*After 1962, Kenya became Kenco ...
Now click to see and hear Ian Cowper Ross on a 1991 BBC-TV program: He transformed his invented character called 'Jimmy Shaw' - who he featured in his 1990 novel - into the real life person of his 'Daddy'. While Ian Cowper Ross never specifically said that this is what he was doing, today millions of people now think that this is what he did!
Well it's time to address the subject of the other person who has engaged in misdirection, and that person is Ms. Oonagh M. Leigh who became Mrs Oonagh M. Hubbard who became Mrs Oonagh M. Karanjia.
Her version of the fictitious story of "Ronan O'Rahilly's Radio Caroline" differs in some ways from that of Ian Cowper Ross, and yet, Oonagh gives nodding acknowledgement to Ian Cowper Ross in the latest edition of Offshore Echos magazine. Of course, it is accompanied by a lot of fake information - not that her testimony is the fault of OEM editors, it is not.
We just wish that OEM had distanced themselves from Oonagh by adding that this was her version of story, and not the OEM version of the story. We add this caveat because OEM does provide some very good investigative information - which has been lifted from time-to-time without acknowledgment by several people such as Hans Knott and Paul Rusling. These two (and others), then claim OEM research as part of their own work, and then they mix it together with their own brand of misleading rubbish.
What Oonagh Leigh/Hubbard/Karanjia has done is to offer a slightly different version of the Wikipedia story surrounding the non-existent 'Jimmy Ross'. He is the phantom figure behind the fake stories about companies such as Mac Fisheries and Carphone Warehouse. But as we have already demonstrated with documentation (and we will be offering more), 'Jimmy Ross' did not exist. There is no money trail that in real life that leads to this non-existent person, because this non-existent person who was created by Ian Cowper Ross in a 1990 novel, does not exist.
But Oonagh has now come along and told us that Ian Cowper Ross met Ronan O'Rahilly and that Ian Cowper Ross then went off in search of money. She also told OEM a lot of nonsense about parking meters that conflicts with the nonsense she told Paul Russling about parking meters. This is not to say that parking meters were not installed in Marylebone, because they were, and in so reporting, OEM confirmed the Paul Rusling version of her address, which is confirmed in several other ways from hints dropped.
However, Oonagh told OEM about a marriage of Jocelyn Stevens for which we can find no proof whatsoever. But, she dropped other hints, probably by accident, that allowed us to go in search of more of the true story. Thank you Oonagh.
Now the question has been raised about the first marriage of Oonagh to a man claimed by the French press to have the surname of Huggard. But British police investigations report that the French source is unreliable, and that is confirmed by the fact that while the French newspaper acknowledged a Mr. Huggard, they should have stated that Oonagh was married to a Mr Hubbard, before marrying a Mr Karanjia. (Thank you Oonagh for posting the date of your second marriage.)
We know from police reports that Oonagh Hubbard was known previously as Oonagh Leigh and that in 1977 when she was in France, she claimed British/French nationality. The Police Report says that she was born on December 6, 1936 at Guildford in Surrey, England. We also know that as Oonagh Karanjia she began working with a London company to sell property on the Greek island of Crete.
But Oonagh either told a lot of fibs to a lot of people, or a lot of people did not know the real story and so they just filled-in the blanks with their own version of the Radio Caroline Story. In so doing they accomplished the same task as Ian Cowper Ross in his novel 'Rocking the Boat'. We think that Oonagh just lied away under the pretext that whoever she was being 'interviewed' by, just didn't have a clue.
On the other hand we know that Oonagh made stuff up as she went along! She told OEM that Michael Joseph "was the son of the big publisher Michael Joseph's." That sentence not make sense. How can somebody once be "the son of"? That person could of course have been disowned, but even then, they would remain the biological offspring of that person! However, in this instance, Oonagh is once again spouting hot air. Michael Joseph aka Michael Dean is the nephew of the famous book publisher, not his son.
But Oonagh went on to call Michael Joseph aka Michael Dean "a sort of mate. He and Ian Ross. Ian was a mate as well. Sort of Kings Road crowd." Oonagh then tried to let herself off the hook by adding: "As far as I know, I can only say my side of the story, which I think is pretty true, I was there every day. There's no reason why it would be made up."
Come on Oonagh!
You and Ian Cowper Ross both blew smoke out of your rear ends and pretended that the noise and aroma were from the traffic passing by. You both lied and lied and lied.
So what about Ian Cowper Ross?
Well Oonagh said: "When Ian was looking at the financing for Radio Caroline, he mentioned his dad and all his dad's contacts. He's called Jimmy, but I understand that his real name was something else. His nickname was Jimmy." Notice that Oonagh said that Ian was "looking at the financing for Radio Caroline". She did not say that Ian was searching for investors! During the time period that Oonagh is referring to, a wet-behind-the-ears immature Ian Cowper Ross, had just has a serious accident with a motorbike.
That was followed by Ian's reckless head-on car crash into a bus. It put Ian Cowper Ross in hospital for a year where he almost lost a foot and gained the nickname of 'Flipper'. As soon as he was released from hospital, that event put him in court where his father Charles Edward Ross was brought into the story! This is all pre-'Jimmy' nonsense and so Charlie Ross was getting fed-up with his kid. Even Ian's older step-brother was none-too-pleased when Ian started swiping parts of his biography and claiming it as his own!
Do the Radio Caroline 'experts' mention any of that?
No, of course not, because they don't know the real story, even though they pretend that they do!
We have been and we still are "looking at the financing for Radio Caroline", and we can tell you for a fact that this 'Jimmy' story seems to have fooled a whole string of hack writers! It just isn't true - which is why we are "looking at the financing of Radio Caroline"!
We marvel at the way Oonagh refers to the entity called 'Rosswood', while she ignors a company called R.O.R. Promotions iind of which she claimed to be a co-owner with Ronan O'Rahilly. 'Rosswood' had nothing to do with Oonagh, while R.O.R. Promotions most certainly did. So we took note of the linkage in both Rusling's 'bible' and the OEM article which tried to explain the early days of Oonagh and Ronan O'Rahilly.
Both publications failed miserably.
Ronan O'Rahilly's father was born in England, and so was Oonagh.
Ronan O'Rahilly's mother was born in the USA.
Ronan O'Rahilly was born at Dublin in the Republic of Ireland on May 21, 1940.
Oonagh was born at Guildford, Surrey on December 6, 1936
This means that Oonagh Karanjia is at least three years older than Ronan O'Rahilly.
This girl from England was uprooted from Surrey by her parents and then replanted in Kerry, Ireland, a distance of over 200 miles.
Once in Kerry, Oonagh is said by Rusling to have attended school 7 miles away in Dún Laoghaire, while Ronan O'Rahilly was just 'down road' (so to speak) from his home just outside Dublin.
There is so much inaccurate, misleading and distorted information in Rusling's 'bible', that when it is added to by Ray Clark's distorted and misleading interview of Ian Cowper Ross, and coupled with Oonagh's "two pennies worth", the actual and factual story of Radio Caroline is buried under a pile of bilge.
Wait until we tell you about Oonagh's sister!
There may be other details about the life of Oonagh Karanjia for us to uncover and include, but what we already know is that the address that Rusling claims for his bogus 'Oonagh Huggard', is the same address for Oonagh Leigh who was using it in Classified Advertising to solicit fan members for the 'Temperance Seven' pop group. One such ad appeared on Friday, June 15, 1962, and she used her own address at 36 Thayer Street, London SWI for a "friends of" society boosting the Temperance Seven, who, in 1962, decided to go professional and dropped their previous amateur connections to Oonagh. That date gives us something to work with in conjunction with the "parking meters" story, and her first connection to Ronan O'Rahilly.
What Oonagh forgot about were other 'crumbs' left in the press by her entanglements with Ronan, and they threw several spanners into the works of her own timeline which is nothing more than a fantasy story. Ian Cowper Ross called his version a novel. Oonagh's tale is not the same as the one told by Ian Cowper Ross, except that they both contradict each other and a true version of events.
Oonagh tells us in OEM that she found and leased 6 Chesterfield Gardens and then sub-let it to several other people, but she never mentions who the landlord was. But we have already told you what was going on at 8-7-6 Chesterfield Gardens, so we won't repeat that here.
We will be adding information about both 'The Scene' and 'La Discotheque' clubs, because here again, what Oonagh has told OEM is in conflict with other accounts concerning her involvement with Ronan O'Rahilly.
By the way, that story about Michael Joseph and his would-be school for actors is also untrue in the way it has been told.
Our investigation continues, and so will our revelations of the true story of Radio Caroline.
Remember, the difference between the fake version and our version is that 'they' fleece you for money as part of an ongoing fraud - while we tell you the truth - free of charge as a public service in the public interest!