Archive for the ‘Ofcom’ Category

No one likes to be lied to, so it’s especially annoying when someone writes to you and there’s a lie in the first line. I opened a letter today from Nick Lane, the Managing Director of Customer Care at BT. It said, “Hello Graham, You’re eligible for an ultrafast upgrade. It’s an exclusive deal we’ve […]


I won’t be playing Britain’s favourite Christmas song on the radio. “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues is consistently voted Britain’s most popular Christmas song but thanks to a ruling by the broadcast regulator, Ofcom, I won’t be playing it on London’s Fix Radio, the radio station for builders and tradespeople. In August this […]


Radio Ga Ga

16Apr18

Is radio finished? I never listen to the radio anymore. I listen to a lot of radio stations but not on a device that picks up broadcast audio through AM, FM or DAB. I listen online. At work, I listen through a PC, at home though my iMac, my Macbook, or my Amazon Echo. In […]


Mack Nuggets

01Oct16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOBfm lately, including: What has Keith Vaz been up to?; When Nadine got stuck in a lift live on BOBfm; Confusion over a crack; The battle with Siri continues; Tech you don’t get on with; A school uniform story; When Jackie got locked out; The worst gift; The solution […]


Mack Nuggets

08Jul16

This is what I’ve been up to on BOBfm recently, including: Paula Abdul gets puked on; Your feelings over Brexit and the English football team; The longest day; Why you should never ride a bike naked; The Avocado crime wave; Kids don’t get the freedom we got to create great memories; Food served but not […]


Highly Infected

23Jun16

A while ago I read, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Dr Stephen Covey. In the book he talks about what he calls the ‘maturity continuum’ – the levels of dependency that demonstrate the relationship of the 7 habits. They are: Dependency Needing others to get what you want. – This is the […]


Are you fixing the wrong problem? Penn Jillette, one half of Penn & Teller the magicians, told a great true story on his podcast this week that could change the way you think about interpreting research and problem solving. It was a story about Abraham Wald who was a Hungarian born mathematician who emigrated to […]


Hate Crime

15May16

This week a man was arrested in Scotland because an online video shows his dog making a Nazi salute. He could now be charged for committing a hate crime. The Crown Prosecution Service website has a large section on hate crime and how they define it. I was particularly interested in the section on race […]


Viewing Figures

11May16

Music has lost it’s value, TV shows and movies are next. A while ago, I mentioned how TV box sets have become the new LPs. Fans of particular shows wait for the latest release and rumours start about the next one being the last. It’s exactly how we used to talk about albums from our […]


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Mack Nuggets

01Feb16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOB fm lately, including: Outside your comfort zone. Public transport stories. Has the Home Counties got talent? The weather takes a walk on the mild side. Bus lanes are causing congestion. The coldest place you’ve ever been. The Queen ripping off charities. The reason we don’t get enough […]


Where have all the skinny kids gone? Data from the Health Survey for England shows that 31.2% of children aged 2 to 15 are classed as either overweight or obese. Why is that? I was a skinny kid, most of my mates were skinny kids. We were all scrawny because compared to today’s kids, we […]


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 […]


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 […]


It’s the wrong time of year to get anything done. We had a quiet Christmas, partly due to the fact that no one can call us on the home phone. We switched telephone providers on 17th December. Since then, we haven’t been able to get incoming calls. I call their customer “care line” every day […]


I’ve worked out what’s really going on in the customer services department at my phone and internet provider. I switched to them on Thursday. Since then, my landline phone hasn’t been able to get incoming calls. I call their customer “care line” every day and they apologize for the way I’m feeling. They never apologize […]


Ofcon Artists!

07Jan15

The Office of Communications (Ofcom) must be desperate to justify their existence and the cost of their extravagant Thames-side offices and top-heavy salary bill. A virtually unknown London community radio station called Resonance 104.4 FM has found itself in trouble with Ofcom after broadcasting a programme on the day of the Scottish Referendum encouraging people […]