Archive for the ‘1970s’ Category

London Calling

01Aug17

In the latest episode of my show for America, Writer, producer and broadcaster, Trevor Dann talks about how he got started, some of the iconic radio and television programs he’s worked on, the people he’s worked with, hired and fired. As well as Trevor, There’s a roundup of what’s happening in Britain including ‘shrinkflation’, how […]


In the latest episode of my show for America, Peter Frampton talks about how his life changed after Frampton Comes Alive, working with David Bowie, saving a bird and what he’s up to these days. In “What’s Happening in Britain?”; Dr Who fans furious over the choice of the new Doctor; Should you tip at a petrol station? […]


Dead Wrong

18Jul17

Spend any amount of time with my family and you’ll feel like you’re in a sitcom. I’ve just spent two weeks with them in the North West. Last week, I called my uncle Norman to set up lunch. On the phone he told me that my mother’s cousin, Agnes had died. I rang my mother […]


They shouldn’t have chosen a woman to play The Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’! Some fans of the show are furious now that Jodie Whittaker has been confirmed as the show’s first female Doctor. Here’s a few things that have appeared on Twitter; “#DoctorWho has been ripped out of his essence to make a bunch of […]


London Calling

08May17

In Episode 31 of my show for America: Why Britain doesn’t have a government right now; Have-a-go heroes; How to save the planet; Is snooker a sport?; Why S-Town is one of the worst podcasts ever made; Chris White from the Zombies talks about the problems the band had in the Philippines, making Odessey & […]


London Calling

02May17

In Episode 30 of London Calling, my show for America, Glen Matlock from The Sex Pistols talks about the band’s rise, fall and reunion and how fame changed Johnny Rotten. As well as Glen, there’s the Real reason Britain is going to have a general election in June and how British commercial radio is censored […]


If you drive a diesel car in Britain you could be paid up to £2000 by the government to scrap it and buy a petrol powered car instead. It’s part of government plans to tackle pollution, according to newspaper reports. Once again the government is blaming YOU for a problem THEY created. Buses, trucks, trains […]


I was asked to write a guest editorial for the excellent Liverpool fanzine, Red All Over The Land. It turned out to be the Derby Day edition, I hope you like it. If you want more information about Red All Over The Land or want to subscribe, click here; http://redallovertheland.com/ My dream was to play […]


Mack Nuggets

07Apr17

Listen to classic Mack Nuggets, including: The attack on Westminster Bridge has sent the politicians and the media into a frenzy; Brexit negotiations get nasty; The rise of the girlie man; Theresa may needs a new speech writer;  Human beings are the dumbest animals; The British Prime Minister is almost a psychopath; Parking nightmares; Why […]


London Calling

04Apr17

In Episode 27 of my show for America; The Sex Pistols bass player, Glen Matlock talks about the early days of the band forty years after ‘Anarchy In The UK’; The attack on Westminster Bridge that left four people dead and 29 injured; The Home Secretary Amber Rudd blames the attack on WhatsApp; Hear the […]


I got emotional on BBC Radio Merseyside yesterday. Driving to work, I heard the news that Chuck Berry had died. I don’t know why it affected me so much, I didn’t know him and never met him. I did see him live once though and can only describe the experience as spiritual. In 1989, I […]


London Calling

15Mar17

In Episode 24 of my radio show for America, special guest Victoria Jones. She’s the chief White House correspondent with Washington DC-based Talk Media News talks about growing up in the UK, her love of Liverpool Football Club and making the move to America. Also on the show; Will Britain’s most secretive organisation be forced […]


Mack Nuggets

28Feb17

Here’s what I’ve been doing lately on BBC Radio Merseyside, including: Buffalo Bill, his connection to Liverpool and how he’s responsible for a funny phone call in Australia; Getting words mixed up; Bush poetry; Harsh rejection; The scouser who was drafted into the Vietnam war; A tribute to Peter Allen; A ruined wedding with a […]


The British Broadcasting Corporation has banned a lot of songs over the years. I played some of them on the air on BBC Radio Merseyside recently in a feature called, “Listen To The Banned”. When I delved into it, I was surprised by what was forbidden, the reasons why and the songs they didn’t ban […]


If you enjoyed listening to my interview with Suzi Quatro, you can thank Winston Churchill. Have you ever had one of those days when there’s one big thing that you need to accomplish but everything that happens that day seems to be working against you? I had one of those days a few weeks ago. […]


London Calling

28Nov16

In Episode 10 of London Calling, my radio show for America, Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actress, Suzi Quatro talks about her life and career; Is Donald Trump going to meet the Queen?; Yoko Ono’s reaction to Donald Trump winning the election; How Donald should use the British model in the USA; The British law that bans […]


Poll-axed

11Oct16

Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States and here’s why… In 2003, Manchester City Football Club moved into their new ground, the City of Manchester Stadium. The club held an online poll for the public to name different parts of the stadium. In February 2004, after the vote, the West Stand […]


London Calling

28Sep16

I got to talk to a living legend in Episode 2 of my new online radio show. The show is called ‘London Calling’. I’ll keep you up to date with what’s happening in Britain and you’ll get to hear from some amazing guests. This week it’s the Godfather of British Blues, John Mayall, listen here; http://www.talkers.com/talkersradio/category/london-calling/ […]


Gangsta Rap

10Sep16

The really cool music of any time period looks like it’s being performed by gang members. The Rock ‘n’ Rollers of the 50s, with their greased back hair, looked like they belonged to a gang. In the late 60s and early 70s, long haired rock stars looked like Hell’s Angels and the rappers of today […]


There’s something special about a prank you pull on someone who’s in a position of authority. I’m reading John Cleese’ autobiography, “So, Anyway…” I’m enjoying the tales from when he was at school and some of the pranks that were played on teachers. It reminded me of things teachers had to cope with in classes […]