In his 2019 plagiarized work (from us) called 'The Radio Caroline bible', Paul Rusling twisted our documented facts to support his undocumented fiction.
But, by introducing a character into his work of fiction called 'Oonagh Huggard', he opened the door to us to explain to our readers who this person wasn't, and who the real person behind that name really is!
As we told you in yesterday's Blog, the fictitious version of the Radio Caroline story is now being taken apart on our companion Blog - see the link above - but the story of Oonagh straddles both fences, and here is the reason why:
While 'Oonagh Huggard' as referenced by Rusling does not exist, his other identification of this person as Oonagh Karanjia most certainly does exist.
It is a variation of the story about 'Jim Shaw' who has been transported into the real life of Charles Edward Ross, and the people performing that transition include the person of Paul Rusling in his fraudulent work called 'The Radio Caroline bible'.
So while we will explain on our companion Blog how Rusling's fictitious character that he calls 'Oonagh Huggard' ties into that nonsense story originally dreamed-up by Ian Cowper Ross in 1990, and then blown-up into a totally misleading and fictitious story by him in 1991 on BBC-TV; and after that compounded into more distortions of the truth by Ray Clark in 2003 within the first publication of his book (which he reissued in 2019), all of that rubbish provided a foundation for Rusling 's nonsense that he published in 2019. But we can also reveal on this Blog, the true details about the life of Oonagh Karanjia.
In fact, there is a lot of information in the Rusling book that came directly from us, but which he did not understand. This includes his reference to our hypothesis which we revealed to him about the transmitters that were loaded on to the mv Fredericia. They had been delivered from Dallas to Rotterdam, via a stop in the Bahamas, after being transported there by the mv Mi Amigo.
You won't find that information anywhere else because it came from us, as a hypothesis. It was as far as we could tell, the only logical explanation. But in formulating that hypothesis we had to know that the Mi Amigo stopped in the Bahamas, and we knew that because that is what we learned from our first-hand sources in Houston back in the Nineteen Seventies.
Rusling falls into a trap of his own making. On the one hand he supports the Ian Cowper Ross mythology about a man named 'Jim Shaw' who was introduced in a 1990 novel by Ian Cowper Ross, but then twisted again by Ian Cowper Ross in 1991 on BBC-TV, where 'Jim Shaw' is referred to as "Daddy" - by Ian Cowper Ross. Note, Ian Cowper Ross never explicitly says that 'Jim Shaw' is another name for his "Daddy". The crazy anoraks have done that by jumping to conclusions. Of course, that was the intention of Ian Cowper Ross, but Ian Cowper Ross did not state that as a fact, either in print, or on television.
Then along came Rusling who swallowed the bait, hook, line and sinker so that 'Jim Shaw' became 'Jimmy Ross', although Ian Cowper Ross never explicitly said that 'Jim Shaw' was his "Daddy". But then he wouldn't, would he? (To borrow that infamous line by Mandy Rice-Davies who will also feature in future editions of our blogs.)
What Ian Cowper Ross wrote in his 1990 novel was a story about a person called 'Paul Shaw' and another character called 'Liam O'Mahoney', and a ship called 'mv Anastassia' - which is also a non-existing vessel.
In that 1990 novel, it is 'Liam O'Mahoney' who calls 'Jim Shaw' by the name 'Jimmy'. So along comes Rusling and makes an absolute statement that it is the friends of Charles Edward Ross (who is the real father of Ian Cowper Ross), who begin to call Charles Edward Ross by the name of "Jimmy". Not only is it illogical, it is also without any foundation in any form of documented fact. Rusling just made it up to con his readers into thinking that he had some sort of 'inside' gossip. Well, he didn't. Rusling lied.
Now the reason for us introducing this background information on this Blog, after telling our readers that we would split fact from fiction on our two blogs, is because Rusling used the character of 'Oonagh Huggard' (who also does not exist) in order to also identify 'her' as Oonagh Karanjia (who does exist). Yes, that is a complicated bit of mumbo-jumbo, but that is what happens when fiction is palmed off as fact, and in this instance, the person doing the faking is Paul Rusling.
We won't go further into that detailed work of fiction here, but we do want to refer to the person of Oonagh Karanjia, because under her maiden name as Oonagh Leigh, and her later name by marriage as Oonagh Hubbard (not Oonagh Huggard), before she became Oonagh Karanjia; this person left 'crumbs' of documented evidence along the way to living her life.
Those 'crumbs' are cemented into contemporary documentation that cannot be tampered with, and they support our factual storyline. They are what they are, and we have discovered them, and Rusling does not know of them!
The reason why they are now important is because they add to the real timeline of events concerning Radio Caroline. The key dates that we already published, are these:
We will reveal on our companion Blog how the bogus story told by Paul Rusling relates to both Ian Cowper Ross and Jocelyn Stevens, as well as 'Oonagh Huggard' and 6 Chesterfield Gardens. But on this Blog we will relate how the real Oonagh Leigh provides an added detail about the actual move to 6 Chesterfield Gardens by ventures connected to Radio Caroline.
As the UK Board of Trade confirmed by its own investigation during 1965, there was no such company as 'Radio Caroline Limited', but they did want to know who was trading at 6 Chesterfield Gardens in the name of 'Radio Caroline'.
In previous blogs we have explained how Harry Meadows who owned both 'Churchills' and '21 Club', appears to have come to own not only 8 Chesterfield Gardens, which was the home of the '21 Club', but his announced plans for a hotel strongly suggest that he also owned number 7 and number 6 Chesterfield Gardens as well. That was before anyone associated with Radio Caroline as a project moved in.
Now we do have documented dates for Harry Meadows taking over 8 Chesterfield Gardens, and his announced plans for a 'Meadows Hotel' that would occupy the buildings 8, 7 and 6 Chesterfield Gardens.
We also have the first documented and authentic public notice in the press regarding Oonagh Leigh that is to be found in a classified advertisement for a fan club that she was operating on behalf of a music group called 'The Temperance Seven'. Ironically, in his book, Rusling confirms the home address used by Oonagh Leigh in context with her meeting Ronan O'Rahilly. It is at the same address that Oonagh Leigh used for The Temperance Seven Fan Club.
With this somewhat complicated and very convoluted background explanation out of the way, tomorrow we will show you an expanded timeline that is both documented and accurate which begin to fsill in gaps within the timeline, and it will help to provide a factual account about the process in which 6 Chesterfield Gardens became the home of Radio Caroline communications on air, by mail and by phone.
By the way, we appreciate any information regarding secretarial typographical errors which may appear in this ongoing part-work. It will also be re-edited later on for incorporation into a printed version. If you have participated in this regard, we thank you for your participatory assistance.
Please also note that because we are self-funding this work we do not owe anyone at all any explanation regarding our timetable for publication. Our research is moving along in most serendipitous manner where new information is coming to light as a result of one answer to a question giving rise to yet another question.
UPDATE - Monday, September 6, 2021: Over the course of this past weekend, we have been fortunate enough to make contact with someone who has been conducting their own research in a different but related undertaking. From their research and cooperation with this project, new information that begins to confirm details relating to the involvement of Jocelyn Stevens has also come to light. More about this in due course.