Rev's Ramblings – Taking The Biscuit At Bala

Although he’s back from his vacation with Helen now, it was great to have Brian Jones tuning in to TNS Radio a couple of weeks ago from his Caribbean adventure. He even sent a photo from the hotel where he listened on his iPad. Isn’t modern technology great?

You can listen to TNS Radio anywhere in the world
You can listen to TNS Radio anywhere in the world

Talking of technology, as TNS’ official photographer Brian has some incredible equipment. It’s also very heavy as well, he must be a secret visitor to The Venue’s gym to lug all that around. Ultimately though it’s about the man behind the lens, and just a casual glance at TNS photographs will confirm that indeed, Brian is the man.

If you’ve seen the Bala Town action photographs then you’ll realise he’s now back on track. As you can see from the shot below, the photographer becomes the photographed. That was me on my iPad by the way, just basic but ok. I spotted him just before we went on air with TNS Radio, so I got snapping.

Bran Jones at Bala
Bran Jones at Bala

And talking of the radio show (this week’s Rev’s Ramblings is flowing nicely from one topic to another) it was another good one. Certainly based on feedback anyway, which is always good to receive. It was just Sam Thomas and me but we were ‘joined’ via Twitter by participating guests from Canada, South Africa, USA and of course the UK.

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TNS Radio really has come on in leaps and bounds since the early days. If I listen to one of the first broadcasts it reminds me of watching the initial episodes of Columbo, Keeping Up Appearances or some other long-running series. It took time before the actors grew into their characters.

I think that’s where we are now with TNS Radio. It doesn’t mean to say that we have ‘made it’ or anything like that, far from it in fact. There’s always room for improvement and both Sam and I are constantly looking at ways to take it forward, me from the front-line and Sam from the technical side of things. It’s a good partnership.

We already have a number of popular features, one of them being the TNS Radio cake. Baked by my wife, Debby, it’s become an integral part of the show – and beyond. It’s a firm favourite with the players but always post-match of course! Variety is the spice of life, so they say, and at Bala we had shortbread biscuits. Hence the title of this week’s column.

Greg Draper taking the biscuit at Bala
Greg Draper taking the biscuit at Bala

In the time I’ve been with The New Saints, I love the relationships that have developed with people from other clubs. It’s always good when we play Bala Town to catch up with Hannah Jones, the Maes Tegid press officer. Prior to the game I interview her for a TNS podcast, so look out for that next week.

Interviewing Hannah Jones at Maes Tegid
Interviewing Hannah Jones at Maes Tegid

In the two seasons I’ve been with the club I’ve seen defeat just four times – one Champions League fixture, once at Airbus and now twice at Connah’s Quay. Not bad really is it! That’s why the defeat last weekend in Flintshire needs to be taken into perspective. Like life, it’s always about the big picture, not just the splodge at the moment.

Its always great to get tweets during the time TNS Radio is on air and as you will have noticed, from last week I’ve started to embed a few in the column. Message us during the game and make sure you use the hashtag #TNSRadio. The above was received from Canada last week. Thank you, Paolo, the cheque is in the post. Or should that be check, eh?

Finally, well done to Brandon Arthur who not only supports one of his old teams, Port Talbot Town, but also #BeatTheBelle this week with a 2-1 prediction for the Nomads game. Poor old Cortez, he’s still waiting to get one right. Well, this coming Saturday he’s gone for TNS to beat Newtown 5-0. What do you think? Give us your prediction for TNS Radio. Have a good week!

Contact: stewart.bloor@tnsfc.co.uk