Drugs & Hong Kong Triads ‘Eating Smoke’ | Podcast #156

‘Drugs & Hong Kong Triads ‘Eating Smoke’. 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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Drugs & Hong Kong Triads ‘Eating Smoke’

Transcript from Drugs & Hong Kong Triads ‘Eating Smoke’

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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Forty Nights: My Escape from Crystal Meth Hell

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Martial Arts BBC Presenter | Chris Crudelli | #148

Chris Crudelli is a martial arts expert, BBC television presenter and author. He joins Chris Thrall for an illuminating chat regarding both his television and martial arts career.

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Martial Arts BBC Presenter Chris Crudelli

Best known as the host of BBC television programmes about the martial arts of far eastern countries, Chris Crudelli chat with Chris Thrall and gives us a run down of his life as a martial artist, television presenter and author.

Transcript from ‘Martial Arts BBC Presenter’ podcast

C – Chris, how are you Sir?

CC – Hello mate, very well. Thank you for having me on the podcast, I’m a big fan of your show Chris.

C – Ahh that’s an absolute honour mate, I’m not always good at taking compliments, because I just do stuff.

CC – A lot of high achievers are the same, can’t take a compliment.

C – Yeah, what I do know is I have love and respect so thank you for saying that. This podcast and a lot of content creators will tell you this, and you are one yourself. You’ve certainly been in the media a lot in your history Chris, but anyone will tell you it all starts with a first move. An idea, a dream, that you put into action. I didn’t have to start to talking into that webcam, well not that webcam, that’s an expensive one and I started on the one that comes with your PC. Yes it all starts with an idea, you start talking into that web camera, when it’s not breaking down like it just did! When people start to respond and say ‘Chris I really like that video, I guess it’s a bit of a wow moment.

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Forty Nights: My Escape from Crystal Meth Hell

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How to Write a Memoir

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Hong Kong’s Undercover Triad Police | #87

Hong Kong’s Undercover Triad Police, features Detective ‘Wong’ chatting with Chris Thrall. We learn about Detective ‘Wong’s’ many years serving as an undercover operative, eager to bust Hong Kong’s most notorious gangs.

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Hong Kong’s Undercover Triad Police

Detective ‘Wong’ has spent many years, often undercover, tackling Hong Kong’s most notorious triad criminal fraternities.

Transcript snippet from ‘Hong Kong’s Undercover Triad Police’ podcast

Chris and Mr Wong

C – Mr Wong, hello.

Mr W – Hello

C – How are you>

Mr W – Not too bad right now, how are you?

C – Gay Ho as we said in Hong Kong.

Mr W – Do you mind if I’m smoking?

C – Yeah it’s OK, no problem, it’s still legal on a podcast, plus nobody can see you anyway! How long were you a policeman?

Mr W – For twenty seven years whilst it was still a home country and for five years after the changeover.

C -How long were you in the Triad police?

Mr W – In the whole of my service in the CID I was involved in the investigation of the Triad …

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Forty Nights: My Escape from Crystal Meth Hell

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Hong Kong Police Inspector | Triad Shootout | #107

Hong Kong Police Inspector  Triad Shootout, features Rupert Utley, who is a former senior inspector with The Royal Hong Kong police.

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Hong Kong Police Inspector | Triad Shootout | Rupert Utley

Rupert Utley is a former senior inspector with the Royal Hong Kong Police. He received a degree in criminology and police studies from the University of Portsmouth, a diploma in criminal justice from the University of Hong Kong, and studied Mandarin at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is a recipient of the “Baton of Honour” award on completion of his training at the Royal Hong Kong Police Training School.

Transcript snippet from ‘Hong Kong Police Inspector | Triad Shootout | Rupert Utley’ podcast

Chris and Rupert

C  – Rupert how are you?

R – I’m very well thanks Chris, how are you doing?

C – Yes, I’m very well and I’ve been really looking forward to our conversation. Firstly I’d like to thank you for joining my One Life Smash It community group on Facebook.

R – Yes, I’ve been enjoying it. You know normally I’d be jetting around the world for work, one of my motorcycling adventures or just yomping, but because of Covid you know I’ve been stuck here. I’m here in Hong Kong. I hadn’t watched any news for a long time, so I started to watch, but that didn’t last long. Probably for the same reason you stopped watching mainstream media. So I dipped into YouTube and found the podcast world which has been enlightening. I discovered yourself and I’ve been following some of your courses which are right up my street, like nutrition, endurance and looking after ourselves and keeping positive.

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Forty Nights: My Escape from Crystal Meth Hell

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Talking Drugs Addiction & Recovery | Brandon Block Superstar DJ | #22

Talking Drugs Addiction & Recovery, features superstar D.J. Brandon Block.

Transcript snippet from ‘Talking Drugs Addiction & Recovery’ with Brandon Block podcast

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 together. 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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Forty Nights: My Escape from Crystal Meth Hell

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Can A Westerner Join The Triads? | Triad Doorman Explains | #19

Can A Westerner Join The Triads, features Chris Thrall chatting about his time when he was working as a doorman for the infamous Hong Kong Triads.

Chris Thrall is one of the few westerners to have worked for the secretive and savage Hong Kong Triads.

Transcript snippet from ‘Can A Westerner Join The Triads?’ podcast

Hello Friends
I have been asked how many foreigners work for the triads and even if foreigners can work for the triads. The short answer is no, but there are some exceptions, of which, I’m going to try and explain. I was never a triad, I worked a nightclub door for them and this how I became an affiliate.

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Forty Nights: My Escape from Crystal Meth Hell

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Forty Nights: My Escape from Crystal Meth Hell

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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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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.

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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‘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.”

FOR THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE SUN, CLICK HERE

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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