#121 From Red Arrows To 747 Pilot | Squadron Leader Andy Wyatt | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Andy started his career in the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1979 and after completing flying training flew the iconic English Electric Lightning with 11(F) Squadron at Royal Air Force Binbrook in Lincolnshire. His duties included intercepting intruding Russian aircraft during the height of the Cold War. 4 years flying the Lightning was followed by a tour as a flying instructor at Royal Air Force Valley in Anglesey, flying the British Aerospace Hawk, where Andy taught student pilots and instructors in the advanced flying role. He was selected to join the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, for a 3 year tour of duty which included 2 years as a member of the elite ‘synchro’ pair. Andy was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air and on promotion to Squadron Leader. Andy joined British Airways as a Captain on the Boeing 747 ‘Jumbo Jet’, flew long haul routes around the world. He is currently the Chief Pilot for Longtail Aviation, an international cargo airline based in Bermuda. Andy has flown a vast number of aircraft and now has over 20,000 hours of flying experience.

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Chris and Andy

C – Andy, great you could join us, thank you.

A – Chris absolute pleasure, great to be here.

C – Yeah it’s great, having a podcast you get to speak to so many people you have things in common with. Out of that sharing you get great conversation. Sometimes I forget to press record on the podcast! I’ve lost all that, that’s consigned to history now. So, my gosh, we hooked up on linked in, and I’m very fortunate to meet people on linked in with such rich histories and experiences such as yours Andy. From the Red Arrows to commercial airline pilot. Anyone who grew up in my era watched a film called Airplane, it was a spoof of all the jumbo jet movies of the seventies and eighties…

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#123 UDA Commander & Loyalist Gunrunner | Frank Portinari | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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On Bank Holiday Monday, 31st May 1993. I was arrested in Birmingham by armed police officers. I was subsequently charged with possession of weapons. There was also a second charge of possession with intent to supply persons unknown, with intent to endanger the lives of persons unknown. After pleading guilty, I was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by Birmingham Crown Court. My sentence began as a Category A prisoner in HMP Winson Green. At the time of my arrest, I was the O/C (Officer Commanding) Ulster Defence Association London Brigade. On release from​ prison I engaged in many discussions regarding the structuring of the peace process. On Wednesday 18th May 2011. I was sitting in the National War Memorial Gardens in Dublin. I had been invited by Her Majesty the Queen. The transition had been made.

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Chris and Frank

C – Hi Frank, how are you mate?

F – I’m good Chris, thanks for asking. I hope you’re well also.

C – Yeah, I mean, even when I’m not I don’t tend to complain these days.

F – Good tip that in all fairness, I do try.

C – I find dwelling on stuff only makes it worse doesn’t it?

F – My wife describes me as a bit, well very complex. Which is ok when it’s positive, it’s not too good when it’s negative.

C – Mate, I think we’re all a bit complex, especially those of us who have a story to tell…

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#124 USMC Drill Instructor PASSES Royal Marines Commando Course | Sgt. Robert Gabrych | SWAT Team

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Robert was a platoon sergeant in the United States Marine Corp (USMC) who was later attached to the Royal Marines at the training centre in Lympstone and passed the elite commando course. He was an elite swimmer scout who went on to become a police officer in the SWAT team.

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Chris and Robert

C – Robert, how are you brother?

R – Chris, I’m doing good mate, how are you?

C – Nice to be called a mate by an American! Do Americans know that’s like an English and Australian thing?

R –  Yeah, we’ve seen enough Guy Ritchie movies now to understand it.

C – It’s buddy in America right?

R – Brother, brother is the big one.

C -I like brother, it’s what we all should be isn’t it. I wanna say Robert, I’ve had some of the best times ever with Americans. I’m proud to have served with them, I was in Sicily with the USMC. I learnt to fly in America and I learnt to skydive in America. It’s such a kind, and wonderful hospitable country…

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#125 Running The Americas | Jamie Ramsay | Extreme Endurance Athlete | Ultrarunning

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Jamie is an Endurance Adventure Athlete, presenter, public speaker and brand ambassador. He has completed over 32,000km of human-powered adventuring in 29 countries and 20 different adventures. He is a runner, cyclist, trekker and mountaineer.

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Chris and Jamie

C – Jamie, how are you brother?

J – I’m very well thank you, and thank you for having me on your podcast.

C –  No listen Jamie, the thanks is all mine. My life keeps throwing up little gems for me. I’m both delighted and suprised by it all, and it brought me to you. For our friends at home Jamie is the ultimate adventure warrior, in that beautiful sense that most of us want to do, but most people will probably never make time for. I’m talking all the adventures you want. The running, the cycling, the global exploration. I’ve been hearing about all these amazing one off feats of endurance, and then there’s guys like you. You haven’t stopped hitting it have you Jamie?

J – I think the big difference between the adventuring I do and other people is I don’t pursue records of any sort or anything like that. The WOW factor of breaking a record just doesn’t interest me. I’m just a guy that does what he does because I love it and I try to make a living out of it wherever I can…

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#127 SAS Captain | Mercenary | Political Prisoner | Simon Mann | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Simon Mann is a British former Special Air Service (SAS) army officer and legendary condottiere (not mercenary as often wrongly labelled). Simon trained at Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Scots Guards. On leaving the military, he co-founded the private military company, Executive Outcomes and co-founded Sandline International with fellow ex-Scots Guards Colonel Tim Spicer in 1996, operating mostly in Angola and Sierra Leone. On 7 March 2004, Mann is alleged to have led the 2004 Equatorial Guinea coup d’état attempt. He was arrested by Zimbabwean police in Harare airport, along with 64 other private contractors – branded as ‘mercenaries’. Simon served three years of a four-year prison sentence in Zimbabwe and less than two years of a 34 years and four months sentence in Equatorial Guinea. Simon is now a much-sought-after public speaker and consultant.

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C – Simon how are you Sir?

S – I’m good thanks.

C -You’re in Johannesburg aren’t you?

S – Yep, it’s lovely, normal, no lockdown, it’s lovely.

C – Yeah, wow, I was there when I took my trip to Mozambique, we obviously had to fly into South Africa. We stayed at a lodge in Joburg called Brown Sugar, do you know it?

S – No!

C – Well let me just say, one night in Johannesburg is like one night in Bangkok, just with less girls!…

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#128 Private Military Contractor To Everest | Richie Maybank | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Richie and I discuss his work as a private military security contractor in Iraq, the dangers of partying in Thailand and his summiting Mount Everest.

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Chris and Richie

C – Richie how are you brother?

R – Yeah I’m good mate how are you, thanks for having me on.

C – It’s my pleasure mate, anything about Everest, I’m all ears and I’ve got big enough ears as it is. So when you sent your email to me, it’s fascinating stuff. You spent a lot of time in Thailand I believe?

R -Yeah I was living there, between work in the Middle East and holidaying in the Himalayas.

C – I loved every single minute of being in Thailand, even when I got my nose broken by a Thai doorman.

R – Happens a lot that sort of thing.

C – It was still a great night! Little tip for you there folks, if you ever get mugged in a Thai bar by the bar staff, which they used to do. I’m not sure what it’s like in the modern tourism world there. Rather than trying to fight the bouncer, just go and speak to the tourist police, and they’ll get your money back for you.

R – And you don’t fight one, you fight ten as well.

C – Yes! …

 

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#129 COMMANDO Mindset Vs ULTRA | Gavin Boyter & Aradhna Tayal Talk Running With Royal Marine Chris Thrall

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Paris – Strasbourg – Munich – Vienna – Budapest – Bucharest – Istanbul. Armed with a toilet trowel and a converted Mazda Bongo called Roxy, ultrarunner and filmmaker Gavin Boyter embarked on a long-distance challenge to run the 3400km from Paris to Istanbul ultrarunning the route of the Orient Express. Gavin crossed 180 rivers and ascended 16,500 metres, through forests, mountains, plains and major cities – aided all the way by the ever encouraging support of driver and manager Aradhna. In this podcast they compare notes on preparation and mindset with former Royal Marines Commando and ultra runner Chris Thrall

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Chris and Gavin and Aradhna

C – Gavin, Aradhna, how are you?

G – We’re great thanks

C – It’s nice to hook up again, all be it virtually.

G – Yeah we’re some sort of spiritual crazy adventure run sort of twins or something.

A – I think the last time I saw you Chris was in Wales with a backpack on the size of you, running over the bridge with Gavin.

G – The Severn Bridge yeah …

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#130 Tough New Zealand Cop Battles Mongrel Mob | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Tough New Zealand cop battled the notorious Mongrel Mob motorcycle gang and dealt with gruesome traffic fatalities – but his biggest success came in overcoming the panic attacks that almost ruined his life.

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Chris and Shaun

C – Shaun how are you mate?

S – Great Chris, yourself?

C – I’m fantastic, my life is certainly much better since reading your book, which I recommend everybody reads. Even if you’re not somebody prone to panic or anxiety, this book really helped ground me in the understanding of the body’s flight or fight response. Which effects us all on a daily basis, several times a day, but it wasn’t until I read this I had never really focused on it Shaun. Before we talk about your book ‘Attack Panic’, how are things in New Zealand?

S – I think everyone is pretty keen to close off on 2020.

C – Yeah lets not talk about that thing that begins with C and the number as they don’t like you talking about it at all.

S – That’s all I was going to say, we need to press that reset button. We’re pretty much divorced from what’s going on in the world, you know we live in our own little bubble. Everything is still pretty cool here, the economy is moving along, we’ve just moved into the summer, so the weathers improving and spirits are high. It’s been tough like everywhere else but New Zealand is pretty resilient…

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#131 Undercover Cop Exposes UK Gang Truth | Neil Woods | Bought The T-Shirt

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One of the UK’s most notorious undercover cops exposes the truth about UK gang culture and the battle he faced in the aftermath.

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Chris and Neil

C – Hi everyone, glad you could join us for this episode with Neil Woods, as he has a fantastic story as one of the most successful undercover policeman this country has had. I’m privileged to know two former undercover police detectives, one of which has had to overcome some huge issues with trauma. I also had Peter Blexley on the show who speaks very, very highly of Neil being one of the countries leading detectives. So thank you on behalf of the podcast Neil, shall we go back to when you first joined to police force, which I’ve just been reading about.

N – Yeah if you’d like. I joined the police in 1989. The reason I did that, seeing as I didn’t have a boyhood ambition to join the police force. I wasn’t one of these people that always wanted to do it. I went to university by mistake, why I ever thought I was going to enjoy a business studies course, I’ve no idea! So I dropped out of that and considered what to do next, one of which was to backpack around Europe because a few friends had done that and it sounded adventurous. Then I saw an advert for the police in the newspaper and unable to make my mind up I flipped a coin. So I was literally flippant about my career choice. Then when I got into the police force I did feel that sense of duty, that I had to do a good job, but I was crap at it! I was no good at all, I almost lost my job several times in the first couple of years …

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#135 Tony Hayes SBS | UK Special Forces | Special Boat Service Royal Marines | Bought The T-Shirt

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Tony Hayes is a former Royal Marines Commando and member of the UK Special Forces, namely the SBS ( Special Boat Service ). He is now the founder of an innovative suspension training system, the SF1. In his teens Tony was subjected to a vicious assault when a gang stabbed him nine times and he was pronounced ‘DOA’ upon arrival at the hospital.

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Chris and Tony

C – Tony, how are you brother?

T – Good, nice to meet you Chris.

C – Yes, you as well, it’s the joys of podcasting, I get to meet some amazing people. All of whom have been just wonderful individuals. Also it’s not bad getting paid to chat is it?

T – I can think of worse things, we’ve been in worse situations haven’t we?!

C – Can you imagine they had podcasting back when we had to do guard duty! We could have knocked out loads! So, as I’ve said to you before, my fans love all things military. There’s loads we could just talk about on that alone, and as I’m rapidly learning there’s so many people that have suffered some form of trauma. I think it’s the nature of the society we’re in that seeks to frighten us all the time. It’s set up to put fear in us through the media, and we’ve got this culture that makes people feel bad about themselves through the beauty and health magazines. So I’m just figuring out that it seems everyone has suffered some form of trauma.

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