The anorak cult is now engaged in a sort of internal war which is anything but civil.
It began with a Forum that became concentrated upon featuring the tribute recording venture by its owner called 'Garry Stevens', and he caused a split to occur in the ranks of those who wanted to concentrate upon a tribute station called 'Radio Caroline'. So 'Garry Stevens', ejected his 'trouble-makers' and they created another Forum. Then the two factions began yelling at each other on their two forums.
Then along came Paul Rusling. He claimed many things about many things and most of those 'things' were 'things' that he latched on to to squeeze money out of. Rusling claimed to be a radio engineer while pulling pints behind the bar of a pub, or two. That led Rusling to think of a new way, an easier way of gaining money from others.
So, Rusling began straddling the fence of both anorak forums in order to push his own print-on-demand book about 'Radio Caroline'. The conclusion of his slapped-together book that he audaciously called a 'bible', claimed that in 1964 'Radio Caroline' was begun by a man named Ronan O'Rahilly. But Rusling did not stop there, he then claimed that this 1964 venture lives on under a UK government license awarded to Malcolm Smith who calls himself 'Peter Moore'.
That did it for the anoraks at war with Malcolm Smith who had also got hold of a hulk called 'Ross Revenge'. It was a former fishing boat converted into the floating home of a station which borrowed the name of 'Radio Caroline' - even though it had no connection to the original 'Radio Caroline'.
But now add yet another wrinkle in this childish game played primarily by aging, grumpy men who spend their lives arguing about issues with no relevance to anything of concern to the average human being living life in the real world.
A person called 'Neil Gates' has created a worship site dedicated to his guru Ronan O'Rahilly, and Gates is claiming that because he played the last record on board the 'Ross Revenge' while it was at sea, then what Malcolm Smith has done with both the ship (now hulk) and the name of 'Radio Caroline' is akin to blasphemy in the 'Church of Caroline', as 'Garry Stevens' calls it.
Finally, it should be noted that the 'Ross Revenge' was bought and paid for with money stolen in the USA from investors who were conned into believing a lie. The con man involved was arrested in the USA and put on trial in Philadelphia. It was a court action euphemistically styled as the 'Radio Caroline Criminal Case'. Ronan O'Rahilly was a 'person of interest' to the USA legal authorities, so O'Rahilly stayed away from entry into the USA. The case reached its verdict and the man charged was sentenced to prison. Case closed, and the anoraks either forgot all about it, or they knew nothing about it because it took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Of course the original investors lost their investment and the fruits of this ill-gotten gain have now degraded from ship of value to floating hulk as a liability in the possession of Malcolm Smith. He probably wants rid of it in such a way that the blame for destroying this icon is not placed upon his shoulders. However, that hulk, being a liability serves no real purpose in the real business plans of Malcolm Smith.
This brings us to now.
'Garry Stevens' does not like the truth so he severed relations with us at an early stage, without ever telling us that he had done so. Now Malcolm Smith is revealing from documents in his possession that Ronan O'Rahilly was a fake and a fraud, a liar and a conman.
One set of anoraks are now livid at Malcolm Smith.
Paul Rusling has been exposed as the fool that he is, because his 'bible' that straddles the fence acclaims both O'Rahilly and Smith, while 'Neil Gates' is frothing at the mouth trying to gain attention to his ethereal worship center that is a web site singing the religious praises of Ronan O'Rahilly. In all probability Malcolm Smith not only wants the hulk to sink without trace, but he also wants mention of Ronan O'Rahilly in the context of 'Radio Caroline' to cease as fast as possible. So, Malcolm Smith is now exposing O'Rahilly as the fraud that he was.
Out of this sick bunch of yahoos, the only person making one kind of business sense is Malcolm Smith. The UK has officially endorsed what he is doing, and this grease-monkey is busy trying to create his own little broadcasting operation called 'Radio Caroline'. We have no problem with that, especially since Malcolm has now decided to tell the truth about Ronan O'Rahilly.
Meanwhile, those primarily aging old men and a handful of duped women who seem to be in love with the nondescript fantasies of the old men, are now engaged in a growing war of words about .... nothing.
In the real world Malcolm is trying to emerge as just an ordinary small businessman promoting an ordinary small radio station, while we now look on at the quagmire that Paul Rusling is now sinking into after having stolen from us and supporting a cause that is ripping itself apart. That means both Rusling and his rants are tributes to tears that Rusling is now dispensing on living a life which is not of any sympathetic interest to anyone.
In the end Malcolm will survive, and O'Rahilly will become an insignificant footnote. All of the waring old men will just die off and be forgotten (unlike old soldiers.)
What a sad state of affairs when all that energy and wasted money could have been put to use uncovering the real story about the original and real 'Radio Caroline'.
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