This is all about an admission made by Chris Edwards.
It is also about the united attack that Chris Edwards obviously supports, which is by a hoard of anoraks led by their leader Malcolm Smith who calls himself 'Peter Moore'.
To set the stage: Malcolm Smith is trading upon the 1964 legacy of 'Radio Caroline' by trying to pretend that his little venture that he calls 'Radio Caroline' is a continuation of the same venture that began in 1964 under the promotional blather of Irishman Ronan O'Rahilly.
But Smith has a big problem in keeping his band of dithering anoraks continuing to surrender their time and cash to preserve a hulk that had nothing to do with 'Radio Caroline' in 1964, and which still holds Ronan O'Rahilly as their figurehead. He has a problem because he has already denounced O'Rahilly as a sponger, while O'Rahilly described himself as an anarchist. So they seem to be in agreement. But denouncing the mystical O'Rahilly is a dangerous thing to do when the anoraks revere his name and treat his image like a religious icon.
However, the real issue is money.
In 1964, O'Rahilly was given the job of misdirection away from that topic, so when the press asked who gave O'Rahilly the money to start 'Radio Caroline' in 1964, there was silence until Jocelyn Stevens stepped forward and admitted to being a contributor. But a contributor to what?
The UK Board of Trade investigated 'Radio Caroline' in 1965 and it discovered that 'Radio Caroline' was not a registered UK company, and neither was there a single UK company behind the venture. In other words, O'Rahilly was a mere carnival 'barker'. References were made to O'Rahilly's industrious father, but O'Rahilly's father had nothing to do with financing 'Radio Caroline'.
Today, there is only one group that has thoroughly investigated the origins of 'Radio Caroline' and the source of its funding, and that is THIS group which calls itself 'The Trio'. All others feed of recycled press stories and interviews with old disc jockeys who in self-promotion and vain glory tell stories that have no foundation in fact. Johnnie Walker is a prime example. But the publicists mainly sprang out of the woodwork after 1990 when a fellow called Ian Cowper Ross, nicknamed 'Flipper', sprang on to the bookshelves with a novel which was published thanks to his wealthy and aristocratic mother-in-law.
Note, Ian's financial prop was his mother-in-law, and not his father. His mother-in-law was behind Ian's 1990 novel, and that is an interesting story which we will not address here.
Following the publication of that 1990 book came a 1991 BBC-TV 'documentary' comprising cameo appearances by people such as Ronan O'Rahilly and Jocelyn Stevens. But the main speaker on camera was Ian Ross, while the other two main characters were never in the same room to be televised with Ian.
Ian Ross blabbed about "Daddy" who he never named. "Daddy" was just 'Daddy", a man who knew some people with money. But back before 'Radio Caroline' in 1964, "Daddy" had paid for Ian to attend the same public school as his step-brother. His behavior was reckless as a teenager and he first wrecked an expensive motorcycle, and then he crashed a Jensen car head-on into a bus. That landed him in court, and before that he spent months in hospital. Doctors only managed to save one his feet from amputation by surgically creating a foot that resembled a flipper. That is why and how he gained that eponymous nickname.
In his novel of 1990, Ian Ross cobbled together a lot of his experiences into a fable. He gave the main character the name of "Paul Shaw", but it was a loud mouthed Irishman that Paul Shaw met in a coffee bar on Kings Road in Chelsea, who called Paul Shaw's father "Jimmy". No surname, just "Jimmy". But since he was the fantasy father of Paul Shaw, then his name would have been "Jimmy Shaw", although Ian never mentions those two names together as the fantasy father of the fantasy Paul Shaw.
But back in 1963, the real Ian Ross, by his own admission, was an irresponsible kid and a headache for his real father named Charles Edward Ross. So Ian was palmed-off on to Jocelyn Stevens as a kind of a junior in the Stevens' advertising department. Ian became a kind of "dogsbody".
Stevens had assembled several publications under his company banner, and 'The Queen' magazine was just one of them. Stevens did not buy that magazine as such, he bought the existing publishing company that owned that magazine, and later, he renamed that company Stevens Press Limited.
Now this is where Chris Edwards and 'Offshore Echos' comes into this narrative. Years ago when investigating the origins of 'Project Atlanta Limited'; 'Planet Productions Limited'; and a book called 'Radio Man', we worked with Chris Edwards until we ran into a problem with Chris Edwards. Our own investigation was open-ended, meaning that it had no starting point or ending point, and neither did it have any sort of mandate to make or discover research that would conform to any known existing story.
Not so with Chris Edwards and his 'OEM'.
'OEM' was and is an anorak magazine singing the praises of Ronan O'Rahilly who 'OEM' has assisted in transforming into a mythological sort of high priest of the Malcolm Smith 'Caroline Cult'. It is entirely bogus and as Garry Stevens has claimed many times, it is indeed a quasi-religion. But Garry Stevens also stumbles into accepting earlier fake stories about Ronan O'Rahilly, while denouncing the new Malcolm Smith version. Consequently there is now a 'Church of Caroline' (to use Garry Stevens' description), which is divided in a similar way to the Roman Catholic Church with its believers in the Old Mass and the New Mass.
So when Chris Edwards recently posted on the Dave Martin Anorak Forum the following admission, he really blew his entire credibility out of the water: Pardon the pun.
On 18/5/2022 at 21:28:09, this is what Chris Edwards wrote: ... "We've also been told that Charles Ross had a dry cleaning business - although I don't see how relevant that is."
Chris Edwards admits that "I don't see how relevant that is."
How relevant what is, Chris?
"a dry cleaning business" replies Chris Edwards.
Chris Edwards tells what he has been told: "We've also been told that Charles Ross had a dry cleaning business ...."
Who told you that Chris?
Chris Edwards tell us in a mocking tone on 18/5/2022 at 10:14:20 that is was a "forensic investigator" who he identifies in his various posts as "MH", and in real life under a real name he is one of 'The Trio' investigating the origins of 1964 'Radio Caroline'.
So let's establish this once and for all time: MH, a forensic investigator who is one member of a trio investigating the 1964 origins of 'Radio Caroline', has told Chris Edwards, which means that Chris Edwards did not know this before he was told, that Charles Edward Ross was in the dry cleaning business.
Chris Edwards wrote that "Charles Ross had a dry cleaning business", but that is not what we discovered or claimed. Chris Edwards put that spin on our words.
What we discovered was that Charles Edward Ross was the sales promoter of franchising for an existing dry cleaning business. It was a local laundry taken over by someone else, renamed, and then turned into a dry cleaning business which was then franchised by Charles Edward Ross.
"So what?" scoffs Chris Edwards.
That is one part of the puzzle regarding the creation of 'Radio Caroline', the part that joins Charles Edward Ross to Jocelyn Stevens via John Sheffield who owned a holding company called 'Norcros' spelled with one 's' and not two.
A-ha! cry the anoraks, so Charles Edward Ross did finance 'Radio Caroline', but the anoraks are WRONG! He had nothing to do with the financing of 'Radio Caroline'!
Norcros was a holding company that split into several sub-companies, each one incorporated, and in one of them, Jocelyn Stevens was a shareholder. That was long before 'Radio Caroline' came on the scene!
So what about Charles Edward Ross?
Well, Norcos being a holding company for purposes of raising combined capital for individually managed and incorporated small companies, also had under its umbrella the manufacturer of dry cleaning equipment. In fact, at the time, it was the largest manufacturer of dry cleaning equipment in the United Kingdom.
But, that dry cleaning manufacturer of equipment that was a member of the Norcros group (not owned by Norcos), did not perform dry cleaning services. However, the company that Charles Edward Ross represented as its franchising sales agent did exactly that!
Then what about the small merchant bank called Close Brothers? Well that bank financed the franchising of the dry cleaning company.
So how does this tie together?
Well to know all of that you have to know a lot more about this jigsaw puzzle that we have been uncovering. But what we can tell you is that Ronan O'Rahilly was what Americans used to call a 'bum', and he described himself as an anarchist. He was out for himself, and that is all. An MP even accused Ronan O'Rahilly in the press of being a drug pusher and he used a low-end club owned by Peter Rachman as his base. In other words, while Ronan O'Rahilly had the gift of the gab, he was a person without integrity. He used and abused people, which is ironically, just what Malcolm Smith claims. Consequently Malcolm seems to be learning from Ronan while disassociating himself from Ronan!
Ian Cowper Ross was just a kid who was aimlessly drifting through life and living off hand-outs from his real father who was an enterprising individual and he had gradually accumulated some wealth after his second marriage.
Jocelyn Stevens owned shares in one of John Sheffield's Norcros associated holding companies, but Stevens' company was not a part of any of the subsidiary companies managed by Norcros.
None of these connections provided the money to fund 'Radio Caroline' with the exception of Jocelyn Stevens who owned a publishing company.
There are two other major components in the financial story behind the funding of 'Radio Caroline' of 1964, and they are NOT related to Charles Edward Ross and dry cleaning!
These two key components explain the source of the money and both why and how that money was provided. It had nothing to do with Ronan O'Rahilly and neither did the name 'Caroline'.
We will reveal these other two components and how they unlock the mysteries behind both 'Radio Atlanta' and 'Radio Caroline', but not here, not now.
Athough Chris Edwards does know some of that information, he dares not go down that road, because if he does, OEM will result in telling its readers that it has been knowingly pumping out absolute rubbish and that 'The Trio' have been telling readers the truth!
Chris Edwards is on both a personal and business collision course with that truth.
Once the true story is published in detail, and at the present time, only 'The Trio' knows the complete story, then either OEM becomes a fairy tale book for Garry Stevens' "Church of Caroline', and it joins the ranks of Paul Ruslings' 'The Radio Caroline Bible' as material only fit to be pulped and recycled. or, unlike Paul Rusling, Chris Edwards turns around and apologises to 'The Trio' for attacking the people who have, and who are bringing you the true story - free of charge!
You admitted it Chris.
Chris, you are now on record as having admitted that you did not know what you now know, before you read it here.
If you claim that you did know, then you got it from 'The Trio' and you have been hiding it from your readers to whom you have been spreading Ronan O'Rahilly misinformation - just like Malcolm Smith and the other anoraks.
Your call Chris.
Are you going to admit the truth that you now know, or are you going to now claim that you are Jimmy Ross?
The jokes on you, Chris.