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Staggering Stories Podcast #376: The Regathering
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 19 Sep 2021 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn recount their time at the recent Whooverville 12 Doctor Who convention, review the BBC’s Ghosts TV series, play a game, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:46 — Welcome! 01:11 – […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #375: Respond to All Starfish
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 05 Sep 2021 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review Big Finish’s Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures – Respond to All Calls and the 2021 film The Suicide Squad, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:45 — […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #374: Sontaran Milkshake
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 22 Aug 2021 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn review the 1975 Doctor Who story The Sontaran Experiment and the 2021 Karen Gillan film Gunpowder Milkshake, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:27 — Welcome! 02:01 – News: 02:13 — […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #373: Return of the Casting Circus
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 08 Aug 2021 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn discuss both Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall’s departure from Doctor Who and review the 2021 series The Watch, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:27 — Welcome! 02:01 – […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #372: Glorious Purpose
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 25 Jul 2021 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn discuss Doctor Who: Season 24 (1987) and review the 2021 Disney+ series Loki (season one), find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:32 — Welcome! 02:51 – News: 03:00 — […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #371: Bubble Wrap Emu of Death
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 11 Jul 2021 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review Doctor Who: The Ark in Space and the 2021 Netflix series Sweet Tooth, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:09 — Welcome! 01:53 – News: 02:00 — Doctor […]

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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!