2008
13.11

Andy McNab, the SAS veteran and author of Bravo Two Zero, will next month publish his fourteenth book, Brute Force. His first book, Bravo Two Zero was an account of the now famous eight man special forces patrol McNab commanded during the 1990-1991 Gulf War.

www.battleseen.com

This is like a military website where troops upload their own film that has normally been taken by a helmet cam or mobile phone. There’s not just ‘bang bang’ but also some very funny clips from guys sitting in the middle of the desert and bored.

www.frontlineclub.com

Frontline is a media club that uniquely combines eating, drinking and thinking. The Frontline Club after the Frontline Television News agency closed down. Frontline TV was created during the chaos and confusion of the Romanian revolution. The Club was set up by the surviving (many were killed while filming in on war zones) members of the original team of maverick cameramen. The site does a great job of ensuring that stories that fade from headlines are kept in sharp focus.

www.apolloduck.com

This is my day dreaming site. I can spend hours checking out all the luxury yachts for sale around the world. Today I noticed that there is one of my favourite (this week anyway) yacht’s for sale in the South of France. A Sunseeker 82 and a snip at £1.8 million. I hope that includes a full tank of diesel.

www.helpforheroes.org.uk

I’m a patron of this charity that is helping to care for the wounded in Britain’s current conflicts. What is H4H all about? It’s about the blokes, our men and women. It’s about a soldier who has lost both his legs, it’s about a young guy whose jaw is wired up so he has been drinking through a straw. It’s about a young guy who was handed a mobile phone as he lay on the stretcher so he could say goodbye to his wife.

www.reverso.net

The reason I spend far too much time looking at boats (that I’ll never buy) is because I have an apartment on the Italian coast and the harbour is full of Russian gin places. I have got to know a couple of the owners these past few years and they try to trip me up with Russian emails. But with reverso.net I can instantly translate them and send my reply’s in Russian and that really annoys them.

Source Telegraph.co.uk

Well… I can only add that there is a very significant link missing there 😉

2008
06.11

An interview in The Telegraph – by Sarah Ewing.

The secretive and dangerous work of the Special Air Service (SAS) has been brought to the attention of a wider public by bestselling author Andy McNab. He was the most highly decorated serving soldier in the British Army when he left in 1993. He now lives on a farm in Middlesex with his daughter and wife, Jenny.

How did your childhood influence your attitude to money?
It had a huge impact on me. I was found abandoned in a carrier bag outside Guy’s Hospital in London in 1959, and was brought up by my foster parents, who later adopted me. They were decent working-class people, but money was always very tight, because they also adopted another boy and had their own young son. In the 1970s we relied on free school dinners and clothes vouchers. Money was always a concern.

Does being well off now make you feel happier?
No, not exactly. Many people believe the cliché “Money can’t buy you happiness”. But it does, you know. You don’t have to worry about things, like my mum and dad did, and whether you’ve got enough money in the bank to cover bills. However, I don’t travel first class out of principle – I go business class. I can’t see the point of spending an extra four grand.

Does talking about personal wealth embarrass you?
No. I’ve spent a lot of time in New York and people there are the complete opposite of Brits, where there’s almost an embarrassment about doing well for yourself and having money. In the early days when my writing career took off, there was a funny reaction amongst my friends; some were p****d off, some were happy for me.

Go here to read the full interview in The Telegraph

2008
06.11

Female First (also Male First) Helen Earnshaw interviewed Andy who’s ‘on tour’ promoting the release of the ‘Tour of Duty’ DVD.

Andy McNab is a British soldier, serving in the infantry as a Royal Green Jacket, joining the infantry at the age of sixteen and serving in Northern Ireland before being selected for the SAS.

In the SAS he served in the Middle East as well as Southern and Central America. He shot to prominence in 1993 when, after leaving the SAS, he wrote a book on the failed mission Bravo Two Zero, which told of the events that happened during the Gulf War.

Since then he has gone on to write a series of fiction and non fiction novels and has, more recently, been behind the documentary Tour of Duty which looked at the soldiers serving in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. I caught up with him to talk about his new project.

You are promoting your DVD Tour of Duty can you tell me a bit about it?

“For the past three or four years all the stories that are coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan it’s always someone else telling the stories, so the idea is to get the guys that were involved in these things to talk about it themselves. Instead of me sitting there all day gobbing off about it, lets get these lads in as they know the story well, they are articulate and actually what happens is you get all the emotion and you can identify with them.”

Read the full interview here (2 pages!)

2007
10.10

Andy McNab from official websiteAndy about hiding his identity:

“I do it because I want to look after my family. I have been offered ridiculous amounts of money to act and front television shows, but what’s the good of that if the only way my family gets to see me is in re-runs on TV?”