Archive for the ‘Traffic’ Category

T’d Off

25Oct17

Politicians LOVE pollution and they’ve got really good at turning it into revenue. They’re called “green” taxes even though the money they raise isn’t spent on making the environment any cleaner. If you drive into the centre of London you have to pay a “congestion charge” of £11.50 a day. All vehicles that put out […]


If you drive a diesel car in Britain you could be paid up to £2000 by the government to scrap it and buy a petrol powered car instead. It’s part of government plans to tackle pollution, according to newspaper reports. Once again the government is blaming YOU for a problem THEY created. Buses, trucks, trains […]


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 […]


Traffic was bad on the A1 this morning. It reminded me of when this happened… Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. If you’d like to talk to me about it, call me on +44 1438 422106 between 6am and […]


I’ve been unlucky with speeding tickets. One morning, exactly three years ago, I came within three points of losing my licence. I used to present a Sunday morning show on Jack FM in Southampton. I lived in Swindon at the time, which was a 130 mile round trip. On the May Day bank holiday weekend […]


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 […]


It’s not every day that you get a call, live on the radio from a bloke stuck in traffic trying to get his wife to the hospital so she can give birth! Here’s how it was covered on ITV… Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video If you enjoyed this Craic, please […]


Traffic news on the radio usually comes too late to be of any use. The police and emergency services do what they have to do first. Then, they contact radio stations. By the time you hear about it, the problem is much worse and usually impossible to avoid. That’s why I like it when I […]


Posh Motor

19Nov15

A personalised Range Rover Sport that was formerly owned by David Beckham will go up for auction next month. If you buy it, don’t get confused, Victoria Beckham isn’t still in the car.  That’s the gear stick! Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” […]


I thought I’d solved my parking problem. There aren’t many cars in the car park at our block of flats during the day. It doesn’t fill up till after six in the evening when most people get home from work. Anyone working at the flats in the daytime; cleaners, tradesmen, gardeners etc. have a choice […]


Stop waving pedestrians across the road when you’re stopped at an intersection. It’s not a very nice thing to do. You’re making out that you’re helping but really you’re just lording it over them. You’re treating them as a peasant that may cross in front of your carriage. You might as well just lean out […]


The traffic light turned red, the brakes whistled, everyone stopped what they were doing and stared at me. I wished I was invisible. Driving home from a failed shopping expedition to Milton Keynes on Saturday, Julie decided she was going to buy the huge eight foot by three foot mirror she’d seen in Vinegar Hill […]


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 […]


I’ve never got on with Windows computers. If it isn’t the “blue screen of death”, it’s the frozen screen and the “control/alt/delete” (which only fixes it half the time anyway). If I’m not turning it off and back on again, I’m being threatened that “your computer may be a risk”. I don’t even have to […]


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 […]


I want cyclists to be safe. Unfortunately, some cyclists don’t agree with me. Look at the picture above. It shows the spot where a cyclist on this road, which has a speed limit of 60mph, was riding at least two yards from the curb. This is the direction I was heading. When I drove around […]


I got a shake of the head this morning. I saw it in my rear view mirror, it was a cyclist. I always give cyclists a wide berth because they’re the most vulnerable vehicles on the road and anyone who rides a bike on a main road is a bit mad anyway. There’s an uphill […]


Deerstalker

07Jul14

I don’t understand wildlife. This morning driving to work, I had to stop because a deer was stood in the middle of the main road. It was before 5am, so I was the only car for miles. I thought, he’ll move away as I get closer but no, he just stood there. I ended up coming […]


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 […]