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      TAMB CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT   09/06/2017

      Following diminishing numbers of visitors to TAMB and the subsequent reduction in TAMB income, it is the intention for TAMB to close definitively from 1st November 2017. TAMB can no longer generate enough advertising revenue to cover the costs of around £300/month to pay for the dedicated server that hosts the TAMB software.  The dedicated server is also older equipment and no longer maintainable, so at some point it would be necessary to migrate the TAMB to a new cloud-based platform. This is quite a large job and would take some time to do. We feel it wouldn't be a worthwhile task given the reduction in traffic and usage of TAMB.  It is the opinion of the TAMB Team that the days of messageboards have largely gone, being overtaken by other platforms. Thank you to all users of the TAMB over the years, and we look forward to seeing you on some other online forums in the future. Since announcing the closure, a number of questions have been asked.

      This is not a "boot in the arse" to Board members to increase traffic.

      It’s worth pointing out to any people wanting to take on the TAMB that they will quickly outstrip any “free” message board system. That’s what happened with the pre-2003 TAMB and also happened during the “current TAMB” in 2003 – 2004. 
      It’s all about the number of concurrent users online. At a point yesterday there were about 150 users online – Invision would be charging $130 per month for that. (https://invisioncommunity.com/buy)

      We would be prepared to do a handover of the domain names that we currently hold to non-profit making group who seriously wants to organise a new TAMB and has the skills and numbers to do it. This would not include existing software or server. We are especially keen that the platform or the name do not fall into the hands of what we can only call bawbags. We need not mention names, but I'm sure members can think of a few. Any new group would have to start from scratch and give TAMB a complete bottom up ‘makeover’ and make themselves financially viable.   We have a couple of people who are willing to offer advice to any serious players. The TAMB Team
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      Further to the Closure Announcement   09/07/2017

      Since announcing the closure, a number of questions have been asked.

      This is not a "boot in the arse" to Board members to increase traffic.

      It’s worth pointing out to any people wanting to take on the TAMB that they will quickly outstrip any “free” message board system. That’s what happened with the pre-2003 TAMB and also happened during the “current TAMB” in 2003 – 2004. hence the "high" cost of keeping the Board going.
      It’s all about the number of concurrent users online. At a point yesterday there were about 150 users online – Invision would be charging $130 per month for that. (https://invisioncommunity.com/buy)

      We would be prepared to do a handover of the domain names that we currently hold to a non-profit making group which seriously wants to organise a new TAMB and has the skills and numbers to do it. This would not include existing software or server. We are especially keen that the platform or the name do not fall into the hands of what we can only call bawbags. We need not mention names, but I'm sure members can think of a few. Any new group would have to start from scratch and give TAMB a complete bottom up ‘makeover’ and make themselves financially viable. We have a couple of people who are willing to offer advice to any serious players. The TAMB Team

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  1. Agree with this. Priority should be independence then let folk vote as they want. Understand people wanting to see Labour beat but some people seem to have voted Yes or for SNP after to get a further left party than Labour rather than to get independence. There are lots of Scots who`d happily live in an independent Scotland provided they can vote for a full range of parties like people elsewhere in Europe. Was great to leave labour party in turmoil but not if it means thousands of voters go back to them and their London masters at the first sign of discontent.
  2. Unfortunately it seems like 2v0 was considered ok. A 5v0 would have given us some hope to get through with draw in Slovenia but looks unlikely now
  3. Disappointing to say the least. Looks like goal difference wasn`t mentioned before either game. We all know we don`t have much quality but Lithuania and Malta were both very weak and I`m sure we could have added 4 to goal difference over 2 games. Even a 3-0 win against Slovakia won`t be enough for a draw to be ok in last game..
  4. Is there not a fair chance we`ll finish 2nd with 20 points or even 18 on goal difference and have to wait 1 or 2 days to see if we`re worst runner up?
  5. Unfortunately it looks like you`re right If we beat Malta and Slovakia we`ll still have to win in Slovenia. Asking a lot to have 2 big wins in 4 days. At least Slovenia will probably be out by time we play them.
  6. 50 years would allow Martin Buchan in. Not sure when he left Dons but he was in 1970 SC final. And John Blackley who played instead of Buchan against Zaire in 1974. Some good goalies-what about Bobby Clark though he may have been goalie in centenary match (0v5) against England. Was Baxter still at Rangers at end of 1967? Pat Stanton whether as midfielder or as central defender. Willie Johnston? Canniggia at Dundee?
  7. Interesting questions. Likewise for street names. When I was younger I`d have been in favour of removing statues, changing street names etc but now I think it should only be done in extreme cases (statues of dictators etc)as I don`t think it`s necessary or even positive to remove history even if we don`t like it. I`m in favour of independence but that doesn`t mean that we should remove statues with connections to rest of UK after independence or disown or discredit Scottish writers, sports people, scientists etc just because they weren`t known nationalists. In Catalonia recently some more extreme nationalists were wanting to change names of streets in a village with names of famous artists and writers including Salvador Dali for maybe having Spanish sympathies too. Dali (as anyone who`s seen his Cristo in Glasgow) is world famous and brings a lot of prestige to Catalonia years after his death. Walter Scott was really a Scottish nationalist in a time when nationalism was not given much importance. If he`d expressed anti nationalist ideas and pro UK ideas in his writing would people suggest removing his monument or maybe changing the name?
  8. Beautiful country but expensive though that was no surprise. Surprisingly few places to change money in cities and I couldn`t use cards as I`d had them stolen with wallet before I got to Switzerland. Some places say they`ll accept Euros then don`t seem too keen when you actually want to do so. Talking of currency, the only place where I changed (wife`s card saved me) was at Lugano station and they had different rates for Scottish and English pounds on list of foreign currencies. Not sure of how common that is. While in Switzerland I went on 2 of their famous rail routes (William Tell which includes boat trip and Golden Pass). I enjoyed both trips but saw nothing to compare with routes to Inverness, Oban, Fort William etc. I read that they were thinking of fitting observation carriages in some Scottish trains and it would certainly be a good idea along with a lot more promotion. Most of my fellow passengers seemed to be Indian or Arab rail enthusiasts who might be delighted to spend a lot of money in Scotland too if encouraged to do so.
  9. Whatever happens with Rangers titles Scottish football should surely be looking to future to prevent clubs from flouting laws again. Have there been any changes (new laws/rules, more control and inspections..) to prevent repeats of Rangers case or even Gretna, Romanov Hearts, etc. Could measures not be put in place to curtail financial cheating before trophies are won to prevent trophy stripping decades after?
  10. I lived in France and Spain in the 80s and Millar was very well-known among sports fans in both countries then. I always thought he deserved more recognition in Scotland maybe he would have got it if he`d won a Tour or Vuelta (was desperately unlucky not to at a time when Vuelta was more prestigious than now-it lost prestige when moved from spring to autumn I think). He wasn`t quite an Andy Murray but equivalent would have been a Scottish tennis player pre Murray getting to 3 or 4 Grand Slam finals. I remember gutter press harrassing him/her about 10 years ago so glad that she seems to have found a place in life. I`m no great cycling fan but Robert Millar and Graeme Obree are certainly two people who deserve a lot more recognition in Scotland than they have received.
  11. Saw title "Traditional Glasgow pubs" and for some reason remembered a pub which used to be up from Queens Street Station near bus station called Matthew something (Reid`?) which I presume no longer exists. I went into it in only once and it was probably in early 80s . I was having a pint before catching a train and remember a couple walking in and the barman saying without really apologising "No women , they can get in down the road at the ----". The male member of the couple didn`t seem too put out so maybe it wasn`t that unusual at the time though it was the first time I`d seen it apart from odd place with a snug for women.
  12. What other clubs went into admin after winning trophies while clearly overspending? Hearts and Gretna (if you include runners up medals, can`t remember their exact league success) would be obvious ones if trophies are to be struck off records but there may be more.
  13. Apart from Murray brothers and I suppose Gordon Reid in wheelchair events are there any other Scots at Wimbledon this year? Someone called O`Mara in Men`s Doubles has residence as Arbroath on Wimbledon website.
  14. Lots of information about routes through Trieste on seat61.com Sure I read that there have been problems with tram this year Tailor Made Rail webpage also useful especially if you contact them.
  15. Spending 4 or 5 days in Switzerland between time in Italy and France later this summer. Presume it`s easy to change Euros everywhere? I spent a day in Zurich about 5 years ago and just used Euros but know it was more expensive than Francs . Will have a full day in Lugano and Lucerne and an evening and morning in Montreux. Any ideas for things to do?