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The Man Cave 4301 Podcast
77 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Talkin Smack EP2
Honestly this episode is just 3 mates having a yarn. Enjoy
84 minutes | Mar 7, 2020
EP 21 Ben Lees, No Mates 4X4
In this episode, Ben and I dive deep into the rabbit hole of depression for both him and his step dad. This would have to be the most comprehensive talks surrounding depression and suicide I have done on the podcast to date. We talk about the suicide of his step father and how Ben had his own end game planned. We see exactly how blind we can get when depressed when Ben tells us how his problems were extremely similar to his fathers and couldn’t see it himself. Incredibly Ben's last hooraa ended up to be his saving grace.
35 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
EP 20 Stacey Jackson
Stacey was in her early 20’s going about her life. Her story is a prime example of how quickly our lives can be turned around. Generally, when you hear the word, wheelchair, we associate it to injury. Sporting or vehicle accidents, combat or even a good night out turned wrong due to alcohol and a little extra courage. In Stacey’s case, it was her body that made that decision. We talk about her journey of 13 years adapting to life in a wheelchair and how she dealt and still deals with her condition. It’s a truly inspiring story of resilience from the get go. There is a lot to be taken from this story and I’m grateful to be able to bring it to you all. Enjoy.
49 minutes | Feb 7, 2020
EP 19 Elaine Gallagher, Wellness Ignitor.
Elaine, a self-confessed rebel teen took a leap that would change her life forever and joined the ADF at the young age of 17. We go through how the military shaped her into the person she is today. But it wasn’t without its flaws. Elaine was diagnosed with stage 5 cervical cancer and after 13 years of service was medically discharged, but the reason why is a story we have heard too many times before on the podcast. She is now the founder of Wellness Ignitor and has officially started her new podcast. Elaine spent the day at my house and I taught her what I know and let me tell you. She is a natural. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the episode.
88 minutes | Jan 9, 2020
EP 18. Brothers Unite
It was such a privilege to have Dan, Leon and Seth from Brothers Unite come in for a chat. We talk about the inception of the Facebook group, where they came from and what the group is doing for men’s mental health. If you’re a bloke who is looking for a group that you can reach out on, this is the group for you. Just answer the bloody questions, lol. The lads work hard to make it a “safe space” for guys to open up and get some form of guidance from others who have gone through similar situations and know they are not the only ones that have gone through some stuff. And I don’t mean shit that goes wrong with their VN commodore. It keeps the conversation serious but there is some great banter to lighten your day as well.
95 minutes | Nov 28, 2019
EP 17 R&S, Keith McArdle
Straight out of school, Keith decided to join the ready reserves. After the scheme was canned by the Howard government, he found himself out of the military and studying. Missing the military lifestyle Keith joined the Air Force where he fitted aircraft with life support systems. wanting to take his career to the next level he joined the Army, still in the aviation sector where he deployed to Afghanistan. Keith has been a paramedic for the past 10 years as well as a part time author.
79 minutes | Sep 24, 2019
EP 16. Shaun Barry Part 2
Best ending EVER😮😐😂🤣
58 minutes | Sep 17, 2019
EP 15 R&S Shaun Barry, Extra Specialist
When the person you are about to interview walks through your front door and gives you a massive hug, you know this is going to be a good episode. We go over Shaun's time in Indonesia in 2004 after the tsunami, how he developed his PTSD witch is not how you would think he ended up with it and his time now as the founder of Extra Specialist. Shaun was super talkative and was an open book when it came to the passing of a close friend, how it effected him and his perspective on death. an extremely insightful interview with another solid individual just trying to help others through his venture, finding veterans work in TV and movies. Welcome to part 1.
99 minutes | Sep 12, 2019
EP 14 Rifles and Sirens. Ben Horton, Ironside Coffee co
Ben was kind enough to come into the studio on his way passed Ipswich to do this podcast. it humbles me that someone would make a special stop just for my pokey little podcast. Ben talks us about his various deployments, the struggles from the different terrains. the struggle between losing friends and being a leader at the same time and how his leadership skills from the military transfer into his job now as a leadership consultant. we also touch on an important part of the military, the love for coffee.
71 minutes | Sep 4, 2019
EP 13 Rifles and Sirens. Ryan Bowen, Pound for Pound Arm Wrestling
Ryan Gave up his school tennis dreams and joined the Australian Military straight out of school and with a long family history of servicemen it comes at no surprise. After deploying to Timor and changing profession to the Navy in a bizarre fashion only to exit just a few months later. He tried his hand at many different things after his service and has now found his calling with Pound For Pound Arm wrestling. His new mission is to gain more recognition for the sport and to get competitors paid the way athletes should be. If you are interested in getting into the sport, go check out Pound for Pound Arm Wrestling on social media platforms YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitch.
52 minutes | Aug 28, 2019
EP 12 Rifles & Sirens Josh Castle, Security Guard
All Josh wanted to do was come home in the same shape as he was when he started his shift as a security guard. When a fight erupted at work, Josh was beaten and stomped buy conflicting parties leaving him with significant injuries including PTSD. We go over the event and what issues he still deals with on a daily basis. Josh's partner Tiffany joined him to give her perspective on the events and to help Josh recall the moments after the event. In this day in age we see posters for ambulance workers, fire fighters and police with zero tolerance on violence toward them. Unfortunately, we don’t see the same for security guards. Being a security guard myself I couldn’t exclude Josh’s story from a Rifles and Sirens title because we go through all the same stuff.
36 minutes | Aug 12, 2019
EP 11 John Bailey
To look at John Bailey, you wouldn’t expect to hear the story you are about to hear. John’s peers would regard him as a man’s man, strong, tough, steak eating bearded bloke. Witch is why when the words came out of his mouth that he was sexually abused as a child, they couldn’t fathom that this could have happened to him. Not only was he abused, but the person he confided in took full advantage of the situation and abused him also. John found incredible strength and went to the authorities about what he had gone through. Although he said it was tough, he had to do it to be able to move forward and successfully went to bring one of his abusers to justice. He is still finding the strength to face the other. I praise John for his cordage in bringing this story to us in a bid for others to do the same and break the silence. An incredible episode awaits. Thank you, John Bailey.
79 minutes | Aug 7, 2019
EP 10 Rifles And Sirens, CJ Flood
In this episode we talk to CJ about his time in service and how he was medically discharged from the military. We touch on things like his relationship breakdown, his son moving interstate and how it affected him even more. Feeling lost and after dealing with some major issues due to injury and his separation, CJ has risen from the ashes in what can only be described as incredible. New relationships with his now wife and new born son and a new found relationship with his Ex partner has seen CJ take some massive leaps in his recovery and moving forward with his business, Soldiers of Fortune. You can find CJ on Facebook @CJ Flood https://www.facebook.com/cj.flood.35?epa=SEARCH_BOX If you or someone you know have a story of overcoming adversity and would like to share your experience to give others hope, then please send me an email at email@example.com or find me on facebook. thank you for listening.
44 minutes | Jul 31, 2019
EP 9 Gary Drumm, Killing A Fat Guy
Gary Drumm is the author of Killing A Fat Guy and host to the Killing A Fat Guy podcast and YouTube channel. Gary talks to us about his journey and what he has learnt so he can pass on what has worked for him in his own weight loss. I think it’s great that he’s sharing his experiences with us today to motivate us and help us on our own journey. http://killingafatguy.com/ https://www.instagram.com/killingafatguy/ https://www.facebook.com/garydrumm https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3fwiHBHnKL40Fl4wznwrxw https://www.amazon.com.au/s?k=killing+a+fat+guy&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss
83 minutes | Jun 28, 2019
EP 8 Talk'in Smack
This episode is just 3 mates and myself catching up for a few brews and talk'en smack for a bit. It's a new excuse to be social without social media but you can see it on social media? WTF. If you are at the point of melting due to being a snowflake then I suggest you do not listen to this episode. Sit back and enjoy 4 blokes laughing about world issues and not giving a fat rats backside.
76 minutes | Jun 18, 2019
Rifles and Sirens, The Maladjusted Monkeys
Tommy and Shane spent their time in the military in 6 RAR and both deployed to Afghanistan. I talk to them about their time in service, what challenges they had, their transition back into civilian life, what issues they faced when they got out and where they are now. You can find their podcast on your favourite podcasting platform where they talk to ex military and EMS workers about their experiences and give you updates on each others progress. Thanks for listening.
47 minutes | Mar 10, 2019
In this episode we talk to Dan and Ed from Trademutt. Dan and Ed are two tradies that met on site and gelled from the get go. Working with each other for a number of years they decided to branch out on their own. Sick of wearing the same old dreary work shirts, they decided to go out on a whim and launch the tradie community into the fashion industry buy creating some rather loud and hard to forget shirts. Soon after, things would take a sudden turn when Dan lost a friend to suicide just as things were looking up in his future, only 3 days after securing himself an adult apprenticeship. After the loss, Dan an Ed decided that they would use the colourful clothing brand to bring awareness to mental health in the tradie community in a bid to get people talking about what life is throwing at them and gain support from fellow workers, reducing the rate of suicide in their beloved industry. Their story of a very quick success is one to behold and it just goes to show what can happen when you put your mind and commitment into it. www.Trademutt.com
80 minutes | Jan 26, 2019
Les Turner EP5
After being made redundant from his job, in 2008 Les decided to try his hand at driving trains. Being costal, Les had the best view from the front seat, but on June 19th of 2014 those picturesque scenes would become haunted. He and his partner that day would be confronted with a train drivers worst nighmare when the freight train in front of them reported they had hit an unknown object. developing PTSD from the events that day would not only effect him but flow on through to his family. But it didn't keep him away from doing the job he loved. hear his story and how he overcome his deamons and soldiered on through his PTSD, how he delt with it and got back behind the sticks, to where he still drives today.
71 minutes | Jan 20, 2019
Mad Man Brad EP4
In 2017 Brad Ward decided to rock the internet and bring entertainment to the masses via social media. Using his workplace as a film set, work mates as stars (some seemingly unsuspecting) and using equipment, tools and garbage as props, he has put smiles on the faces of tens of thousands and made the day of someone doing it tough time and time again. However, it's not all smiles and banter in Brads life. we had an unexpected turn when he showed up and I learned he had hit a massive hurdle when he developed PTSD that lay dormant until a scene from a move triggered the beast within. you can also see this episode for free via my Patreon page. https://www.patreon.com/Themancave4301 and you can find me on my other platforms here. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw25wYAeBaYXStUnTl6g_cg?sub_confirmation=1 https://www.instagram.com/the_man_cave_4301 https://www.facebook.com/themancave4301 You can also find brads content on Facebook Instagram Snapchat and more
85 minutes | Jan 13, 2019
Kai Taidhg Able Seaman Marine Tech
Kai decided to follow his family legacy and join the armed forces in 1996 in the navy division. He went out of his way to advance his skills by doing extra schooling to better his chances of going to sea. Working a second job related to his studies in his spare time he gained the qualifications he sought to for fill his dreams. Except one damning detail would ensure he never made it to sea, and he never knew it existed until years after his career was left in tatters and he terminated his service.
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