Archive for the ‘Life Skills’ Category

London Calling

15May18

In the latest episode of my show for America; A chat in a London pub with Magnus Walker, the British fashion designer and car collector. He moved to the United States in 1986 aged 19 and established the Serious Clothing Brand in Los Angeles. As well as that there’s reaction to the latest Royal baby, […]


Humans can learn a lot from computers. Computers, since they operate by logical processes and don’t question things, will process nonsensical, input data and produce nonsensical, output. In computer science they have an acronym for this, GIGO. It stands for “Garbage In, Garbage Out”. When you think about it, lots of things work this way. […]


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 […]


In-continent

03Jul16

We shouldn’t be surprised that Britain voted “no” to staying in the E.U. We’ve never been fully committed to the idea of being European. We kept the pound as our currency instead of joining the Euro and haven’t fully adopted the metric system. Beer is still sold in pints and we use miles on our […]


Suicyclists

29May16

Cars have been traveling at 180 miles per hour on public roads this weekend. It’s the Monaco Grand Prix. Of course those roads are closed to normal traffic. It would be ridiculous to hold it on a road that’s open to the public. Motorsport has no place on our roads. It’s not just motorsport, it […]


I gave up smoking for the same reasons I started smoking. I took up smoking at 14 because I wanted to be grown up and cool. I gave up smoking at 21 because I wanted to be grown up and cool. Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video If you enjoyed this […]


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 […]


Jean Genie

08May16

I’m not very good at clothes shopping. My favourite pair of Levis has a hole in one of the back pockets. It’s caused by a little zip on my wallet that lives in that pocket. Over time, it’s worn it’s way through.   I decided to get a new pair of jeans so today I […]


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 […]


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 […]


Control Freak

25Jan16

There was a fear of new things in our house when I was growing up. This fear led to decisions being made that took the magic out of things. In a previous Craic, I mentioned how when we were kids, to change the channel on the TV, you had to walk across the room and […]


Mack Nuggets

02Jan16

Here’s what I’ve been on about on BOB fm lately, including: The wrong people voting to bomb Syria. How to make us happy when paying for parking at hospitals. How Katie Hopkins and Donald Trump are made for each other. Why Smartphones are not going anywhere. When I met Noddy Holder. My cats trying it […]


Virtual Reality

20Dec15

“It ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it”. – There’s a lot of truth in those lyrics to that old song, especially when it comes to customer service. On Thursday we changed our landline phone and internet provider. With all the connecting and setting up I did with the new router […]


Vegilante

05Dec15

The hunt is on for a school kid who has been secretly planting cooked sprouts in other kids’ bags. Staff at Monkfield Park Primary School in Cambridge have sent out a letter to all of the parents and banned the kids from playtime until they get a confession. It sounds to me like the kid […]


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 […]


One of the biggest ironies in radio is that although we’re in the business of communication at lot of us are really bad at communicating. I worked for a station in the Midlands for a while and had all sorts of problems with the boss. We didn’t see eye-to eye on everything and both of […]