#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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#77 ANYTHING GOES! | James English | The Secret Of My Success | Drugs | Addiction | Ayahuasca | Podcast#

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TV and media celebrity and documentary maker James English is the UK’s most popular podcast host. He is also a man who knows how to hold his demons at bay in order to SMASH his life. We discuss drugs and addiction and his recent groundbreaking ayahuasca film made in Costa Rica. My podcast on James’ ‘Anything Goes’ show is here: https://youtu.be/0hCEOy2OIVE

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Chris and James

C – Jamesy, how are you brother?

J – I’m very well, how are you brother?

C – Sensational mate, know what I’m saying. Trying to work it all out you know.

J – Well, we’ll be doing that to the day we die, you’re doing amazing brother. I’m really proud of you.

C- Oh well you know that’s a two way thing James. For people watching at home, James very kindly gave me a start on his podcast, and through that Shaun Attwood. That’s a good few months ago now. Oh, and what do they say, don’t work with children and animals, and they need to add IPhones too that too. James you are just a lovely genuine man, you’ve clearly got self respect and a huge amount of respect for your guests and it’s people like you that are pushing my world and the world for my little boy in the right direction and that really needs to be acknowledged…

 

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#116 One Year NO Beer | Former Professional Footballer Andy Ramage And I Discuss Going Alcohol Free

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Join former professional footballer Andy Ramage and I as we discuss the benefits of going alcohol free for either 30, 90 or 365 days with the One Year No Beer project.

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Chris and Andy

C – Andy, how are you my friend?

A – It’s hot and I’m tip top.

C – It’s funny, when you came onto the Zoom meeting before we went live and I heard you say “Hi There, how you doing”, as it’s weird as I hear you say that most mornings from your inspirational morning talks. I set my Facebook t0 have the one year no beer post showing first, so you don’t get that dose of negativity as you first wake up!  For our friends at home, it’s Andy running through the forest talking about the benefits of not drinking alcohol in your life. That doesn’t mean give it up forever but for at least a particular period in life. It’s not about being a monk or something to that extreme. So from myself mate, thank you so much for those.

A – It’s my favourite part of the day Chris, just being out there in the wild and connecting with so many different people, and truth being told I didn’t actually think that would be a big part of what I would be doing …

 

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#36 Scuba Diving Accidents | Trauma | Dennis O’Connor | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

Have you ever wondered what it’s like when your air runs out underwater? Watch this amazing podcast with mental health, anxiety and depression specialist Dennis O’Connor.

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Chris and Dennis

‘Hello Friends,

C – Dennis, how are you mate?

D – Very good Chris, yourself?

C- Yes, it’s amazing, no delightful to be talking to you in Australia, although I should have read your linked in profile better as I didn’t realise you’re an Irishman down there.

D – Yeah, I thought the name would have given it away, the O’Connor part of it.

C – So, I know the English sent our ‘convicts’ down to Australia, was it the same for Ireland, or is my history really that bad?

D – Nope, your history is good, they did send them here. Some would say it’s the reason I’m here, but I’m denying everything!

… ‘

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#22 Talking Drugs, Addiction and Recovery with Brandon Block Superstar DJ

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‘Hello Friends,

In this podcast I chat with legendary DJ Brandon Block! We first met whilst both working in the Hong Kong club circuit and had a few adventures. During this chat we cover a vast range of topics including drugs, addiction, recovery and PTSD. Its a rollercoaster of a story, so please enjoy … ‘

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Ten Interview Questions for “The Next Big Thing” – Chris Thrall

Thank you very much to Sid Kali, US film director, for inviting me to be interviewed for The Next Big Thing. Check out Sid’s work here at Slice of Americana Films Indie Entertainment.
 
I guess I better answer some questions!
 

What is the working title of your book?

 
Eating Smoke: One Man’s Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong’s Triad Heartland – a memoir
 

Where did the idea come from for the book?

 

I left the British Marines to run a successful business in Hong Kong but less than a year alter was in psychosis from crystal meth addiction and working for the 14K, a triad crime syndicate, as a nightclub doorman in the Wan Chai red-light district.

 

What genre does your book fall under?

 

Drug memoir.

 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

 

Every one says Tom Hardy for me – although he’d have to be a good deal younger!

 

Chanel Boom Latorre to play my Filipina girlfriend.

 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

 

 

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

 

My book has been published by Blacksmith Books of Hong Kong

 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

 

Six months

 

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

 

The Beach by Alex Garland, The Damage Done by Warren Fellows, A Million Little Pieces by James Frey, Mr Nice by Howard Marks

 

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

 

I wanted to be a writer! In addition, I felt I had a story.

 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

 
Not too many Royal Marines end up in crystal meth psychosis and working for the Hong Kong triads – I think that’s enough!

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‘Serving in the Royal Marines was easy compared with being a crystal meth addict’

Chris Thrall advises people on how to quit drugs

Chris Thrall. Author of 'Eating Smoke'

By AMY JONES The Sun

WHEN handsome young Marine Chris Thrall left the Forces to move to Hong Kong, he expected to make his fortune.

But within months he was homeless, alone and fighting an enemy more dangerous than anything he faced serving his country — crystal meth.

Chris almost lost his sanity and his life after becoming addicted to crystal meth, also known as ice. Now he supports others how to quit drugs and has written a bestselling book, Eating Smoke, about his experience.

Click HERE to read about how Chris’s life was before he quit drugs and showed others how to quit drugs.

He says: “I loved my time in the Marines and the challenges that came with each day. But looking back, it was nothing compared to what I faced at the height of my addiction to crystal meth.”

Sadly, Chris is one of a growing number of the drug’s victims.

Meth is twice as addictive as heroin and more damaging to health than crack cocaine.

After ravaging communities across Asia, Australia and the US, it is now on Britain’s streets, sold for as little as £10 a gram — which is enough to keep a user on a permanent high for nine days.

Chris, from Plymouth, never dabbled in drugs during his time in the Royal Marine Commandos. He joined up at 18 and served seven years, including stints in Northern Ireland, before quitting to launch a marketing firm in Asia.

He said: “I loved being a Marine. I was doing something for my country and earning better money than friends who’d gone to university. But I got involved in an exciting business venture and went to Hong Kong to make my millions.”

Unfortunately, the venture failed and his company went bust.

Chris, now 42, says: “It was hard. I had racked up a lot of debt and suddenly I was jobless.”

He found a job at a Hong Kong firm marketing computer chips after answering an ad.

A few months after joining, Chris walked in on a colleague in the toilets smoking meth, which can also be snorted or injected.

He recalls: “He offered me some and I thought, ‘Why not? How harmful can it be if he’s smoking it in the middle of the day?’ I took two puffs.

“Back at my computer, I suddenly felt this rush. It was like nothing I’d ever felt. I knew I was addicted straight away. The next day I wanted more.”

At first crystal meth — scientific name methamphetamine — made Chris feel fantastic and there was no shortage of dealers.

He says: “I could pick it up on the way home from work. It was as easy as buying milk.”

But things soon got out of control.

Chris said: “I was getting nowhere in the office so I got a job as a nightclub doorman in Wan Chai — the red light district. I thought if I worked at night, I wouldn’t be able to take drugs.

“But that soon went out the window. My addiction was life consuming. I was on it constantly. It overloaded my brain and I began to lose the plot. You’re incredibly tired so you hallucinate. On top of that, psychosis starts to develop. I found myself wondering how to quit drugs.”

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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. He now gives his advice on how to quit drugs.

Chris will shortly be writing a post on how to quit drugs

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To hell and back: An expat’s life on the edge in Hong Kong

A former drug user publishes his memoir of working for the 14K Hong Kong triads

Eating Smoke

 

In the 1990s, former Royal Marine Chris Thrall found himself being sucked into a downward spiral in Hong Kong, when his work as a Wanchai bouncer drew him into the world of triads and crystal meth addiction. Now 42, off drugs and pursuing a new life, Thrall reveals how he saw the end — and found a future — in his autobiography “Eating Smoke.”

 

CNNGo: Considering your addiction, how were you able to remember things so clearly?

Chris Thrall: Using crystal meth and the psychosis I experienced didn’t affect my memory. I think when you’re young and finding yourself in the world –- especially in such a memorable setting as Hong Kong -– you remember an awful lot, particularly the pertinent things like relationships you had with people and the crazy things you get up to.

“Eating Smoke” is a collection of those memories. I also experienced a great deal of highs, lows and trauma. Incidents you don’t forget in a hurry. There’s probably also a lot I don’t remember and probably just as well.

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Drug-induced Paranoia on the Mean Streets of Hong Kong

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Life with the Triads

Author Chris Thrall

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The secrets of Hong Kong’s underworld are revealed in the soon-to-be-released Eating Smoke. Hannah Slapper speaks to author Chris Thrall to separate fact from fiction

In 1995, UK-born Royal Marine Chris Thrall came to Hong Kong to make his fortune. Once here, his business went bankrupt, and a series of unsuccessful jobs led him to work in Wan Chai as a doorman for one of the biggest triad groups, the 14K. Dwelling in the criminal underworld drove him to drugs; he became addicted to crystal methamphetamine, and suffered from clinical psychosis. Now, 15 years on, he is ready to tell his story.

So Chris, how much contact did you really have with the triads?
I had contact with them every day. One of my fellow doormen was a 6’7”assassin that used to be smuggled into China to do a hit on someone and smuggled back into Hong Kong. So from that perspective I was quite up close and personal. I won’t give too much away in regard to my own involvement; I think that would ruin it for the reader. It was a phenomenal insight into the underworld. It could be incredibly traumatic.

What made you want to write this book?
There were a number of reasons. Firstly I think it gives a fascinating insight into a part of life not many people get to know about. One of which is referred to as the foreign triad, which is a Hong Kong crime syndicate made up entirely of expats, who operate using the exact same clandestine methods as the Chinese gangs do, such as communicating with secret hand signs and gestures. Another reason I wrote it is because I thought it would be interesting for people to read a book from the point of view of someone who is slowly slipping into psychosis and mental illness from using drugs. It’s not exactly an area that many people get an opportunity to experience firsthand, and then get to write about afterwards. Thirdly, because I think I had a kind of innate desire to
do something creative and prove myself as a writer.

You claim it to be true – did it all happen exactly as you say?
Exactly. I had a friend say to me a while back on a night out – why didn’t you write the book as fiction? And I said to him “Why would I want to take a story that is so bizarrely insane, it’s got to be one of the craziest ones ever told, and then tell everyone it wasn’t true?” I didn’t have to flower it up, I didn’t have to add anything.

What kind of trauma did you experience?
To descend into mental illness is an incredibly sad thing for anyone to have to go through. I can’t say too much about it, but in the club I worked I was set up to be murdered one night, by these foreign triads that I mentioned. And there was that cold dark moment of reality where you realise you’re about to die. I actually turned it around, but I’m not the sort of person that is easily intimidated.

How much do you think Hong Kong is to blame for making you the way you were?
It probably doesn’t help that Hong Kong has the most hardcore serious drug known to man available in abundance on every street corner, if you know where to look. Hong Kong really brought home to me how cultures can differ immensely. It’s about the philosophy and the psychology. And the Asian psychology is so ancient; it’s so different to the West.

How did you go about getting your story published?
I was very fortunate. I came across this guy called Tom Carter who put together an incredible book called China: Portrait of a People. I came across this article he wrote called Down and Out in Hong Kong and I sent him a message explaining that I actually was down and out in Hong Kong and asked if he would be interested in reading my book. He called me the day after I’d sent it to him saying he’d already got me a publishing deal. It was an incredible moment. The thought that 15 years ago I was that man you cross over the street to avoid, and now I’ve got all these people looking forward to my book being released. It’s a wonderful feeling.

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