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UK Spy Podcast – Ep 55, Sunday Spy Show

Join THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL guide Brian Gray for his monthly take on the key UK intelligence issues, on the Sunday Spy Show at Spies & Shadows TV.

Episode 55 of the UK’s leading intelligence podcast is here for you to listen to.

As always, US contributor Michael Brady offers his Stateside perspective of what’s going on in the US intelligence community.

And as usual, there’s seriousness, sensibility, and a wee tad of stupidity as well, all in the right proportions. It almost sounds like one of my London spy tours!

 

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or download it to your device of choice – click here! And don’t forget iTunes.

Anyway, as far as the news stories go…listen out for the following…

  • NEWS
    • Latest MI5 declassified files – Portland and Cambridge Spy Rings
    • Cairncross widow claims files show husband not one of Cambridge Ring
    • The KGB at Oxford
    • The real MI6 ‘Reptile Fund’ ?
    • MI6 Chief that’s not in line for a blue plaque
    • Professor Michael Brady: US intel round-up
    • MI5 terror review – reaction to Anderson Report
    • Spy Theatre – George Blake and ‘Cell Mates’
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UK Spy Podcast – Ep 54, Sunday Spy Show

Join THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL guide Brian Gray for his monthly take on the key UK intelligence issues, on the Sunday Spy Show at Spies & Shadows TV.

Episode 54 of the UK’s leading intelligence podcast is here for you to listen to. There’s THREE lovely voices for you to feast your ears on in this jam-packed and guest featured show.

As always, US contributor Michael Brady offers his Stateside perspective of what’s going on in the US intelligence community.

Plus, author Timothy Phillips talks about his recently released book, “The Secret Twenties: British Intelligence, the Russians and the Jazz Age”

As usual, there’s seriousness, sensibility, and a wee tad of stupidity as well, all in the right proportions. Just like what you’d experience on tour!

 

LISTEN TO IT NOW!

or download it to your device of choice – click here! And don’t forget iTunes.

Anyway, as far as the news stories go…listen out for the following…

  • NEWS
    • MI5 counter terror review
    • Has Parker lost the plot?
    • CIA and Caversham Park
    • Professor Michael Brady: US intel round-up
    • Spyscape museum update
  • SPOOK BOOK-ERY!
    • Timothy Phillips talks about his book, “The Secret Twenties: British Intelligence, the Russians and the Jazz Age”
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UK Spy Podcast – Ep 52, Sunday Spy Show

Join THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL guide Brian Gray for his monthly take on the key UK intelligence issues, on the Sunday Spy Show at Spies & Shadows TV.

Episode 52 of the UK’s leading intelligence podcast is here for you to listen to. And as it turns out, it’s a bit of a lengthy one, thanks to some very welcome guests.

As always, US contributor Michael Brady offers his Stateside perspective of what’s going on in the US intelligence community. Oh, and did you know his first novel is released this month? Of course you did – well remembered!

But you’re also treated to veteran intelligence writer and former podcast contributor Michael Smith, who explains the motivations for spying. Yep, he’s got a book to flog too!

As usual, there’s seriousness, sensibility, and a wee tad of stupidity as well, all in the right proportions.

 

LISTEN TO IT NOW!

or download it to your device of choice – click here! And don’t forget iTunes.

Anyway, as far as the news stories go…listen out for the following…

  • NEWS
    • Intelligence services and the media vs Joe Public?
    • ex-GCHQ Head Robert Hannigan’s questionable parenting advice…and the response!
    • WannaCry UK hero detained in US: GCHQ acquiescence
    • Professor Michael Brady: US intel round-up
  • SPOOK BOOK-ERY!
    • Michael Smith – ‘The Anatomy of a Traitor’ – motivations to spy.
    • John Le Carre evening at the Royal Festival Hall
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London Spy Tours

Learn more about the different London spy tours offered by THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL . Critically acclaimed by the pros: beware of cheap imitations!

Here’s the brief, appetite-whetting, summaries of the different London spy tours available for you and your friends, work colleagues or student groups.

All of these tours are delivered on foot and generally take around three hours. Click on the links for the full tour webpage.

The CLASSIC TRAIL spans the decades. There’s old and new to keep you absorbed, including:-
Ian Fleming’s intelligence activities during WWII; the Cambridge Spy Ring; arch MI6 traitor George Blake;  Libyan rapprochement; Egyptian defenestration; the ‘spy hotel of London spy hotels’ and who frequented it…and more.

EARLY YEARS TOUR (1909-1945)
Taking you back to the origins and first decades of Britain’s intelligence services, the Early Years tour is packed with personalities who have played the spy game – some heroically, others treacherously – through these years. With dubious invisible ink, exploding cars and double crossing galore to hear about: who said the early years were boring?! With two World Wars and more to deal with, there’s lots to learn.

COLD WAR TOUR (1945-1992)
Learn about key incidents and personalities playing the intelligence game during the decades-long tension between East and West on the Cold War tour, including: British traitors Vassall, Bossard, Blake, AND one would-be traitor; – the two Oleg’s playing their part in turning the tide; the importance of underground stations to the KGB; the case against Roger Hollis.

WESTMINSTER & WATER TOUR
Passing not only some of the locations used by the agencies, but also institutions associated with the espionage and intelligence world from the 1920’s to the present. Highlights include: Modern-day MI5, MI6, and GCHQ and the issues they face; Prime Ministers, Parliamentarians and the spooks; Intelligence and Iraq; the ‘Spy school’ for both arguably Britain’s worst  spy traitor AND one of Britain’s most unconventional WWII intelligence officers; the former home of one of the most colourful – and controversial – MI6 Chiefs in the Service’s history.

SEXPIONAGE TOUR
Sex and spying come together as the edgier antics of the ‘second oldest profession’ are revealed on London’s streets.  Scandals, seduction, entrapment, and defection all feature. Highlights include: the private life of James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming; the sexual antics of the Cambridge Spy Ring; Britain’s worst Cold War political scandal; MI5 redressing the balance due to the UNdressing KGB operative; Katia and the Parliamentary penetration?
WARNING: this tour is NOT for the prudish or easily offended! Open-minded adults only!

MAYFAIR AND MOTHER RUSSIA
From the Cold War to more recent times, walk through London’s most opulent district and learn more about the intelligence game being played out between Britain and Russia through the years.

Highlights include: ‘The Polonium Trail’: the Alexander Litvinenko affair; Roger Hollis and the MI5 molehunts; the last London days of Cambridge Spy Ring member Guy Burgess; Russian DLB signal sites;  Anna Chapman at work and play…… and MUCH more!
This tour has MANY spy locations en-route that can’t all be discussed in detail due to time constraints, but will be pointed out along the way.

 

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Praise & Propaganda

Judged by the company one keeps? If so, THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL is in fine fettle. Here’s what’s being said.

The ‘Trail has appeared on radio, television and featured in national and international press, as well as garnering praise from many tour clients along the way.

Here are some selected highlights:

RADIO / TV

BBC Radio 2: Friday Night is Music Night
‘Trail guide Brian Gray takes Radio 2 listeners on a mini Intelligence Trail around central London during the interval of the BBC Concert Orchestra’s performance of classic spy themes.

KING 5 (US television station) London Spy Tour
The ‘Trail on TV! Seattle reporter Jim Dever (and trusty cameraman Mike) joins Brian on the ‘Trail, highlighting some of the key spots featured on the tour. Recorded in June 2012, this short feature was broadcast during the London Olympics in August 2012, and shown again in December that year.

PRINT

The National Post (Canada, newspaper) London Olympics: Going to the Games? Why not hit the Spy Trail while you’re at it
Toronto-based writer Nancy Wigston comes on the ‘Trail and finds it ‘better than the movies’.

Group Travel Business Forum
‘Trail head Brian Gray ditched his customary ‘man in black’ look and got booted and suited (with a nice bright tie) to talk marketing – in particular, marketing strategy – to group travel attractions.

Group Travel Organiser magazine Expert View
Brian Gray, Head of Marketing for THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL provides some insight and opinion regarding group tour provision and customer focus.

TESTIMONIALS
It is always the intention to deliver a first-rate experience, and thankfully, this has been achieved, judging by the feedback received.

It goes without saying that feedback is much appreciated, whether to discuss any particular aspects or just to give your general thoughts. It’s all gratefully received, and you’re thanked in advance for your time and thoughts if you choose to get in touch.

The following are some of the GENUINE testimonials provided by ‘Trail customers over the years. You can find more (again, GENUINE) reviews on TripAdvisor, which you can access by clicking on the link at the page footer. More are provided elsewhere on the website

“The Intelligence Trail is a very well researched and interesting insight into the history and evolution of the secret world of intelligence gathering and espionage. Conducted in and around Whitehall, it was fascinating to visit the various sites of interest whilst being briefed on the famous (and infamous) by an articulate and well informed guide. Highly recommended.”
Major, Royal Marines, Defence School of Intelligence, UK

“The Intelligence Trail in London was a truly memorable experience. Brian Gray delivered an in-depth and fascinating tour that took me to locations both famous and infamous, and he made the past come to life with his anecdotes and intimate details. As an author, I am unable to spend thirty seconds with a subject matter expert such as Brian without asking a question; he had all the answers and he took me deeper into the history of London’s intelligence community than I could have imagined.”
Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times Bestselling Co-author of ‘Threat Vector’- By Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney, and national bestselling author of ‘The Gray Man’ series.

“Mr. X certainly knows his stuff: From the moment Mr. X mysteriously appears at the rendezvous, he captivates his audience with tales and secrets of the entangled web of the spy world. Interesting facts and Mr. X’s wit and knowledge on this subject makes the events complete value for money and many a talking point!
Social Co-ordinator, Atkins Limited, UK

“This tour is excellent! A great way to learn about the hidden history and intriguing mysteries of MI5 & MI6 that are scattered throughout London. The guide was really enthusiastic and knowledgeable and really brought the stories alive on the streets and alleyways of the city. If you’re interested in any era of intelligence…this is the tour for you. I would highly recommend it.”
Corinne T., Philadelphia, USA

 

 

 

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