Archive for the ‘BBC Radio Merseyside’ Category

To get great phone calls on the radio these days, you have to work like a magician. I realised this when I stumbled on a Youtube video today that shows you how to do a trick that makes it look like you’ve put a penny in a glass bottle without taking the top off the […]


I don’t like scientists who think they’re better than us. The official name of a new British multi-million pound polar research vessel is unlikely to be “Boaty McBoatface”, despite winning a public poll. The public overwhelmingly voted for it to be the name in a poll that closed at the weekend. It got more than […]


Today I got to speak to the bloke who says his dad started it all. Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video If you want to respond to anything I’ve written, tweet me; @GrahamMack 


Everyone in Liverpool has a story. Today I went to Bootle to get my car’s air-conditioning re-charged. I met a bloke called Ian Parkinson from CoolCar. While Ian hooked up his gauges and vacuum pump, I got my phone out to check some emails. That’s when Ian noticed the Liver Bird on my home screen. […]


“Most of the things I do are misunderstood. Hey, after all, being misunderstood is the fate of all true geniuses, is it not?” That quote comes from Howard Stern in his movie Private Parts. Maybe it’s a broadcasting thing, since I got into radio, I’ve constantly been misunderstood, right from the very start. In 1993, I […]


The thing I like the most about Liverpool is the people. Scousers tend to come across as either hard knocks or comedians but deep down they are the warmest, most generous and caring people you’ll ever meet. As I’ve been spending a lot of time in the city lately, I have come up with a […]


Correct Answer!

15Mar16

The literal truth is not always the best answer. As another big European night approaches for Liverpool Football Club, I’m reminded of the time my dad asked me why I support LFC. I was about ten and said, “Well, I was born in Liverpool, you support them, you’ve got a season ticket in the Kemlyn […]


Ship Mate?

13Mar16

When we don’t know what’s going on, we make up a story. As a child the story we tell is much more innocent. Walking along Liverpool’s waterfront this morning, I was reminded of the day the aircraft carrier, HMS Eagle was in town. It was early 1970, I was five. My dad took me to […]


Cats Protection

12Mar16

“Help me fill this water pistol!” Those were the words my 79 year old mother greeted me with when I went to visit her today to take her supermarket shopping. My sister is away on holiday and she’s left her cat with my parents. Blinky is not exactly a friendly cat. When I visited a […]


Smash and Grab

05Mar16

There was a long tradition where I grew up of people bringing stuff home from work. On the street I lived on in the 70s, most of my friends dads worked at the Ford plant at Halewood. That meant a lot of my friends had unauthorised copies of the Cadbury’s Smash Martians that starred in […]


I thought I had no real connection to John Lennon until now… For most of the 80s and 90s I lived in Australia and New Zealand and used to impress the locals with the fact that I was born in the same hospital as John Lennon. I was the frontman in a 60s cover band […]


Ticket to Snide

21Feb16

The fans are still being ripped off. Liverpool Football Club’s U-turn over the planned ticket price rises and public apology is welcome but does it go far enough? Premier League clubs will share in a windfall of more than £8.3 billion from their new broadcast contracts. Liverpool will earn at least £100m from the new […]


This Craic appears in issue 220 of the Liverpool fanzine, Red All Over The Land. I have to admit that when John Pearman, the editor of Red All Over The Land asked me to review a new Beatles book for the fanzine, I was expecting something a bit lighter. I don’t mean the content, I […]


My mum has always said that if her house was on fire the only thing she’d run back in to get would be the home movies. Actually she didn’t call them “home movies” they were always called the “cine films”. Not long after my parents were married, their house was burgled and my father’s still […]


Walking Alone.

06Oct14

The long term survival of a species depends on good genes being handed down through generations. Unfortunately true Liverpool Fans are on the endangered list. For years fledgling supporters were introduced to the club by more experienced fans. They went to their first game with family members or older friends who taught them the songs […]


This week one of my childhood memories helped me to earn a bit of extra money. When I was a kid, we often went shopping on a Saturday afternoon in Warrington. My Mum or sometimes my Nana would take us on the bus. What I remember most is the markets. In the fish market there […]


If Julie didn’t like the experience of watching Liverpool at Anfield, I was in a lot of trouble. Up until February 1997, we’d lived in New Zealand and Australia. Now, we’d moved to Britain because I’d got a job as the Breakfast Show host at 2CRFM in Bournemouth. In the ten years we’d been married, […]


What if Julie doesn’t like going to the football? What if she’s freaked out by being in a stadium surrounded by more people than the population of her home town in New Zealand? What if she just doesn’t understand what being a Liverpool supporter is all about? These were the thoughts running through my mind […]


I’m not sure Julie was fully prepared for the experience of going to her first English Premier League football match. Julie and I grew up on opposite sides of the world. We met in her home town of Whangarei, New Zealand which at the time had a population of around 40,000. Julie came from a […]


It’s weird how events tend to connect up in unexpected ways. There was a nice unintended consequence of having our tiny little Daihatsu Centro shipped from Australia when Julie and I moved to the UK. When we lived in Gosford on the New South Wales Central Coast, the bloke who cut my hair was from […]