The sub-title of this Blog is "Media-Microscope", and that is exactly what we are using by taking apart every known claim regarding the origins of the two radio ships that came to be at Greenore in the Republic of Ireland.
It is in this phase of the story that the hoaxers employ the tactics of Steve Martin's "You can be a millionaire" comedy routine (see Blog 7/31 for details.) Questions are raised about why we refer to Paul Rusling's stolen material which he has twisted into a bogus recital of the real story.
The answer is contained in our "Media-Microscope" theme.
Other trolls have claimed that we are unique in offering this true and counter-version of the fake story, and we readily admit that we are, and that unlike the fraudsters who reach into your pockets, we are asking NOTHING of you, because we are giving you this information free of charge. The trolls and Paul Rusling hate being reminded of this, and so we keep reminding you of this.
Yesterday we explained how Ronan O'Rahilly was employed as a "decoy duck" to divert attention away from Jack Good, the man who really did promote British pop music in the Sixties. But he did so via television, and not radio, and then he did the same thing on the U.S. ABC television network with 'Shindig', which ran from September 16, 1964, to January 8, 1966.
We also explained how the two radio ships were originally bound for the Isle of Wight where Harry Spencer had his boat yard, and then that destination was switched at the very last moment to Greenore. From what Allan Crawford has related, it is obvious that he went to see Aodogán O'Rahilly at his home near Dublin, and it is equally obvious that from what Allan Crawford later said on the 1991 'Arena' show on BBC-TV, that he concealed the real purpose of his visit. Harry Spencer was not asked to drop by for a meal with the O'Rahilly family at home, Aodogán wanted to know what Harry was doing at Greenore.
Well, according to Harry Spencer someone decided to do something very stupid indeed. This is what Harry wrote:
"Prior to sailing, mv Caroline (ex-Fredericia), broadcast a test transmission, from Greenore, this put the cat amongst the pigeons! (sic) Cars had been hired, and they drove off in all directions, to see how far the signal would reach. We even had cars over in England using their radios, to see how far it would reach. Blasting out music, with a 20 kilowatt transmitter, at the end of the road in Greenore, was not the best thing to do. Everything, and I mean everything, was picking up the signal. It interfered with other radio and television broadcasts, no other transmissions could be heard. We were no longer the most popular people in town, in fact we were drummed out of the local pub. .... but now that the purpose of the radio ships had been leaked to the press we had reporters everywhere. We had them pestering us outside our compound, we even had a helicopter over the harbour, taking photographs. .... I saw my photograph, with one of the seamen, leaning over the ship's rail. It was front page on the Daily Express (I think), with the headline, 'The pirates are here'. Luckily it was the Irish edition ...."
There are few problems with Harry's account but it does fit in with the probable hypothesis that Allan Crawford misled Aodogán O'Rahilly and that he used Ronan O'Rahilly to sell his father on the idea, along with an infusion of cash which Aodogán was short of. All of Aodogán's Greenore plans had fizzled out for lack of money, and there was no way that Crawford thought that he was going to talk to him as a potential investor in a radio ship project! But that is what Crawford said on the BBC-TV 'Arena' show. Crawford lied.
So it is seems logical that Dundalk Engineering Works would have pulled its men off the job, and that they would then complain to Aodogán O'Rahilly. It also follows that Aodogán O'Rahilly would in turn have demanded an explanation from Harry Spencer, and there is no doubt whatsoever that Harry Spencer was in charge of both ships and the work carried out on them.
It also stands to reason that Aodogán O'Rahilly would then have told Harry to get out, and take the mv Mi Amigo with him, whether it was ready or not, and we know that it was not ready.
But someone decided to invite Granada to come into the compound and film the work going on at Greenore on board the mv Mi Amigo, because by then the mv Fredericia (Caroline) had already left. When that program aired it really angered the locals because it painted them and Greenore in a very bad light. However, there are features picked up on that show which no one else seems to have put together, and we will deal with them in a future edition of this Blog.
Paul Rusling papers over the events at Greenore and resorts to reviving that stupid story about 'Jimmy Ross', a person who never existed! Rusling then employs Oonagh Leigh to try to explain away events, but even though Oonagh Leigh does figure into the story, it is after Greenore and her involvement with Ronan O'Rahilly has also left behind its own timeline which Rusling cannot explain away.
In addition to all of that, we have some 'inside' information about the creation of 'The Scene' club, which like Ronan's "actors' studio" story, and his Georgie Fame story, and his so-called love of the Kennedys, all of that is 100% bogus. Not only can we prove this, but we WILL be proving this in future editions of this Blog.
If you bought Rusling's 'bible', you either had money to burn or it was sold to you under false pretenses! You should ask Paul Rusling for a return of your money!
Meantime, we will continue to give you the true story, free of charge!
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