Archive for the ‘Funny stories’ Category

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? […]


Mack Nuggets

29Jun17

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BBC Radio Merseyside lately, including: A Father’s Day story; Using the wrong word; Dress-alike stories; Donald And Melania Trump’s; The lady responsible for the skiffle boom that started it all; Aunty Hazel calls in; Mistaken identity; Meeting a musical hero, Ray Ennis from The Swinging Blue Jeans; Harsh […]


Like a “zombie apocalypse”. That’s how one Twitter user described scenes at London’s Stansted airport yesterday.  Reports today say it was chaotic and some passengers even fainted. It was all because an X-ray machine broke down. It took nearly four hours to fix it. Stansted is the fourth busiest airport in the UK and is […]


When I record an interview for broadcast, the first thing I do is set the levels. I usually ask the guest what they had for breakfast. This week, I got an answer I wasn’t expecting. I was at BBC Radio Merseyside, my guest was John Gorman. You may remember him from The Scaffold (‘Lily The […]


I have a big problem and I don’t know what to do about it. An interview went bad the other week, very bad. I’ve been interviewing some amazing people on my new online show, ‘London Calling’. It’s a show about Britain and is aimed at America. Last month, I got the chance to talk to […]


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 […]


Mack Nuggets

03Nov16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOBfm lately, including:  When Julie gets an unexpected compliment; Inappropriate laughter; A bizarre wrong number; A leopard in the hotel room; Show us your tats; Boris Johnson the porn star; Why British people have a problem with commitment; What was David Cameron singing to himself?; Holiday arguments; Proof […]


Car Bomb

17Oct16

I heard a thud, coming from where the engine is. I was driving to work this morning in the dark, way before 5am. The engine has never made that noise before. It sounded like something pretty serious. I slowed down, opened the window and listened, but I didn’t hear the noise again. I continued on […]


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 […]


“What’s the difference between a donut and a wrap?” I overheard that question being asked once and then heard the reply being delivered in an incredulous tone, “Well, a donut is usually sweet and a wrap is more likely to be savoury”. The person who asked the question now looked very confused. The reason was […]


Being married to a worrywart means that I know when Julie goes quiet, she’s worrying about something. It’s usually something I’ve done or haven’t done or might not do. Last night she was lying awake so I asked her what she was worrying about. She said, “If anything happens to me will you still look […]


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 […]


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 […]


Mack Nuggets

01Jul16

Here’s what I’ve been doing on BOB fm lately… It’s time to sort our airport security; Your feelings over Brexit and the English football team; Good news if you’re a female job seeker or employer; Is there a time traveler in the news?; The longest day; The frogs that lived in the toilet; The pagan […]


Is time travel real? If I could travel in time, I would go back and kill young Adolf Hitler. A lot of people would do the same thing. Some say that the fact that no one has done this proves that you can’t travel in time, but scientists who believe that time travel is possible […]


Mack Nuggets

04Jun16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOB fm lately, including: How Nancy got wound up by her husband for 25 years; How bad was Chris Evans on Top Gear? Australia is BIG; Navigational nightmares; Why I don’t trust Cambridge; The truth about plain cigarette packaging; How to save yourself from becoming resistant to antibiotics; […]


I’m very suspicious of a city that hates cars as much as Cambridge does. I was there yesterday. There are loads of streets that you’re not allowed to drive down and there’s hardly anywhere to park! It’s ironic that there was once a car named after this place that detests them so much. On the […]


I didn’t make the best first impression with my producer when I got my first BBC job. In May 2010, I started as the Breakfast Presenter at BBC Wiltshire, based in Swindon. The local football club, Swindon Town, had just made it to the League One playoffs and were playing Millwall at Wembley. A few […]


Toilet Humour

13May16

I’ve met a lot of posh people since I started working in radio. One producer I worked with told me that she was five years old before she heard the word “toilet”. In their house it was called the lavatory or the loo. On her first day at school she was asked if she’d like […]