Friday, January 29, 2010

To: Nick Catt

[This post as been relocated to this back-up blog after a complaint was made to my provider. Details here.]

Well, the unpleasantness continues, and Alex Malloy is hiding behind his company firewall. If you could take a moment to read the detail and send a quick email to Nick Catt (if you see fit), then I'd greatly appreciate the time and effort. Cheers.



To:
Nick Catt
Managing Director, Redwire Design

Dear Nick,

Apologies for the open letter, but an all-too-familiar game is unfolding and your company Director Alex Malloy appears to have blacklisted my email address(es) in response to my query about the apparent (but still-unconfirmed) spam-blocking of these same addresses by one of your clients.

I use the word 'client' loosely given that the relevant account involves Jon Chappell, Alex Malloy's mate and partner in Kooba Radio. I'm guessing the whole arrangement involving your hosting of their website, email and what have you is more congenial than it is formal, but there is no question of you hosting it and being ultimately responsible for how your servers are used and for the conduct of your Director in their management and for any relevant communication from your staff about that.

Moving in the local band/club circles as you do, you must be aware of a band by the name of The Fighting Cocks. If you don't know who these people are, your Director Alex Malloy certainly does; he's played host to them on his Kooba Radio 'station' many times, and they appear repeatedly on his website (that you host). Core members of The Fighting Cocks (alongside hangers-on like Jon Chappell) also go by the name of the 'Cheerleaders', and in a lonnng campaign of harassment from behind these names and a series of sock-puppets and pseudonyms they have repeatedly published my ex-directory home address in an effort to intimidate me into silence. This all has to do with a conman of their acquaintance by the name of Dominic Wightman (NOT a name I expect you to know; this is just for background).

I can show you evidence of the involvement of the relevant Kooba Radio YouTube account in the active promotion of an account used (only) to broadcast my home address if you have any doubts about this, or if Malloy is denying any of it in your communication(s) with him. When we last communicated, he denied knowing about any of it, but the evidence suggests otherwise (personally, I suspect he's lying and obfuscating to protect himself and his mates, if you'll allow me to be frank with you) and it's still no excuse for his conduct in response to fair and pertinent questions.

Malloy knows who the main account holder for 'KoobaTV' is, but refuses to discuss the matter in any way. You may choose to back away into a legally-secure (if morally dubious) position that this aspect of our (ahem) disagreement is none of your business, but he is also refusing to be clear about the nature of an apparent spam-block on an email account that you host, and the stench of bad faith is coming from Redwire's corner as a result.

Oh, and now I'm receiving further threats made on behalf of these friends of the Cheerleaders who claim not to know anything about those same Cheerleaders. Here's the latest, received just this morning:


from Princess Calamity [princesscalamity@googlemail.com]
to Tim Ireland
date Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 12:02 AM
subject Re: Publication of your email address

Matyi is about to put a Gypsy curse on you and your entire family, at dawn tomorrow- and it'll be a bad one :(
... you can avoid this curse, by never contacting or writing about us or anyone to do with us again. I'm sure your wife wouldn't be too happy about your obsessions leading to her and you and yours getting lumbered with something that will follow your bloodline down the generations, now would it?
So.. your choice Mr Stalker.
:D
x
Priya


[FYI:' Matyi' = 'Charlie Flowers']

Now, if it were taken in isolation some people might expect all those concerned to laugh this one off, but I'm detecting an implied threat against my family there, and I'd be interested to know what you think, especially as these and other threats are now being made on behalf of one of your 'clients', a Director of your company and now, apparently, the company itself:


from The Fighting Cocks UK [fightingcocks@live.co.uk]
to Tim Ireland
date Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 12:45 AM
subject and you are now, officially, in the shit.

I TOLD you not to contact these people. But your mental condition meant you had to, didn't it? OK you are now officially in the crap, P-Group has found your web host, and they have been notified.
You have a choice:
1. Walk away and look away, and NEVER contact anyone involved with us again.
2. Keep it up, and reap the whirlwind.

3. This means and includes: anyone at Kooba or Redwire.

Matyi
TFC Cheerleaders


[I fail to see what possible case these people can hope to present to my web host, unless they're following up on Malloy's claims of 'threats and defamation' that he is curiously unable to identify when challenged.]

As you can see, by attempting to contact you I risk 'reaping the whirlwind', and I apologise in advance for my next act, which is designed to ensure that this attempt will not have been in vain:


Hi folks. Without being rude about it, please forward a copy of this message (and/or a link to this post) to Nick Catt at nick@redwiredesign.com

If you think I'm being too long-winded (as usual), then do feel free to aid comprehension with your own summary, but please try to remain professional about it, as Nick Catt is a Managing Director and therefore likely to be a Serious Person, unwilling to stand for any swears or abuse.

(I'll scrub this message when he responds. For as long as it remains live, the request stands. Cheers all.)



These people can only continue to attack me for as long as they remain anonymous, and these people will continue to attack me for as long as the man who is directing the attacks enjoys plausible deniability.

Your man Malloy appears determined to be a strong link in a long chain of ratbags. I'm hoping that you will recognise the value of being at least a little bit more professional about it, even if you're going to deny all knowledge yourself and pretend that you've merely been away from your desk for a 67-hour moment.

Cheers

Tim Ireland


OK, so now we see what kind of person Nick Catt is, I guess.

8 comments:

NostrilSoup said...

Hmm... I'm not saying the info contained in the email isn't worthwhile, but what exactly are you asking him to do? (or asking us to ask him to do?)

Tim said...

All he has to do at this stage is acknowledge that he's aware of this letter.

If he then has no answer to it, well, the rest speaks for itself and he's really not worth engaging with if he's going to be like that. But he can't be walking off pretending not to know about any of it, implying that he's got no case to answer while ignoring offers of evidence. It's not on, especially when he allows it to fuel the very same harassment campaign his colleagues deny involvement in.

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

I have just sent a very polite email to Nick, hoping he will see some kind of sense, I mean, surely they will not keep escalating this?

Keep me posted and all the best to you tim!

scotch said...

Sheesh. The email I sent has just bounced back to me.

scotch said...

Oops. Just spotted typo in the address I sent to. Sorry. Resent to correct address.

Tim said...

Phew.

Do let me know, people, the moment you get any hint of static or grief over this.

Carl said...

When I did the live music column at the Southend and Basildon Echo, I was sent a demo by The Fighting Cocks.

It was shite, even by comparison to much of the stuff I was sent on a daily basis. Truly the most god-awful crap I'd heard in years. So bad was it that in spite of the fact that I had to fill an entire page with gig previews and reviews of music, I put it in the "listen to again later in case it grows on you". It never did. It was so bad the CD didn't even make it as a coaster or a frisbee.

The only gypsy folk you need to be concerned about in South Essex are from Basildon, some of whom know where to bury the bodies, how to hide shotguns and how to use homeless people as slave labour.

As for his threat about the regular fight at Canvey Island, I have news for him. He's full of shite. Canvey was once part of my reporting patch and the only fights around there were to do with Kings club. I still have contacts on Canvey so can touch base with them at ease.

Gypsy, my arse! You wouldn't know true Romany Charlie if they sold you lucky heather. Freddie Eastwood's football boot has got more Gypsy in it than you have.

Gypsy curse? Where the fuck do these planks get off with that bollocks.

Carl Eve

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Carl, I like the cut of your jib sir!