Angry Boater Ep. 5 (Pt 1) Phil Smith – New(ish)owner of The Comedy Bunker.

The guest on this episode is the guy who bought The Comedy Bunker from me in 2011 – Phil Smith. This is the first of a two parter where Phil ponders the challenges of taking over from my 16 years as Captain of that ship. We also speak candidly about his pre-comedy life as an alcoholic and how – overnight – he stopped drinking.

Angry Boater Ep 4 – Eric Schachter (Sir Charlie Darwin Movie Battle Curator)

The guest on this episode is curator of the newest addition to London’s cultural scene ‘The Sir Charlie Darwin Movie Battle’ (Only the Best Survive!) – Eric Schachter. It’s a no holds barred, live talent show for new cinema which happens at The Backyard Bar & Comedy Club in Bethnal Green. The next session takes place on Wed, Oct 15th. for details and booking info.

Angry Boater Ep 3 – John Ellis (musician, ex-Stranglers, arty punkster)

John Ellis discusses The Stranglers, superfans, his music, band politics, Adam Ant, The Stranglers, Pete Hamill, meltdowns and his time with the greatest band of all time – The Stranglers. He sings a bit too.

Angry Boater Ep 2 – Laine Hines (Blues guitarist & son of Denny Laine)

Laine Hines – son of Denny Laine – is a fine purveyor of the Blues. I chanced upon him in East London at an Open Mic night and his performance mesmerised me. On this podcast, we discuss growing up with a famous father, a lost ‘Mull of Kintyre’ demo tape & what it means to be ‘in the moment’ when connecting with an audience. Laine sings a couple of songs too.

The Blind Dredger


I was heading down the Lower Lee yesterday. Ahead of me and on my left, adjacent to another vessel, was a stationary dredger boat.

I slowed down but – as I was driving past – the dredger sprang into action. From nothing, amid an almighty wash, the dredger’s stern rapidly move into my path. It was going to hit me and I didn’t have time to get out of the way.

Figuring that the driver had not seen me, I sounded my horn. The dredger stopped and a collision was avoided.

As I was passing, annoyed as I felt, I waved at the driver. No harm done, I figured. We all make mistakes, right? She responded by shaking her head – a disapproving shake that said I was an idiot boater who didn’t know what he was doing.
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My brief encounters with Robin Williams


My living room was once filled with framed photos of me with famous people. There were no pictures of family or friends – just me with famous people. My self esteem was low enough that I wanted to remind myself – on a daily basis – of moments when others who had achieved more with their lives than I, had crossed my path. I may not have attained Greatness myself but, by God, I’d certainly been in the company of it.
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Boat Evacuation – Moored by a Bomb (in Hackney)


For a while, I’d been moored near the Olympic Park, adjacent to a construction site. I liked it there.

It was a Friday morning and, oblivious to the world beyond, I was swimming 20 lengths in the nearby Olympic pool. I liked it there too.

Around this time, one of the construction workers unearthed a 5 lb unexploded cluster bomb from World War 2. Continue reading Boat Evacuation – Moored by a Bomb (in Hackney)

From Vegas…. to Vagabond


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