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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. Met Steve Earle after a gig in Newcastle. Chatted for a few minutes, and he was very cool. Saw Sadiq Khan dropping his fresher daughter off at Edinburgh Uni recently, and Ed Balls on the way to Strictly Come Danciing when down for the England game. Pointed out my Yes badge as we passed him. He seemed impressed
  2. Gordon or Rachel? One's a yes.
  3. She's got a bit of the Gordon Mcqueen c1977 about her.
  4. Eh, Red Dawn! Boys... Boys... Avenge me, avenge me!!!
  5. Went to two shows today: First up was The Noise Next Door. This is brilliant. 5 out of 5. There are two shows - the watered down daytime version and the more edgy evening one. We went to daytime, but taking wife next week to evening show. It's basically an improv show within a sketch, but is really clever, and well done, and incorporates the audience really well. The audience throw words at the four guys on stage and they build them into a running thread. You could essentially go to every show, cos I'm guessing every one will be quite different. The we headed over to the lecture theatre for The Oxford Review. This was, quite simply, the worst comedy group I've ever witnessed - in person or on TV. 0 out of 5. Three middle class Oxford students who've seen one sketch show too many and thought 'how difficult can it be?', before putting together an hour of 'quirky' (read p!sh) sketches. So awful I'd have thanked you for killing me after 5 minutes. I reckon the lecture theatre holds maybe 150 people. I reckon about 15 left before the end.
  6. Was hoping to go see him with my son, but sold out tonight and (perhaps unsurprisingly) no under 18s!
  7. In the 1990 we were in the boozer (Bobby Smith's in Dalkeith) and the barman, Andy, went down into the cellar to change the keg. When he re-emerged up the steps somebody in my group (it might have been me, I can't remember) shouted 'Andy's the gimp', at which it seemed that the whole pub, all at once, started chanting this, very loudly:
  8. A friend of mine just contacted me saying he needs a piper for a wedding this afternoon (4pm) in Dalkeith. Not sure what happened to the original one, but he's struggling now. My mate Craig is available on 07413592155.
  9. Here are a list of relatively recent US sports films which didn't really get any promotion over here, most of which are just a relaxed watch on a Sunday afternoon. A couple are excellent, and well worth a watch, and probably could be compared, quality wise, to Remember the Titans. Baseball Million Dollar Arm 42 Trouble With the Game 61* The Perfect Game Basketball Coach Carter Glory Road (excellent watch) American Football The Blind Side Invincible (excellent film) Gridiron Gang Athletics McFarland USA Prefontaine (well worth a watch) Without Limits (also about Steve Prefontaine) Horse Racing Seabiscuit Secretariat
  10. Yep, 42 is excellent. US sports films is a place to find really good films that don't get any promotion over here. Kevin Costner also had a really good one out recently. Will post a list of some of the best ones.
  11. Saw Race last night, the story.of Jesse Owens. Very watchable, although strays from the book for dramatic effect. And if anyone is interested, I'm writing a book about a similar subject (some of the same characters appear as in the film). More at www.craigstatham.com.
  12. Surely a person in his position can't say stuff like this and not expect some consequences, both politically and culturally.
  13. War for the Planet of the Apes is brilliant. Great three movies. Guessing there will be more. If you can't find anything else try 12 Feet Deep. Not brilliant, could have been better, but watchable. Going a bit deeper tonight with 47 Meters Down.