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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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    Football = Supporting Scotland - Rangers, Neilston Juniors, Sittingbourne FC - Ryman League South. Scotland Rugby team & Glasgow Warriors. Rock music particularly 70's style - Deep Purple, Zeppelin, Status Quo, Jethro Tull but also Traditional music, Dougie McLean,Runrig & Coast.

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  1. David Dickson did write a book about it called 'We'll Always Have Paris' - I have a chapter in it . Weirdly enough I had initially bought 'French end' tickets but when they increased the official allocation from 4,000 to almost 8,000 both me and my son in law got one. I put them up for sale on the TAMB and it was David Dickson who bought them and then later on he wrote the book. He only printed about 3 or 400 copies but if you can get one it is brilliant and comprises of numerous supporters writing their stories of those 2-3 days which David then put together
  2. I'm in the video - Sittingbourne TA (all 2 of us) with the Cheeseman & Sporran Legion members. Haven't seen this for years, brings back a lot of memories. Thanks for posting
  3. You think?
  4. I was quoting the price of tickets as an indicator of how pricing in general will be, travel and hotel costs will be horrendous and I would not fancy the camping option for Russia unlike France and Spain was
  5. Based on experiences of some Chelsea lads I know when they went for Champions League final, hotels tripled prices and bars and restaurants also 'cashed in'. Travel within Russia is not great and realistically I would think the only way for most will be 'package trips' & like you say probably only one match at a time. Been to all the European WC's since 1974 but can see this one possibly passing me by
  6. The starting price for these tickets is ridiculous - £69 minimum Be expensive enough just getting there & accommodation costs will be astronomical and then there is the issue of venues, from what I have seen some group match venues could be as much as 500 miles apart so travel costs / methods within Russia will be a further problem. If we do qualify I think it will take a lot of soul searching before deciding to go & the bank manager (wife) certainly will not be happy
  7. So true, I can't understand why Forest gets in the squad, a 'good player' at best and constantly fails to deliver. Singing a song about him is is a bit harsh though
  8. I love that, one of those 'daft' songs that could go on & on & on, be a good laugh
  9. Does not seem fair not to add the Lithuanian point but that said like someone else already mentioned, Poland should have dropped off with the addition of Lithuania - I was on six before Vilnius so would have remained on six with Poland dropping off. I would imagine this would apply to quite a few but it is wrong. I would imagine that all on 7 points + will get a ticket and a good proportion of 6 pointers but beyond that it will be a struggle I think as I suspect 2000 plus travelling for this one
  10. Not helping Jen, now I'm doubly disappointed
  11. Their is a coach that links in with the arrivals at Kaunas and goes direct to Vilnius city centre - OLLEX is the name of the company. Book online - http://www.ollex.lt/en/express/Kaunas-airport/buy-a-ticket Picks up o/s terminal and drops op in front of MacDonalds near Vlinius train station - Less that £20.00 return (takes about 90 minutes)
  12. I contacted KT Tunstall via Twitter and she has confirmed her gig starts at 2100 hrs on the Friday. With Cathedral Square being a good 30 minute walk from stadium it looks like we have s**t out on this one - Real shame. I have suggested she does a wee 30 minute gig in the afternoon or an 'extended sound check' later but never got a reply to that one
  13. Just discovered that K T Tunstall is doing a free gig in Cathedral Square, Vilnius on Friday night 1st September (same night as the game) as part of the Vilnius festival but I don't know what time she is on. I have 'messaged' her on Twitter so watch this space . . . . unless somebody already knows the time
  14. English FA are going to put forward a womans team for the next Olympics and will as usual ride 'rough shod' over any objections so it will happen this time. (followed by a men's team soon after without a doubt. The online article on BBC had a comments page and this one just about summed it al up "why don't the lesser nations just shut up and let GB get on with it" I was not happy with that one but didn't trust myself to reply. They keep quoting British Lions, Team GB athletics and so on but just don't get the argument that FIFA would eventually move on us and INSIST on one football association and one 'national' team
  15. Been going to see the band since 1970's. 'Aqualung' & 'Stand up' are two of their best albums but the live 'Bursting Out' album is excellent. I saw that tour in Glasgow (although not recorded there) and the album really captures the feel of that night. Always a great band live although personnel have changed greatly over the years but in truth the band was really Ian Anderson & other musicians anyway. Still seen the band 'off and on' over last few years and in truth it all looked and sounded a bit jaded. Last saw him in 2015 at Ramblin Man Fayre in Maidstone and although still pretty reasonable I did feel Ian Anderson's antics on stage have had their 'sell by date'. As for the Heavy Horses album although more 'folky' it is still a very good album