Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand’

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

02Sep17

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOBfm lately, including: Tom Cruise in trouble in London. Songs with your name in them. Is Elvis really dead? Electric cars ARE the future. What would you tax? Etiquette faux pas. The last Big Ben Bong. Why Britain is the greatest country on earth. The bathing suite insult. […]


London Calling

29Aug17

In my latest show for America, Slim Jim Phantom talks about the success of The Stray Cats from starting out in London to making it in America, the breakup, the reunions and how he’s worked with rock ‘n’ roll royalty. In, “What’s Happening In Britain” – Reaction to the terror attacks in Barcelona; Why Britain […]


Crude Oil

02Sep16

Revenge is a dish best served cold. From 1983 to 1986 I worked as a pipe-fitter on the expansion project at Marsden Point oil refinery in New Zealand. During the shutdown, I worked with a trades assistant who told me he enjoyed working with me, because I was nicer to him than the boilermaker he’d […]


Today I found an old cassette from 1989. It was a live recording of the band I used to be in when we lived in New Zealand. I thought you might like to hear it. The band was called The Misfits. They’d been together for years and were the top band in Northland. I joined […]


Knightmare

26Jul16

Sir Philip Green should not be stripped of his knighthood. If he did something wrong, he should go to jail. Green is under pressure after a parliamentary report into the collapse of the retail chain British Home Stores was released. MPS accused him of ‘systematically’ taking money out of the company, failing to address its […]


Mack Nuggets

01Jul16

Here’s what I’ve been doing on BOB fm lately… It’s time to sort our airport security; Your feelings over Brexit and the English football team; Good news if you’re a female job seeker or employer; Is there a time traveler in the news?; The longest day; The frogs that lived in the toilet; The pagan […]


I had the honor and privilege of appearing on the PodcastOne international hit podcast “Up Close and Far Out” this week with the wonderful Michael Harrison from Talkers.com. The Talkers.com website described it as,”…an extensive chat with Graham Mack, the personable “breakfast show” host and program director of independent music and talk station BOB-FM located in the […]


The Queen’s birthday is confusing. This week, she turned 90 but although she was born on 21st April, her “official” birthday is in June. It’s a tradition that was started by George II in 1748 and it owes its origins to the ageless problem of the British weather. George was born in November and felt […]


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 […]


In this one we talk about David Bowie. Let’s hope people start getting his name right! 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 6 […]


Compared to New Zealand, Britain is pretty uptight and it’s getting more uptight. You used to be able to walk along Downing Street. Now huge railings and gates stop you getting close. I have 8mm cine films my Dad shot of me as a kid standing outside the door of number 10. That same film […]


Our Church.

07Oct15

There was one person I wish could have been at our wedding in New Zealand. This week, Julie and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary. Thinking back to that day in 1987, I can’t remember if it was a lack of money or her age that kept my Nana away. I know she definitely would […]


On this day in 1987, a pipefitter from Great Sankey near Warrington and Julie Halford from Tikipunga in New Zealand were married at St Paul’s church, Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Happy 28th wedding anniversary Sweetie! 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” […]


New Zealand is a very special place and Kiwis are a unique group of people. We met some very important New Zealanders in London yesterday. The Rugby World Cup is only days away! As Julie & I met and got married in New Zealand (I even took out citizenship), we’re going to be supporting the […]


I almost asked my in-laws to watch soft porn. Julie’s parents live in New Zealand. When we speak to them on the phone they always mention British TV shows that they get on the telly over there. I know when they watch anything that’s filmed in England they try to imagine what it must be like […]


There’s a copyright claim against one of the videos I put on Youtube recently. Youtube uses software that automatically detects if copyrighted music is used in any of the videos you publish. In 1986, I lived in New Zealand and was in a 60s cover band called Liverpool Direct. A video of us doing a […]


Amy’s disastrous love life, freaks that make inappropriate suggestions online, memories of refinery construction work and appearing live on New Zealand television. That’s what we talk about in this one. 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 […]


I got the feeling things had come full circle in 2008. Before I got into radio, in fact before I became an air-conditioning mechanic, I worked as a pipefitter on an oil refinery construction site in New Zealand. I was 18 when I first started on the site, it was 1983. I stayed there till […]


New Zealand is a unique place and there’s something special about the country pubs there. In the 80s, The Misfits were a pub rock band in New Zealand. I joined them as lead singer in 1988. We played rock ‘n roll, three and four nights a week, in all sorts of venues and at all […]