2011
26.03

Genre for Japan:
A science fiction, fantasy and horror auction in aid of the Red Cross Japanese Tsunami Appeal.

In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Japan on March 11th, the world looked on in horror. We all saw the footage of the destruction caused by the initial earthquake and its aftershocks, and we were appalled by the sheer force of the tsunami it triggered–not to mention the threat posed by damage to Japan’s nuclear power stations, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis which has developed in the country.

We all felt so small and so far away – but were united in our desire to help.

Genre for Japan was set up by members of the speculative fiction community with one goal: to do what we can, however small.

From 28th March 2011, we will be auctioning special, rare and unique items donated by people who love genre just as much as you do: trust us – you don’t just want these things. You need them. You do. What are they? You’ll just have to wait and see…

All proceeds from the auctions will go to the Japan Tsunami Appeal run by the British Red Cross.

Item 18: signed Transworld collection

The highest bidder will receive a fantastic bundle of Transworld books, all signed by the authors.

We know they’re non-genre, but everyone needs a break sometimes – and we can’t think of any better way of spending one. Whether it’s for you, or the person in your life who just doesn’t *get* genre… bid away!

Minimum Bid: £40.00

All signed by the authors:

RECOIL by Andy McNab

CROSSFIRE by Andy McNab

SACRIFICE by S.J. Bolton

WEDDING BABYLON by Imogen Edwards-Jones

AN UTTERLY IMPARTIAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN by John O’Farrell

– donated by Transworld

thanks Angel for sending this!

2011
24.03

ForceSelect, the UK’s leading ex-military recruitment consultancy, is celebrating its first birthday this week while Brigadier Richard Dennis OBE, the British Army’s Director of Infantry, has joined the board of the organisation.

ForceSelect are holding an Army Briefing to Business Day at Brigadier Dennis’s base, the HQ Infantry Land Warfare Centre in Warminster, Wiltshire, with companies such as First Group, UPS, Red Lion Foods and Deloitte who will learn about the value military service leavers can bring to their businesses.

The guests will also get a chance to get a feel for the Infantry’s current weapons and vehicles and have tea in the Officers’ Mess.

Brigadier Dennis is also hosting an Afghanistan Training Experience where four teams will take part in competitions including shooting, Counter-IED clearance and night time infiltration exercises. ForceSelect Director Andy McNab will be leading one of the other teams.

The participating teams successfully bid to take part at the ForceSelect Foundation’s annual fundraising dinner at the Chiswell Street Brewery in December, which raised substantial funds for smaller military service charities in the UK.

Go here to read the full article

2011
14.03

Two new interviews about Force Select – on BFBS Radio and on Garrison FM.

Go to the Force Select News page to listen

2011
07.03

Driffield Times – by Pam Norfolk
Published on Thursday 3 March 2011 08:00

“If you’re an adventurous teenager, what’s the next best thing to being a highly-trained, covert operative taking part in top-secret and death-defying special missions?

Reading an Andy McNab book.

It’s only on the pages of the former SAS man’s heart-pounding, all-action thrillers that we can truly begin to understand what is involved in being a real-life combatant, and now he brings all the suspense and excitement of his adult novels to the teen fiction market.

Terminal Velocity is the second book in his cracking DropZone series which features the rough, tough Raiders, a group of teenagers who front as an elite skydiving team but are actually undercover spies working for Britain’s intelligence services.

Under the guidance of their ice-cool leader Sam, an ex-SAS explosives expert who has seen service in active war zones, the team is developing into a pretty impressive unit.

One of the golden boys of the group is 17-year-old Ethan Blake whom we first encounter in the midst of a terrifying life-and-death situation during a skydiving training jump.

His canopy is in a nightmare tangle and if he doesn’t do something quickly, he’ll touch 120-135mph terminal velocity and hit the ground never to rise again.

If not routine, it’s all in a day’s work for the youngster who loves Danger with a capital D.

What Ethan hasn’t reckoned on is being picked to go undercover on what will be his most perilous mission yet – infiltrating a bunch of ruthless and brutal criminals.

For some time now, homeless teenage boys have been disappearing from the streets; no one looked for them until one turned up battered, beaten and fighting for his life.

He died in hospital but not before revealing that he had been kidnapped and then forced to take part in illegal, high-stakes cage fighting.

MI5 believe that the man behind the highly organised operation is an arms dealer known as ‘Mr X’ who has been on their wanted list for years.

They need to find a way into the cage-fighting syndicate, not just to expose Mr X but also the criminals and terrorists he deals with.

There’s only one way in and that’s to use a teenager who is cool-headed, fearless and trained in hand-to-hand combat… so when top dog Johnny gets injured, that leaves only Ethan to fill the breach.

His life just got seriously scary.

McNab’s brilliant DropZone books pack a real punch for adrenaline junkie kids…well written and plotted, full of thrills and spills and accompanied by a glossary that reads like an army skydiving training manual.

A new ‘high’ in teen fiction.”

Source: Driffield Times website

2011
07.03

The BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair is the UK’s premier, national art and antiques Fair.

BADA Fair Events:

Wednesday 23 March 2011
11.00 – 21.00 – Opening Day

Thursday 24 March 2011
11.00 – Event A. ‘The Schroder Collection: A Family Affair’. A talk by Deborah Lambert, Curator of the Schroder Collection

20.00 – 23.00 – Charity Gala Dinner in aid of Crimestoppers
BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair: We can now announce the guest speaker at the BADA Charity Gala dinner, March 24th, will be SAS hero and best-selling author Andy McNab!
Source: BADA Facebook page

An exclusive black tie charity gala dinner is being held in Chelsea on March 24 to raise money for Crimestoppers.

The fundraiser will be at the British Antique Dealers’ Association Fair in Duke of York Square, and will feature a talk by SAS hero and best-selling author Andy McNab.
It starts at 6pm, and there will also be the chance for guests to view and buy fine art and antiques while enjoying a glass of champagne.

At 8pm, a three course dinner will be served, followed by an auction of exclusive items.
Tickets for the dinner cost £2,000 for a table of 10 or £225 each.

To buy a ticket or request a formal invitation, contact Jessica Truman on 020 8835 3700 or email jessica.truman@crimestoppersuk.org.

Source: Kensington & Chelsea Chronicle

Friday 25 March 2011
11.00 – Event B. ‘Designed for Modern Living. The 21st Century Country House’. A talk by Dr John Goodall, Architectural Editor at Country Life

Monday 28 March 2011
11.00 – Event C. ‘The Ashcroft Medal Collection: One Man’s Passion for Bravery’. A talk by Michael Naxton, Curator of the Ashcroft Collection of Gallantry Awards

Tuesday 29 March 2011
11.00 – 18.00 – Final Day

Thanks for alerting us Angel!

2011
07.03

Mar 2 2011
by Tom Duffy, Midweek Visiter

SAS hero and best selling author Andy McNab was the guest of honour at Formby Rotary Club’s fund raiser for wounded war heroes.

The Gulf War veteran turned author entertained a 200-strong audience with the story of his life, helping the Rotary Club raise £1,202 for Help for Heroes.

The glittering event, billed as an “Evening with Andy McNab”, took place in a marquee within the grounds of the Tree Tops Hotel on the evening of January 27.

Jeff Howard, Vice President of the Formby Rotary said: “It was a great evening and I would like to thank all those who supported the event and helped us to raise such a large sum of money for a very worthy cause.

“Thanks also to Tony Higginson of Pritchards Bookshop, who also helped us organise the event.”

Southpark Visiter website Thanks Angel for sending this