2007
06.11

Crossfire advert

When living in the UK you might come across this cool advert. It’s appearing in magazines and on posters.

It’s a bit small on this picture but it says that if you text MCNAB to 80880 (I’m afraid UK only) you’ll receive Crossfires first chapter. You have a choice of text or audio.

The audio version is introduced by McNab, the narration in “Spoken From The Front” style.

 

Then it also came to my attention (thanx Simon) that Tesco has an awesome promotion stunt: If people purchase Crossfire from Tesco they’ll receive a free CD with the Iraq Ambush audio story, as well as the chance to enter a VERY cool competition:

McNab: “I have teamed up with Tesco to bring you the best competition this side of Basra. You could win signed copy of all of my books, plus the chance for you and a friend to win a SAS-themed experience which includes training from ex-army/Special Forces instructors in survival skills, camouflage, unarmed combat and live weapons handling.”

As far as I know this offer applies only in store, I haven’t found it online. Correct me if I’m wrong. My information doesn’t go as far as knowing what you have to do to win, but it seems an awesome experience. We’d love to hear from the winner in time. If there’s a consolation prize to just stand on the sideline and watch I’d probably join the competition, I’ve just seen Bob Spour’s video SAS Fight Secrets (register or log in to see that video, to confirm you’re over 18. I wonder why) and after seeing that I can fairly say I’m not really interested in the actual training with ex-SF instructors! 😉

2007
04.11

Andy Mcnab in BasraMcNab did another Basra visit, covered by the Daily Mail. Honestly I like this one better than the article from The Sun a while back. Perhaps because you now ‘hear’ Andy talk. A snippit:

“SAS veteran Andy McNab went to Iraq to see the war from the soldiers’ point of view. What he found will amaze you…their kit is brilliant, they say this is a golden age for the infantry and they know they’re being used as political ammunition – but they just don’t give a damn…

Gordon Brown says our troops are coming home. A thousand will be back from Iraq by Christmas and the rest, it is reckoned, by the end of 2008.

In theory this sounds promising. Indeed, listening to all this talk, you would think our soldiers were lounging round the pool in Basra knocking back a couple of beers before boarding the plane.

Well, not exactly. I was in Iraq two weeks ago with my old regiment. Within three hours of arriving, I came under mortar attack, a common event for our troops. If our work out there is done, the Prime Minister clearly hasn’t told the insurgents.

I was with 4th Battalion, the Rifles (formerly the Royal Green Jackets), the infantry regiment I joined as a boy soldier. For a week, I accompanied the lads on patrols and witnessed action at first-hand. I saw highly professional soldiers full of enthusiasm for the job – far from the dispirited force some armchair experts describe at home.

Brown was, of course, fiddling around with the figures when he announced the withdrawal, but there is more to it than that.”

There’s always more to it but to read what Andy has to say go here. There are also some new pictures, though they’re from the same series as was published in The Sun. That or Andy’s wearing the same shirt again.

One thing in the article I do like to lift out. Andy tells us: “I’m a patron of Help For Heroes, a charity raising £5million for Headley Court, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Ashtead, Surrey. We’ll get the money but why isn’t the Treasury handing it over? It’s probably no more than its annual mineral-water bill.” 

Check out the Help For Heroes site

2007
02.11

Anyone finished the new Nick Stone novel??

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