3 Para In Northern Ireland | Stuart Griffiths | Bought The T-Shirt #267

3 Para In Northern Ireland features Stuart Griffiths who gives a no holds barred account of what life was like as a young paratrooper.

3 Para In Northern Ireland | Stuart Griffiths

Dr Stuart Griffiths is a veteran of 3 Parachute Regiment and an award-winning photographer. With photographs and articles have been published internationally in VICE, Vanity Fair, Sunday Express, Mirror, Guardian & Sunday Times Magazine. His books include, ‘The Myth Of The Airborne Warrior’ and ‘Pig’s Disco’.

Transcript from ‘3 Para In Northern Ireland’ podcast

Stuart – I was waiting to go to Somalia with Vice and then that changed. We were then going to go to Nigeria. I had about 500 pounds worth of inoculations in my arm from this Harley street clinic. Going nowhere, so I wrote this radio play called, ‘Pig’s Disco’. It sort of started because 1990 was a really full-on year. A lot of stuff happened and then we were on Christmas party guard duty at the palace. Anyway one of the senior guys from from the platoon was going, have you ever tried any acid?

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Battle Tanks & Bond Cars | Nick Duckworth | Bought The T-Shirt #245

Battle tanks & Bond cars features Royal Tank Regiment veteran, Nick Duckworth, who tells us about private contracting in Iraq and James Bond cars.

Battle Tanks & Bond Cars | Nick Duckworth Royal Tank Regiment

Nick Duckworth is a veteran Royal Tank Regiment Commander and he was part of the NATO defence during the cold-war. After leaving the military, Nick found work in Iraq as a private contractor. His team went through quite a few close calls, whilst working there. After Nick was recommended, he was put forward to become Aston Martin’s Senior Production Specialist. He introduced clients to the brand, the cars and the Aston Martin family. Nick tells us how the Aston Martin DB5 was introduced to the James Bond films. In November 2021, Nick moved to Group Lotus.

Transcript from ‘Battle Tanks & Bond Cars’ podcast

Nick – There’s no such thing as a free lunch Chris. If you’re out there earning that sort of money, someone pays somewhere. One incident we were involved in, was the BIAP road. That stood for Baghdad International Airport road and it was about 10ks of dual carriageway. The bike road connected the international zone where the Americans, the Brits and everyone else lived.

When you left the green zone, that bit of dual carriageway just became a free-for-all. The insurgents made it known that they were going to turn that place into the most dangerous bit of road in the world. All the people that live in those areas, they’re all driving down the dualcarriageway, just like you’d expect anywhere else in the world. We were in the middle of it and on one occasion we came out of the international airport and we were getting close to the international zone. We were in four by fours at that time which fortunately were armored.

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Working For The TRIADS | A Former Royal Marine’s Story | #4

Working For The Hong Kong TRIADS | A Former Royal Marine’s Story

In this podcast I discuss what it’s like to work for the 14K Hong Kong triads in the Wan Chai gangland

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Hello Friends!
In the 1990’s I left the Royal Marines Commandos to go and run a business in Hong Kong. Six months later I was chronically addicted to crystal meth, in clinical psychosis, homeless and working for the 14K Hong Kong triads.

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Is the Earth flat? My expedition to Antarctica | Podcast | #1

Is the Earth flat, my expedition to Antarctica, sees me telling my story regarding my trip to Antartica.

Is the Earth flat? I went on an expedition to Antarctica to find out! A growing number of theorists believe the earth is flat and Antarctica is an ice wall. In view of this, they are hosting conventions and planning cruises, a TV series and an expedition to find out hidden truths.  Even YouTube’s Logan Paul wants to journey to the fringe of the Planet and put together a mockumentary The Flat Earth: to the Edge and Back giving flat-earthers a well-known face, but it was just a publicity stunt.

Chris Thrall’s expedition to Antarctica to investigate Flat Earth

Back in 2011 I was a member of an expedition to Antarctica and the Polar circle to see if it is a flat earth. In this YouTube podcast I tell you of my experience of landing on rocks (i.e. not an ice wall) and not finding any armed guards. In his attempt to explore the vast white continent I dived on icebergs and with leopard seals and spent the night sleeping out in only a bivvy bag.

chris thrall diving on iceberg
Chris Thrall Diving on an Iceberg in the Antarctic Polar Circle

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The journey south …

It’s not easy travelling south these days, not like it was in the early part of the 20th century for the likes of Shackelton, Scott and Amundsen, whose sole preoccupation was sailing on the open ocean with nothing to occupy their time but stroking huskies and fellow expedition members. No, these days you have to battle your way to the Polar Circle through a never-ending stream of frigid bergs hovering below the waterline ready to sink your chances of making Queen, Kate Middleton and Country proud … in the form of airport security, Immigration and KLM stewardesses.

Following 40 minutes at Heathrow having my hand luggage searched to check I wasn’t carrying more than my allotted allowance of Semtex, detonators and radical-extremist literature, I ran to the departure gate, gutted that I had to forgo my pre-flight pint and the chance to spend time enjoying the truly authentic British pub atmosphere that only an airport departure lounge can offer.

Plan B, I opted for a bottle of Jack Daniels from the tax-free shop, only to be told by the shop assistant that I couldn’t take it onwards following my connection in Amsterdam and that I would have to drink it on the hour-and-a-half plane ride. Contingency plan! “What would Scott have done in this situation?” I asked myself. So, surreptitiously, I did drink it on the plane, despite having read the in-flight magazine which clearly stated the not bringing of alcohol on-board – along with electronic cigarettes, East Europeans and badger porn.

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