Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

London Calling

08Aug17

In the latest episode of my show for America: What it’s really like traveling on one of Britain’s most overcrowded trains. Songs with your name in. The British Home Secretary wants to make people who post extreme views online harder to catch. Proof that Elvis is not still alive. English soccer clubs missing out because […]


I’ve had an experience that directly relates to one of the stories in the news this week. The list of Britain’s most overcrowded trains is out. Number two on the list is the 7.55am Cambridge to London King’s Cross. Capacity 202 passengers, actual number of passengers 426. I’ve been on that train. The normal rules […]


Soon anti-car environmentalists aren’t going to have as much to shout about. Last week, Volvo announced that in less than two years, ALL of their new cars will have electric motors. Most other car makers now sell electric cars and a lot more are on the way. Tesla motors announced last week that mass production […]


Mack Nuggets

27May17

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOBfm lately, including: Why is there always a single shoe by the side of the road? The zombie apocalypse at Stansted Airport. The fake speed camera. The British media are royal sycophants. Stuff left behind. David Beckham is no actor. Donald or Duke? Stephen Fry being investigated for […]


London Calling

15May17

In Episode 32 of my show for America, Mike Brewer from Wheeler Dealers talks about how he went from being a South London car dealer to the presenter of one of the world’s most popular car shows on TV. Also on the show: The zombie apocalypse at one of London’s airports, why we should all […]


Subtext

11May17

Are the Russians getting ready to invade us? There was a Russian submarine in the English channel on the weekend. The Royal Navy ship, HMS Somerset spotted it off the east coast of the UK on Friday morning and followed it through the Strait of Dover. Last month, Somerset’s sister ship HMS Sutherland escorted two […]


Like a “zombie apocalypse”. That’s how one Twitter user described scenes at London’s Stansted airport yesterday.  Reports today say it was chaotic and some passengers even fainted. It was all because an X-ray machine broke down. It took nearly four hours to fix it. Stansted is the fourth busiest airport in the UK and is […]


London Calling

18Apr17

In Episode 29 of my show for the USA, I talk about how the Soccer World Cup is coming to America, Canada and Mexico but should not be there at all; The Queen meeting her namesake in a zoo; How the National Trust upset Christians; The British tradition of doing a runner and the delights […]


If you enjoyed listening to my interview with Suzi Quatro, you can thank Winston Churchill. Have you ever had one of those days when there’s one big thing that you need to accomplish but everything that happens that day seems to be working against you? I had one of those days a few weeks ago. […]


I have a big problem and I don’t know what to do about it. An interview went bad the other week, very bad. I’ve been interviewing some amazing people on my new online show, ‘London Calling’. It’s a show about Britain and is aimed at America. Last month, I got the chance to talk to […]


It was so nice to catch up with TALKERS magazine publisher Michael Harrison on his excellent podcast, Up Close And Far Out. We had an in-depth discussion about the election of Donald Trump and the UK’s recent public vote approving Brexit. We compared notes on American and English points-of-view regarding the surprising state of world […]


If only all journalists were like Yousra Elbagir. Yousra is the winner of the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Prize. I heard her talking to Steve Hewlett on the Radio 4 Media Show podcast the other day. She was talking about her work in Sudan. She said that there’s heavy censorship and one in ten people […]


London Calling

28Nov16

In Episode 10 of London Calling, my radio show for America, Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actress, Suzi Quatro talks about her life and career; Is Donald Trump going to meet the Queen?; Yoko Ono’s reaction to Donald Trump winning the election; How Donald should use the British model in the USA; The British law that bans […]


Julie knows that being a radio wife can be challenging at times. In Part 227 I mentioned an event that was put on by 5SE Mount Gambier in South Australia when I presented the Breakfast Show there. Julie has no memory of this event, probably because she wasn’t invited. Over the years she has missed […]


One Track Mind

24Oct16

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 […]


I now have something in common with fifteen Nobel Prize winners. I’ve given a speech at the Royal Institution in London. It was the venue for a broadcasting conference called, “Next Radio”. The room was filled with people who work in the radio industry. The Royal Institution was founded in 1799 by the leading British […]


Mack & Cleese

22Sep16

  I was lucky enough to spend over an hour chatting to the comedy legend John Cleese the other day. It was for my new online radio show, “London Calling” which is a weekly show about Britain that’s being hosted by Talkers Magazine in the USA. John had plenty to say about the former CNN […]


Real people are more entertaining than radio presenters. I’m talking about listener phone calls. There’s something special about phone calls on the radio. They’re authentic, unique and unpredictable and the presenter becomes more real when they’re talking to a listener on the phone. It’s hard to get listeners to call in these days. It never used […]


The story of Hillary Clinton collapsing reminds me of when a politician collapsed in front of me while I was interviewing them for the BBC. In 2012, I was the host of the Breakfast Show on Swindon’s BBC Wiltshire. One day after my show, I was sent to cover the opening of a filling station […]


Gangsta Rap

10Sep16

The really cool music of any time period looks like it’s being performed by gang members. The Rock ‘n’ Rollers of the 50s, with their greased back hair, looked like they belonged to a gang. In the late 60s and early 70s, long haired rock stars looked like Hell’s Angels and the rappers of today […]