A lost lamb from Cardiff in London.
World Football and Rugby Columnist, as well as a member of B/R's Breaking News Team.
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Hey Tom. Please post more world cup articles and predictions. Really liked them.
Sure thing, Tom. I'm glad I could help out.
No problem, Tom.
You need to do a little more research and gather better information prior to writing your rugby previews (see USA v Scotland rugby preview). First off, you say two key players to watch for Scotland are Mark Bennett and Kelly Brown. Not only are neither of these players on the starting roster, they are NOT on the roster at all and won't be dressed for the match. Additionally, you list that there is no television or streaming coverage in the U.S. Again, completely wrong. Universal Sports (available on DirecTV, DISH, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, et al) will carry the match live and the stream is available on UniversalSports.com to authenticated customers.
Hey Tom, are you aware of the ongoing social media campaign currently being waged by a section of the UK's Armed Forces veteran community against your colleague, Stan Collymore.
I do not know if you are aware, but a week ago (on the 25th May) Collymore posted a series of offensive tweets one of which was about the Falkland Islands (I can supply a screen grab of this but it is all over the internet so a simple google will find it). Given that this was posted on the anniversary of the sinking of the ships HMS Coventry and Atlantic Conveyor with the loss of 31 brave men during the 1982 South Atlantic conflict, military veterans across the UK were amongst many who were outraged. As a result, a sizeable number, including the Falkland Islands government and one of the Islands major radio stations, began to give voice to their offence via social media.
However, rather than simply apologise for the offence he had caused, Mr. Collymore simply deleted the tweet and claimed that we, as a group, were in the wrong because we had taken it out of context. From that point on, things snow balled. I will not go into it all now as I could go on forever but I will give you a few bullet point to let you know where things are at the moment:
Calls for Collymore to be removed from air by his employer, Talksprt have resulted in a simple ‘we do not comment on individuals twitter accounts’ from the chief exec, Scott Taunton. Odd given that they were quick to jump on this when Collymore was abused by listeners on this same account earlier this year. As a result of this, on the three occasion's Collymore has appeared on air the station was bombarded with calls, tweets and emails to such a level that it was almost forced into meltdown. This was organised via various Facebook groups with a combined membership of approaching 30,000. That membership is growing rapidly as news spreads amongst both the veteran and online community and is already attracting support from veterans groups overseas.
These same groups are currently organising a campaign to actively boycott Talksport and target every company who sponsor it to inform them that as of this coming Saturday, we will be organising a mass boycott of their services and products until such time as Talksport take action. Letters have also been sent to elected officials at all level of government and this will continue. Such is the depth of feeling, there is also talk of a veterans protest outside the Talksport headquarters in London.
To give you an additional indication of the sense and scale of feeling, the announcement that Collymore had been hired to appear as a pundit on the Match of the Day soccer show which appeared in the media last week resulted in a deluge of complaints from the veterans community and whilst we cannot claim all the credit, this has now been denied categorically in an email sent by the BBC to all those who complained. I have been told on good authority that there was a great deal of support for our stance within the BBC itself. Much of which stemmed from a feature on BBC Three Counties radio last week which featured Simon Weston and myself following which threatened, via twitter, to not only sue myself, but the presenter Roberto Perrone and even the station!
Finally, there have also been a large number of complaints made to the Police hate crime unit on account of tweets he posted regarding Northern Ireland, one of which included the phrase ‘F**k off back to Britain’ aimed directly at the loyalist community. These have already received widespread coverage in the Irish press and have also generated numerous complaints to the police via the online hate crime initiative, True Vision. Ironically, the same unit Collymore used to report abuse aimed at him earlier this year.
I can provide screengrabs of all these tweets if you wish to see them but they are all over the internet.
We as a group are digging in and the troops are rallying. This is not going away and indeed, as the anniversary of victory in the Falklands as well as the centenary of the start of World War 1 and the World Cup approach, the disregard of our growing anger and the disrespect shown to the fallen by both Collymore and Talksport is only going to strengthen determination to force action.
We would welcome your support and if you would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact me.
DA Brimson (Ex-Royal Air Force and South Atlantic veteran. Author and screenwriter best known for Green Street and the recently released, Top Dog.
Hey, Tom! Thank you for covering Reus saying that he won't be leaving Dortmund this summer! One thing about the article, though: it doesn't really seem to be advertised anywhere (e.g. in the Dortmund homepage or the Transfers page), so it doesn't seem to be getting much publicity. Perhaps you should change it to be advertised there so that more people will find it. I really appreciate you reporting on stuff about him that doesn't link him with a move away, by the way! As a Dortmund fan, the constant links to Manchester United have gotten really tiresome. Haha.
No worries, Tom. It's a very small error and quite easy to overlook. Apologies for the late response here as well—I don't seem to get alerts for my wall posts anymore. Great read, by the way!
On your top 20 Rugby shirts list you have "Exeter Chiefs Home" as your third choice. This is not Exeter's home shirt, It is their cup shirt only worn in the Heineken and LV cups and not worn in the Premiership.
Exeter's home shirt is black with white trim.
It is a mighty fine looking shirt though..
a suggested edit in your soccer teams as GOT houses--you write: "One of only two Great Houses of Westeros to ever go extinct, House Gardener don't bear much significance on the rest of their opponents and enemies these days."
three houses went extinct. house gardener, house hoare, and house durrandon (source:http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/House_Gardener)
Thanks for the feedback Tom.