[NOTE: A correction has been made to a date within this text that relates to the screening of a BBC-TV program about the start of 'Radio Caroline' in 1964.]
At the top of this Blog there is a banner for 'YesterStudies', and for anyone who is wondering what it means, here is a brief explanation:
YesterStudies is another way of looking at the past. We do not claim to be, nor do we wish to be tagged as 'historians', and neither do we believe in any form of over-arching conspiracy theory to be our starting point. The only sort of hypothesis we use is of the same genre that a detective may use in trying to solve a cold case crime.
Our inspiration for this work came from a very brief skit by Steve Martin, the comedian born in Waco, Texas who attended California State University at Long Beach. That is where he studied philosophy.
In the February 18, 1982 edition of 'Rolling Stone' magazine, Steve Martin referred to that course work when he told Ben Fong-Torres:
"It changed what I believe and what I think about everything. I majored in philosophy. Something about non-sequiturs appealed to me. In philosophy, I started studying logic, and they were talking about cause and effect, and you start to realize, 'Hey, there is no cause and effect! There is no logic! There is no anything!' Then it gets real easy to write this stuff because all you have to do is twist everything hard— you twist the punch line, you twist the non-sequitur so hard away from the things that set it up."
Steve Martin's exposure to philosophy resulted in a very brief skit that he performed on January 21, 1978, during his appearance on season 3; episode 9, of the NBC-TV network show called 'Saturday Night Live'. It is called: "You Can Be A Millionaire and Never Pay Taxes":
The key to his routine, and therefore our application, is found in not answering a hypothetical question about his hypothetical statement, as shown by the transcript below:
"You (pause) can be a millionaire (pause) and never pay taxes!"
He repeats that statement:
"You (pause) can be a millionaire (pause) and never pay taxes!"
He then raises an obvious question generated by his statement:
"You say: (pause) 'Steve (pause) how can I be a millionaire (pause) and never pay taxes!'"
Steve Martin then provides his answer:
"First (pause) get a million dollars."
What follows is the sort of misdirection used by every magician; many politicians; religious leaders and conspiracy theorists and tellers of the fake story behind the creation of 'Radio Caroline'. You don't address the central issue, you obfuscate it by misdirection via information that is totally irrelevant to the subject at hand:
"Now (pause) you say: 'Steve (pause) what do I say to the tax man when he comes to my door and says, 'You (pause) have never paid taxes'?"
Steve Martin responds to this issue of not paying taxes:
"Two simple words. Two simple words in the English language: 'I forgot!'"
Now he expounds upon this non-issue:
"How many times do we let ourselves get into terrible situations because we don't say 'I forgot'?"
Before you have a chance to muse that this is a silly response, he poses a new question:
"Let's say you're on trial for armed robbery. You say to the judge, 'I forgot armed robbery was illegal.' Let's suppose he says back to you, 'You have committed a foul crime. You have stolen hundred and thousands of dollars from people at random, and you say, 'I forgot'?
Steve Martin then concludes his routine with:
"Two simple words: Excuuuuuse me!!"
Look at the banner at the top of this Blog. Look at all those books, none of which can tell you who started 'Radio Caroline' or why they started it. Oh, yes, they provide answers, but they are of the Steve Martin comedy ilk. They make a statement in point number one and then quickly move to points two and three in greater detail - even though their points two and three do not address the issues raised in point number one.
But with a few other exceptions, look at the other offshore stations of the 1960s. Most of them have detailed and verified documented accounts of their origins. Some, like the rambling beginnings of the non-starters such as 'CNBC'; 'GBLN' and 'GBOK' also engage in the same kind of obfuscation that is wrapped around the subject of 'Radio Caroline'.
So using the same approach to logical thinking that caused Steve Martin to create his routine, we looked again at the story of 'Radio Caroline' as told in all those books.
In Steve Martin's routine, the primary question is not about avoiding the taxes due on a million dollars - which you don't have; it is how do you get the million dollars to begin with - which you may be very happy to pay taxes on - if only you could receive the million dollars!
The hack writers of those books shown in the banner at the top of the Blog, all avoid that first basic question, and that question went unamplified from 1964 until the year 1990. That is when Ian Cowper Ross got involved with his eccentric and aristocratic mother-in-law. Together they created a fictional book containing inferences relating to the creation of 'Radio Caroline'.
During the first part of the following year, BBC-TV screened a show in March 1991 which 'stars' Ian Cowper Ross and Ronan O'Rahilly. Produced by an outside company, in that show Ian Cowper Ross claimed that it was the documentary true account about events in 1964 which led to the start of 'Radio Caroline'.
BBC-TV presented its 1991 fictitious tale as the truth, but that show was not a documentary, it was total fiction, which raises the question of: why did they wait so long?
What other event, or events took place in 1990, which set the stage for this fake tale to be published and broadcast?
The answer to that question is found in a change in UK law: It made offshore broadcasting impossible because it enabled UK authorities to legally board ships in international waters. This new legislation had been proceeded by a problematic raid on August 19, 1989 by a Dutch government authorized boarding of the mv Ross Revenge. For this the Dutch could look back to 1964 when they did the same thing by shutting down transmissions from REM island. in both the 1964 and 1989 instances, legal problems arose in Holland.
Unaddressed by everyone at the time (until now, by this Blog), is the fact that the common thread behind policing of the waters of the North Sea, was the exploration and discovery and retrieval of natural gas and petroleum products. Here we are not talking about "a million dollars", we are talking about billons of dollars. That means we are talking about a huge amount of tax revenue derived from the riches of the licensed North Sea which so called 'pirate' broadcasters were squatting upon and creating havoc with international licensing laws relating to natural gas and petroleum products. But no wanted to explain this to the public, and it is interesting that Tony Benn, who had banged the drum in relation to 'pirate' broadcasts, was swiftly moved to a new job within the Labour government where he also had control over natural gas and petroleum products derived from the British 'sector' of the North Sea!
This work, this Blog, is the first attempt to explain just what was behind the 'menace' of 'Radio Caroline' and the other offshore broadcasting stations. The biggest 'threat' came from stations attached to sea bed. That is why REM island was raided, and the UK stations that suffered the ignominy of being brought within UK territorial waters, and therefore under existing UK laws, by the redrawing of the British coastline, were also a legal threat.
But a threat to whom?
A threat to international treaties involving the changed status of the North Sea and other bodies of water in Europe, that might be concealing vast amounts of natural gas and petroleum products. The squatters on Rough Tower were told successively, in a British 'softly, softly' approach not to do anything that would provoke their eviction. They could claim all they liked, but they could not do as they pleased.
Now you see the emergence of 'Climate Change' being used as a huge battering ram against the conglomerate of offshore exploration and retrieval companies involving rigs; tankers and even underwater pipelines. Their story goes back to the middle of the Nineteenth Century and the promotion of John D. Rockefeller. That is why we are laying the groundwork, once step at a time, to reveal how the natural gas and petroleum products industry evolved, and how its opposition has morphed into a strange battle cry called 'Climate Change', with of all things a young girl named Greta Thunberg as its celebrity spokesperson.
This story of 'Climate Change' is another story surrounded by obfuscation and misdirection, and again, it is all about money: big money - on both sides. Forget ethics; forget 'Saving the Planet', because this is all about the wealth of transitional lives and their self-interests. But there are a lot of dumbed-down minds who can't see the woods for the trees, and they are willing and able to become members of a rent-a-mob to demonstrate for a bit of fun. The real story though is going on at the banks with investments in alternative fuels. However, as inward looking as the West is, it should not be forgotten that this is all a very Western daydream. The rest of the real world is mostly continuing along the same road once paved by the likes of John D. Rockefeller.
So this brings us back to our present timeline and the last broadcasting transmission from the mv Ross Revenge. It was made on November 5, 1990, just before the new UK 1990 Broadcasting Act became law on February 1, 1991, and that new law could have resulted in the legal seizure of the ship by UK authorities. Instead, the silent Ross Revenge drifted on to the Goodwin Sands and a tug then pulled it off and into the Eastern Docks at Dover, England on November 21, 1991.
It is within that window of time from the raid on August 19, 1989, until the passing of the new Broadcasting law on February 2, 1991, and the Ross Revenge being towed into the territorial waters of the United Kingdom on November 21, 1991, that the make-believe fiction scripted by Ian Cowper Ross was launched in both book and television formats.
The date of the book review in 'Tatler' magazine, is May 14, 1990, and it was followed on March 1, 1991 by a one hour and thirty minutes television documentary made by an independent production company called 'Arena'. That show relied upon lines scripted by Ian Cowper Ross, and was transmitted as: 'Caroline 199 - A Pirate's Tale'. It was first televised by BBC Two on March 1, 1990, and later repeated on October 1, 2007 by BBC Four.
Because of scripting and production time, it is probable that the television program was contracted for long before the Heinemann book was launched. This means that Ian Cowper Ross was probably busy writing his part of the script on August 19, 1989, and that is when the Dutch, with British cooperation, launched their raid on the Ross Revenge.
The 'Arena' production blurb claimed that: "....Radio Caroline (was) founded in 1964 by Ronan O'Rahilly", and that it "gave many DJs their first break, including Tony Blackburn. Arena traces the origins of this broadcasting phenomenon of the 60s which is threatened with extinction by the government's new bill."
This double barrage of nonsense set the stage for what would then follow using the name 'Radio Caroline'. It eventually culminated in the creation of a fraudulent listing for a new company registered in the UK at Companies House, which called itself 'Radio Caroline'. That company eventually received a small local license to broadcast as a community radio station.
Then Paul Rusling delivered his vanity self-publication called 'The Radio Caroline Bible' to the supporters of this new radio venture, and he attempted to take our paid research without approval, and then twist it into a timeline of nonsense created by Ian Cowper Ross.
However, using the same methodology that Steve Martin employed to deliver his skit, it is now possible to show that that Rusling's book and the bogus station that it represents, are not mere entertainment for the moment, but scams fleecing the gullible, and frauds undermining the true account of the seamless intertwining of British and American broadcasting history.
NOTE: On 3/28/2021, some editorial copy corrections were made to dates cited in this text.