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=Counter Terrorism Expert & Close Combat Instructor?=
 
 
=Screaming Lord Butch=
 
 
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With the question of Shortt's failure to complete (and perhaps even attempt) [[British Army]] recruit training resolved, it's time to turn to the various titles of chivalry and nobility he claims.  Once again, all is not as 'The Baron of Castleshort' claims.
 
 
The Barony of Castleshort seems to have been given or sold to Shortt by one Terence McCarthy, who posed for a period as the 'McCarthy Mor and Prince of Desmond' before being outed as a [[Belfast]] con-man.  McCarthy had managed to convince the [[Irish]] Chief Herald that he was the clan chief of the McCarthys and took the opportunity to coin it, by selling titles to gullible Irish-[[Americans]], before he was exposed as a fake.  'Baronies' in Ireland were introduced by the Norman-English and are not a traditional Irish title.
 
 
==Once a Knight is quite enough==
 
 
The various [[knighthood]]s and orders that Shortt routinely wears whilst dolled up in his Irish-Ruritanian uniform are also bogus. 
 
 
 
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There is no evidence that Shortt has been awarded any of the recognised [[Pope|Papal]] orders of chivalry although he has been photographed wearing the uniform and insignia of a Knight of St Gregory at the [[Russian Summer Ball]];  this he claims he was awarded by Pope John Paul II for his work in 'helping to bring the [[Cold War]] to an end'. [''Didn't we all?''] 
 
 
Oddly enough, it seems possible that Shortt may have been scammed by other conmen who have been selling bogus Papal awards certificates to gullible, socially insecure Catholics.  Alternatively, with Shortt's record, it's quite possible that he simply awarded it to himself.  Neither is he a Knight of the Order of St John in the UK: the insignia of the Kt St J that he wears appears to be [[Yugoslavia]]n, and available from all good bogus awards dealers which explains much and little in the same breath.
 
 
His claim to have been awarded the [[Hungary|Hungarian]] Knightly Order of Vitez provides a further link, as the Knightly Order proudly screams that it is recognised by no less a body than the International Commission on Orders of Chivalry. Sadly, that body is itself somewhat discredited, as it appeared to have established itself largely to recognise the spurious Orders its members were claiming.  And guess who was heading the ICOC at one point?  Yes, the discredited Terence McCarthy!
 
 
Arrser 'Dread' has done a little background research into the 'Vitezi Rend' and his findings are that there have been no legitimate new awards since 1945, when Miklos Horthy, the Fascist-Nationalist Regent of Hungary, was deposed; although as an hereditary title, it could in theory have been inherited since then.  Membership  of this knightly order was awarded to Hungarian nationals who had distinguished themselves in war in the service of Hungary and the title 'Vitez' could be inherited by eldest sons of military age, so it's hard to see where a plastic Paddy with a dodgy 'tache fits in.  Claiming membership of this order is much the same as falsely claiming to have a DSO or an OBE, and is an undeniable insult to Hungarians who have legitimately earned it.
 
 
In fact, what Shortt appears to have done is [[Over-Walting]], supported at the time by a International Commission of Walts which strove hard to legitimise long-defunct Walty Orders of Nobility. [''It should be noted that the ICOC today is a much-improved product.''] [http://www.icocregister.org/]
 
 
==Call Out the Guard!==
 
 
The Royal Galloglas Guard - of which Shortt is the 'hereditary Colonel Commandant' - was established by Shortt sometime during the 1990s, at the height of the MacCarthy Mor fantasy (most probably c.1995), though Shortt falsely claims that it has existed for centuries.
 
 
Initially known as the 'Royal Eoghanacht Galloglas Guard', this comic-opera outfit protrayed itself as the personal guard of the false MacCarthy Mor (the Prince of Desmond etc.), and Shortt issued a public 'warning' in 1999 to those who sought to question the validity of the pint-sized 'prince's' genealogical claims - [http://www.arrse.co.uk/wiki/Royal_Galloglas_Guard see here.]
 
 
Unfortunately, certain people in [[Ireland]] were inclined to regard this sort of guff as a threat, in light of the fact that the Office of the Chief Herald of Ireland/Genealogical Office is an office of the Irish State, but also because 'G2' is the designation for the Irish Defence Forces' Army Intelligence branch.
 
 
The 'uniform' of the Royal Galloglas Guard (the 'Eoghanacht' part was dropped when the MacCarthy Mor fraud was exposed) is a poorly-executed cross between the dress uniform of members of the Irish Guards and Royal Irish Regiment pipe bands, and the Irish Defence Forces Army Pipe Band, all with an element of color-blind Irish-American Darby O'Gillism thrown in. Interestingly, said 'uniform' has its own rank structure and parachute qualification badges - [http://home.earthlink.net/~rggsibiba/html/galloglas/galloglas.html see here.]
 
 
'''WARNING'''
 
 
Please be advised that the drinking of tea or other beverages may well result in undue damage to keyboards during the viewing of the above-cited link.  If you have the ability to turn down the color on your monitor, that is well considered.
 
 
==The Teddington Connection==
 
 
The Barony of Castleshort isn't Jimbo's only title of nobility, nosiree!  He's also a Count (''check sp?'') of the Holy Roman Empire.  This is real, genuine and official, with Jim's writ of summons to the Court of the Holy Roman Empire being issued direct from the desk of the Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order at his Royal Palace at PO Box 276, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 0UL.  Interestingly, sharing the Palace of Teddington are:
 
 
*The Private Office of His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Karl Friedrich von Deutschland, Hochmeister of The Teutonic Order, [[Royal Mail]] Post Office Box 276, Teddington, [[Middlesex]], United Kingdom, TW11 0UL
 
 
*The Imperial College of Princes and Counts of The Holy Roman Empire, The Grand Reichs-Chancellor's Office, Royal Mail [[Post Office]] Box 276, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0UL
 
 
*The Imperial and Royal Society of The Almanach de Chivalry, Royal Mail Post Office Box 276, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0UL
 
 
But it would be foolish to think that it's just the Holy Roman Empire where Jim is one of the big cheeses.  He's hugger mugger with the Polish royal court as well - and we mustn't forget his close mucker The Prince Grand Master, HSH Prince, The Count Juliusz Nowina-Sokolnicki GCCStS, OWE, VM, GCPR, GCIJ, GCMS, GCVV, GCTJ, NN etc. who's the daddy for doling out the Order of St. Stanislas:
 
 
*Order of St. Stanislas, Office of the Grand Master, 8 Irvine Road, [[Colchester]], CO3 3TR, [[Essex]], UK
 
 
==A Midsummer Knight's Dream==
 
 
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As a top European aristocrat, it was a natural that the Count (''check sp?'') of Castleshort would get the gig to protect all of his fellow A-list Euro-nobility at the [[Russian Summer Ball]].  After all, they wouldn't want their demure, attractive lady friends being subjected to intimate body searches by any old hobbledehoy, now would they? 
 
 
Naturally, in keeping with his philosophy of bodyguarding, Jim plays the 'grey man' at these events by disguising himself as the pipe-major of the Auchtermuchty Sea Scouts and, occasionally, as a Knight of St Gregory.
 
 
==Knight without End==
 
 
Perhaps more like Knight without beginning.  A non-ARRSEr, with genuine connections to the various Papal Knights, reported that he had no success in finding any reference to Shortt's Papal Knighthood in the usual publications.  Strangely, another search by ARRSEr gallowglass (no pun intended) in Ireland had the same lack of success. An editorial oversight by the Holy See no doubt.
 
 
=Nurse, the screens please!=
 
 
==Nurse or Nonentity?==
 
 
James Gerard Richard Shortt trained as a nurse between 1974 and 1978 and claimed he was registered on 10 April 1978 with registration number 0536886 - hmmmmm.  The number 76B5310E has also been quoted from another of Jim's CVs: this is more in keeping with the period, '''and''' is in the correct alpha-numeric format, '''and''' appears to be valid.  To date, that appears to be the one true discovery by ARRSE.  It was like extracting hens teeth. However, he no longer appears on the NMC's register of nurses as his registration has subsequently lapsed.
 
 
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As for his claim of being a 'Registered Emergency Medical Technician', in the UK this generally means that one has undergone a five-day advanced first aid course and, the last time I checked, was not a nationally recognised or accredited qualification (although EMT status in the US is a serious paramedical qualification).  Shortt did his 'EMT' training with a company called 'Paramedic UK' which might have led him to the next claim... 
 
 
In his 'Course Notes' for the bodyguarding course, published on the 'IBA Germany' website[http://www.iba-deutschland.de/files/iba-baron-castleshorts-instructional-notes.pdf], [http://www.specops.com.pl/download/files/iba.pdf], Shortt does actually claim to be a 'registered paramedic' which is really quite naughty, unless you are actually one.  In the UK, it takes around 3 years to qualify as a paramedic and the term is now 'protected', meaning that you can be fined for claiming to be one if you aren't. Ooops. Of course, Dr Kilshorttarrse may be a properly qualified paramedic, but it is hard to see where he might have fitted in the 3 years training in his amazingly busy 'international man of mystery' schedule.
 
 
'''Update 17 Nov 09'''.  From one of many Shortt/long CVs ...
 
''I also completed Paramedical training for the voluntary medical organization “Paramedico” leading their Special Rescue unit and completed training and exams: Lay Ambulance aid, Health & Safety at Work (First Aid) Instructor and Examiner, Emergency Medical Technician, and then Registered Emergency Medical Technician.''
 
 
Paramedico’s National Training Co-coordinator remembers Shortt very well. "Shortt’s association with Paramedico was very brief. Shortt received no training whatsoever from Paramedico, or sat any exams. Shortt is not a first aid examiner/instructor. Shortt is definitely not, nor ever has been, a paramedic. The special rescue unit Shortt talks about only existed on paper, it was only an idea. Shortt is remembered as being a danger to the general public and he is more likely to kill a casualty than to help them. "
 
 
==Combat Medical Expert==
 
 
One of the many Shortt CV's boasts that: ''"I was a guest lecturer at Birmingham University for the British Post Graduate Medical Federation on the subject of Primary Care and Ballistic Injury Management. This was at the request of WO1 P**** B**** (22 Regt SAS, MED TRG) 1998"''
 
 
ARRSE has been contacted by retired WO1 P**** B**** who points out that:'' "I would have thought that the then Director of Medical Services would have given this type of assignment to the resident Professor of Military Surgery who, at that time, was specialising in these aspects and had just written a book on said items!"''
 
 
Additionally, WO1 B**** notes that he actually retired from 22 SAS in 1987, having served his time!
 
 
==Mile High Medic?==
 
 
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Nobody can argue that Jim is lazy (or unimaginative). Despite his hectic schedule of protecting the rich and famous - and instructing the ignorant and gullible - he has even found time to dress as an aeromedic: a flying nurse. Shortt claims to have started doing this - along with agency nursing - in the late 70s and early 80s whilst he was establishing his various para-military business ventures.  Even so, it isn't at all clear when he was last active in [[CASEVAC]] flights, though hopefully not recently as he no longer features on the Register of General Nurses.
 
 
Nevertheless, Jim’s certainly got the nursie outfit - suitably embellished - though quite what parachute badges have to do with aeromed is anyone’s guess ''(it means he can empty a bed-pan while freefalling from 25,000 feet - Ed.)''. It would be interesting to know when anyone at Europ Assistance (the company he claims to have worked for) last heard of him.
 
 
=Hai Karate=
 
 
One area in which there is no doubt of Shorttarrse Sensei's expertise is in the martial arts - or is there?
 
 
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By his own account he has been practicing various forms of martial arts since he was a child and is, according to some independent witnesses, quite good at it too.  But having said that, the pugilistic papist still manages to attract controversy. 
 
 
Shortt's claim to be a practitioner of a specific form of Ju Jutsu - Ryoi Shintô Ryû - allegedly handed down from teacher to student in a continuous chain down the centuries, is widely derided by martial arts enthusiasts, however good he may be at it.  Historians of the martial arts seem to agree that this style of Ju Jutsu died out in the early 20th century and that the style practised by Shortt-San is simply something he made up himself.
 
 
Having said that, at least one [[Arrser]] who attended Shortt-san's Ju Jutsu dojo in Purley in the 1980s remembers him as an excellent and highly thought of instructor who was also very good with the kids who attended (in a nice way).  This view is echoed by a very highly regarded martial arts instructor and close protection specialist who regarded Shortt as a 'pretty decent Ju Jutsu instructor'. Clearly times change and so do people, and it remains unclear what dragged 'Seamus', as he called himself at the time, over to the Dark Side of walting.
 
 
==4th Dan Judo==
 
 
His claimed Judo qualifications are suspect too.  Neither the British Judo Association nor the British Judo Council have any record of Jim Shortt at all, let alone the 4th Dan grade that he claims.  Further enquiries are proceeding with the Amateur Judo Association and the Irish Judo Association to see if they have any record of him.
 
 
=Ott or Not?=
 
 
Lord Jim learned the bodyguarding trade from his mentor, [[French]] Army 'Major' (which is a Warrant Officer in the French Army, unless this is a translation of the French rank 'Commandant') [[Lucien Victor Ott]] who allegedly served in one of the post-[[WW2]] French [[SAS]] units, fought at Dien Bien Phu, was captured by the Viet Minh, escaped and was subsequently appointed [[Charles de Gaulle]]'s bodyguard.  Or maybe not. 
 
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[[Charles de Gaulle]]'s bodyguard was actually [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19970317/ai_n14099920 Pierre Comiti].  Oddly for such a distinguished soldier, references to Ott on the internet point straight back to Shortt himself, to websites set up by various branches of the IBA; and in a few cases to commentaries on the politics of the extreme-right in [[Belgium]] in the 1970s and 1980s; not conclusive at all, but certainly suggestive that Ott might also have [[Castleshortting|inflated his CV]] somewhat.
 
 
For such a highly decorated hero of the French Army, his lying in state curiously consists of three [[Germans|boxheads]] and, yes you've guessed it: Jimbo - in all his Legion (of Frontiersmen that is) finery.
 
 
In a bizarre twist one ARRSEr reports being present at Ott's 'second funeral' in September 1994 somewhere in Kent. 'Apparently the lease on his other plot had run out, and Shortty had him brought over.' Oh dear.
 
 
=The Baron Goes to the Law=
 
 
==Shortt, sharp, shock!==
 
 
In September 2008, the mighty Baron decided that enough was enough and that having a bunch of rough British squaddies sniggering at him on Arrse was simply too much for a refined aristocrat of delicate sensibility.  However, rather than consulting m'learned friends, he ran up a few nasty letters and emails in his best bogus baronial legalese and sent them out to the owners of Arrse and various other websites on which negative material about him had appeared.  Was this a good idea?  You decide: [http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=104888.html The Baron Goes Legal]
 
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Shorttarrse's legal threats galvanised the Arrse community (and this is not a group of people you want to galvanise if you can avoid it).  Apart from the fact that amongst the denizens of Arrse dwell a number who have served in such illustrious units as 21, 22 and 23 SAS, 10 Para and even the Surrey ACF. There are also real Irishmen, real Irish aristocrats, real martial arts afficionados, real [[Close Protection|close protection]] specialists, real counter-terrorism experts, real lawyers, real journalists, real medics (including the aero type) and, indeed, people who do really know Shortt and something about what he's been up to for the last 35 years.  Whoops!
 
 
Consequently, as if gripped by the furies, the membership of Arrse have been trawling for information and much has been turned up which might be of interest to the dedicated Shorttwatcher, albeit that some of it is strangely contradictory.
 
 
=Home(s) Sweet Home(s)=
 
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It's difficult to pin Jim down to one location, as you'd expect with an international man of mystery, but it's quite surprising just how many different addresses he maintains. 
 
 
In fact there are so many addresses, and variations on the same, that An Post (the Post Office in the Republic of Ireland) must have a dedicated set of staff. A few items collated from the threads, E&OE:
 
 
*'''Castle Cosy, Brewery Street, Castlebellingham, Co Louth''' ... is '''this''' the real Home Of Baron James? [http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff103/Papparat/CastleCosey-1.jpg]
 
*112 Whitethorn Park, Palmerstown, DUBLIN 22 - the Grand Headquarters of the IBA - at least between 1994 and 1999 when the IBA Ltd. was dissolved![http://www.cro.ie/search/]
 
*49 Avondale Road,South Croydon,Surrey,CR26JE,United Kingdom [http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/ViewPDF.aspx?pdf=51402&geotype=London&gpn=7782&type=ArchivedIssuePage&all=Shortt,%20James%20G&exact=&atleast=&similar=]
 
*Borrmount Manor, Borrmount Bree, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford - The Royal Eoghanacht Galloglas Guard
 
*Office of the Director General, International Bodyguard Association HQ, Cahore Castle, Cahore, County Wexford
 
*James Shortt, Castleshort Lodge, Ballywater, Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford, Ireland.
 
*James Shortt, Ballywater, Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford
 
*The Baron James Shortt, Castleshort, Borrmount Manor, Borrmount, Enniscorthy.  ['''''Borrmount Manor is a golf course''''']
 
*Address for service is c/o JAMES SHORTT, Castleshort Lodge, Ballywater, Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford, Ireland.
 
*Castle Bellingham '''(Hotel)'''.
 
*Application No. Area Registration Date Decision Date Decision 20045101 Enniscorthy 30/09/2005 23/11/2005 GRANTED subject to CONDITIONS. Applicant: SIMON MURPHY & MARTIN MURPHY (So Jim doesn't own it?) Address: Borrmount Manor, Borrmount, Bree, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford
 
*The Baron of Castleshort, c/o The Lansdowne Club, 9 FitzMaurice Place, Berkeley Square, London W1X 6JD [''As of 2000''].'''  ''A check of the membership list has revealed that he is not a member.'' ''' The James Shortt page of the IBA site http://www.ibabodyguards.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=32&Itemid=47 states that he is a member of the Naval and Military Club. A check of the In and Out membership list reveals that he is not a member of this club either.
 
*International Bodyguard Association Ltd (Registered No. 05916989) 23-24 High Street, Wootton Bassett (''how convenient...''), [[Swindon]], [[Wiltshire]] SN4 7AA
 
*National Security Training Academy Limited (Last AR 04/08/2008) -  Ballyscannel, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo
 
*486 Brighton Road, South Croydon, Surrey Dojo in 1982?[http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/download/id=29023.html]
 
*Colonel The Chevalier James Shortt, Baron of Castleshort, Borrmount Manor, Borrmount, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, IRELAND
 
*And, if you go into Google Maps UK and type in his Norn Iron Postcode (BT41 1AA) you get an industrial estate on the Pennybridge Road in Antrim. He uses a PO Box number. I know that estate - it is full of lock-up units!
 
 
*And the latest discovery [15 Jan 09] is IBAUK( London office), 69a Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3 4NX, Phone +44(0)2078233597, Mobile +44(0)7748390108, Fax +44(0)20279001911, Email: office@ibauk.com ... Although it seems to be populated by Beauticians and a Theatrical Agent. There may be a clue there!
 
 
All in all, there's a faint smell that suggests Jimmy uses some of these addresses to "big it up" and uses them as a ''poste restante'' whereby he can keep his real home address secret. Well, that's a wise move, Jim - a VERY wise move.  Especially as an ARRSEr of your acquaintance remembers visiting your attic apartment in the mid-90s, when it was in Croydon and wasn't a castle!
 
 
=Financial Diversification=
 
 
Along with his multiplicity of addresses, the Baron likes to maintain a wide portfolio of bank accounts into which monies owed to the [[International Bodyguard Association]] are paid.  The following 'appear' to be linked to Jim.  In these days of financial uncertainty, it pays to spread the risks across several different financial institutions, though it doesn't exactly inspire confidence when parting with the readies, does it? There must be [[Nigeria]]n scammers going positively wet with excitement whilst reading this? Anyhow, should you get the urge to blow your inheritance then you can pay by Interbank transfer. Just make sure you mark all payments to 'The Baron Castleshort'.
 
 
*Account # 61428748, Sort Code: 90-65-66, Bank of Ireland, Abbey Square, Enniscorthy, County Wexford. Republic of Ireland. IBAN ie55-bofi-90656661428748
 
 
*Name: The Society of the Irish Brigade, Account # 22299G, Enniscorthy Credit Union, Abbey Square, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland. Tel +353-54-33835, Fax -36613
 
 
*Euro € Payments – Credit transfer / [[Giro]] transfer to: IBAN (International Bank Account Number): ie55-bofi-90656661428748, (or) Account No: 61428748, Sort Code: 90-65-66, Bank of Ireland, Abbey Square, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland. (Mark all payments for the attention of '''The Baron Castleshort''')
 
 
*UK £ Sterling Payments - Credit transfer / Giro transfer to: IBAN (International Bank Account Number): gb91-bofi-30152522676933, (or) Account No: 22676933, Sort Code: 301525. BIC No: BOFIGB2B. Bank of Ireland. (2nd Floor). Premier House, Sydenham Road. Croydon CR0 2EZ. (Mark all payments for the attention of '''James Shortt''')
 
 
*US $ Payments - Credit transfer / Giro transfer to: Account No: 1010113305076. Routing: 053101626. (Mark for the attention of '''James Shortt'''). Wachovia Bank N.A. Cross Creek Financial Centre, 4924 Morganton Road NC3194, Fayetteville. NC 28314. United States of America
 
 
*Account # 92503369 Sort Code: 10-80-02 - Woolwich Building Society, Watling Street, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7RR, United Kingdom. (Mark for attention of '''The Baron Castleshort''')
 
 
*ALL PAYMENTS: If you are booking courses described in this brochure,''' all payments and bookings should be made directly to the OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL; (not to a National or Regional Director)''' All payments by transfer, credit or deposit MUST be made to one of the three banks accounts listed here, or sent by draft or cheque directly with this form to the IBAHQ in Ireland. Failure to observe this protocol will result in an additional 20% surcharge payable on the course fee(s) .. Credit Card payments can be made to International Bodyguard Association through PayPal to: ibahq @ indigo.ie Add 5% to course(s) costs to cover PayPal charges.
 
 
*And another one just turned up [July 09] ... Account: #6478843763, Route: 125008547, Wells Fargo NW Bank, 2201 156th Avenue N.E., Bellevue 98007, Washington, USA.  Does that mean that the Wachovia account in Fayetteville NC has been closed? Or is this more fog?
 
 
All funds for all courses, wherever they are held, go direct to Jimbo or his alter ego as IBA HQ? Jimbo's accountant must work long hours unravelling all these accounts when compiling those pesky Tax Returns.
 
 
=So What?=
 
 
The truth is that living out your fantasy life in public and on the [[internet]] is a relatively harmless activity which provides most of us with considerable amusement, so we should thank the Baron of Castleshort for that.  The fact that Shortt is evidently so desperate for social recognition that he will associate with various fake European royal claimants, comedy para-military clubs like the LoF and claim residence in Irish castles which turn out to be golf clubs or hotels all forms a part of life's rich tapestry.  I won't criticise him for it, although I reserve the right to laugh my arse off at him.
 
 
But having said that, it is quite clear from the publicity materials for the International Bodyguard Association, and other companies that Shortt is associated with, that he trades on his essentially false claims of military professionalism and association with the [[SAS]] and other elements of the British Armed Forces as a selling point for the training he offers.  This is essentially fraudulent. 
 
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Shortt has no experience as a professional military officer at all, and his very brief period of service at 21 SAS amounted to little more than a few weekends during which he did not pass even basic recruit training.  His only military skill is the ability to put a uniform on and even there he has a tendency to commit gross howlers.  It is quite clear that he has been living a sustained lie since the late 1970s although whether he has benefited from it very much is debatable.  In our humble and educated opinion, if Shortt continues to behave like a fraud, charlatan, and fantasist, he'll remain a worthy subject of [[The Curse of Arrse]].
 
 
Whichever way you look at it, this whole episode is like watching a pile up on the M25 in slow motion.  The internet is a great place to inflate one's reputation but this whole episode should be a warning that it's also a very easy way to get shot down in flames.  In reality, by drawing attention to himself and his hugely exaggerated claims to military experience and expertise, Shortt has managed to make himself look like a phoney and fraud - however good the training that he offers through the [[International Bodyguard Association]] might actually be. All in all, a classic example of [[walticide]].
 
 
=Modern Media Magnet?=
 
 
As of 20 Jan 09, after Shortt's initial threat of legal action, he has been mentioned in three editions of the Irish satirical magazine ''The Phoenix'' and twice in ''[[Private Eye]]''. Then on 29 Jan 09 he got even more (unwanted) coverage in the hollowed pages of ''[[The Sun]]'' - and another mention the following day. [http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/campaigns/our_boys/article2183915.ece]
 
 
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By TOM NEWTON DUNN, Defence Editor. Published 29 January 2009
 
 
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'''THE PHOENIX JUNE 5, 2009'''
 
 
Affairs of the Nation
 
 
'''BARON CASTLESHORT'S BODYGUARDS'''
 
 
ARISING from the shooting of Michael Dwyer in Bolivia and his association with certain Hungarian right-wing elements working in security in Ireland, it turns out that the statutory Private Security Authority (PSA) has not conducted detailed background checks on up to one-third of the 22,000 security operatives it has licensed (see The Phoenix, 22/5/09). The PSA has also stated that it "does not currently license those working as bodyguards", leaving a substantial and growing area of the Irish security industry in an effectively unregulated state.
 
 
A case in point is the International Bodyguard Association (IBA), whose director-general is Goldhawk's old pal James Shortt, the sometimes-kilted `Baron Castleshort', commander of the Galloglas Guard, former bodyguard to Terence MacCarthy `Mor' and trainer of Pulse Security personnel who keep order on UCD's Belfield campus, often receiving flak over their modus operandi. As things stand, Shortt and the IBA are not - nor do they need to be - registered with the PSA.
 
 
In addition to courses in such exotic locations as Slovenia, Croatia, Puerto Rico and Melbourne, Jimbo's IBA offers regular training sessions in Bellingham Castle, Castlebellingham, Co Louth, better known as the venue for RTE's Fkilte Towers. In the past, an array of firearms has been displayed at these courses (see The Phoenix 17/10/08) although the most recent course in Bellingham Castle was a "bodyguard masterclass" running from June 1-5. There will be further sessions next December culminating in the "52nd Lucien Ott Memorial Dinner and Awards" just before Christmas (Ott was a mysterious Frenchman who, Jimbo claims, founded the IBA in 1957 and appointed him as his successor).
 
 
In addition to the assorted IBA training courses, the good Baron has now forged a relationship with Right Track Security Services in Galway. Run by Ronan McLoughlin and Catherine Penston, Right Track provides courses in door security, surveillance, bodyguarding, defence and restraint tactics, etc, with FETAC accreditation. In addition, Right Track's `Bodyguard Division' is available to "assist with your every need from vehicles, advance security to protective escort". The company advertises its membership of the IBA and features Jimbo Shortt in its online gallery, but while McLoughlin and Penston hold individual security licenses, the firm as such does not appear to be licensed by the PSA.
 
 
Another connection of Jimbo's which is not listed as licensed by the PSA is something called the National Security Training Academy (NSTA) in Sligo, which was established in 2006 by Tony Davis. On the company's website, Davis boasts thatafter carrying out extensive research into "specialised training that was not being covered by anyone else professionally in Ireland", he then brought in the Baron and from those deliberations the International Bodyguard Association in Ireland requested that the NSTA would represent them in Ireland". Davis now holds the title of IBA National Director.
 
 
As if all this activity was not enough, Shortt has now decided to expand his operations into a hitherto neglected area - female bodyguards. A new Women's Bureau of the IBA has been launched, headed by blonde bodyguard Lisa Baldwin and operating from the same address in Fairview as Shortt's solicitors, Early & Baldwin. The next bodyguard master class for security skirts is due to be held in Granada in Spain in late July or early August, with Baron Castleshort himself due to attend.
 
 
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He was also covered/uncovered in the following:
 
*SOLDIER 5 April 1982
 
*SOLDIER 21 February 1983
 
*SOLDIER 13 March 1984[http://i439.photobucket.com/albums/qq112/para_medic/IMG_0451.jpg], still as a SRN and not a para/sas/superhero
 
*The Times, 15 May 1996
 
*The Times, 14 June 1998
 
*The Times, 14 July 1998 [http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=108603/postdays=0/postorder=asc/start=340.html]
 
*Las Vegas Review-Journal, 24 June 1997
 
 
==The Baron Writes Back==
 
 
Kindred spirits from the Irish Military Online (IMO) forum (The Irish version of ARRSE) reported that Shortt had gone to press in his local paper.
 
 
'''Allegations of a Hate Campaign!'''
 
 
By Barbara O'Flatherty
 
 
''The '''Dundalk Leader''' has this week been contacted by a Mr. James Shortt of Castlebellingham, who claims he is the target of a hate campaign. Mr Shortt alleges that both his family and his friends have become the victims of sustained internet campaign He further asserts that both he and the named others have been, subjected to poisonous phone calls at unsocial hours, and that in the UK this has resulted in the involvement of the police and a crime number being assigned to the case. 
 
 
''Mr. Shortt claims that he knows the identity of some of the persons involved in the campaign against him and his family in this county.  Mr. Shortt has appealed to all those who may possibly receive the email concerning him, his family or friends  to immediately forward it to the Gardai who have  already been informed of and are investigating this situation.''
 
 
=The Castle Wall Starts To Crumble?=
 
 
It was inevitable that the combination of media attention, innumerable enquiries by ARRSErs, and a bit of well-deserved bad luck would start to impinge on the Baron's Cosey Castle and his Empire of Deception. 
 
 
The almost complete dismantling of his various inflated claims is one aspect. The suspension of Mr Ware might be dismissed  as 'collateral damage'. But a few more 'direct' misfortunes have begun to make their way direct to the Castle door and the Director-General's In-Tray, such as:
 
 
*3 Feb 09 - 'She is going to speak to Camper & Nicholsons legal affairs department this afternoon.' [http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/download/id=28447.html]
 
*4 Feb 09 - 'The FBI claims are now with the Legal Branch of the Embassy here.'
 
 
There will inevitably be more.
 
 
=Shortt List=
 
 
The Arrsepedi
 
 
=The Catwalk=
 
 
He may be a liar and a [[Walt]] but boy does he like dressing up! Check out and comment on the noble Baron's sartorial stylings at [[James Shortt's Dodgy Uniforms and Medals]].
 
 
='Operation JackARRSE?'=
 
 
Recently, The Baron returned to ARRSE in a rather badly fitting disguise. Posing as a Danish [[Special Forces]] soldier who now bodyguards for 'Jimbo', he released the details of more that 20 members of ARRSE... Most of which were utter bollocks. He claims that he is launching a campaign against ARRSE and all the people who have mocked him, and that breaching PERSEC is only the start of 'Operation JackARRSE'. ''Jesus, he's still a cunt, he can't even think of a decent Op name.''
 
 
=The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire!=
 
On 7th January 2012. James Shortt's house at Castle Cosey, Louth has burnt down. [http://www.arrse.co.uk/intelligence-cell/175225-fire-castlebellingham-co-louth-possibly-mr-shortts-place.html ARRSE discussion]
 
 
=External Links=
 
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Shortt wikipedia]
 
*[http://www.ibauk.com/About/WhosWho/tabid/56/Default.aspx IBA]
 
*[http://www.finjutsu.com/Henkilogalleria/Henkilogalleria_ulkom/Shortt/shortt.html Finjutsu]
 
*[http://www.rsrjujutsu.com/ RSR]
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqpTbBZB8eI&feature=related Youtube I]
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gQ0PbQvVWE&feature=related Youtube II]
 
*[http://home.earthlink.net/~rggsibiba/html/castleshort/castleshort.html Give me fcuking strength!]
 
*[http://www.ibaslovenia.com/ANG/?s=2 IBA Slovenia]
 
*[http://www.businessqualifications.org.uk/ Business Qualifications Worldwide]
 
*[http://byronik.com/cqb.html CTT: One Man's Viewpoint]
 
*[http://www.heraldica.org/topics/orders/legitim.htm 1996 - Legitimacy and Orders of Knighthood. See Part II, on The ICOC.]
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eECQ75hYkYc&feature=channel_page/ James Shortt on youtube]
 
 
=Disclaimer=
 
 
James Shortt was not in any way the inspiration for the character of Jack Small in [[Cyril Clunge]]'s action novels [[Lost Tango in Paris]], [[Mission From God]] and the soon to be released [[The Dying Game]]... probably.
 

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