Archive for the ‘Engineering’ Category

Tree of Life

17Mar18

Have you ever thought about how amazing trees are? I know you’re going to think I’ve lost my mind but I’m starting to get the feeling that spending time with trees might be the key to greatness. Percy Shaw is the man who invented “cat’s eyes”, the reflectors you see at night in the road […]


London Calling

04Jan18

In the latest episode of my show for America, it’s the second part of my chat with retired NASA astronaut, Terry Virts. Colonel Virts talks about his scariest moment on the International Space Station and why NASA’s Deep Space Gateway is a bad idea. As well as that, Lyn talks about the worst Christmas present […]


Cold War

29Nov17

Why do simple devices confuse intelligent people? The main office at BOBfm is kept warm by one large electric heater but nobody knows how to use it. It has two simple controls, a thermostat numbered 1 to 6 and a power knob marked, “MIN”, “MED” and “MAX”. You control the room temperature with the thermostat […]


Bloodhound Gang

27Oct17

The land speed record annoys me. The people who break the record, cheat by using a plane instead of a car. “Bloodhound” made its first public runs this week. It’s driven by Royal Air Force Wing Commander Andy Green. It’s powered by a jet engine from the Eurofighter-Typhoon. The wheels for the test runs are […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Space travel has become boring! It didn’t used to be, as a child, I watched live TV pictures of people walking, talking, singing, bouncing, hitting golf balls and driving a car, 238 thousand miles away ON THE MOON! From the moment my mother woke me up before 4am on July 20 1969 by whispering, “They’re […]


Off The Hook

03Jan16

The great philosopher, Kenny Rogers, once said, “you’ve got to know when to hold’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away and know when to run.” That comes from the opening remarks of an audio seminar I listened to once by Herb Cohen. Herb is widely regarded as one of the world’s […]


I’m pretty sure I know why I’m being plagued by one-eyed monsters. It’s because hardly anybody does basic car maintenance any more. My dad was no mechanic but he did every oil change on his Cortina, himself. Most drivers these days wouldn’t know where to find the dipstick. Every morning on my eight mile drive […]


It’s not easy to predict the the future. The Met Office have all kinds of scientific equipment including satellites to help predict the future and they’re rubbish at it. They predicted a hot dry summer for England. We actually got one of the coldest wettest. In the autumn, they predicted 38 days of Arctic winter. […]


Compared to New Zealand, Britain is pretty uptight and it’s getting more uptight. You used to be able to walk along Downing Street. Now huge railings and gates stop you getting close. I have 8mm cine films my Dad shot of me as a kid standing outside the door of number 10. That same film […]


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 […]


The traffic light turned red, the brakes whistled, everyone stopped what they were doing and stared at me. I wished I was invisible. Driving home from a failed shopping expedition to Milton Keynes on Saturday, Julie decided she was going to buy the huge eight foot by three foot mirror she’d seen in Vinegar Hill […]


I’ve never got on with Windows computers. If it isn’t the “blue screen of death”, it’s the frozen screen and the “control/alt/delete” (which only fixes it half the time anyway). If I’m not turning it off and back on again, I’m being threatened that “your computer may be a risk”. I don’t even have to […]


Historically wars have been ended through a combination of tech and talk. From radar to the atom bomb, technology has always helped to end wars but they don’t end till there’s been talks. Tech and talk has also stopped wars from starting in the first place. Somehow, the tech and talk answer has been missed by […]


Word of Mouse

21May14

I can’t understand why someone who works nine feet away from you in an open-plan office will lean over and say “I’ve just sent you an email”. Does office etiquette dictate that TALKING is to be kept to a bare minimum? I don’t know that much about working in an office because until I got […]


Train in Vain

29Apr14

Henry Ford is supposed to have said, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” I don’t know or care if Henry Ford actually ever said that but I do like what the quote says about creativity and innovation. The truth in the quote is that real progress only […]


Why do people say they want to “go with the flow”? Nothing worth having comes easy or accidentally. Positive changes can only be made by going where the flow doesn’t go. I agree with what Ricky Gervais had to say on the subject a few years ago. He said, “I don’t know what happiness is […]


Wind of Change

08Apr14

Is having to look at a windmill the worst thing in the world? Some people think that wind farms in rural areas make the rest of the nature they’re surrounded by look ugly. Every week, I read another story about people who are opposed to wind turbines. This week it was a farmer who turned down […]