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      PLEASE READ: TAMB is not closing!   10/12/2017

      Just to provide an update on the future of the Tartan Army Message Board. To be clear the board will not be closing and instead will be staying open and will hopefully go from strength to strength. Who Are We? We are a group of Scotland supporters who have varied skills and expertise, along with experience of  being involved in football and running football message boards. When we heard the TAMB faced closure, we contacted the old team with a detailed plan which involved financing and running the board. After speaking to the old team on a number of occasions they have allowed us to put our plan into action. While speaking to them and going on their experience and that of those before them, we have elected to keep our identity private, however rest assured we have the best intentions for the board and those on it. Our Plans. Our plan will involve a number of stages which we hope will not only keep the board going but help improve and rejuvenate it. Our first step will be to do a bit of a clean-up of the board. This will involve some downtime for a few hours where posting will be disabled. We plan to do this early next week, a full notice will be posted on the board then. Once that is completed we will be upgrading the current board platform, both behind the scenes and hopefully aesthetically too. There will be an ongoing process of board improvements which we hope you, the user will help us with, so you have a board you will enjoy We thank the old board team for all their hard work, dedication and their help during this handover and hope you will all help support our plans going forward.


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  1. Lunnainn Alba, the London Scotland supporters club, will be having their AGM in the upstairs bar of the Albion pub on Saturday the 25th of November at 7pm. Closest tube is Blackfriars. This is for club members only but if someone wishes to join on the night for next year's membership they are very welcome. The membership fee is £15 and includes a free t-shirt. Free bar and food will be provided on the night.
  2. Watching Slovakia match in London

    The Albion will be showing the game probably both upstairs and downstairs if the numbers are there. The comedian is not happening . Hopefully all the entertainment will be on the pitch. The pub is run by a Canadian of Scottish heritage called Scott. It was bouncing for the Lithuania game so hopefully there will be a good atmosphere once more.
  3. As with the Lithuania game, the Slovakia game will be screened in a Scotland friendly environment in the Albion pub, the nearest tube is Blackfriars.
  4. Allocation

    In Marjory Nimmo's day the STC had a lot fewer members so that analogy does not really apply. Given the increase in numbers of staff and new (?) technology there is still no excuse for this truly appalling level of service. Am interested in getting in on the ATAC gig you mentioned earlier if there are cushy privileges involved. Can you give me some details?
  5. The upstairs bar of the Albion pub, closed tube Blackfriars, has been hired by Lunnainn Albannaich to show the Lithuania game on the Friday night. Anyone in London and surrounding area who wants to watch the game in a Scotland friendly environment feel free to go along. No charge.
  6. Any groundhoppers still about on the Saturday?

    Bus is now full.
  7. I am planning to organise a bus into the back of the Lithuanian beyond to go to a game on the Saturday afternoon. We are planning on going to see Nevėžis v Trakai B which is about an hour and a half from Vilnius with a 4pm ko. This is a Lithuanian Division 2 game. The bus will be leaving Vilnius at 11am and coming back straight after the game. The bus will be 15 euros ahead which includes a donation to the Sunshine Appeal. Anyone interested please PM me
  8. hotelbeds.com - a warning

    And the good news is they have refunded my hotel costs in full and stuck a 25 euro, I think, compensation on top of the original cost of £128. Total refund was £151. Had exchanged a couple of emails in the last few weeks but nothing serious in terms of where is my money so they have done right by me. Still wouldn't use them again however. It wasn't too bad it happening here but somewhere abroad may well have been a complete nightmare.
  9. Anyone wanting to read what I believe is the definitive account of the EC Referendum campaign should get All Out War by Tim Shipman. Well written with a lot of personal details about the main players, their friendships and their enemies. Reading it you also wonder if anyone in the Tory party will ever vote for Boris Johnson as leader as he comes out of it as a duplicitous bar steward , funnily enough.
  10. hotelbeds.com - a warning

    Emailed them today as there has been no resolution. They said they were arguing with the hotel company over whose fault it was but I think they are a shambles. Am expecting it to drag on. Guy on reception at the day was very good. He asked them to re send their email of confirmation they had sent Park Inn but they wouldn't or couldn't do it. Regarding the comment about Expedia, they guy at the Park Inn said this kind of experience was an awful lot more common than you reckoned. He could also have been a very convincing liar and if so deserves an oscar for his performance on the phone :-)
  11. Anyone in the London area or down on holiday who fancies coming along to our pub crawl treasure hunt on the 22nd of July please get in touch. It will be held in the Smithfield/Clerkenwell area which is not that well known an area but has a range of interesting boozers. We are meeting at 3pm in the Three Compasses pub just up from Farringdon Station and once the teams are organised we will be starting on the treasure hunt. A couple of rounds will be bought by the club and there will be prizes for the winning team.
  12. Valencia

    On a separate note I was standing outside Dumfries station in pishing rain waiting on a taxi when a Spanish guy came up and asked me if he could get a taxi. I said I would call one for him and told him the driver would be 15 minutes and he would pick him up inside. I asked him where he was from and he went Valencia. My reply was a polite version of wtf are you doing here when he could be in Valencia. He was amazed I'd actually been there. He was going to work as a kitchen porter in a hotel in the wilds of Galloway having previously worked near Oxford. He told me there was no work in Valencia so here he was in pishing wet Scotland.
  13. Switzerland - currency, ideas

    My only suggestion is take loads of money. Was at a wedding on Lake geneva last year and it was very very expensive
  14. hotelbeds.com - a warning

    The guy in the hotel said he would like to say it was a one off but actually it happens quite frequently. Have been emailing them today about a refund and the actual name of the group that appears to be running the site is hotelxxl.com
  15. hotelbeds.com - a warning

    A wee warning against using this company for hotel bookings. Booked the Park Inn in Glasgow last saturday for the night of the England game. Booked it back in October 2016. Turned up on Saturday with the voucher and was told the hotel had not been notified by Hotbeds.com and as such we had no room and there were no spare rooms due to the game. Managed to get somewhere at a reasonable, for Saturday and last minute notice, price but it was a royal pain. Will be asking my credit card company to refund payment for the hotbeds.com charge and sending them the bill for the other hotel. Guy at park Inn was brand new and has sent me an email to send to my card company saying they received no notification of the booking at Park Inn