Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand’

I haven’t worked for twenty-seven years. That’s because I’ve had a job in radio. I’ve been a presenter and programmer. Neither of those things can be compared to actual work. Before that, I had proper jobs. I was a pipe fitter on an oil refinery construction site in New Zealand and an air-conditioning engineer in […]


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 […]


When I caught up with my old mate Steve Shaw in Whangarei New Zealand this week, we talked about the band we were in together in the 80s, an Oscar winner’s brief stint as frontman and why the rhythm guitarist wasn’t on stage for the last set at my final gig. Here’s one of our […]


Night Terror!

22Mar20

When you have a traumatic experience, your senses heighten. That super-awareness burns a memory of the event into your brain forever. That’s why you hear people say they know exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard news that shocked them.  Years later, people are able to describe otherwise forgettable details […]


Julie and I have been back to the church where we got married in 1987, St Paul’s in Paihia in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. I met Julie in Whangarei while I was working as a pipe-fitter on the Marsden Point Oil Refinery expansion construction job. When we met, my parents had moved […]


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 […]


We went to a special place in New Zealand this week. It was a nice respite from working around the travel restrictions brought in by the Governments of the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. Check out,  www.grahammack.com    


  We are being told to self-isolate in New Zealand. Although we got into the country just before the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, brought in compulsory 14 day isolation for visitors, she’s now suggesting we should self-isolate anyway. The reason we made this trip to Julie’s home town for the first time in seven years […]


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 […]


Mack Nuggets

21Dec19

Here’s what I’ve been up to on Fix Radio lately, including: The Queen confesses to Donald Trump about her sordid past. The writing is on the wall for Mick. A selfie with Wayne Rooney. A special birthday song. The stripper. The sex festival. Steve’s worst Christmas present. Television New Zealand ripps of the USA but […]


Mack Nuggets

03Aug19

This is what I got up to on Radio Merseyside from 2016 to 2018, including: The end of the world; What Charlie said; Ricky Tomlinson talks about Mickey Finn; Liverpool’s zoo; Andrew Neil gets taken down; Connections to celebrity; Roger McGough talks about the Blitz; a journey from hell; The real reason why Liverpool fans […]


Howzat

27May19

I don’t know who to support in the Cricket World Cup. I was born in England and have lived in New Zealand and Australia, I have passports for each country. I’m leaning towards Australia because I didn’t get to pick where I was born and moved with my parents to New Zealand when they emigrated. […]


Mack Nuggets

04May19

Here’s what I’ve been up to with Gaz Drinkwater on Fix Radio Manchester, including;Show Us Your Tips; Greater Manchester Police using GPS data from speeding drivers; Why democracy doesn’t work; Travis Perkins v the cat; Rednecks in New Zealand; The dispute with Steve Brookstein. Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and […]


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 […]