Archive for the ‘Royal’ Category

In Britain we have nationalised celebrities. These are people who are paid by the taxpayers to be famous. They do all of the things that privately funded celebrities do, like living in huge houses, riding in expensive vehicles and attending lavish banquets and gala openings. Our nationalised celebrities are experts at waving. We call them […]


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 […]


If you were invited to someone’s birthday party, how would you feel if they asked you to pay £150 to be there? That’s what the Queen is doing for her 90th. I agree with Rosie Millard from The Independent, who’s written an excellent article about this PR disaster. The Queen is “inviting” along all of […]


Prince George continues to do normal things that any two year old does and the media continues to be amazed by this. This week, we were bombarded with pictures of his first day at nursery. It’s like that movie The Truman Show, where a bloke’s life, from the moment of his birth, is filmed by thousands […]


I stood accused of murder. It was 5am, two police officers were waiting for me when I arrived at the radio station. This all happened in 1998, I was presenting the Breakfast Show on 2CRFM on England’s South Coast. It all started innocently enough when the owners of the radio station booked the former Radio […]


“Hey, Macca, how hard would it be to gatecrash a parade?” That’s what Tony, one of my regular callers asked me one night. It was 1996, I did the 7pm to midnight shift, week nights on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. The annual Gosford City Christmas Parade was coming up and after […]


The first time I listened to 5SE Mount Gambier, I was a worried man. My second job in radio was there, it was August 1994. Mount Gambier is over a thousand kilometres away from Parkes in New South Wales where we lived. Julie and I didn’t own a car so had to rent one. “I […]


I’m so glad that my first professional job in commercial radio was at a regional station in Australia. My time at 2PK in the Central West of New South Wales gave me a great grounding in so many different things. When you work at those small stations, you have to be able to do everything. […]