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That's not my heading but the one by Lionel Nation whose video is below. A highly experienced lawyer and well regarded radio presenter Lionel has a fairly unique presentation style and his grasp of language is an education in itself. So catching up with him today I noticed this short video he has just put up.
Someone who is not taking any specific political side (despite an apparent approval from the orange man for a short while) is this chap. I can only imagine the frantic google searches to destroy his credentials. Wisdom is often gained over time with the gradual development of informed understanding. Idiots can be old, young and all places in between and remain indoctrinated, and unable to debate. Those who are prepared to have their perceived wisdom challenged are seemingly an increasingly rare breed.
And in other news Reg In-Ald Rustbottom won an award recently for coming third in the race to get home and watch Pointless live on BBC One, before the six o'clock conditioning session.
Do you think the world you live in today is the same world you lived in back in the swinging sixties. Hopefully not! What about the seventies, from prog rock to punk, from the three day week and power cuts to the early advent of yuppies. Or even the mega hairstyle days of the eighties, Live Aid, Band Aid and well er... AID's. The thing is, while we sleep walked into the nineties, where the earlier free radio fans were starting to scratch around for something still relevant, another bunch of people came along and ruined everything, people called young, now what about that.
Some were not white and some liked different music. Their sort of pirate radio was wrong. The authorities you so despised started to use new propaganda, they accused them of being drug pushers, knife carrying lunatics and how easy was it to jump on that bandwagon and go with the flow. Go OFCOM, stop these youngsters, I'm not racist, but just look at their baggy clothes, hats and hairstyles. When I was a lad, it turns out I was actually my Father, who hated everything. Etc etc etc........
So spare a thought for younger folk today. Those born into the world we have left them. Those indoctrinated from seven years old and upwards by the modern thinking of so many so called intellectuals. Did someone mention Caroline is now available on DAB in Scunthorpe. Hooray onwards and upwards, we are keeping your daydream alive!
Here's a little tune for the self censoring, gutless and in denial anoraks who only want to discuss their version of the past. Once again the same old arrogant censor closes a thread. Once again the same individuals protest another thread that might encourage debate however challenging that might become. You are no longer a free radio forum, you are everything free radio challenges. Tiny minded old farts living in a fabricated past. Reality takes no prisoners, reality always wins in the end, and it's coming your way.
We have noted with some interest that since we directed visitors to the Freewave magazines article by Andy Archer called 'Arseholes and Anoraks' both Garry Stevens and the Joke forum (as Gazza once bravely described it) have individuals who have suddenly and by chance discovered the article. Well not really, you see one of the good things about using Weebly as a platform is the data they provide in terms of individual visits, when and how many pages are looked at etc. (I know that's pretty common, they just make it easy to monitor).
Today's flurry of comments on Gazza's forum suggest that once again the person so many avowed to ignore is well... not being ignored. In fact some really are starting to show rather worrying devotion to their beloved radio station. OK it is Sunday and church followers often turn up today to have their ears tickled by the Clergy. That would appear to include the devotees of "The Lady Of The Community Licence" church members.
I just wonder how many of those who have read Andy Archers article identify as Anoraks and how many identify as Arseholes. Obviously most identify as Anoraks, who would do otherwise? Unless you do so by what you say, how you openly present your double standards, obsessions and even your inability to grasp simple facts, because you are so driven by the need to protect your ever rosy views of the past.
You know the old saying "some people think denial is a river in Africa."
There is also a medical procedure if you think your arsehole has a problem. No it's not sticking your head up there, but I am increasingly wondering if some Anoraks are doing just that. It might be quicker or even cheaper, but Mr Brown tends to cloud the final picture.
..... What do you get? Throw a pebble, stone or anything a little heavy into a pond, lake, or even a calmer sea and what do you get? Maybe the following and obviously non loving awareness outburst? Even if the last pebble was thrown some time back......
"I carefully weighed several people's views and claims. So many have an axe to grind it can be difficult seeing who is telling the truth sometimes. However the mad axeman seems totally obsessed with simply attacking Ronan and others. Thats not my agenda.
I took the reminiscences and documents from people who were there and who did things, to arrive at the bible's version. Its certainly more believable than the fantasies of a self-confessed denigrator, who gets stuff very wrong, and has a weird obsession with attacking people I have always found to be kind, and their radio station that has not harmed anyone but has brought listening pleasure to millions. Despicable behaviour I call it. There's an old Arab saying: "Lie down with a camel and you are bound to catch fleas." Remember that!" (Paul R).
There is another old saying, "the best form of defense is attack" and you don't have to sleep with camels for that one. The question is what's to defend? A Book and some extra dosh? Something you were only involved in for a few weeks back in the early seventies (and have been dining out on ever since)? Or maybe just clouded sentiment and an over dose of rose tinted glasses.
Those damn ripples eh? They get everywhere.
There have been numerous books written about pirate or free radio if you prefer. Radio Caroline has been the subject or setting for a few. Having read many of these publications, the personal accounts by the likes of Steve Conway have for me been the most interesting and often quite entertaining. Books like Pop Went The Pirates by Keith Skues are reasonable records of a now bygone era, and Gerry Bishop's Offshore Radio book was a real attempt to make a record of each station without any bells or whistles attached. All may contain inaccuracies, some more so than others, in fact it seems that where money is the motive rather than historical research, the attention to detail versus the hurry to cash in, has had a negative impact.
Which raises the question, what do readers actually want? Is it a nostalgia trip with all your perceived favourite moments recounted, a detailed and thoroughly researched reexamination of events with new sources providing details previously not known or only known by a few. Or perhaps you might like a candid warts and all account of what life really was like, including the good and bad moments. Maybe you just want pictures of the ships and DJ's hopefully ones you have not seen before.
What seems to be increasingly clear is the latest book to arrive (The Caroline Bible) is as much about the money and the author makes that clear. He states the need to be out for the Xmas market to get a return on the investment, in fact this seems vital. Add to this the rallying call to all anoraks that his book is best and another book project not yet published is going to be an unfair hatchet job because... well because he say's so, and I sense a plea to please buy the book. Some early fact checking throws up the hilarious lack of research as to whom wrote The O'Rahilly (WB Yeats would not be pleased). However the author tells us that "The book is incomplete, but one must draw the line on the level of detail." Indeed and the level of accuracy one wonders.
That Paul Rusling felt the need to come out all guns blazing against Mervyn Hagger and defend rather than research again the period around 1962 to 1964 himself (but Oonagh told me, so it has to be right), seems to seal the inference that this is about unloading some cash from the ever diminishing and seemingly brainwashed anoraks that cannot allow anyone to challenge their perception of reality, especially if one of their church leaders comes under the spotlight.
Personally I like accuracy and detail, with verifiable sources and a level of peer review and proof reading usually helps. So if you want to read some quality material I recommend SK Moore's 'Life And Death Of A Pirate', available on Amazon, and refreshingly accurate. Or why not head over to the Freewave magazine website and read Andy Archers 'Arseholes and Anoraks' LINK: http://freewave-media-magazine.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Freewave-451-452.pdf For those fanatical Caroline fans, read the full account and see how many people were taken advantage of by a poor ill old man (cue violins Freddie) who these days can't defend himself.
As I write this unmoderated opinion piece, eight articles about Radio Caroline are parked up on Garry (Legend in his own lunchtime) Stevens Pirate/Free Radio Board, the majority of them having nothing to do with pirate or free radio, but there you go. In the grand scheme of things it's of no real importance whatsoever, it's just a group of predominately older men pretending that the past is somehow still the present especially with their beloved community radio station and that their version of history is the final word, why they even have a Caroline Bible and who can argue with that.
Someone asked why he had been banned (why not say censored), another suggested that whoever bans someone should admit they did it, but that was soon shot down by an administrator (hmmm... those who shout loudest have the most to hide?), in fact we are comfortably reminded that everything is fine in pretend pirate and free radio wonderland, indeed for some, it's a much better place than the real world, just don't rock the boat eh?
Don't challenge the narrative, the admin team always know best, this is in everybody's interest, there are no thought police here, move along now, nothing but a few old anoraks in denial and nothing else to see here. And maybe that is all it is, an example of just how many want their own version of history, mentally sleep walking into oblivion, that's much more preferable and far better than being wide awake and aware of just how much their lives have been manipulated by those who know better. A glimpse into the lives of those who have been spoon fed their news by BBC, ITV, and newspapers for so long now, they have forgotten how to reason, debate, listen and accept alternative narratives. Perhaps the propaganda really has worked so well, that those who cry free radio still matters, have lost all sight of what freedom actually is. Freedom of Speech? Nah! you never ever had it, only your own make believe version and your own make believe history.
Meanwhile over on the other side of the World everything is also fine, take Australia for example, there are no thought police down under.
I do not agree with everything David Icke say's but I always find him sincere and thoughtful. I came across this today and found it useful, having tried to engage with someone who seems locked into the bubble of mainstream media 'education'. Radio anoraks came to mind watching this, their inability to have popular story-lines challenged, the fact or notion that the past they perceived was not factual or accurate. Those who believe political parties have all the answers despite their proven track records, those who defend without thinking or seeing out side of their own boxed in worlds. More will follow, this will do for starters.
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