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Staggering Stories Podcast #407: Victorian Mysteries
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 27 Nov 2022 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review Big Finish’s The Paternoster Gang: Heritage 2 and the 2022 film Enola Holmes 2, play a Doctor Who game, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:11 — Welcome! 01:52- News: […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #249: Doctor Who – The Power of the Doctor
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 20 Nov 2022 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, regenerated, in front of 2022 Doctor Who story ‘The Power of the Doctor’, and spout our usual nonsense! The Master is splitting his time, Dan gets it in the face and the Doctor is seeing some old faces. But enough of their problems, please […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #406: Chibttaker Ramblethon
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 13 Nov 2022 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Keith Dunn and Steven Clare discuss the Chibnall/Whittaker era of Doctor Who, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:20 — Welcome! 02:18- News: 02:29 — The Sandman: Second season confirmed. 04:41 — The Witcher: Geralt to regenerate. 08:00 […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #248: Doctor Who – The Infinite Quest
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 06 Nov 2022 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, animated, in front of 2007 animated Doctor Who story ‘The Infinite Quest’, and spout our usual nonsense! Baltazar is on a quest, Caw isn’t a polyphase avitron and the Doctor is running about all over the place. But enough of their problems, please sit […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #405: The Power of the Rerecord
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 30 Oct 2022 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review Doctor Who: The Power of the Doctor, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:19 — Welcome! 04:00- News: 04:10 — Doctor Who: Class not quite dead. […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #404: Podcast Not Found
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 16 Oct 2022 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn review Doctor Who: New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield, Vol. 7 – Blood and Steel (Big Finish) and the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:08 — Welcome! […]

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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!