Archive for the ‘World’ Category

I had a great chat with the award winning journalist, broadcaster and best-selling author, Gavin Esler. The former Newsnight presenter talks about; His background, getting into journalism, a hairy moment in Norther Ireland during the Troubles, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, the stories leaders tell, how the British Government handled the Covid-19 crisis, the “village idiots […]


It still blows my mind that it’s so easy to record a video chat across the Atlantic and then put it online. That’s just one of the things we ended up talking about in my chat with the broadcasting legend, Michael Harrison who is self-isolating in Florida. He also talked about the state of play […]


I’m looking forward to presenting ‘The Pod 20’ on Podcast Radio. It starts next week and will be a countdown of the hottest podcasts in the world right now. I’ve been recording interviews with podcasters to include in the show. Here’s how I got on when I had a Zoom chat with Konnie Huq and […]


Timing is everything and we picked the wrong time to visit Julie’s parents in New Zealand.  We haven’t been back there together for seven years. We made a big mistake, we should never have traveled all of that way and I’m truly sorry for the stress and anger we caused with certain members of Julie’s […]


New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is a weak leader and one of the worst people in the world to be in charge of this special country right now. I used to like Jacinda Ardern. I thought she was different to the power hungry megalomaniacs running other countries in the world. It turns out, I […]


Home Sickness

16Mar20

A question I always find hard to answer is, where is home? Julie and I have lived in many places and hold passports for three different countries. We live in Britain, Julie’s parents are in New Zealand. We haven’t seen them for a while and it looks like we picked the wrong time to visit […]


Wacko Jacko

09Mar19

That’s what it sounded like when I announcement that I’d banned all Michael Jackson songs from Fix Radio in London and Manchester. I made the decision after watching, “Leaving Neverland”. We were the first radio station in Britain to do this and the only one that has openly admitted that there is a ban in […]


It was the coat that gave it away. It wasn’t even that nice a coat, a grey, rumpled overcoat that wouldn’t look good on anybody. On Monday, sat opposite me on the 18:17 from London St Pancras to Peterborough via Hitchin, was the multi-award-winning playwright, screenwriter, actor and author, Alan Bennett. At first I wasn’t […]


Cell Phones

28Dec18

Prison reform has gone too far. All inmates in England will have 24-hour access to a phone soon. 50 jails will have landlines fitted to every cell before March 2020 and eventually all 118 prisons in England will have phones in cells. It’s another barmy policy that’s been pushed through by do-gooders and snivel- libertarians. […]


  Most people think the world is getting worse. If you read or watch the news, you might think the world is falling to pieces. Trends like terrorism, climate change, and a growing population straining the planet’s resources can make you think our world is in crisis. We do have major issues that need attention […]


It’s a real time of transition for Julie and I. We moved to the UK twenty-one years ago and in all of that time, we’ve always rented. Right now we’re in the process of buying a flat. It’s a new-build so it’s small. That means we have to say goodbye to a lot of cool […]


Tree of Life

17Mar18

Have you ever thought about how amazing trees are? I know you’re going to think I’ve lost my mind but I’m starting to get the feeling that spending time with trees might be the key to greatness. Percy Shaw is the man who invented “cat’s eyes”, the reflectors you see at night in the road […]


Carmageddon

06Mar18

Filthy fossil fuel burning cars are here to stay, unfortunately. Electric vehicles should be the future of transport. Vehicles that burn fossil fuels are putting toxic chemicals into the atmosphere. Electric vehicles will not catch on in Britain unless there’s a big change. Unfortunately there is no sign of that change any time soon. The […]


Control Freaks

28Feb18

A lot of people voted for Brexit so that Britain could, “take back control” but what does control look like? Right now, politicians from both sides are trying to make it look like Britain can control Brexit. There’s a lot of talk about the customs union. Which is a thing that means all EU countries […]


I got to talk to the satirist, actor and writer Tony Hendra about his amazing life and work which touches Monty Python, Saturday Night Live, George Carlin and beyond. He talks about how he discovered John Belushi and Chevy Chase, working on This Is Spinal Tap and how he started out wanting to be a […]


Disney has made a big mistake. Why did Rupert Murdoch sell Twenty-First Century Fox inc to Disney? The answer should be obvious but the mainstream media seem confused by the sale and it’s timing, and keep trotting out the line that it’s got something to do with competing with Netflix and Amazon. If you haven’t […]


Top Trump

02Dec17

One day, people will realise that there is no negotiation going on, Britain is powerless because we have no leverage.


Savory Savoir

16Nov17

If you say Jesus backwards, it sounds like “sausage” but that doesn’t mean you can depict the saviour as one in a nativity scene. Greggs the Bakers have apologised after replacing baby Jesus with a sausage roll in a Nativity scene, to promote their advent calendar. A right wing pressure group called the Freedom Association […]


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 […]


Bloodhound Gang

27Oct17

The land speed record annoys me. The people who break the record, cheat by using a plane instead of a car. “Bloodhound” made its first public runs this week. It’s driven by Royal Air Force Wing Commander Andy Green. It’s powered by a jet engine from the Eurofighter-Typhoon. The wheels for the test runs are […]