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S2E13 – The Beauty from Within - Dr Linda Monshizadeh, Plastic Surgeon

S2E13 – The Beauty from Within - Dr Linda Monshizadeh, Plastic Surgeon

July 2, 2020

Dr Linda Monshizadeh is a refugee (and triplet!) who spent her early childhood in Iran before her family moved to Australia. She excelled at school and ended up studying medicine, later specialising in plastic surgery.  

In this episode, Linda talks about plastic surgery and her specialty – cranio-maxillofacial surgery – before reflecting on the overemphasis being placed on physical beauty in today’s society, exacerbated by social media.  Linda provides an amazing perspective on ‘selfie dysmorphia’ and how it’s resulting in people seeking surgical intervention to try to look more like a filtered social media photo.

 

Intelligence Summary (INTSUM)

02:50   Linda’s childhood – as a refugee and triplet! 

04:00   Why Linda’s family left Iran

05:00   A year in Pakistan, then to Australia

06:45   The drawbacks of learning English from black and white cowboy movies!

10:00   On being a triplet (spoiler alert:  they can’t actually read each other’s minds!)

12:00   Moving West

12:50   Acceptance into medicine 

14:50   The secret for success at medical school – consistency and discipline

15:50   Ben tries to get a free plastic surgery consultation – for Tim!

16:20   The origins of plastic surgery, during World War One

20:30   Linda’s medical training

23:15   Why Linda chose her specialty – cranio-maxillofacial surgery

24:00   The overemphasis of physical beauty in today’s society

24:30   The fine line between restoration and enhancements for plastic surgeons

28:20   The rising scourge of ‘selfie dysmorphia’

32:00   On ego

37:10   Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery – the important difference

43:00   Ben and Tim show their age – and their ignorance – by asking if the surgical procedure in the 1997 movie Face/Off is possible.  Disappointingly, it is not. 

43:22   Linda’s art and her generous donations in support of the Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver Trust

47:00   An example of Linda’s incredible art 

53:45   Quick Questions / Quick Answers

 

External Links

 

Music

The Externals … Available on Spotify

 

S2E12- Beth Eggleston- The HAG! The Humanitarian Edition.

S2E12- Beth Eggleston- The HAG! The Humanitarian Edition.

June 25, 2020

Beth Eggleston is a Fulbright Scholar with over twenty years of experience in humanitarian coordination in a range of peace operations and humanitarian response contexts, working alongside host governments, local and international NGOs, and the United Nations.

We discuss the frictions between humanitarian operations and military operations.

Beth has field experience in Afghanistan, Liberia, Tonga, Costa Rica, Laos PDR, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam and has been on short-term deployments to Pakistan, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. Whilst working with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) in Afghanistan for several years, Beth developed civil-military guidancepolicy on interaction with Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) and was involved in rolling out humanitarian reform, including the cluster approach.

 Beth has co-authored publications on the protection of humanitarian personnelpeace and development in Iraqthe Women, Peace & Security Agenda and was a member of the drafting team of Same Space Different Mandates: a civil-military guide to Australian stakeholders in international disaster and conflict response. Beth’s most recent publications include the chapter ‘Humanitarian Values and Military Objectives’ in Ethics Under Fire: Challenges for the Australian Army, and Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination in Emergencies.

 Beth has a Master of Development Studies and is a graduate of the Humanitarian Leadership Program. In 2011 Beth was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal by the Australian government and she is currently serving on the Victorian Divisional Advisory Board of the Australian Red Cross.

 Beth co-founded the Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) in 2012. After surviving the bureaucracy of large INGOs and the UN, she now enjoys working with a small team to deliver leading-edge research and advice to enable the humanitarian sector to perform at its best.

 In 2019 Beth undertook her Fulbright Scholarship at the US Naval War College undertaking research with the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program.

Intelligence Summary (INTSUM)

  • 03:00. About Beth.
  • 04:00. About being a ‘HAG’.
  • 05:20. The ‘HAG’ acronym was no accident. And why it is not a dirty word.
  • 07:00. What’s the most challenging humanitarian environment to work in.
  • 09:50. Lessons from the Tamil Security Situation
  • 11:48. Where is the line between defense and offence in overseas operations?
  • 14:00. Tim hijacks the conversation and talks Sierra Leone…. Why didn’t the NGOs want anything to do with him?
  • 19:50. NGOs and their strength inside communities (unlike militaries)
  • 24:50. What’s the tipping point between agile NGOs and bureaucracy and lethargy.
  • 36:49. The Fulbright Scholarship…. Tim shows his ignorance.
  • 37:28. Tim has no clue. Beth needs to explain. Tim starts googling.
  • 42:10. Tim’s google of Fulbright Scholars.
  • 55:00. Militaries and mental health and advocates.
  • 55:55. Quick Questions/ Quick Answers.

 

More on Beth & HAG

https://humanitarianadvisorygroup.org

 

Music

The Externals … music available on Spotify

Thanks to The Externals for the use of their music.

@RV18- David Olney, Dr Kate Baecher, Tempus Fugit Double Episode and Life on the Line Special

@RV18- David Olney, Dr Kate Baecher, Tempus Fugit Double Episode and Life on the Line Special

June 22, 2020

In this episode, Tim and Ben look back on their discussions with David Olney, Dr Kate Baecher and the amazing guests from their special Tempus Fugit double episode, before turning a very critical eye on their own performance in Alex Lloyd’s Life on the Line podcast.

As always, please let us know what you think!  Good, bad or indifferent, we’d love to hear from you – please email debrief@unforgiving60.com.

 

Intelligence Summary (INTSUM)

01:30   Reflections on Dave Olney

01:40   How we first came to be introduced to Dave Olney – through one of his university students

02:30   Dave Olney on Dave Grossman

05:17   Dave Olney’s podcast Blind Insights – a cracking listen!

05:38   Tim and Ben discuss the potential of joining Dave on an episode of his ‘Blind Drunk Insights’ – potentially the only way they’ll be able to keep up with him intellectually

06:30   Reflections on Kate Baecher

07:00   Ben and Tim’s confessions regarding Dr Kate’s apple cider vinegar (ACV) prescription

07:50   Tim’s groundbreaking medical opinion on breathing

08:50   Ben talks about the main source of stress in his work life

09:20   Dr Kate’s advice on overcoming fear

10:00   Fear, sensory overload and innoculation

11:20   Psychology as part of a front-line emergency health care effort

12:24   Rock climbing: overcoming fear and flow states

14:35   Reflections on Tim Reynolds

15:22   The importance of family – even when you’re not facing a terminal prognosis

16:40   Tim Reynolds’ involvement in art as therapy

17:30   Link to the Unforgiving60 Instagram page, which features Tim Reynolds’ amazing portrait of Cameron Baird VC

18:37   Reflections on CPL Matt Williams OAM

19:20   Why Willy stood us up for the podcast

21:40   Ben and Tim on Ben and Tim on Life on the Line

23:30   Tim on his famous (potentially stolen) quote ‘Would you hire you?’

24:25   Ben and Time on ego (this is what Skyhooks think on the topic)

25:30   Imposter syndrome

27:30   Ben: “Different interactions with different people are going to have different results”.  Profound….

28:30   Child soldiers – a really confronting concept

29:30   Ben and Tim debate how much Tim is worth – in terms of bounty and/or ransom

32:30   Update on Heather Taylor

34:00   ‘AIS’ actually stands for Automatic Identification System

36:00   Tim (non-Water Operator) talks a big game about sea-sickness.  Ben (Water Operator) on his chronic sea-sickness.

37:30   What’s coming up next on the Unforgiving60?

37:45   Ben’s request for an Externals song as an outro – US Radio

  

External Links

 

Music

The Externals … Available on Spotify (plus a bit of Ben’s guitar work, recorded in the bathroom of one of Saddam’s palaces in Tikrit, Iraq!)

 

S2E11- Against Life’s Odds: ‘Fugit Inreparabile Tempus’: (It Escapes, Irretrievable Time) - Matt Williams, OAM is ‘Willy Beating Cancer’

S2E11- Against Life’s Odds: ‘Fugit Inreparabile Tempus’: (It Escapes, Irretrievable Time) - Matt Williams, OAM is ‘Willy Beating Cancer’

June 18, 2020

"If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together" .... The Prime Minister of Australia re-quoted Corporal Matt Williams ('Willy') in his 2020 ANZAC Day address.

Why?

Well, the backstory is around 1700 people are diagnosed with brain cancer in Australia annually and approximately 1200 die from the disease every year.  Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer.

And Willy has got it. 

 

Shortly after returning to South Australia from active duty in Afghanistan, 21-year-old (birthday in Kabul) Matt Williams began to endure persistent headaches. He had returned home to celebrate his birthday but was unaware that the biggest challenge of his life was about to begin.

In 2018, Matt finally discovered the cause of those headaches. They were being caused by stage 2 oligodendroglioma, a type of brain cancer that left Matt with an uncertain prognosis.

However, Matt has approached his diagnosis with his typically combative attitude, allowing his friends, family and the public an intimate look at his brain cancer journey via his hugely honest and moving social media accounts- Willy Beating Cancer. 

Simply sharing his story on social media wasn’t enough for Matt. Since his diagnosis, he’s set about raising significant awareness and funds to help find a cure for this brutal disease. A large focus of his life post-diagnosis has been the challenge of staying fit during his treatment.

Willy was a 2020 SA Young Australian of the Year Nominee and a recent recipient of an OAM.

 

Intelligence Summary (INTSUM)

  • 02:00. When and how the Prime Minister calls you for chat.
  • 6:30. From Party boy Willy joins the Army.
  • 11:20. Willy at initial Army training (Kapooka) and onto Infantry School (Singleton).
  • 15:00. Arriving at his first Infantry Battalion.
  • 21:00. Into Afghanistan ... Willy's role.
  • 23:40. Willy describing the landscape of Kabul.
  • 25:11. Willy's 21st birthday in Kabul.
  • 26:30. The headaches start.
  • 28:30. Willy gets his first cat-scan... and the first bad news.
  • 31:30. The tests continue ..... and Willy sacks his surgeon!
  • 32:40. Willy's prognosis
  • 35:45. No more chemotherapy!
  • 37:20. "Willy Beating Cancer" Instagram Account ... and his incredible following and feats.
  • 39:45. Maintaining a positive approach in the face of everything
  • 41:40. Willy's Death Party .... run by his Army mates!
  • 43:50. Willy's experience on Taboo the Comedy Show (TV) .... getting the 'mickey' taken out of his illness.
  • 46:30. A long list of Willy's achievements... what's next?

 

Music by The Externals ... available on Spotify.

 

Get in Touch

debrief@unforgiving60.com

www.unforgiving60.com 

Special Episode- SAS Leadership Volume II: with Ben Pronk, DSC and Tim Curtis (via Life on the Line Podcast)

Special Episode- SAS Leadership Volume II: with Ben Pronk, DSC and Tim Curtis (via Life on the Line Podcast)

June 12, 2020

Another Special Episode with thanks again to Life on the Line Podcast, with Alex Lloyd. This is the second volume talking leadership with Ben, Tim again interviewed by Alex.

This time around they talk about:

- Their inclusion in Richard Baker's awesome podcast: 'The Last Voyage of the PONG SU'. 

- Leading through COVID-19- complexity and chaos.

- Campaign planning and wargaming.

- Seizing high value targets in Timor Leste.  

- Planning and executing elections in Afghanistan.

- Adaptation.... and an example in the transition out of Afghanistan.

- The complexity of leading foreign forces in Sierra Leone. And understanding the use of child soldiers.

- Stoic theories and their practical application.

- 12 June 1996, Tim and Ben remember the BlackHawk Disaster. Tragic loss. But resilient response. 

 

** This episode is released on 12th June and on the 24th anniversary of the Blackhawk Disaster in North Queensland which killed 15 SAS operators and 3 aircrew. Lest we forget.

 

*** Please check out 'Life on the Line' Podcast .... to hear far more inspirational and interesting guests than our co-hosts!

 

End Music by the Externals, US Radio (available on Spotify).

S2E10-  Against Life’s Odds: ‘Tempus Fugit’ (’Time Flees’) - Tim Reynolds

S2E10- Against Life’s Odds: ‘Tempus Fugit’ (’Time Flees’) - Tim Reynolds

June 4, 2020

Tim Reynolds was a normal West Aussie kid, left school after year 10 to seek a trade in the Army.  From the Apprentices School to commissioning as an officer, Tim’s career took him all over Australia and beyond, including operational deployments to Banda Aceh and Iraq, on exchange with the British 1st Armd Div. 

After 27 years of service, Tim started an engineering consultancy in North Queensland, building it into a multi-million dollar company.  He was driven and charging hard at life – right up until the point that “God hit him with a big stick”. In January 2010, Tim was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a terminal form of blood cancer and given less than a decade to live. 

He’s clearly blown past this diagnosis, commemorating the 10 year anniversary of his diagnosis in January this year.  During this time, he has endured two stem cell transplants, seven relapses and countless forms of therapy, all the while acutely aware of the fact that his immune system has failed him and simple bacteria and viruses – let alone COVID-19 – are a huge threat. 

Evan as his body fails him, Tim keeps his mind active, conducting art therapy classes with Mates 4 Mates and spearheading initiatives to develop a Veteran’s Workshop in his hometown of Townsville.  In the face of this adversity, Tim has managed not only to continuing going ‘a little further’, but also working to benefit others.  This is his story.

 

Intelligence Summary (INTSUM)

03:38         See here for more on the history of the Army Apprentice School at Balcombe, Victoria

05:38         More on the 1998 Aitape tsunami here

09:30         Australia’s military support to the 2004 tsunami was called Operation Sumatra Assist

14:12         More on multiple myeloma

28:14         Mates4Mates is an amazing Australian veteran’s charity

30:06         Tim’s portrait of Cameron Baird VC here

30:30         The Napier Waller Art Prize is an annual art competition held by the Australian War Memorial for artworks by current and former serving Australian Defence Personnel

 

debrief@unforgiving60.com

www.unforgiving60.com

 

 

Music

By: The Externals and Atlas Chasers…. Available on Spotify

S2E9- Dr Kate Baecher: Clinical Psychologist. Developing High Performance Mindsets

S2E9- Dr Kate Baecher: Clinical Psychologist. Developing High Performance Mindsets

May 28, 2020

Dr Kate Baecher is a clinical and performance psychologist who continues to work with elite sporting teams, corporate leaders, law enforcement, members of Australia’s Special Forces and high-profile television personalities. She spent time in the Army and on operations in Afghanistan and East Timor.

Ben and Tim talk with Kate about overcoming fear, distress, discomfort, using distraction as a form of focus and whether post traumatic growth can happen naturally without psychological intervention?

And the extreme value of taking shots of Apple Cider Vinegar. As well as the role of breathing.

She is a CrossFit ‘State of Mind’ coach and between 2014-2016, Kate worked as the resident psychologist on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me out of Here!

One of her passions is Backpacker Medics (BPM)-  a platform for Paramedics and other pre-hospital workers to engage with the world of humanitarian work in austere environments.

Her business, Elysium High Performance is a performance psychology and coaching organisation that develops and implements personalised training programmes for individuals and teams operating in high-risk, high-stress or complex environments. ElysiumHP’s programmes are designed to assist people to maximise their outcomes regardless of any external influences and perform at a consistently high level.

Kate completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney, as well as a Master of Philosophy and Bachelor of Psychology (Hons). When she is not working, her passions lie in the outdoors, regularly climbing rocks and mountains throughout Australia, the Nepal Himalaya, Europe and Asia.

 

Intelligence Summary (INTSUM)

  • 03:30   Dr Kate’s background
  • 10:20   Psychological first aid….
  • 12:15   Backpacker Medics …. into disaster relief work
  • 15:30   Incorporating psychology into front line field medical assessments
  • 18:15   Ben hits a roadside bomb in Afghanistan … the power of distraction as creating a focus
  • 19:15   Giving purpose and compartmentalising emotion (for now)
  • 19:50   Kate on post-traumatic stress/ post-traumatic growth
  • 22:00   Can post traumatic growth happen naturally?
  • 24:45   How can we overcome fear, distress and discomfort?
  • 28:30   The importance of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 29:50   Kate on breathing
  • 30:00   Holding peoples mouth closed. Don’t try this at home!
  • 32:40   CrossFit state of mind coaching
  • 34:17   How do you maintain an elite state of mind
  • 36:30   Talking about I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here
  • 42:10   On the lack of external validation… and the internal locus of control … and the importance of just being bored
  • 44:50   Quick Questions/ Quick Answers

 

More

https://drkatebaecher.com

https://elysiumhp.com.au

 

Music

The Externals “I on U” … available on Spotify

Thanks to The Externals for the use of their music.

 

 

 

S2E8- David Olney: Blind Insights on Violence and Complexity

S2E8- David Olney: Blind Insights on Violence and Complexity

May 21, 2020

You get much smarter in this episode. David Olney IS the smartest guy in the room when it comes to devising solutions to solve complex problems and wicked problems.

David lectures on applied thinking, complex problem solving, philosophies of violence, group psychology, terrorism, strategic culture, and the clash of civilizations. He knows plenty of stuff.

David trains people to use (and choose between) a raft of skills and heuristics, so that they can ask deeper questions, identify assumptions, challenge biases and communicate more effectively.

Alongside this episode, check out David’s. He co-hosts Blind Insights with Tim Whiffen, as well as the STRATEGIKON podcast with Dr. John Bruni for SAGE International Australia.

David has supervised theses on counter insurgency, counter terrorism, ASIO, drone warfare, Joint Special Operations Command, intervention in failed states, and European integration.

He is a regular commentator on Australian national security, regional security, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  

Intelligence Summary (INTSUM)

  • 04:00   David’s early days. Born blind on a farm… onto guitar and violin and massage!?
  • 11:00   The philosophies of violence.
  • 13:50   The role of violence in contemporary society
  • 17:50   David on Dave Grossman…. Has the world ever been more violent?          
  • 21:20   If David were planning Iraq and Afghanistan post 9-11 what would you do differently
  • 24:50   How can you join up civil-military operations?
  • 28:25   Commenting on the book Stephen Kotler, Stealing Fire. Found here.
  • 31:15   What are Special Operations Units there to do?
  • 32:35   What is complexity to you?
  • 33:50   Wicked Problems… and the characteristics of wicked problems
  • 34:30   How do you clear up a mess!?
  • 35:00   What about Dave Snowden? …. Is the toolkit right (probe-sense-respond)
  • 36:20   How do we re-shape expectations in a 4-year electoral cycle?
  • 37:45   What advice would David give to Leaders during COVID-19?
  • 40:00   And talking Stanley Chrystal’s Team of Teams… he was failing and losing first…. Then he realised he had to adapt.
  • 42:00   The case for adversity…
  • 44:00   The podcast link
  • 44:15   No happiness without struggle…. David’s opinion

Blind Insights (Podcast): Link here

Music

Mitchell Martin – ‘Broken’ … available on Spotify

Mitchell Martin – ‘Be Myself … also available on Spotify

Thanks to Michell Martin for the use of his music.

 

 

 

@RV17- Voices about the Veterans from Voices of Veterans- ANZAC Day 2020

@RV17- Voices about the Veterans from Voices of Veterans- ANZAC Day 2020

May 11, 2020

Ben and Tim tell some home-baked (and half-baked) stories about those who told their own stories on ANZAC Day 2020!

 

Intelligence Summary (INTSUM)

  • 00:00 - About ANZAC Day 2020
  • 05:00 - Colonel Matt .... former mechanic, SAS soldier, SAS officer and Commanding Officer
  • 09:20 - Mark Wales ..... former SAS Troop Commander 
  • 14:20 - Monika Georgieva ..... former Infantry Platoon Commander
  • 16:00 - Matt Cross ..... former Infantry Officer
  • 18:50- Col Busby ….. former SAS Regimental Sergeant Major
  • 24:00- Peter Tinley …. Former SAS Operations Officer and Squadron Commander
  • 26:00- Andrew Hastie …. Former SAS Troop Commander
  • 27:30- Luke Gosling ….. Former Infantry Officer
  • 28:50- Vince Connelly …. Former Infantry Officer
  • 30:30- Phil Hayes St Clair …. How Army life shaped Phil
  • 32:10- Viv Blycha …  Logistics Officer
  • 33:00- Cameron Smith …. Former Commando Troop Commander
  • 36:00- Bruce McLennan … Former SAS Squadron Sergeant Major
  • 39:00- Tim Curtis ….. Former SAS Squadron Commander
  • 39:30- Daniel Jackson …. Former Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver
  • 41:20- Ian Young ….. Former SAS Squadron Commander
  • 43:00- Lachlan Burg …. Former Artillery Officer
  • 44:30- Sarah Watson …. Former Intelligence Officer
  • 46:00- Simon Hawken …. Former Infantry Senior Non-Commissioned Officer
  • 'H Hour with Hawks' podcast is here
  • 48:50- Thank you to Rob Redenbach and George Mansford, AO
  • 49:50- More of George Mansford’s poetry is here
  • 50:55- Final Comments

 

Music

The Externals ‘Edge of the World’ … Available on Spotify

Special Episode- Voices of Veterans on ANZAC Day 2020

Special Episode- Voices of Veterans on ANZAC Day 2020

April 25, 2020

This ANZAC Day is unlike any other. In this special episode a collection of Australian veterans offer their perspective and reflections on service and ANZAC Day.

Lest we forget.

 

Intelligence Summary (INTSUM)

  •  01:00- The ANZAC Dedication: "They have not died in vain....."
  •  02:06- Introduction and context by Ben and Tim
  •  05:00- Colonel Matt .... former Army mechanic, SAS soldier, SAS officer and Commando Regiment Commanding Officer
  •  09:00- Mark Wales ..... former SAS Troop Commander 
  •  11:30- Monika Georgieva ..... former Infantry Platoon Commander
  •  13:29- Matt Cross ..... former Infantry Officer
  •  15:50- Poem .....  "Old Soldiers Never Die" by George Mansford ... recited by Rob Redenbach
  •  17:40- Ben Pronk ..... former SAS Commanding Officer
  •  23:00- Col Busby ….. former SAS Regimental Sergeant Major
  •  28:00- Peter Tinley …. Former SAS Operations Officer and Squadron Commander
  •  33:00- Andrew Hastie …. Former SAS Troop Commander
  •  37:20- Luke Gosling ….. Former Infantry Officer
  •  42:20- Vince Connelly …. Former Infantry Officer
  •  46:00- Phil Hayes St Clair …. How Army life shaped Phil
  •  47:20- Viv Blycha …  Logistics Officer
  •  51:10- Cameron Smith …. Former Commando Troop Commander
  •  54:00- Bruce McLennan … Former SAS Squadron Sergeant Major
  •  59:10- Tim Curtis ….. Former SAS Squadron Commander
  •  1:03:00- Daniel Jackson …. Former Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver
  •  1:08:52- Ian Young ….. Former SAS Squadron Commander
  •  1:09:00- Lachlan Burg …. Former Artillery Officer
  •  1:13:25- Sarah Watson …. Former Intelligence Officer
  •  1:16:00- Simon Hawken …. Former Infantry Senior Non-Commissioned Officer
  •  1:19:34- Final Comments from Ben and Tim ... and introducing the Ode
  •  1:20:00- The Ode… read by Col Busby (ex SAS Regimental Sergeant Major)
  •  1:21:45- The SAS Roll of Honour … read by Col Busby (ex SAS Regimental Sergeant Major)

 

Music

'Getting Away with It (All Messed Up)' … played by the SAS Band ‘Tongue Charge’ ... played live in Afghanistan (with backing vocals by Angry Anderson)