Archive for the ‘Sydney’ Category

Beware of the tolerance paradox! Australians have voted to legalise same sex marriage. In a national survey, 61.6% of voters voted yes to a change in the law, 38.4% were opposed. Almost 40% of those who voted were against a change in the law. This morning I watched an interview on Sky News with lady […]

Britain’s budget shop, ‘Poundland’ has been hit with a backlash because it sells Peanut M&M knock-offs called ‘Nutters’. The packets have three peanut-shaped cross-eyed cartoon characters on them with their mouths wide open. Mental health campaigners say that they are “offensive” and have called for Poundland to stop selling them. We live in a strange […]

Mack Nuggets


Here’s what I’ve been doing lately on BBC Radio Merseyside, including: Buffalo Bill, his connection to Liverpool and how he’s responsible for a funny phone call in Australia; Getting words mixed up; Bush poetry; Harsh rejection; The scouser who was drafted into the Vietnam war; A tribute to Peter Allen; A ruined wedding with a […]

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 […]

I often find myself in the wrong place at the wrong time. In May 2010, I started as the Breakfast Presenter at BBC Wiltshire, based in Swindon. I didn’t go on the air straight away and spent the first week driving around visiting various parts of the town, meeting local people and recording a quick […]

Sometimes I wonder how much impact I’ve had on radio listeners because I’ve moved around a lot. I never planned to move around so much but I’ve had to go where the work is. Every radio station I’ve worked at has been a long way from the previous one, usually hundreds of miles, sometimes thousands. […]

I thought I had no real connection to John Lennon until now… For most of the 80s and 90s I lived in Australia and New Zealand and used to impress the locals with the fact that I was born in the same hospital as John Lennon. I was the frontman in a 60s cover band […]

You have to work for someone who believes in you. That’s really the bottom line when you present a daily Breakfast radio show. Without that, you can’t just do the job. You’re paid to talk and as most people can do that, most people think it’s an easy gig. Let’s face it, it is an […]

RIP MIKE SMITH Last week, I heard the very sad news that former Radio 1 DJ Mike Smith had died aged 59. Mike Smith pointed the way to what became my radio journey even though I never met him or ever heard him present a radio show. When he was at the peak of his […]

Sometimes you get to a fork in the road and have to decide which way to go. You make a decision and move on. Is it ever healthy to wonder what would have happened if you went the other way? In 1997, I was presenting the Breakfast Show on 2CRFM, the local commercial radio station […]

What if Julie doesn’t like going to the football? What if she’s freaked out by being in a stadium surrounded by more people than the population of her home town in New Zealand? What if she just doesn’t understand what being a Liverpool supporter is all about? These were the thoughts running through my mind […]

I’m not sure Julie was fully prepared for the experience of going to her first English Premier League football match. Julie and I grew up on opposite sides of the world. We met in her home town of Whangarei, New Zealand which at the time had a population of around 40,000. Julie came from a […]

It’s weird how events tend to connect up in unexpected ways. There was a nice unintended consequence of having our tiny little Daihatsu Centro shipped from Australia when Julie and I moved to the UK. When we lived in Gosford on the New South Wales Central Coast, the bloke who cut my hair was from […]

In previous Craics I’ve gone on about idiots I’ve worked for. I’m sure I’ll mention many more in the future. In this Craic, I need to say thank you to two great bosses. Living on the other side of the world is especially difficult when there’s a death in the family back home. In June […]

Radio is an intimate medium. It works best when the listener regards you as a friend. To be a successful broadcaster, you need to get big ratings. To do this you need people to want to spend time with you. The people we chose to spend the most time with are people we know and […]

We waited ten weeks for our car to arrive in Britain by ship from Australia. When it got here, we weren’t allowed to drive it. To “export” the car, we had to take the number plates off and hand them in. So when it arrived at Tilbury it had no plates. I managed to get […]

Howard Stern once said, “Most of the things I do are misunderstood. Hey, after all, being misunderstood is the fate of all true geniuses, is it not?” A recurring theme in my life is being misunderstood. Unlike Howard who was obviously talking about being misunderstood artistically, I am continually misunderstood by people in positions of […]

Britain in February 1997 took a bit of getting used to after living on the New South Wales Central Coast. Julie and I had moved there so I could present the Breakfast Show on 2CRFM in Bournemouth. After two weeks living in a hotel, we found a flat in Boscombe. At the time the pound […]

A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away, I had a boss who I thought was going to fire me on first sight. He turned out to be the best boss I’ve ever had. In February 1997, I moved back to Britain after living in Australia and New Zealand for fourteen years. […]

There is no job security in radio. About the worst thing that can happen is if the person that hired you is replaced. Now you’re working for someone that didn’t choose you. Often they’ve got a different idea of how your show should sound or may even have someone else in mind for the job. […]