I bought the car from just over a year ago. […]


Traffic was bad on the A1 this morning. It reminded me of when this happened… 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 to me about it, call me on +44 1438 422106 between 6am and […]


Sweet S.A.!

11Jul16

Why does Britain impose sanctions on some countries but not others? While the South African government practiced the system of apartheid, the United Kingdom (and 24 other nations including the United States) passed laws placing various trade sanctions on that country. The time that apartheid was allowed to exist in South Africa has been described […]


If you want to succeed, you have to be a freak. Evolution happens because of freaks. When the environment changes, the herd is thinned and the only ones that survive are the mutants who are suited to the new environment. Survival of the fittest is really survival of the freaks. Elvis was a freak, so […]


Mack Nuggets

08Jul16

This is what I’ve been up to on BOBfm recently, including: Paula Abdul gets puked on; Your feelings over Brexit and the English football team; The longest day; Why you should never ride a bike naked; The Avocado crime wave; Kids don’t get the freedom we got to create great memories; Food served but not […]


Of all of the calls I’ve taken on all of the radio stations I’ve been on, this is my favourite. In 1996, I was presenting a weekend show on 2GO, the local commercial radio station on the Central Coast of New South Wales in Australia. All afternoon I’d been giving away tickets to a rodeo, […]


Young at Heart

06Jul16

It’s always nice to get an unexpected compliment. Today, Julie was talking to a lady in the lobby of the block of flats where we live. Julie is in her late forties, so a compliment about how young she looks always goes down well. The lady looked at Julie, tilted her head to one side […]