Another birthday for Andy…time flies!

We wish him a happy day with his family and friends – and all of you a wonderful New Year!



The Sun
29 November 2012

Prince Charles praised The Sun’s military awards – the Millies – yesterday as he kicked off this year’s star-studded salute to our boys and girls.
His Royal Highness hosted a tea party at Clarence House for the awards judges, who had the tough task of picking winners from a shortlist of phenomenal nominees voted for by you, our readers.

The Prince — who conceived the Millies idea — hailed the awards, now in their fifth year.

He said: “The Millies is a fantastic occasion which gives us the chance to recognise the work of our Armed Forces in all their many and varied forms and to thank them publicly for all that they do, at home and abroad.

Go here to read the full article about The Millies 2012 in The Sun

Andy McNab said: “The Millies really show what our guys are getting up to all over the world. They deserve a national pat on the back — and that is exactly what the Millies do.”


News & Star
Cumberland News
20 November 2012

‘For security reasons, photography is not permitted at this event.’

These words of warning had greeted fans of Andy McNab in Carlisle last week.

The former SAS soldier turned bestselling author was appearing at the city’s Crown and Mitre Hotel to talk about his new book and his two careers.

McNab has never knowingly been photographed, other than in shadow, since leaving the SAS.

So how did the Bravo Two Zero author ensure that none of the full house of 240 fans sneaked a crafty photo on their mobile phone?

Gwenda Matthews of Bookends bookshop helped to organise the event.

“At the start of the event, people were asked not to take photos,” she reports.

“Had anyone taken a photo, Andy’s literary agent would probably have asked them to delete it. It seems this had happened once or twice on the national tour.

“Andy did not stay behind a screen, no mask, no balaclava – just himself in the open, much to everyone’s delight.

“He said the main reason for not taking photos is to protect the informants who worked with him who are still in Northern Ireland.”

The author spoke for an hour then spent two hours signing books – and, intriguingly, a My Little Pony – and talking to fans.

Bookends were allowed to take this photo, but not a great deal is revealed.

Mr McNab might struggle to have it accepted for his passport.

Revealed: The back of his head:


Source: News & Star Cumberland News (Photo & quote from Twitter)


There have been several articles in The Sun that we had not posted yet…so here’s an update…

Andy McNab in The Sun – The nations view on the threat to press (29 November 2012)

“Censorship starts as a way to protect “national security”. Then, a few years down the line, anything that could make a minister a little uncomfortable is censored.”

Andy McNab in The Sun – About burning a poppy on Rememberance Sunday (13 November 2012)

Were cops right to nick him? “Yes” says Andy McNab “Of course he should be arrested — what he did was the ultimate disrespect.”

Andy McNab in The Sun – Defence against a burglar (10 October 2012)

..remember — if you choose to have a go, you may not win. And then what? Any weapon, from a knife to a table lamp, could be grabbed off you and used against you.
The best defence against a burglar is to stop him getting in in the first place.

http:Andy McNab in The Sun – Defending Call of Duty (7 September 2012)

“Research has proven video games are actually more sociable than people think.”

Andy McNab in The Sun – Sharing Northern Island secrets (31 July 2012)

“We would identify a weakness and work on it, getting together enough information until we could get the target in front of somebody from Special Branch or the Security Service to make the pitch”