Wednesday, 23 July 2008

This is...annoying

The This websites (This Is Nottingham etc) have been given a revamp and all the URLs for old stories and hence changed. This means that all the links I posted on this site from This is sites are now dead, though the stories are still out there somewhere. Can I be bothered to search for them and fix the links? Nope, didn't think so!

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Portsmouth Bylines

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Saturday, 31 May 2008

Help For Heroes walk

This story appeared in the Dispatch and the Post but sadly the Dispatch link has gone tits up:

Post link is here:

A FORMER Royal Air Force serviceman is undertaking a gruelling twelve hour walk in aid of the armed forces.

Rob Bramley (42), from Bulwell, is tackling the walk with three friends in aid of Help for Heroes, an organisation dedicated to helping those who return from conflicts wounded or injured.

The charity is trying to raise £6 million to fund a much needed swimming pool and gym complex at RAF Headley Court, near Epson, Surrey.

Patients currently have to share facilities with the public in nearby Leatherhead.

Mike served for ten years as a storeman at RAF Honington, RAF Whittering and RAF Newton, as well as spending four months in the Falklands during peacetime.

He said: “As I am ex-forces I believe that this is a really worthwhile cause and it is something that is really close to my heart.

“Thankfully I do not know anyone affected but when anyone in the armed forces dies it is particularly upsetting, especially for those they leave behind.”

“I am really looking forward to doing the walk and we hope to raise around £500.”

The event is taking place on Saturday 17th May on the running track of the Harvey Hadden Sports Complex, in Bilborough, Nottingham.

It kicks off at 8am in the morning and finishes at 8pm.

Members of HMS Sherwood will be in attendance and an information display will also be set up.

Rob is also hoping for voluntary help from a local cadet force and scouts.

Help for Heroes Appeal Chairman Bryn Parry said: “Our appeal is about the blokes, our men and women. They are just blokes but they are our blokes, they are our heroes. We want to help our heroes.”

Anyone wanting to sponsor Rob can do so by visiting:

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Tim and his marathons

The following story about my mate Tim has been used on the Birmingham Mail website:

FOR most people running one marathon would be a challenge, but ambitious Tim Carter is attempting to run three within a month.

The 23-year-old, from Edgbaston, will be attempting the Prague marathon on the 11th May and then the Edinburgh Marathon on the 25th May, in addition to the Sheffield Half Marathon which he completed in April.

"I always planned on doing a marathon this year, and I had my hopes set on London with a
contingency plan of Paris," he said.

"Unfortunately I got into neither and I was quite disheartened until a friend pointed out that there were other marathons in the world.

"I found out about Prague and Edinburgh and for reasons which in recent days I have been questioning, I decided to go for both!

"I'm a little nervous, because with distance running you need constant reassurances that you are still in shape.

"I hope that once I get going, things will be alright!"

The architect is attempting the feat of endurance in an attempt to raise £1,000 for Cancer Research.

He said: "It's something I feel quite strongly about - it has affected a couple of people who I know in my lifetime, one of whom I was quite close to.

"I have set myself a target of raising £1000, but in truth, anything I can raise I will be pleased with.

"I have been overwhelmed thus far with the generosity of those who have contributeed."

Tim has been training five or six days a week for the last three months in preparation for the challenge, covering an average of fifty miles a week.

He is aiming to break the mythical three hour mark in at least one race, which only 1.8% of marathon runners achieve.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Tim can do so by visiting

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Pick Up Newspapers

I have started writing a column which covers the latest football news for something called Pick Up Newspapers Nottinghamshire which comes out every Friday. There is already a Yorkshire version of this free paper which is mainly full of ads. I get my name in it though and hey, it's my own column.....(kinda). The Pick Up website is here Hopefully they will start uploading the Nottinghamshire issues soon.