Archive for the ‘countrerfeit’ Category

I’m going to give up radio and become an international art thief. Right now, I’m the Programme Director at Fix Radio in London. The radio station is in Bankside, not far from the Tate Modern. Every lunchtime this week, I’ve been going over there and looking at the art. I’ve started thinking about how hard […]


Britain’s Brexit nightmare continues. The head of the European Council says the UK and the EU face a “furious race against time” to finalise Brexit talks before March 2019. Meanwhile the British government has lost a vote in the House of Commons because parliament wants the right to vote on the final terms of the […]


If only all journalists were like Yousra Elbagir. Yousra is the winner of the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Prize. I heard her talking to Steve Hewlett on the Radio 4 Media Show podcast the other day. She was talking about her work in Sudan. She said that there’s heavy censorship and one in ten people […]


Mack Nuggets

04Sep16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOBfm lately… Inappropriate laughter; A bizarre wrong number; A leopard in the hotel room; If it’s got boobs or wheels, it’ll give you problems; Why Nancy won’t go back to London; 20 years since Oasis played Knebworth; Why the Daily Mail is great; Show us your tats; Is […]


Beware of shysters who say they can predict the future! You’d think that in the 21st Century, there wouldn’t be much call for fortune tellers but the profession is alive and well and a lot of money is spent on it. It’s a racket but stupid people continue to fall for this stuff. The most […]


The Queen’s birthday is confusing. This week, she turned 90 but although she was born on 21st April, her “official” birthday is in June. It’s a tradition that was started by George II in 1748 and it owes its origins to the ageless problem of the British weather. George was born in November and felt […]


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 […]


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 […]


I was the victim of a crime on the mean streets of Chicago a few years ago. I was reminded of this today when I came across a Youtube video of James Bay playing in Buddy Guy’s “Legends” club. James is from where we live in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and it turns out that he’s also […]


Fobbed Off!

16Dec14

I broke the law this week and I’m glad I did. My car key got damaged. The key blade and electronic guts of it were fine, I just needed a new key shell for the fob bit of it. I called around and the cheapest genuine key shell for my car from the dealer was […]