2008
30.05

Wow, hot news!!! In his latest letter Andy tells us:

“In September I’m going back to non-fiction and a sort of sequel to Bravo Two Zero and Immediate Action. It’s going to be called Seven Troop and it’s about the people I was first in the SAS with – what they were doing when they went in and what happened to them when they got out. There’s a load of stuff in it that I wasn’t allowed to put in the last two non-fictions and it’s going to be explosive stuff – I’m really looking forward to seeing the effect it has when it comes out… It also feels really relevant, even though I’m looking back nearly 15 years, because of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stuff that’s an even bigger deal today.”

The official synopsis from Transworld, Andy’s publisher: “Seven Troop is Andy McNab’s account of the time he served in the company of a remarkable group of men – from the day, freshly badged, he joined them in the Malayan jungle, to the day, ten years later, that he handed in his sand-coloured beret and started a new life.” 

However, Greymansland was told that besides the above, Seven Troop will cover just about everything in Andy’s life from being badged in 1983 until present times. Awesome! Really looking forward to this book!

The other news is that McNab is developing and co-producing a BBC1 drama series based on the army being in Afghanistan called ‘Warrior Nation’.
Andy says:

“We’re going to show for the first time what it’s really like to be out there on a tour. It’s at the really early stages at the moment – getting the treatments together, working on the script and with any luck we’ll start filming towards the end of this year. There will be about six months of filming and then we can get it out on screen next year. I’m really excited about this project.”

For the McNab fan 2008 seems to become a fabulous year! Enjoy all!

2008
28.05

“Grey Men don’t get Angry”

A few posts back we told you about BBC’s Week of Anger and Andy’s “Kinetic”. If you’ve missed it and want to hear how Andy has been angry half his life, even managed to get paid for it, but finally learned it’s not an effective emotion, go here .

At the end Andy tells us he is no ‘benign Buddha’ yet but I do take the opportunity to promote one of my favorite books “At Hell’s Gate” by Claude Anshin Thomas – you don’t need to become a monk to find it an interesting read 😉

2008
25.05

From The Sunday Mirror:

“A British holidaymaker told yesterday how he and his girlfriend survived 19 hours in shark-infested waters after a diving trip went horrifically wrong.

Richard Neely, 38, and partner Alison Dalton, 40, drifted for nearly a day off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef as rescuers failed to spot them waving frantically.

They tied themselves to each other in their wetsuits and, huddling together for warmth, they drifted for NINE MILES after surfacing too far from the boat they had dived off.

Richard said the inspiration for his idea to share his body heat with his girlfriend was former SAS soldier Andy McNab’s book Bravo 2 Zero. He improvised by using a six-metre length of rope from his marker buoy – used by divers to signal the point at which they have gone underwater – doubled over, to tie himself and Alison together. At that point they jettisoned oxygen tanks and water belts to make themselves lighter and enable them to “fin” – a streamlined form of swimming.

Every half an hour, they huddled together, wrapping their legs around each other and pressing their stomachs together for warmth through their wetsuits. Alison, in particular, was feeling desperately cold.

But the strong tie meant they could not drift further than three metres apart throughout the night, shouting out to each other to make sure the other was awake.”

Read the full article here

2008
25.05

A little while back we wrote about a new ITV4 program “Andy McNab’s Tour of Duty”.

We now know that this program will air Tuesdays from 10th June at 10pm.

Source Unreality TV

2008
20.05

Captain Robert Nairac from BBCThe Sun today:  

“POLICE investigating the murder of SAS Officer Captain Robert Nairac in Northern Ireland more than 30 years ago arrested a man in South Armagh today.

Captain Nairac was abducted by the IRA, taken across the border into the Irish Republic and shot. His body has never been recovered.”

Read the article here

2008
18.05

Well….let’s see how Andy feels when his lady wears her pair of running sneakers with her evening dress – but ok, I will take the ‘one pair’ as a statement that women have the tendency to have way too many pairs – in the eyes of men 😉

The context? An article in The Sun by Martin Phillips:

Have you got true male skills?

An American magazine has come up with a list of 75 Skills Every Man Should Master. But in today’s politically correct climate, what do women really want of their ideal fella – and what would men look for in their perfect partner?

Here’s our scorecard to see how you rate on your other half’s wish-list – together with the views of two star Sun writers.

Andy McNab says:

There’s plenty of stuff men can do already, like put up shelves and unblock a sink. That’s our domain.

There’s other stuff we SHOULD do for an easier life, such as remembering birthdays and knowing our partner’s clothes sizes.

Then there’s the stuff we CAN do but it suits us not to – like lifting the loo seat or hanging up towels.

But cleaning the loo or using the washing machine are things we should do once – so badly that we are never asked to do it again.

And please note that men can NEVER ask for directions, watch any sport dispassionately or fail to extract the maximum sympathy from any illness.

And we can never accept the need for more than one pair of shoes!

So Andy is invited to come over to unblock my sink anytime, but he’s not allowed to use the bathroom :-p

You can read the full article in The Sun here