Posts Tagged ‘journalism’

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 […]


The Heat is On

06Jan19

Every time I put something in the oven it reminds me of a classic George Carlin bit about the concept of a “preheated” oven. George said… “It’s ridiculous! There are only two states an oven can possibly exist in, heated or unheated!” I don’t get it either, surely, putting the food in AFTER you’ve heated […]


Ticket To Snide

24Dec18

My train was cancelled this morning due to “a lack of available trains”. What does that mean? The trains aren’t “available”, did they have other plans today? I wonder if we’re given the real reason for delays and cancellations or if Thameslink have a random excuse generator. Since I’ve been commuting to London Blackfriars from […]


Mack Nuggets

16Dec18

Here’s what I’ve been up to on Fix Radio in London, including: International intrigue Farts in the jungle A scammer gets scammed Lost love Badger and the drone A neighbourhood dispute Your life as a movie Sex in a churchyard Darren hates criminal talk Sex on a beach Mistaken identity Neighbour from hell Attacked by […]


If I didn’t bunk into 1st class every day, I would have to stand. I travel on the 7:11 Thameslink from Hitchin to London Blackfriars every weekday. It doesn’t bother me that I don’t have a first class ticket. My monthly season ticket is £409.40 and that’s supposed to include a seat so the only […]


I’m going to give up radio and become an international art thief. Right now, I’m the Programme Director at Fix Radio in London. The radio station is in Bankside, not far from the Tate Modern. Every lunchtime this week, I’ve been going over there and looking at the art. I’ve started thinking about how hard […]


No one likes to be lied to, so it’s especially annoying when someone writes to you and there’s a lie in the first line. I opened a letter today from Nick Lane, the Managing Director of Customer Care at BT. It said, “Hello Graham, You’re eligible for an ultrafast upgrade. It’s an exclusive deal we’ve […]


Paris is the city of love, so where better for Julie and I to go and celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary? If you’re planning to visit the most romantic city on earth, I hope this blog will give you some ideas and inspiration for your trip. After work on Friday night we got on the […]


Hippy Dippy

23Sep18

I don’t get yoga, more to the point, I don’t get people who “go to yoga”. Hey, I like meditation, it’s better than sitting around and doing nothing. – That’s an old joke and I love the truth in it. One of the BEST things about meditation is that it IS sitting around doing nothing. […]


Our new flat is in a great location. The block is right next door to a convenience store. I call that kind of shop a “Stop and Rob”. I’ve mentioned it on the radio a couple of times. I went in there today, picked up a few things, said hello to the bloke behind the […]


London Calling

20Jun18

In the latest episode of my show for America; A communication breakdown with Jane, why British kids are so fat, cheerless pop songs, stuff learned on a train, the cheap watch, the stupidity of the clean air day, the bike and neighbourhood disputes. Listen to Episode 67 of London Calling here; http://www.talkers.com/talkersradio/london-calling/london-calling-with-graham-mack-episode-67/ If you enjoyed […]


I heard a couple of powerful things on a train this week. Both of them relate to radio. The first was a lady I overheard talking to her friend. She said, “I’m reading a book about the people who first split the atom. It’s getting boring now, it’s all about the science, not the people”. […]


On the 40th anniversary of the double album, War Of The Worlds, Jeff Wayne talks about how the project came about, his life, moving from the USA to the UK, working with David Essex and Richard Burton and how Paul Rodgers missed out on being on the original recording. He also talks about the new […]


Blame Storming

02Jun18

Why are your kids so fat? Before I reveal the answer, let me just put your mind at rest, it’s not YOUR fault because this is Britain. Britain is the greatest country on earth because when you live here, NOTHING is your fault. If you can’t find a job, it’s because of immigration, if you […]


Booze Ruse

22May18

  Scotland has just brought in a silly law. You can’t buy cheap booze north of the border anymore. It’s because of the new minimum pricing legislation. The cost of drinks now depends on how many units of alcohol they have. A two-litre bottle of cider that was £2.50 now costs at least £7.50. The […]


  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 […]


Mack Nuggets

27Apr18

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOBfm lately, including: You should be peeing on your tomatoes. Bad news for Titanic The Musical. Curry is the way to find the love of your life. Miscommunication. A gender bender. The return of the woolly mammoth. Almost embarrassed in Asda. Another business idea that could make you […]


Picture This

25Apr18

The older generation complain about young people constantly looking at screens on tablets or phones. They accuse them of not being fully present, especially if those screen-obsessed kids are surrounded by amazing things going on around them. Frustrated parents have gone on Twitter and shared pictures of their kids surrounded by natural beauty – but […]


London Calling

24Apr18

In the latest episode of my show for America; Nuisance calls from ambulance chasing lawyers. Embarrassment avoided in the supermarket. A great business idea that could make you millions. Getting things stuck. What you can learn from Westerns about the gender pay gap. Indoor tobogganing. Why digital broadcast radio is dead. When Mick got locked […]


The demise of newspapers has been great for the environment. Nowadays, hardly anyone buys a daily paper. Imagine the amount of forests that are being saved because everything is online now. There is no value in printed newspapers anymore. Look at the Evening Standard, you used to have to pay for it, now it’s free. […]