In addition to this Blog, which serves as an ongoing notepad of information, and as well as our analysis of the Ray Clark Interview pages, and our YesterStudies academic links to papers we have previously published that relate to the same subject matter, we have now added a Biography page about Ian Cowper Ross. We have begun to assemble quite a bit of information about the documented real life activities of Ian Cowper Ross in relation to both his biological family, and his in-laws, but until we created this new page, there was nowhere we could assemble, manage by addition, deletion or amendment, a single, ready-to-access file about the real life of Ian Cowper Ross.
Since the life and times of Ian Cowper Ross are really the keys to unlocking the hitherto mysteries concerning the creation of 'Radio Caroline' in 1964, we are focusing upon his life in relation to all other lives that come into contact with this story. That is because his life story is in one sense the story of 'Radio Caroline'. Forget the story of Ronan O'Rahilly, it is a distraction. You can also ignore Allan James Crawford, because it is the life story of Ian Cowper Ross that really leads us to uncovering the true story about the funding of 'Radio Caroline', even though Ian Cowper Ross deliberately confused and misdirected everyone with his invented tale of 'Jimmy Shaw'.
But Ian Cowper Ross had help from Keith Skues!
It seems to be Skues who first put two and two together and came up with the wrong answer! Ian sort of danced around the specifics, but Keith blundered in where the proverbial angels fear to tread!
Long before Paul Rusling jumped onto this bandwagon of rubbish in 2019 when he reported that 'Jimmy Ross' was the father of Ian Ross, there was Keith Skues. In his work called 'Pop Went the Pirates II ', Skues claimed copyrights that go all the way back to 1968, but as far as we can determine, it is his second claim to 1994 that holds the key to debunking his 'Jimmy Ross' reference, because in 1968 no one was making that ridiculous claim!
Ian Cowper Ross began it all with his 1990 novel that made the nonsense of Skues possible, but his novel called 'Rocking the Boat ' did not appear until 1990, and then it was not until the following year of 1991 when Ian Cowper Ross cropped up on a BBC-TV Arena production called 'A Pirate's Tale', and that is when he began to assert that his novel was a true account of events. (Ray Clark's interview took place much later during the year 2015.)
But in his 1990 novel, Ian Cowper Ross referred to his main character by the name of Paul Shaw, and it was Paul Shaw's mother who called her fictitious husband Jim, and then another fictitious character named Liam O'Mahoney called Paul Shaw's fictitious father "Jimmy". This led Keith Skues to reinterpret or rename, "Jim" or "Jimmy Shaw" as "Jimmy Ross" and go further to claim that "Jimmy Ross" is the father of Ian Cowper Ross. Of course that is not true. The father of Ian Cowper Ross is Charles Edward Ross.
But once Keith Skues put this daft idea into play, the equally looney anoraks who follow the puffed-up and self-important Keith Skues, all began to follow suit. That mess resulted in the nonsense that swirled around in the head of Paul Alexander Rusling when he created a pretentious 'bible' in 2019, and then claimed that the friends of Charles Edward Ross called him "Jimmy"!
We flipped open our copy of Keith Skues 'Pop Went the Pirates II ' and read on page 11: "..... the conscientious Ronan O'Rahilly was making progress fast. He had already found seven millionaire backers including ..... Mr Jimmy Ross."
But the tangle of nonsense goes much deeper than the mess created by Keith Skues, because Ian Cowper Ross also invented a brother in his 1990 novel. In real life he does not have a brother, he has a much older step-brother.
To a great extent, the life of the younger Ian Cowper Ross was lived in the shadow of his step-brother Charles Cowper Ross. In his novel, Ian drops a lot of clues about the Kenya coffee shop and a car wash outfitted with imported U.S. equipment. But you can't locate that car wash where Ian placed it in his novel, although it not only existed, but it plays a key part in understanding the real story about Ian and his step-brother.
Ian's step-brother was not only following a theatrical career, but that of an entrepreneur dabbling in several other activities as well, and one of his business ventures included a car wash. It is only by pinning down the facts and separating them from the fiction that the true story begins to emerge, because his step-brother also had a business partner, and together they left clues implanted in the public record of the day!
While we began to think that Charles Edward Ross was a director of the Jensen Motor Car Company of Birmingham, our research has so far drawn a blank. No mention of Charles Edward Ross is currently to be found in the history of that Birmingham-based company.
Yet, Ian Cowper Ross managed to get hold of an expensive Jensen sports car when he was a teen, and then crash it headlong into a bus. That landed him in hospital where he almost lost a foot, and then it landed him in a Derbyshire Magistrates' Court where his father is identified as a director of a sports car company. But it does not identify that company as being the Jensen Motor Car Company.
So with all the clues in play we have gone back and reexamined the relationship between Norcros and Jensen. It was a failing company that Norcros took over in 1959, and then spat-out in 1966 as still being a failing company! Whatever Charles Edward Ross was doing, it was not enough to save Jensen!
That brings us back to the novel which Ian Cowper Ross says is partially true. The question is, which parts are true? Clearly the apocryphal tale of Liam O'Mahoney hitting Jimmy Shaw up for money in cash, is totally untrue.
That is not how 'Radio Caroline' was financed, but for some reason that is what the people who really financed 'Radio Caroline' want us to believe. We now think that we know why, and how this came to the surface is when we started to assemble all of the new data in a new timeline which combines all of the related and documented evidence that we have so far uncovered. Why are we reporting all of this here for everyone to read? Because having already experienced intellectual theft of material by at least two hack writers of self-published vanity books, this is the easiest way (due to publication time stamp), for us to prove in a court of law our claims to copyright infringement - should we wish to do so.
Therefore to create a place for our assembled data, we created a Biography page on the menu bar. We will also continue to add both content and commentary to the Ray Clark Interview pages.
Right at this moment the 'Biography' link is blank, but we will notify you here when data is added.
A final note for the person hiding behind the name 'Fred Bramley' on the Garry Stevens' site:
That site hosts the fraudulent claims of Paul Alexander Rusling and his 'bible'. Whoever 'Fred Bramley' really is, he does not want you to read Ian Cowper Ross' novel called 'Rocking the Boat'.
We want you to read it - because you will quickly discover that 'Fred Bramley' has not read it!
'Fred Bramely asserts that it is a novel set in Liverpool. It is not. It begins in Beverly Hills, California and moves its location to the King's Road in Chelsea, before moving on to Hindhead, Surrey and other locations, including the Liverpool area.
This book is primarily a love story about its main character named 'Paul Shaw', and his pursuit of a girl with aristocratic ties. In 1966, Ian Cowper Ross who wrote the novel, did marry into aristocracy.
Ian Cowper Ross did get involved with a car auto wash business, run by his step-brother, but not at a location as described in the novel, and that business was not in Liverpool.
However, what 'Fred Bramley' is ignoring quite deliberately it seems, is that Keith Skues and Paul Rusling have decided to turn the father of Ian Cowper Ross, into 'Jimmy Ross' - by doing exactly what 'Fred Bramley' complains about: namely turning the fictitious novel about Paul Shaw and his father named Jim Shaw or Jimmy Shaw, into a book about Ian Cowper Ross and Charles Edward Ross!
In fact, by promoting this nonsense on the very site that 'Fred Bramley' is posting his complaint on, Garry Stevens who is the owner of that site, is promoting the 'bible' of Paul Alexander Rusling to aid and abet in the fraudulent passing off of the newly licensed and tiny community station calling itself 'Radio Caroline'. 'Fred Bramley' can't have it both ways. If that book is merely a novel, then the interpretive work of Paul Rusling (aided by Garry Stevens), are perpetrating a fraud.
Why isn't 'Fred Bramley' addressing these issues, while at the same time demanding that Garry Stevens removes his "Jimmy Ross" advertising? But these anoraks never discuss the issues, and 'Fred Bramley' is typical of those who lack the mental capacity to think logically and act rationally.
We first read and reviewed this novel years ago, and back then we tried to reconcile its storyline to the real story of 'Radio Caroline', but without success. A decade or more has passed, and we are now extremely close to revealing the hitherto untold and unknown and unpublished true story of 'Radio Caroline'.
So if you know the real person hiding behind the moniker of 'Fred Bramley', please tell him that every word of nonsense that he writes on the Garry Stevens' site, only goes to compound the fact that it is knowingly publishing false and fraudulent information to dupe readers into supporting an equally fake currently licensed operation calling itself 'Radio Caroline' which has absolutely no authentic claims to the original station the began broadcasting in 1964.