#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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Chris and Simon

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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#132 From Afghanistan To Global Leadership | AJ Roberts | Bought the T-Shirt Podcast

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15 year distinguished British Forces veteran AJ Roberts discusses the traumatic experiences which led him to a new path of transforming lives through his global leadership program.

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C – AJ how are you brother?

AJ – I’m very well Chris, thanks for having me on bro.

C – Ahhh mate it’s my pleasure, you’ve been very kind in having me on twice now, and my gosh, I’m hoping to become a better man after the end of this chat with your super skills!

AJ – It’s a pleasure having you on mate, the feedback I’ve had so far has been really, really good. I had a few people message me who’d never heard about you before, and it was great so I hope you got a few more followers out of it.

C – Mate, it’s all a bit weird to be honest, sorry I’m shining the spotlight back onto me there, which is something we can touch on later, it’s amazing the amount of peoples lives you can reach through this media. Just being myself and that’s all I ever try to be. When you get stuff put back on you like that, let’s just say it’s weird. I still don’t know what to make of it all really.

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#119 – My Life In The Death Zone | Nirmal ‘Nimsdai’ Purja MBE | Special Boat Service | SBS | Podcast

Nirmal (‘Nims’) Purja MBE was born in Nepal. He served as a Gurkha and in the elite Special Boat Service (SBS) before leaving to embark upon a record-breaking conquest of all fourteen of the world’s 8,000m peaks in under seven months – beating the previous record of eight years.

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Chris and Nims

‘Hello Friends,

C – Nims, how are you brother?

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

C – Wonderful! As I was saying before, one day we can meet in Nepal and do some climbing, and we won’t have to speak over Zoom.

N – Well, we’re adapting, hopefully next year my man. This is positive I’m sure.

C – Yeah, I want to stand on the top of Mount Everest with you.

N – We’re going to make it happen buddy, we’re going to make it happen … ‘

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# 46 Special Forces Support Group | Josh Pelland | Royal Marines | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

As a member of the elite Special Forces Support Group, the ‘SFSG’, Royal Marines Commando Josh Pelland survived countless firefights in Afghanistan only to find the biggest test of his courage lay in wait back home

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C – Josh, how are you brother?

J – Yeah, good. Good mate, good to be on with you.

C – It’s really kind for you to come on the show. It’s great that you’re over there in Canada, I was over there in 91 or 92 I think. You’re in Alberta?

J – Yeah Alberta, just outside of Calgary. Western Canada, near the Rocky mountains.

C – Have they still got the big ski jumps there in Calgary.

J – Yeah left over from the Winter Olympics that’s right …’

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#42 The PARACHUTE Course PT 2 | Royal Marine & II Squadron Para React | Balloon Jump | RAF Brize Norton

A Royal Marine and a II Squadron RAF Para discuss the British military Parachute Course at Brize Norton, including the infamous BALLOON jump, C130 Hercules and night jump.

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Chris and Graeme

Chris – ‘Hello Friends, and welcome to another episode of Bought The T Shirt podcast, I’m your host Christ Thrall, former Royal Marines Commando. Today I have the pleasure of talking parachuting and skydiving with my good friend down there in Cannes, Australia, Graeme Bint, Graeme how are you?

G – G’day there Chris, I’m excellent, excellent. Yourself?

C – Yes, nothing more needs to be said, I’m always try to be fine to be honest and I usually manage it.

G – You always are mate, it’s always good to be talking to you. Thank you for inviting me back as well …’

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#45 Special Forces Support Group | Dave Radband | Parachute Regiment | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

Dave Radband served TEN operational tours in the world’s most violent hotspots as an member of the elite Special Forces Support Group, ‘SFSG’, before he found himself battling a far deadlier enemy.

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Chris and Dave

‘Hello Friends,

C – Hello Friends, and welcome to another edition of the Bought The T Shirt podcast. Today I’ve got the massive pleasure of talking to an incredible man, someone with a lot of military experience, someone with a lot of life experience and I’m going to go out on a limb and say he’s overcome some big challenges and developed that sort of mindset we love to hear about.

D – Thanks for having us on mate, I appreciate it.

C – It’s a pleasure, I have to say a big thank you to Charlie, one of your fans. Charlie very kindly messaged me and asked me if I would have you on the show. Personal recommendations always count for a lot, they certainly do in the military … ‘

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