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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
    • Admin4

      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. He should stay- people claiming that the campaign has been an abject failure and that we have hit a new low are watching a different side. There has been definite progress- no need for knee-jerk reactions. Another campaign with no obvious strong second seed is a good opportunity- would be shooting ourselves in the foot to start from scratch. He should get someone else to do his press conferences though.
  2. I hope you're right but my instincts tell me he's the new John Fleck.
  3. Gauld's time in Portugal clearly not rid him of Scottish habit of making reckless nothing challenges!
  4. Liam Henderson has potential but unfortunately don't see any young players that have the ability to be a genuine top class player.
  5. The result on Friday robbed us of any hopes of automatic qualifications. Playoff still very realistic- on our day we could beat Poland at home and I'm not convinced Ireland beating Georgia is nailed on. A playoff is still in our hands but would have to raise our game considerably.
  6. Am I the only one not convinced that Ireland Will beat Georgia? We struggled to beat them at home and Ireland snatched a late win over there courtesy of a world class goal. I don't think there's much between the 3 teams. The fixtures haven't been kind to Georgia- they've only played Gibraltar once and have had 3 of their 4 games against Germany and Poland.
  7. Yes- my fear is that it wouldn't be. If assisted suicide becomes the cultural norm then palliative care will become questionable from an economic perspective. Why waste money keeping someone alive for another 6 months? It just seems like an awful easy way to ease pressure that the ageing population will have on the NHS.
  8. Hope the bill is rejected. I think it would result in the end of palliative care as we know it and lead to a culture where people encouraged to take their lives rather than drain NHS resources.
  9. I want to pay tax but pay as little as legally possible. I've a mortgage, no pension and have been in and out of work for the past 5 years. I have been very lucky with this business deal and need to capitalise on it for benefit of my family. Some interesting advice here- the money is coming about as a result of some consultancy advice I gave- that couldn't be classes as a Capital Gain could it?
  10. I was thinking about that but was told the bank would ask questions and would tip off HMRC.
  11. Thanks for the suggestions! A maté said I should get it paid into my Paddy Power account so that it looks like tax free winnings when it arrives into my bank account. Creative.
  12. I done a wee business deal a few years ago and it looks as if it is going to pay off in the next 12-18 months. I'll be looking at a one off windfall of about £150K. I'm just wondering how best to deal with it from a tax point of view. I want to pay tax but a bit sore at losing over half of it given that it's a one-off sum and I've been paying tax through PAYE anyway. Anyone got any advice onthe best legal way to minimise the tax I have to pay?
  13. I'm comfortable talking about it Flora because it was Limmy talking about it that made me seem help. One of the things that helped me deal with it was the routine way that the Doctor dealt with it- no flashing lights or sirens. I had kept it hidden from my wife who is a pharmacist. When I finally told her she said "no big deal- half the towns on anti depressants." It's a very common problem and it can be fixed. It's a shame that the stigma stops people from getting help.
  14. I had a major bout of depression about 18 months ago- felt that I was in a hole that I couldn't escape from, couldn't sleep, losing appetite, ruining my relationship with wife and kids. Finally went to the Doctor, broke down in tears when I was telling her because it was the first time that I had acknowledged the problem. She prescribed Citalopram and within weeks I was feeling better. I've been off medication for 6 months now and I'm in a great place. My whole life up until now had been marred with a background feeling of melancholy and fear of impending doom. That's gone now and I realise that the way I'm feeling now is normal. One of the other things that helped me was Limmy who has been vocal about his problems and how he has tackled them. You'll not beat this alone- reach out for help you'll not regret it.
  15. Given the limited circulation of most papers this isn't surprising. It was the public service BBC that won the referendum for the Unionists and social media cannot get near its level of influence.