2009
28.08

From Amazon:

Three tons of Saddam Hussein’s gold in an unguarded warehouse in Dubai…For two of Nick Stone’s closest ex-SAS comrades, it was to have been the perfect, victimless crime.

But when they’re double-crossed and the robbery goes devastatingly wrong, only Stone can identify his friends’ killer and track him down…As one harrowing piece of the complex and sinister jigsaw slots into another, Stone’s quest for vengeance becomes a journey to the heart of a chilling conspiracy, to which he and the beautiful Russian investigative journalist with whom he has become ensnared unwittingly hold the key.

Ticking like a time-bomb, brimming with terror and threat, Andy McNab’s latest Nick Stone adventure is a high-voltage story of corruption, cover-up and blistering suspense – the master thriller writer at his electrifying, unputdownable best.

2009
28.08

SAS Hero Andy McNab talks to Jon about the lack of support from the Government going out to our brave troops in Afghanistan. Flight Lieutenant and presenter John Nichol talks to Jon Gaunt about the war in Afghanistan.

Click here to listen to Gaunty talk to Andy McNab and John Nichol

2009
26.08

No, it’s not Andy McNab or even a thriller, but if you appreciate the art of the short story and would like a thoroughly enjoyable read to tide you over until “Exit Wound” is released, Philly Fiction 2 is an excellent choice. More from the publisher’s site:

Do you like to read? Do you like Philadelphia? You’ll love this book! The short stories in Philly Fiction 2, a second collection of short stories highlighting Philadelphia as a city of literary inspiration, reveal conflict and characters that are at once universal and intrinsically “Philadelphia.” Powerful, humorous, and insightful, these must-read tales (all set in Philly) by local authors invite you to experience the City of Brotherly Love as you never have before.

Check it out today–you won’t be disappointed.

2009
25.08

“The worst fear everyone in the SAS has is that they’d get binned form the unit if they said something – and they probably would.” – Bob Paxman

August 25, 2009
Pete Norman, Sky News Online

Britain’s armed forces are at risk of massive mental health problems because of their stressful work and a lack of support, an ex-SAS soldier says.

Ex-trooper Bob Paxman, 41, has broken the SAS vow of silence to reveal the risk soldiers face fighting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“The military have got a massive problem on their hands and they haven’t faced up to it yet,” Paxman said.

Paxman explained to Sky News’ Eamonn Holmes how PTSD symptoms can manifest themselves in troops.

“It can be anything from flashbacks, nightmares, depression or self-medication with drugs or alcohol,” said Paxman, who has set up a charity to help those suffering in silence.

“It’s a huge problem and we are getting a lot of telephone calls each week from the tri-services and the blue light services.”

The newly registered charity, Talking2Minds, which includes ex-SAS man Andy McNab and Falklands veteran Simon Weston among its patrons, uses cognitive, neuro-linguistic and time line therapies.

Critics claim the Ministry of Defence has not provided the support troops need, especially with increasing work loads post-9/11 with action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Over the years there have been systems developed to help guys cope with problems, so why should we let them suffer in peace when we can help them get back to a normal life?”

“I’m afraid the stiff upper lip of the British has made us sit back and not talk about what is happening – now it is time for help.”

Go here to read the Sky News article

Talking2minds is a Registered Charity 1131142 with a unique process that ‘eradicates the symptoms of PTSD’ and assists suffers regain their self worth, find their purpose in life and fulfill their potential. Many of these people are held back because of negative experiences.

“We assist people to make changes quickly and move forward in their lives. We offer help to anyone who has experienced trauma or negative experiences and are displaying…

the symptoms of PTSD, whether they have or have not been diagnosed by the medical system.

Most people are unaware of the true impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you’ve found your way to our website, there is a good chance that you, or someone you know, are one of the many thousands of people in the UK affected by Post Traumatic Stress each year.”

“You are not alone.”

Click here to go to the ‘Talking2Minds’ website 

2009
25.08

Published: 24 Aug 2009

The secret behind the new black bear insignia of the legendary B Squadron of the “Who Dares Wins” SAS regiment can be revealed today.
It dates back more than 50 years to when the unit was fighting terrorists in the Malayan jungle.

An SAS trooper, Peter Thompson, now 72, found a baby black bear after putting his hand in a suspicious hole while on patrol in 1958.

He adopted the cub, naming it Chieftain, after natives said its mother would kill it because of human scent.

When B squadron veterans, whose roll-call includes Bravo Two Zero heroes Andy McNab and Chris Ryan, were going through Squadron archives two years ago they came across an account of Chieftain’s “service”.

They decided to use the bear motif on several different kinds of Squadron memorabilia.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

2009
25.08

“I also suspect that we will see the UK drop off the number 1 spot for the most items bought online by the average consumer.

What does this mean for ecommerce? Essentially, 2 things: Those who have made the effort to translate and localise their websites are poised to see a greater increase in export sales and should look to build internationally. Those who remain monolingual are limited to English speaking markets, where competition is stiffer than Andy McNab’s clenched fist.”

Source: Web-Translations.com