#65 FIRST Into Action | Duncan Falconer | Special Boat Service | SBS | Royal Marines | Author

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Duncan Falconer joined the British Royal Marines at the age of 18. At 19 years of age, he attended SBS selection in Poole Dorset and was one of nine Marines to successfully complete the course out of 147 men. Most candidates are required to serve some time in a Commando unit before applying, however Duncan was given an exception. Later he was posted to 42 Commando as a career broadening opportunity. Duncan served the majority of his military service with the SBS. During his time in the military, he also served with the SAS, and 14 Intelligence Detachment, deployed to Northern Ireland with each for one year and two and a half years respectively. After he left the Detachment he took a sabbatical for a year before returning to the SBS where he was posted to MAT (“Maritime Anti-Terrorism”) operations in which he was involved in a number of exercises retaking oil rigs and tankers.

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Chris and Duncan

C – Duncan, how are you brother?

D – I’m well and can I say thank you very much for inviting me on your podcast.

C- The honour is all mine. You look like you’re on a life raft!

D – Yep, I’ve just paused the ocean for this podcast, but I’ll get it going again soon.

C – It’s quite appropriate for our marines background that you’re at sea.

D – Actually it’s the North Sea so yeah it’s very appropriate! …

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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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#134 Royal Marine & Army PTI Discuss Endurance Mindset | Chris Thrall & Daz Hardy | Iraq To Ironman

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Chris and Daz

C – Hi Daz, how are you brother?

D – Yep, not too bad buddy thank you.

C – So, first off we should say a big thank you to Claire Vosper for putting us in touch. Hello Claire! For those watching that’s Claire from V-Force who we’re going to be doing some driving with later in the year. Mate, from what I see you’ve been hitting it quite hard.

D – Hahaha, you could say that, it’s been pretty full on, in a pandemic. Basically, doing as much and trying to raise as much money as possible under these difficult circumstances.

C – I had a look at your social media and gosh you’ve been putting yourself through the pain barrier, so go back to beginning, how did all this start?

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#109 – The History Of The Special Air Service | SAS | Damien Lewis | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

Damien Lewis is a British author and filmmaker who has spent over twenty years reporting from conflict zones. He has produced about twenty films and written numerous bestselling books chronicling British Special Forces operations from the 2nd World War to Iraq, Afghanistan and Operation Barras in Sierra Leone.

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Chris and Damien

‘Hello Friends

C – Damien, how are you Sir?

D – Very good, very good. It’s a beautiful morning and the sun is shining.

C – Yes, you’re up in Dorset way I believe.

D – Yeah, I live in the middle of nowhere in Dorset, very peaceful, great for writing. Great for lockdown, if you’re going to be anywhere, it’s here.

C – Are you near the Isle of Purbeck by any chance?

D – Yeah about a twenty minute drive away.

C – I’ve got a good friend who has a holiday home down there … ‘

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