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Staggering Stories Podcast #335: The Haunting of Gallifrey One
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 23 Feb 2020 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and friends review Doctor Who: Can You Hear Me? and The Haunting of Villa Diodati, get some views on the recent Gallifrey One convention, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:07 — Welcome! 03:59 – Doctor […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #231: Doctor Who – Orphan 55
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 16 Feb 2020 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell and Keith Dunn sit down, lectured, in front of 2020 Doctor Who episode ‘Orphan 55’, and spout our usual nonsense! Vilma is calling out for her Benni, Ryan has reverted to thumb sucking and the Doctor has taken over the laundry room. But enough of their problems, please sit down with […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #334: Fugitive of the Federation
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 09 Feb 2020 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review Doctor Who: Fugitive of the Judoon and Praxeus, discuss the first two episodes of Star Trek: Picard, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:59 — Welcome! 01:38 – […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #230: Doctor Who – Spyfall, Part Two
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 02 Feb 2020 12:58

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, shrunken, in front of 2020 Doctor Who episode ‘Spyfall, Part Two’, and spout our usual nonsense! The Master has become a Nazi, Graham has some dangerous shoes and the Doctor is picking up women throughout time. But enough of their problems, please sit down […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #333: Cillit Bang’s Night of Terror
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 26 Jan 2020 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Jean Riddler and Keith Dunn review Doctor Who: Orphan 55 and Nikola Telsa’s Night of Terror, discuss Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ Dracula, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:47 — Welcome! 01:21 – News: 01:33 — Doctor […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #229: Doctor Who – Spyfall, Part One
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, driven, in front of 2020 Doctor Who episode ‘Spyfall, Part One’, and spout our usual nonsense! C has a headache, the fam go to a party and O has a secret. But enough of their problems, please sit down with us to enjoy Spyfall, […]

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Andy Simpkins is Moderately Vexed by… Scuba Diving Air Gauges and a Low Air Situation

Published: Sometime before 7th January 2002


A couple of years ago, I was on a diving holiday to the Egyptian Red Sea.

A most excellent time was had by all. One day, we were doing a dive on a wreck called the Giannis D. Not to be confused with the Enterprise D!

The aforementioned wreck is situated at a large coral reef called Abu Nuhas approximately 15 miles north from Hurghada where we were staying. The wreck lies at 23 metres depth and is surrounded by moderately strong currents. We were accompanied by a Swiss dive guide called Johnny and a pillock called Bart (I am from Belgium and I have had a sense of humour by-pass).

After an enjoyable dive we made our way to the surface accompanied by Johnny and Bart (I am from another planet). During a decompression stop, I noticed that I only had 10 bar of air in my tank. I safely made it to the surface and chilled out. However, Bart (I cracked a joke and nobody laughed) proved to be a true Belgian.

Not so much a gripe as a cautionary tale. Check your air gauges frequently at depth and ascend to the surface at a slow rate not exceeding 18 metres a minute with at least 30 bar in your tank when you reach the surface. Always adhere to what PADI and BS-AC tell you!