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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. Only one I can think of was Ferri's but that was by the old Swimming Baths.
  2. Back in the day there used to be a country sports shop - fishing and shooting and the like - called McCririck's on John Finnie St in Kilmarnock. I understand that John McCririck was related to that family. I've also seen John McCririck in person and he came across as an arrogant ##### to me.
  3. Let's not forget Love Thy Neighbour.
  4. I thought it would flush you out. Is he still kicking about?
  5. Goering's grandson is Australian, our mutual friend is a former TAMBer.
  6. Was Catherine Deneuve as beautiful in the flesh as she is on the screen? Moving this thread onto relatives of famous fascists I've met. In 2006 I met one of Herman Goering's grand nephews, Old Herman and his grandfather were brothers, quite a bit as he was a friend of a former Tamber friend of mine. He was an Australiian working in London at the time, his grandfather had moved to Australia in the 1930s. He told a very funny story about going to visit relatives in Germany who were going on about the 'Good old days'.
  7. I got corporate hospitality through work at Stamford Bridge around 15 years or so ago. I went into the Gents at half time and there was Lord Attenborough having a piss. He'll always be little Dickie to me.
  8. Now showing as Tartan Ramy Message Board. i think Admin4 is demob happy.
  9. According to this he's 1.85m which converts to a shade over 6 foot so your point is mince. http://football-wonderkids.co.uk/player/jack-harper/
  10. There are probably some still hoping Islam Feruz will come good one day.
  11. It's a bit more important than a regional election tbf. I'm not expecting it to be the lead story but you would expect something on the news, especially given the amount of coverage on Myanmar - which is also important. Good to see the Scottish Government making a statement supporting the Catalan's right to decide their future. The most recent poll on Independence - unless I've missed one since - published by Survation showed a three point increase in support for Independence, up to 46%.
  12. Thermopylae was a lot funnier than Flat Earth.
  13. If you're saying the bigger clubs are getting further ahead of the other clubs, then I'd agree to you to an extent but I don't think the Champions League is the sole reason. Wealthy owners has an even bigger impact than CL revenue. Scotland's a bad example in this respect as there is currently one club - the richest - that is currently miles ahead of everyone else and is hoovering up all the revenue but I don't think that's across the board. That's made even worse Scotland only has one place in the CL so whoever qualifies gets the lot. It's be interesting to know how UEFA work out how much money is allocated to Scotland in the CL. One of the factors in calculating prize money is what the call "market value" which is essentially what the TV rights for that country was sold for. That's fairly straightforward for everyone else but of course for England and Scotland, its two countries one TV deal. Anyone know any more on this? There's a complete breakdown for 2014/15 but unfortunately no Scottish team qualified for the group stages.
  14. I agree with your point on the group stages of the Champions League, it doesn't start getting interesting until knockout stages. Too many one sided meaningless games and too few upsets. The group setup means that the vast bulk of the seeded teams make it into the knockout rounds. It gives guaranteed income though and that's what the clubs want. Your final point is wrong though. On the whole, it's the same teams that dominate their domestic leagues now that dominated 20 years ago when the CL was expanded to include non-league winners. Real Madrid still dominate in Spain, AC Milan and Juventus dominate in Italy, Bayern Munich are the pre-eminent team in Germany, Holland it's still Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord, Belgium ,Anderlecht, France PSG and Marseilles. I could go on. England, if anything, has bucked the trend and is more competitive with Chelsea and Man City joining Man United and Arsenal.