2007
15.10

Andy McNab BattleSeenAccording to an article by Mike Butcher – TechCrunch – BattleSeen will see it’s official lauch this week.

BattleSeen is a new ’soldier generated video’ site being backed by Andy McNab, the former SAS soldier turned best-selling author, and London-based webcasting firm Spoken. The site launches this week and will be mentioned on The Sun newspaper’s web site.

BattleSeen will allow anyone – but specifically the military, journalists and NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organisations) – to upload and share video content from conflicts around the world. As McNab says on the site: “Everyone can search and watch videos on BattleSeen and people can see first hand accounts of the experiences soldiers face before, during and after battle without interference and censorship from the media.” BattleSeen will “show modern-day warfare as it really is and as it has never been seen before; through the eyes of the soldiers who are fighting it.”

The site has been created by the UK’s Spoken, a company which more commonly offers audio and video online broadcasting to corporates, but which also has it’s own Flash player product. One of their clients is The Sun newspaper, so it’s no surprise BattleSeen launches with them this week. A spokesman at Spoken also tells me the company is also looking at allowing soldiers to upload written accounts of their experiences on the front line.

For the full article by TechCrunch go here

And of course we’ll keep an eye on the Sun…

2007
14.10

Reading McNabI ran into this photo, don’t know the name of the guy but he’s welcome to tell us how he liked Recoil 😉

 

The photo is by Sophie, thanx!

 

2007
13.10

Kevlar clothesKevlar is a synthetic fibre that can be spun into fabric five times stronger than steel and is used in armoured vests worn by British troops in Iraq.

Terrified parents are rushing to buy slash-proof school uniforms for their kids.

Sales of the clothes – made from Kevlar armour used by the SAS – have trebled in the wake of recent stabbings that have left seven teens dead.

Read this scary article here

Is this overreacting, some people smelling business or just how this world is becoming??

2007
11.10

“…all you do is the best you can at the time with the information you’ve got. Ultimately, somebody has got to make a decision. Everyone understands that, gives the responsibility to you, and if it’s wrong, it cocks up, but if it’s right, great. But somebody has to make a decision.”

In this second part Andy answers questions about the SAS involvement in the first Gulf War, the transition from military to publishing, childhood memory, ex-wives and much much more.

You can read all about it here 

2007
10.10

Andy McNab from official websiteAndy about hiding his identity:

“I do it because I want to look after my family. I have been offered ridiculous amounts of money to act and front television shows, but what’s the good of that if the only way my family gets to see me is in re-runs on TV?”

2007
07.10

Videojug has a number of vids on their site, this however is one big interview split up in parts.

They say: “In a fascinating interview Andy McNab talks about his personal experiences throughout his illustrious career in the SAS, from surviving torture and interrogation in Iraq, to the truth about UK special forces operations. He gives his frank opinion on the current situation in the Middle East, and talks exclusively about his latest thriller Crossfire. Definitely worth watching all of them!!

In the interview more news about Crossfire:
It’s about a whole new huge business: opium coming out of Afghanistan. Due to the war that’s going in Afghanistan, it’s very easy to get it and the crop is bigger than ever before in the history of opium production. This effects everybody and the soldiers in Basra have to deal with insurgents who are actually paid money to fight and given heroine as well, so a lot of these guys are totally out of their heads when they’re going around fighting. The drug business in Iraq and Afghanistan even effects Europe/the UK and so it becomes “all one big thing”.

One thing that made me giggle was in the video “Life as an author”, where they ask “Does your public persona make you a lightning rod for nut-cases?” Andy answers that his publisher does receive some weird letters, like “This is Agent X19…” I can honestly say that I’ve never written a letter to Andy’s publisher (yet, and that doesn’t necessarily exclude me from being one of the nut-cases mentioned) but I have to ask.. SixtySix??? 😉 Just kidding!!

One of the other questions was “What else is in the pipeline?” As fans we’re very very interested in that and we learn in the interview that the BBC script for the Boy Soldier film is finished and that it – hopefully – will go in production soon; that Andy is talking to the BBC about an idea for a 6 part drama series about Basra and that he’s working on a US film script about counter intelligence and – if I heard the name right (McNab still talks like the hay still has to be harvested, perhaps that’s a Dutch expression)- this should be “Echelon”. If that’s not correct I’d love to hear the right title.

Finally I’d like to mention that I had not yet heard McNab describe his books as “prediction fiction” which I think is a good definition but I know now that I would not have Andy read me my horoscope, I’d probably die of fear before all those horrible things would really happen to me.

The links to the videos:

Meet the expert

Life as an author

The SAS

General Questions

Interrogation in Iraq

Andy McNab’s Guide to Surviving Interrogation

Enjoy!!