Hollywood Insider on Arrests | NESARA | Podcast #174

Hollywood insider on arrests and other news. Is NESARA & GESARA an exciting new world of gold and silver-backed currency? I have been looking into this as well as Biden & Trump issues since my podcast with Charlie Ward.

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Hollywood Insider with news about NESARA and GESARA

Is NESARA & GESARA an exciting new world of gold and silver-backed currency? I have been looking into this as well as Biden & Trump issues since my podcast with Charlie Ward. In this episode I speak with Mark Ryan, a former British intelligence corps operative and Hollywood insider.  Mark now stars as the voice of Bumblebee in the Transformers movie series.

Transcript from ‘Hollywood Insider on Arrests’ podcast

M – Trade was guaranteed by the gold standard. We then gave that up so Britain, I don’t think we’re even on the gold standard. America’s not on the gold standard, I mean you read all kinds of stories that Fort Knox is actually empty. There’s no gold reserves there at all.

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Surviving HELL The Chennai Six | Podcast #67

Surviving hell as one of The Chennai six, Nick tells his story of being arrested and imprisoned in India. Nick wasn’t just innocent of any crime, there was no crime.

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Surviving HELL The Chennai Six

Arrested and imprisoned in India as one of the ‘Chennai Six’, Nick wasn’t just innocent of any crime, there was no crime. Stationed on an anti-piracy ship to protect vessels against Somali pirates, the six were arrested and falsely charged with intruding in Indian waters and the possession of illegal weapons. Nick lost four years of his life trapped in a legal nightmare in India, thousands of miles from home and his family, spending the bulk of his time in appalling conditions at Chennai prison with extremely limited contact to the outside world. Despite this, Nick refused to buckle and now he tells his full story of endurance and survival for the very first time.

Transcript from ‘Surviving HELL The Chennai Six’ podcast

Chris and Nick

C – Nick how are you brother?

N – I’m good thank you very much.

C – You’ve been through a lot.

N – Yes, you could say that.

C – On the bright side you’ve got a book coming out.

N – I do yes and I’m trying to promote it at best as I can. Hopefully during lockdown people can potentially read and take something worth of value from the book, especially when I’m talking about isolation. People may say you were in a prison and I’m at home. For people with mental health problems they feel they are a prison in their own home. I want to shed light on what my isolation was like and the stuff I had available, people can then think well I’m not in a prison and look at the stuff they have at their disposal.

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The Dark Side Of Celebrity | James Cheadle | Podcast #145

The Dark Side Of Celebrity, features James Cheadle, who is one of the most sought-after photographers in the entertainment and sports world.

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The Dark Side Of Celebrity | James Cheadle

James Cheadle photographs the icons of our time – he’s also an incredibly nice, down-to-earth guy. Travelling to all four corners of the globe, James works for a host of UK and International clients in publishing, television, advertising and PR. He’s equally at home shooting Hollywood portraits, reportage, sports or ads.

Transcript snippet from ‘The Dark Side Of Celebrity | James Cheadle’ podcast

Chris and James

C – James are you Sir?

J – Hello, good to meet you Chris.

C – Absolutely wonderful mate, thank you so much for coming on the Bought The Tee Shirt podcast.  What can I say, I’m a little bit blown away not only by your talent but by your portfolio.

J – Oh thank you so much, you never get bored hearing nice things said about you.

C – Well I also need to thank you for getting back to me. For our friends at home, I contacted James because I was trying to get in touch with Mikey Carroll, who people will remember as the lottery millionaire. It’s stories like Mikey’s I would just love to chat to him about. As a result of that you got back to me and when I flicked to your website it was like ‘Oh my gosh, this guy is not only an outstanding photographer, you’ve also met some incredibly, I don’t like to use the word famous but yeah let’s just use it, some incredibly famous faces’.

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Milk-Blood by Adrian Simon

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Milk-Blood by Adrian Simon

Anyone who’s picked up a backpack since the 90s will have heard of the ‘Damage Done’, the story of Warren Fellows, who served twelve years for drug smuggling in Thailand’s toughest prison . Well, ‘Milk Blood’ is written by his son, Adrian Simon, and is a amazing story in itself but one that also adds the degree of balance to his father’s book; namely, filling in some important background. Adrian is a likeable narrator and it is all credit to him that he has grown up as such a well-balanced individual and has written this riveting account. It is the only full-length book I’ve read in one sitting.

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“Downhill from Here: Running from John O’ Groats to Land’s End”

Downhill from Here

An upbeat account of a ‘downhill’ challenge

This gem of a read has interest for everyone. It will appeal to those who have made a five-kilometre jog the limit of their running experience as well as those aspiring to run distance – particularly the length of the country itself. Those who enjoy living their adventures vicariously from the comfort of an armchair and who may have never given the sport a second thought will also appreciated its page-turning grip.

A rich vein of wonderful and quirkily descriptive English flows from Gavin’s Scottish pen like a seasoned wordsmith. He places you so firmly into his running shoes that as someone in preparation to complete the challenge myself I was actually a little disappointed – because thanks to Gavin’s exciting, detailed and inclusive narrative I feel like I’ve run it already and have to do it all again! In truth, alongside Gavin’s clever observations, ever-present sense of humour and self-deprecating wit, there’s a wealth of winning detail, from planning and navigating the route, to booking accommodation, liaising with support vehicles, which kit to take and what to fuel your body with.

‘Downhill from Here’ is not pitched to the wannabe-macho somewhat naïve audience that lap up over-hyped nonsense. You won’t see our ‘hero’ surmount impossible odds or breakthrough a superhuman-pain threshold and the barriers of endurance while achieving a cheering mass of mere mortal followers struggling to keep up with his momentous pace in the Rocky Balboa-style. Gavin not only tells you of his personal history, shortcomings and motivation but also – and quite often! – how not to go about running from John O’ Groats to Land’s End. Candidly, he retells how he loses his way on many occasions, which has you shivering on top of a Pennine Peak clad in a pair of shorts with him or up to your neck, camera equipment held aloft, attempting to ford a bitterly cold river. You can expect the police and the goodwill of strangers, hikers, pub landlords and farmers to help our protagonist on his way on more than one occasion.

And how delighted was I to find that after running with Gavin for less than half a day (when his 1117-mile route passed twenty miles from my home) and being treated to a meal for my efforts, he went on to include a couple of pages about my own life story along with a photo which makes for a great souvenir. Gavin is honest and generous, an accomplished writer (and filmmaker) and a credit to the long-distance or ‘ultra’ running community. This book makes for a seminal text with respect to ‘running’ that most British of British endeavours, the JOGTLE.

Chris Thrall is an adventurer and author of the memoir “Eating Smoke: One Man’s Descent into Crystal Meth Psychosis in Hong Kong’s Triad Heartland”

A Review of ‘My Secret Life: A Memoir of Bulimia’ by Leanne Waters

“But let’s not get ahead of ourselves now …”

– a review of My Secret Life: A Memoir of Bulimia by Leanne Waters

I found this book to be exceptional, for so many reasons it’s hard to articulate in this short piece.

Leanne’s writing style is up there with the best, descriptive, articulate and richly metaphorical; the recall of her experience so detailed – as only the memory of someone who has been through extreme trauma can be.

Leanne takes you through the phases of bulimia, from the socio-psychological foundations of this condition – for example, the bullying at school – to the ‘fasting’, ‘binging’, ‘purging’ and ‘recovery’ that then plays out – each stage intricately narrated for the readers understanding and at the respective pace.

You find yourself so in-tune with Leanne’s story and so fond of her personality that you wonder how in our society this self-denunciation could be allowed to happen, or to go unseen – particularly brought home as Leanne details hiding her bulimia from all those around her

My favourite line is the book is “But let’s not get ahead of ourselves now” and the most touching part for me is when her friends stand fast to support her recovery.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is invented. The Girl with the Eating Disorder is real life. Take your pick … I know which book added more to my life …

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A review of Wordjazz for Stevie by Jonathan Chamberlain

“…life worth living…”

Wordjazz for Stevie is Jonathan Chamberlain’s deep and moving tribute to his late eight-year-old daughter, a candid and beautifully written soliloquy born out of the pain of loss but conveying hope, love, happiness and insight.

Stevie arrives in the world when expat Jonathan and his Chinese wife are living on a quiet island off Hong Kong. Although shocked to learn Stevie has Down syndrome, Jonathan and Bern immediately accept the additional challenges this presents, challenges that increase significantly when an operation to close a hole in Stevie’s heart goes horribly wrong, starving her of oxygen and resulting in severe disability. Towards the end of Stevie’s short-but-delight-giving years, little does Jonathan know her failing health is not the only major life-changing event on the horizon.

Wordjazz for Stevie is a remarkable testament to the human spirit, friendship and integrity. Penned with fondness and gratitude, it will appeal to anyone who has faced hardship or prejudice, love and loss, or can relate to bureaucracy and social/cultural difference whether at home or abroad. But putting the textbooks aside, it’s simply a touching and enlightening story that should inspire all who read it.

And if you’re wondering why I choose this title for my review, I opened the book at random and this is what I saw.

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The Alphabet of Vietnam by Jonathan Chamberlain

When men come back from war they bring the war back with them …

Having read two of Jonathan Chamberlain’s memoirs – King Hui about a Hong Kong playboy and Wordjazz for Stevie, a touching tribute to Jonathan’s late daughter who was born profoundly handicapped – I was really looking forward to reading ‘The Alphabet of Vietnam’ and seeing how Jonathan turns his hand to fiction. I was more than impressed. It is an exceptional piece of writing, well researched, one that explores the light and dark in every ‘man’s’ soul in a refreshingly unapologetic manner.

The story unfolds through a series of skillfully interwoven narratives: Two psychotic – or perhaps completely sane – Vietnam veterans who bring their sick war games home with them. A brother who comes to question all he believes in an attempt to do what is right. A return to modern-day Vietnam that explores US war crimes and the country’s rich history and culture through a series of cleverly though out vignettes.

‘And then there is love – and love is complicated …’

What a great book!

Chris Thrall is the author of Eating Smoke: One Man’s Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong’s Triad Heartland – a bestselling true story.

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The All-time Hong Kong Tale

King Hui: The Man Who Owned All the Opium in Hong Kong

Jonathan Chamberlain has done history a great favour; filling in what for many a keen observer is a void in Hong Kong’s not-so-distant past.

In KING HUI, he preserves from the sands of time a story like no other; one that weaves its way through the Fragrant Harbour’s colourful colonial heritage; a rich tapestry as depicted by an aging ‘Peter’ Hui, a man that at one time owned all the opium in Hong Kong.

“. . . Scandal and corruption, drugs and pirates, triads and flower boats; the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong and the Communist takeover of Canton. Peter Hui was there. He knew everybody and saw everything. This is the real story of Hong Kong, told with the rich flavours of the street . . .”

How true the backcover blurb! But this story is so much more. It’s an invitation into the psyche of the Chinese mind. It’s where East accommodates West, then fellow East, then West again. It’s a rare insight into Hong Kong’s idiosyncratic culture and meteoric rise to become the trading capital of the world, as told, rather refreshingly, from the straight-talking perspective of a local witness and without an Orientalist agenda.

It’s the story of Peter Hui – revered kung fu fighter, slickly dressed entrepreneur, handsome womaniser, gambler, drinker; friend of the rich, the famous, the powerful . . . as well as the destitute, the deviant and the downright dangerous. But most of all it’s a touching story, told with candour and flavoured with nostalgia, from the heart of an endearing old man; one who no doubt realises he is not long left for this world and has a tale he believes should to be told . . .

. . . and when you’re compelled to read the last page of this book again and again as I was, head spinning with thoughts and emotions brought to bear by the life of someone you’ve never even met, you fully appreciate why Jonathan Chamberlain is best placed to tell it.

Chris Thrall is the author of Eating Smoke: One Man’s Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong’s Triad Heartland

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