#156 Books, Drugs & Hong Kong Triads | Chris Thrall Chats With Clare Vosper | ‘Eating Smoke’

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Don’t miss this hugely insightful chat I had with Clare Vosper from V-Force High Octane Driving Experiences about my time in Hong Kong, including becoming addicted to crystal meth and working for the 14K triads, as detailed in my memoir ‘Eating Smoke’. You can purchase a copy of my memoir(s) here: https://amzn.to/3lqbI6l

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Chris and Claire

C – So massive hello to all our friends at home, today I have the absolute delight of being joined Clare Vosper. Clare is the wife of Chris Vosper who if you haven’t seen it already, I really suggest you watch the podcast I did with Chris. Fascinating guy, amazing history from the Royal Marines to flying Apache gunships in Afghanistan. Chris and Clare now run V-Force which is lots of things and I won’t try and sum it all up now but it’s basically a Special Forces driving experience, very high Octane stuff.

C – And I want to say great on achieving your 200 mile run, definitely well done!

C – So for those that don’t know instead of spending Christmas with the family I set out to run 200 miles instead.

C – We’re in awe of you as ever.

C – Thank you. Today Clare we’re going to do something unique, because no-one has ever really asked me about my Eating Smoke memoir or my story in Hong Kong…

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Forty Nights: My Escape from Crystal Meth Hell

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#154 Suzanne Sharkey | Former Undercover Drugs Officer | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Suzanne Sharkey is a former undercover drugs officer and the co-executive director of ‘LEAP’ – the Law Enforcement Action Partnership – law enforcement personnel for drug law & social justice reform.

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Chris and Suzanne

C – So we should say thank you to Neil Wood, straight off the back who’s put us in touch.

S – Yeah sure.

C – For our friends at home, I did a podcast with Neil the other day. Neil’s worked prolifically, if that’s the right word in the undercover substance misuse area. At the end of our podcast Neil said you should speak to Suzanne, and that’s what we’re going to do. So I tuned in the other night to your launch of L.E.A.P. Scotland, feel free to correct me if I get the terminology wrong. So L.E.A.P. is the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, and my understanding is that it is a partnership of former police professionals who have recognised the UK’s drug policy is failing, am I right?

S – Yeah for sure, it’s an international organisation and it was started in the USA originally as law enforcement against prohibition, which is a nice snappy, you know, you get what it says on the tin, but because of how much drug policy is integral into everyday people’s lives even though they don’t realise it, to sort of open up working with other organisations, it’s been changed to law enforcement action partnership…

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#99 FIGHT! | MMA Warrior Legend | Dom Gibbs | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Dom’s bio: Starting my martial arts journey at the age of 6 in Judo and then going on to do 10 different martial arts. Being the Son of a Royal Artillery soldier, martial arts was a big part of my life, my hero was Bruce Lee, acting out all the moves from Enter the Dragon. As a young adult, my journey was put on hold due to work and life getting in the way, having spent around 5 years away my life was taking a very different turn, one which saw me involved in football crowds and ‘gangs’. After a few charges against me and me realising that my life was not where I wanted it to be I decided that I had to make changes and the only way I knew how was to walk into a martial arts dojo again. I needed respect and discipline back in my life. My life changed, I got promoted at work reaching senior Management status within a local authority and then leaving to set up my own businesses.

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Chris and Dominic

C – Dominic, how are you Sir?

D – I’m very well Sir, you?

C – Firing mate, yes! You’ve got to be in this current climate, you’ve got to know where you ship’s heading. Or there seems to be a lot of people who wants to steer it for you. Should we start Dom, by just saying a big thank you to Naz Hussain QC, who’s put us in touch and I think we’re going to give a shout out towards to the end for Naz’s son Sal who’s a friend of mine for his upcoming charity challenge, so thank you Naz…

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#101 30 Years In The Armed Response Unit | Sgt. Harry Tangye | Fast Pursuit | Close Protection | Podcast

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Harry Tangye is a former police sergeant on front line Policing for 30 years. In the Armed Response Team, he was an operational commander who specialised in fast pursuit driving. Harry’s Book: Firearms and Fatals: An Autobiography of 30 Years Front line Policing Exposed: https://amzn.to/34pnnv3 Harry’s media: YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6jY5azmVrWcHB3h9-17dmw LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harry-tangye-b4030783/

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Chris and Harry

C – Harry, how are you Sir?

H – Very well indeed, I’m feeling very good at the moment, thank you yes.

C – You’re looking well.

H – Thank you, likewise. Likewise, you’ve got the world on your shoulders there Chris.

C – Yeah, when we spoke earlier you summed it up, a tough paper round.

H – You’ve had to work for you living, that’s the thing. I just turned up and had fun!

C – I think it’s the fun that’s put the years on me mate. I can’t say they were all fun, but I’m not complaining.

H – No, no you’ve certainly had some experiences that are eye opening my friend, makes me feel very sheltered.

C – Wow, let’s exchange some stories then, I know I’m fascinated and I know people at home will be too…

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#104 Britain’s Most Wanted Armed Robber | Terry Ellis | Charity And Youth Worker | Chris Thrall’s Podcast

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Prolific career criminal Terry Ellis was the mastermind behind the 2007 $4 million heist at the Verizon business centre in London, Terry speaks about his crimes and shocking experiences in the prison that houses the most heinous criminals and his journey to become an outstanding charity and youth worker and a bestselling author..

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Chris and Terry

C – Terry, how are you mate?

T – I’m very well mate, happy to be here today.

C – You look really well mate.

T – Well I’ve just been out for a run and then out again taking the dog for a walk. It’s been a great weekend. Spent the weekend on the naughty bus going around London for our new knife crime campaign. Change your life, put down a knife. Went to Buckingham Palace and all the major places in London. It’s been a really great weekend, enthused us all…

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#106 Exit The Matrix And Claim Your Life | Jen McCarty | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Jen McCarty and I discuss how to resist left-brain thinking to exit the matrix and reclaim your life.

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Chris and Jen

C – Jen, how are you?

J – I’m really good thank you Chris

C – Great to have you on the show.

J – Great to be here

C – I’m hoping you can enlighten me on an area of life that could be healthy for me, I don’t know. I have a regimented and military approach to things, not in the strict sense. That’s not because I’ve been in the military, it’s exactly the way I like to live. I have a set of rules that I feel works. I feel like I experience life on a much higher level than the average Joe, which makes sense down the experiences I’ve lived. However, I feel that I have a very strong connection with the universe and what that collection has allowed me to do, is just throw off all the other rubbish, because at the end of the day I feel like I am part of this universe and unless you tell me different I’m constructed of these molecules that can’t be destroyed. I feel part of the universe first and this body, Chris Thrall second…

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Forty Nights: My Escape from Crystal Meth Hell

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#114 Britain’s Most Feared Gangster And Armed Robber | Stephen Gillen | Ambassador For Peace | London

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Stephen Gillen was a high-security category-A prisoner, a high-profile gangster involved in organized crime that ended up costing him a 17-year prison sentence. Stephen had a troubled upbringing in Ireland before moving to London and battled demons such as drug addiction. Stephen has worked relentlessly to become an enlightened individual and is now a successful author and entrepreneur who travels the world doing charity work.

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Chris and Stephen

C – Stevie, how are you brother?

S – I’m good, very good Chris yes.

C – Thank you so much for joining me on the Bought The Tee Shirt podcast mate, and my gosh, your life reads like the pages out of Goodfellas or something.

S – Well the one thing you can’t call it is boring! I believe we’ve all got a story in us, we’ve all lived a life, and it’s about overcoming things and improving as human beings.

C – Yes, exactly, we’re all starting to get there aren’t we… Well some of us are! Can we talk about your childhood, my old stomping ground. It was Belfast wasn’t it?

S – Belfast yep.

C – Yeah I recognised some of the places out of your book. Now you didn’t grow up with a religion there? You moved over as a child?

S – I was born here Chris, I was taken over there as a six month old child, I had no recollection as to going back…

 

 

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#137 Met Police Senior Dog Handler | Neil Bye | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Neil Bye is one of the Metropolitan Police’s most experienced dog handlers and puppy trainers. He has been involved in some incredibly high profile criminal cases … some ending in tragedy.

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Chris and Neil

C – Neil, how are you Sir?

N – I’m very good, very good. How are you?

C – I’m excellent mate, I really apprciate you coming to chat.

N – Do you know what, I genuinely appreciate you asking me to come on. I don’t know if my story is what people wanna hear, but we’ll give it a spin and see how it goes.

C – My approach to podcasting mate is, when am I ever gonna get a chance to approach someone like yourself, someone who knows so much about dog handling and the police, and how it all works.

N – Everybody has their own life experiences at the end of the day.

C – Well you see all these celebrities just telling the same stories on the telly.

N – I haven’t got a face for telly, I’ve got a face for radio!

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#136 British Army To COCAINE Kingpin | Rich Jones | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Rich Jones served with the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment. Upon leaving the British Army he found himself directionless and became heavily involved in organised crime. Eventually his underworld criminal cocaine network was taken down by the police and he received a 15-year prison sentence. Rich left this life behind him and is now an author and a veterans support speaker, teacher, mentor and course creator.

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Chris and Rich

C – So Rich, how are you brother?

R – I’m good Chris, thanks for getting me on.

C – Do you remember Right Said Fred (whilst slapping his bald head!)

R – Yeah I do, which one are you?

C – I don’t know they both looked identical to me. I’m too sexy for my podcast hahahaha. Brother it’s lovely to have you on, and you have the esteemed honour, as we have a new producer on the podcast. Hello Ben, if you watch this, and you were the first person that Ben said “Right get this guy on the show”…

R – Really, wow, then that’s a privilege then, absolutely…

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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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