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Staggering Stories Podcast #361: Alien Doctors and Giant Robots
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 21 Feb 2021 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review Doctor Who: Robot and the first three episodes of Resident Alien, talk about media we’ve been consuming, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:38 — Welcome! 02:15 – […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #360: The Caves of 1984
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 07 Feb 2021 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani and Wonder Woman 1984, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:02 — Welcome! 02:03 – News: 02:10 — Doctor Who: Season 24 […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #359: Master Who
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 24 Jan 2021 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review Big Finish’s Masterful boxset, discuss Doctor Who’s character The Master, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:07 — Welcome! 02:01 – News: 02:10 — Doctor Who: Stay on […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #358: Predictability of the Daleks
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 10 Jan 2021 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks, play a game, come up with our Predictions, Hopes and Dreams, and Fears for 2021, see how wrong we were about our Predictions for 2020, find some general news, and a variety of […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #357: His Dark Mandalorian
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Fri, 25 Dec 2020 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review His Dark Materials Series 2 and The Mandalorian Season 2, play some games, have some festive stories, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 03:11 — Welcome! 03:51 – […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #356: Abominable Delights
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 13 Dec 2020 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen and 1984’s BBC TV adaptation of The Box of Delights, play a game, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:05 — Welcome! 03:10 […]

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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!