Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

London Calling


In the latest episode of my show for America, part 2 of my chat with British satirist Tony Hendra. He lives in New York and talks about alcohol, his amazing life and work, which touches Monty Python, Saturday Night Live, George Carlin and beyond. He explains how he discovered John Belushi and Chevy Chase and […]

It’s a shame that we don’t always recognise an omen until after the event. The severe weather we’ve been having in Britain lately has reminded me of the time I survived a crossing of the English Channel in bad weather. About 20 years ago, I was the presenter of the Breakfast Show on 2CR FM, […]

London Calling


In the latest episode of my show for America: A first car quirk inspired by Lord Alan Sugar. The reason the world is out of whack right now. The leader gets thrown out of the political party of self-harm. An Out of Africa experience. The British pub that sells groceries. How India has ripped off […]

A lot of socialists believe in nationalised industries. A leaked Labour manifesto from earlier this year proposed a partial re-nationalisation of some of Britain’s biggest firms. Britain used to have a lot of nationalised businesses. They were owned by the state and included coal mining, steel manufacture, water, electricity and the railways. Nowadays, these industries […]

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 […]

T’d Off


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 […]

Train In Vain


“In business, if you realize you’ve made a bad decision, you change it”. That’s a quote from Richard Branson. This week he announced that his Virgin Group has invested in Hyperloop One. They’re a company that wants to bring Elon Musk’s magnetically-propelled high-speed transport system to life. A hyperloop is a pod that travels through […]

Apple are starting to confuse me now. The new iPhone is out, actually there are two new ones. The iPhone 8 replaces the iPhone 7. They’ve also released the iPhone 10 (X). They’ve skipped 9 completely. Each new Apple phone has more features than the last but they’re also taking things away. The iPhone 7, […]



The anti-car people are going to have to find a new reason to hate cars. For years they’ve been banging on about how bad cars are for the environment. They’ve been blaming the cars and their drivers but the truth is it’s not the cars that are dirty, it’s the fuel. I’ve been saying this […]

I’ve worked out how to save the planet. We keep hearing about how fossil fuels are bad for the environment and how they’re eventually going to run out anyway. As long as we generate electricity from renewable sources the answer has to be electric cars. I’ve been thinking about this lately because the new Mackmobile […]

One Track Mind


Britain’s new railway should be re-named. The transport minister, Andrew Jones agrees with me but he wants to use the wrong name. The new line will connect London with the North of England. A lot of people are against it, especially in the communities that will be affected along the route where homes will be […]

Sink or Spin?


  Britain is all at sea! The British Government has invited plans for a successor to The Royal Yacht Britannia. Britannia wasn’t a “yacht” at all, it was an ocean going ship that was used exclusively by the Royal family. It was retired in 1997 because it cost too much to run. Around 100 Tory […]

Sweet S.A.!


Why does Britain impose sanctions on some countries but not others? While the South African government practiced the system of apartheid, the United Kingdom (and 24 other nations including the United States) passed laws placing various trade sanctions on that country. The time that apartheid was allowed to exist in South Africa has been described […]

Mack Nuggets


Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOB fm lately, including: How Nancy got wound up by her husband for 25 years; How bad was Chris Evans on Top Gear? Australia is BIG; Navigational nightmares; Why I don’t trust Cambridge; The truth about plain cigarette packaging; How to save yourself from becoming resistant to antibiotics; […]

Cold War


It’s the coldest time of the year. The sun is out but it’s not that warm yet. Fresh air fanatics who can’t tell the difference between light and heat, notice the sun is shining and immediately set about opening every window and door they can find. The maximum temperature outside yesterday was 19 degrees Celsius. […]

I’m very suspicious of a city that hates cars as much as Cambridge does. I was there yesterday. There are loads of streets that you’re not allowed to drive down and there’s hardly anywhere to park! It’s ironic that there was once a car named after this place that detests them so much. On the […]

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 […]

You can tell how much Liverpudlians like you by how short your name gets. Scousers go beyond just dropping your last name and start abbreviating your first name. In other parts of the world, it’s not uncommon for Stuart to become, “Stu” or David to become “Dave” but on Merseyside, Steve, which is already an […]

“Most of the things I do are misunderstood. Hey, after all, being misunderstood is the fate of all true geniuses, is it not?” That quote comes from Howard Stern in his movie Private Parts. Maybe it’s a broadcasting thing, since I got into radio, I’ve constantly been misunderstood, right from the very start. In 1993, I […]

It’s funny when things get lost in translation. A while ago, I mentioned the time I rented a convertible in Italy. It rained and although I managed to get the roof up, it didn’t seal properly above the windscreen on the driver’s side. When I got to the hotel, the porter who took our bags […]