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 on: Today at 11:46 AM 
Started by ProdigyEng - Last post by Milly87
Regardless of what's happened, I'll be sad to see him go if he quits The Times, already think it's a shame he's left twitter as he was my go to source for Andy related news. *sigh*

 on: Today at 11:41 AM 
Started by Mark - Last post by Milly87
As a fellow tee totaler that particular drink happens to be  a favourite.

 on: Today at 11:37 AM 
Started by angiebabez - Last post by Connor
Well said Caz your absolutely correct.

And Connor fyi my hubby was chauffeur to Alex Salmond yesterday and he was absolutely delighted.  Smile

Really? That makes a change, I don't see him wafting a Scottish flag around anymore. Wink

 on: Today at 11:34 AM 
Started by angiebabez - Last post by angiebabez
No way Connor! England won 17 medals yesterday....6 of them gold and Scotland won 10 medals....of which 4 are gold, so if you look at the number of people who live in Scotland in comparison to England, I'd say Alex Salmond will be rubbing his hands together with glee.....and rightly so!

Well said Caz your absolutely correct.

And Connor fyi my hubby was chauffeur to Alex Salmond yesterday and he was absolutely delighted.  Smile

 on: Today at 11:25 AM 
Started by ProdigyEng - Last post by *Sparkle*
The thing is, no one could write a full year book without using other peoples work, but the idea is to reference it.

That's my first reaction.   Why was it described as being written by him, rather than just collated and edited by him?  I'll admit, I didn't think he actually wrote it all anyway.  However, I would expect that the main contributors would be properly acknowledged, and paid.

I agree that you do have to be a writer to get fully worked up about it, and I understand their anger.  However, there are much worse things going on in the world, and it's no worse than the sort of thing that happens in every work place, where there's always someone who takes credit for the ideas of others, or uses "I" when they should say"we".   Clearly, Harman is in the public eye, so that makes it a bit more interesting, and means everyone has an opinion.  Nevertheless, it doesn't make it any more important than the disputes at my office.

I respect the right of other writers, especially tennis writers, to be annoyed, but I have found the expectation that we should all be outraged a little bit indulgent.  

I've no idea what is in Harman's future, but he's a sports writer, not a political writer or war reporter.  He's not a nurse, a scientist or a fire-fighter.  I've enjoyed his work, but it's not actually important.   Compared with many writers, he's generally kind and generous to his subjects.  I see worse behaviour (IMO) from 'journalists' on a daily basis.  My reaction is proportional to all of that.

 on: Today at 10:21 AM 
Started by ProdigyEng - Last post by jillypops
I am sorry Grabcopy, but I find it incomprehensible  and very sad that you resort to abusing a person on Twitter, when you don't even know them as a person.
Isn't there enough atrocities going on in the world at the moment for you to vent your anger. 

 on: Today at 10:04 AM 
Started by Mark - Last post by Connor
How dare he say Sherlock over Doctor Who.

 on: Today at 10:00 AM 
Started by Mark - Last post by xxdanixx
Transcript of the Q&A, thanks to iloveandymurray!

Jen Walsh: What are you drinking?
Andy Murray: lemon sanpellegrino

Stuart Milligan: How gutted are you tennis isn’t in the Commonwealth Games? #askandy
Andy Murray: yea bit strange as it was in the last games in india and was a good success

Kerry Leigh Moore: How are Amelie’s football skills? #AskAndy
Andy Murray: not bad! she was on the winning team and thats what counts…

Simon Hughes: Will you get into media when you retire or would coaching appeal?
Andy Murray: prefer coaching to media

Mike O’Connor: Will Hibs bounce back to the SPL this year?
Andy Murray think its going to be very tough.. hope so

Tracey Mccabe: Are you going to stick with you’re current coaching staff or maybe time for a change? X
Andy Murray: probably not because i hate all of them

Gerard Lavery: What would you rather fight:
A) 100 duck sized horses
B) one horse sized duck
Andy Murray: one horse sized duck

Clare Dickson: Does your mum have to pay at Cromlix?  Very Happy she tweets her food/drink…….a lot, don’t let her take advantage, ha ha. It all looks great, you must be very proud of the place.
Andy Murray: i certainly hope shes paying the amount she eats/drinks there!

Kyaw Khine: What are your thoughts on US Open Mens’ Final being played on Monday? I hope to see you on Sept 8, 2014 in Ashe Stadium, holding Trophy.
Andy Murray: would be better for the players if it was sunday

Alison Milton: Hi andy are you still working with aimlee? Xx
Andy Murray who is that?

Kristoffer E.J. Sinigayan: name one thing that is a MUST to keep in your tennis bag before a tennis match?
Andy Murray: tennis rackets

Sarah Miller: Border terriers are the best aren’t they? I have two . Buddy and Missy. They get into lots of trouble together…
Andy Murray: yes… but the girl is a bit of a menace on walks

Iain Anderson: Is it feasible to have women’s grand slam matches best of 5 in the future?
Andy Murray: second week i think it should happen for sure

shfar Chowdhury: Favourite singer?
Andy Murray: ed sheeran by far

Sophie Moore: Have you watched Breaking Bad yet?
Andy Murray: no but heard its great

Brian Young In a post match interview haver you ever been tempted to tell the press to just piss off
Andy Murray: not really… more tempted to tell them to relax

Julieann Jefford: What’s your favourite trashy food delight?
Andy Murray: ice cream with melted chocolate

Flavius Patrascanu: How much do you bench?
Andy Murray: i dont ‘bench’

Richard Harris: Andy which boxing fight do you wise would get made in the near future also fancy a doubles match with me and my brother?
Andy Murray: mayweather vs pacquaio

Lindsay Taylor: Do you ever have a break from your strict exercise & diet regime? Fir example hit the beer garden followed by a curry on the way home?!
Andy Murray: i have been known to pop into the beer garden from time to time

Steff Inglis: Why were you not at the opening ceremony??
Andy Murray: because im in miami training

Mircea Suba: How many times do u eat a day?
Andy Murray: 6

William Griffiths: On a scale of 1 to 10 whats your favourite number of the alphabet
Andy Murray: hahahahaah… Neutral

Jayne Perry: What do you do in your spare time to relax??
Andy Murray: do facebook q and a’s

Robbie Johnson: Do u hope to win another slam
Andy Murray: no

Eduardo Coz McIntosh Have you ever been to Peru? #askandy
Andy Murray: yes.. i was in Lima when i was 15

James Pritchard: The uncontainable excitement in his face.
Andy Murray: hahaha!

Kinga Rzepecka: can you shave?
Andy Murray: yes i can shave.. ive done it a few times in my life

Jamie Powell: Did Man U choose the right man this time?
Andy Murray: time will tell… seems like a good choice

Sajid A Hadul: andy your weight ?????
Andy Murray: 182lbs this morning sajid

Gemma Harverson Sherlock or Doctor Who?
Andy Murray: sherlock

Collin Munashe Dhliwayo: Do your knw a country called Zimbabwe ??? And would you mind visiting it??
Andy Murray: yes i know a country called zimbabwe i have reasonable geography knowledge

Angus Fitzcochrane: Any chance u can pick ur dirty washing up and drinks from behind the sofa Andy ur mum won’t be happy x
Andy Murray: thats a very good point sorry.. i didnt realise they were in the picture.. whoever took it is a muppett

Deborah Delarue: Did you ever beat rafa nadal on playstation? #askandy
Andy Murray: always

Sarah Bradbury: Facial hair or clean shaven?
Andy Murray: what does it look like !?

Elaine Smedley: Make my day and give me something to tell the office girls tomorrow  i happen to on and on about you. My question is..’what is ur no.1 song of all time?’xx and please ensure ur reply has a ‘x’
Andy Murray: number 1 song is a tough question! Let it be by the beatles is up there

Jamie Dickson: Why are you such a stuck up english loving tadger?
Andy Murray: your adorable.. try to relax when you get a chance

Tyron Wain: #askandy Xbox or PS4?
Andy Murray: ps4 100 percent!

Allen Bell: Do you ever listen to Ska music? If so, what bands do you like?
Andy Murray: i have never heard of it

Himanshi Borah Bungee jumping or deep sea diving? #askandy
Andy Murray: deep sea diving

That’s it for today everyone. Thanks for all your questions, sorry I couldn’t answer them all! #AskAndy

 on: Today at 09:41 AM 
Started by ProdigyEng - Last post by Grabcopy
Harman appears to have deleted his Twitter account.

Good move. He was getting loads of abuse, much of it from me, someone who spends ten hours a day thinking up original copy.

 on: Today at 09:40 AM 
Started by ProdigyEng - Last post by Grabcopy
An article by the media  correspondent from the Guardian is at http://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2014/jul/24/thetimes-plagiarism.  No mention of the fact that the paper's  own Kevin Mitchell is one of the victims.

By the way Grabcopy,  Neil Harman went to Westcliff High school, a state grammar school, not a public school.

He always described himself as an Old Westcliffian, which sounds suitably public. This is good. I can describe myself as an Old Sladian and get a job on The Times.

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