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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by rainbow-fairy on 03.11.11 17:27

Get 'em Gonçalo wrote:
During the conversation the mother told her that she did not understand why a couple had abducted her daughter.

How did she know a couple took Maddie?
I believe she said this for the same reason after four years telling the world they never went out searching for Maddie, in the book she now states 'as soon as it was light Gerry and I resumed our search'. Yes Kate dear, whatever. You know you only say that now because a couple (strangely resembling yourself and Gezza!) were spotted by a man driving a car - they were out and about in Luz VERY early and ducked into an alley when they spotted the car headlights. If anyone knows where this statement is from, could they post it, please?
I think Kate didn't mention this in the beginning as she was hedging her bets - not sure if they'd been spotted or not. Covered their as**s nicely, eh?
Deceitful pair of... (insert preferred name here)

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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by tigger on 03.11.11 20:55

@rainbow-fairy wrote:
Get 'em Gonçalo wrote:
During the conversation the mother told her that she did not understand why a couple had abducted her daughter.

How did she know a couple took Maddie?
I believe she said this for the same reason after four years telling the world they never went out searching for Maddie, in the book she now states 'as soon as it was light Gerry and I resumed our search'. Yes Kate dear, whatever. You know you only say that now because a couple (strangely resembling yourself and Gezza!) were spotted by a man driving a car - they were out and about in Luz VERY early and ducked into an alley when they spotted the car headlights. If anyone knows where this statement is from, could they post it, please?
I think Kate didn't mention this in the beginning as she was hedging her bets - not sure if they'd been spotted or not. Covered their as**s nicely, eh?
Deceitful pair of... (insert preferred name here)

This is not the George Burke sighting was it? It would make sense if they were seen in PdL, possibly near the flats that GA took an interest in. Or is they had to meet up with Murat for a briefing.

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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by truthseeker on 18.11.11 19:45

My highlight of the book is an excerpt from the official submission of the Leicestershire Police to the court (p. 316):
"While one or both of them may be innocent, there is no clear evidence that eliminates them from involvement in Madeleine's disappearance."
So the British police came to the same conclusion as the PJ: the McCanns cannot be eliminated.
This makes it of course difficult for Kate to put any blame exclusively on the PJ.

She seeks a way out by arguing: "Whether or not, that line stuck in our head as "guilty until proven innocent". (p. 316)
Imo this is throwing sand into the eyes of the reader, for it cleary downplays the evidence the police must have had to indicate the McCanns' possible involvement, coupled with the absence of clear exonerating evidence that would eliminate them.

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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by rainbow-fairy on 18.11.11 20:17

@truthseeker wrote:My highlight of the book is an excerpt from the official submission of the Leicestershire Police to the court (p. 316):
"While one or both of them may be innocent, there is no clear evidence that eliminates them from involvement in Madeleine's disappearance."
So the British police came to the same conclusion as the PJ: the McCanns cannot be eliminated.
This makes it of course difficult for Kate to put any blame exclusively on the PJ.

She seeks a way out by arguing: "Whether or not, that line stuck in our head as "guilty until proven innocent". (p. 316)
Imo this is throwing sand into the eyes of the reader, for it cleary downplays the evidence the police must have had to indicate the McCanns' possible involvement, coupled with the absence of clear exonerating evidence that would eliminate them.
She actually put that in the book? I'm amazed! But I guess I shouldn't be really, seeing as it seems she's twisting it for sympathy - 'poor me, poor us, how could they suspect us? We have to prove our innocence...blah de blah de blah'
Hold on tight - you may get dizzy. They be spinning again! Wink

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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by truthseeker on 20.11.11 14:09

@rainbow-fairy wrote:
@truthseeker wrote:My highlight of the book is an excerpt from the official submission of the Leicestershire Police to the court (p. 316):
"While one or both of them may be innocent, there is no clear evidence that eliminates them from involvement in Madeleine's disappearance."
So the British police came to the same conclusion as the PJ: the McCanns cannot be eliminated.
This makes it of course difficult for Kate to put any blame exclusively on the PJ.

She seeks a way out by arguing: "Whether or not that line stuck in our head as "guilty until proven innocent". (p. 316)
Imo this is throwing sand into the eyes of the reader, for it cleary downplays the evidence the police must have had to indicate the McCanns' possible involvement, coupled with the absence of clear exonerating evidence that would eliminate them.
She actually put that in the book? I'm amazed! But I guess I shouldn't be really, seeing as it seems she's twisting it for sympathy - 'poor me, poor us, how could they suspect us? We have to prove our innocence...blah de blah de blah'
Hold on tight - you may get dizzy. They be spinning again! Wink
Kate tries to present themselves as 'victims of injustice', no doubt.
But nowhere does the statement submitted to the court by the Leicestershire Police suggest that the McCanns have to prove their innocence. What the statement does point out is that the McCanns cannot be eliminated as suspects. Big difference. Kate tries to twist it as good as she can, but her attempt at damage control has not been successful.

[edited to add: I accidentally left out the part "it was his intention" in the passage quoted from the book, and forgot the plural "s" in heads, sorry].
Here is the correct quote: Whether or not it was his intention, that line stuck in our heads as 'guilty until proven innocent'. (p. 316)

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smoke, mirrors...and sand

Post by rainbow-fairy on 20.11.11 19:44

@truthseeker wrote:
@rainbow-fairy wrote:
@truthseeker wrote:My highlight of the book is an excerpt from the official submission of the Leicestershire Police to the court (p. 316):
"While one or both of them may be innocent, there is no clear evidence that eliminates them from involvement in Madeleine's disappearance."
So the British police came to the same conclusion as the PJ: the McCanns cannot be eliminated.
This makes it of course difficult for Kate to put any blame exclusively on the PJ.

She seeks a way out by arguing: "Whether or not that line stuck in our head as "guilty until proven innocent". (p. 316)
Imo this is throwing sand into the eyes of the reader, for it cleary downplays the evidence the police must have had to indicate the McCanns' possible involvement, coupled with the absence of clear exonerating evidence that would eliminate them.
She actually put that in the book? I'm amazed! But I guess I shouldn't be really, seeing as it seems she's twisting it for sympathy - 'poor me, poor us, how could they suspect us? We have to prove our innocence...blah de blah de blah'
Hold on tight - you may get dizzy. They be spinning again! Wink
Kate tries to present themselves as 'victims of injustice', no doubt.
But nowhere does the statement submitted to the court by the Leicestershire Police suggest that the McCanns have to prove their innocence. What the statement does point out is that the McCanns cannot be eliminated as suspects. Big difference. Kate tries to twist it as good as she can, but her attempt at damage control has not been successful.

[edited to add: I accidentally left out the part "it was his intention" in the passage quoted from the book, and forgot the plural "s" in heads, sorry].
Here is the correct quote: Whether or not it was his intention, that line stuck in our heads as 'guilty until proven innocent'. (p. 316)
Yep. Yet more smoke and mirror tactics. Poor Kate seems to think she is so clever at twisting the words and hiding the real meanings of things. Newsflash Kate - its all about as obscured as a 20st man 'hiding' behind a lamppost! We can still see it - and we can still see you and your husband (unfortunately) jumping on bandwagons and lying your faces off...
You never allowed yourselves to be investigated or eliminated - now why would that be?!? Hmmm...

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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by truthseeker on 24.11.11 22:11

Another highlight is Kate explicitly listing the Irish family as witnesses who saw a man carrying carryig a child. (p. 371)
Has she forgotten that the family, four months later, as they saw on TV Gerry McCann go down the stairs from the plane, carrying one of the twins, believed to have recognized him as the man they had seen on that night?

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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by anil39200 on 25.11.11 13:18

@truthseeker wrote:Another highlight is Kate explicitly listing the Irish family as witnesses who saw a man carrying carryig a child. (p. 371)
Has she forgotten that the family, four months later, as they saw on TV Gerry McCann go down the stairs from the plane, carrying one of the twins, believed to have recognized him as the man they had seen on that night?



ah, but is she 60% or 80% sure they saw a man at all? I guess this is what someone meant when they said the story has evolved to fit the agenda---good marketing ploy

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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by Ollie on 27.11.11 14:09

Kate and Gerry McCann while in Berlin receive a message from the British Police to go immediately to the British Embassy. The Spanish Police had received a phone call from someone called Walter by mobile phone that he had information about Madeleine but would only speak to Gerry or Kate. They are briefed, have two German kidnap specialists with them and others who ooze professionalism and experience.

"At 5pm local time, the Spanish police rang Walter. There was no answer." B****y typical!! I know it wasn't Kates intention but this made me laugh (I know, I am supposed to be constantly wiping away the tears while reading the bewk!).

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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by truthseeker on 27.11.11 20:06

@tigger wrote:
@rainbow-fairy wrote:
Get 'em Gonçalo wrote:
During the conversation the mother told her that she did not understand why a couple had abducted her daughter.

How did she know a couple took Maddie?
I believe she said this for the same reason after four years telling the world they never went out searching for Maddie, in the book she now states 'as soon as it was light Gerry and I resumed our search'. Yes Kate dear, whatever. You know you only say that now because a couple (strangely resembling yourself and Gezza!) were spotted by a man driving a car - they were out and about in Luz VERY early and ducked into an alley when they spotted the car headlights. If anyone knows where this statement is from, could they post it, please?
I think Kate didn't mention this in the beginning as she was hedging her bets - not sure if they'd been spotted or not. Covered their as**s nicely, eh?
Deceitful pair of... (insert preferred name here)

This is not the George Burke sighting was it? It would make sense if they were seen in PdL, possibly near the flats that GA took an interest in. Or is they had to meet up with Murat for a briefing.
Here is what it says in the McCann files about the George Burke sighting:
A Briton, who runs a company in the Algarve, has told police he spotted a couple carrying a young child, early on Friday morning 04 May 2007.

George Burke, from Liverpool, was driving home from nearby Lagos
around 6.00am when he caught the two people in his car headlights. "I couldn't see them clearly because it was dark and windy.

They scurried down a
side road and out of sight."

The sighting was subsequently taken up by Metodo 3 and provided a lead
story in many newspapers on 28 November 2007.

Except this time, the story was presented in a much more dramatic light
with the child, now almost certainly Madeleine, being 'cruelly dragged along' by a 'vicious-looking man'.

However, nowhere in the quotes attributed to Mr Burke does he mention that the
child was being 'cruelly dragged along the road' or does he use the phrase 'vicious-looking man'.

He says: "It was very, very dark and it was hard to make out exactly what
the couple looked like.
But through the gloom I could see a very suspicious-looking man and woman, with a child who fitted Madeleine's description.Though there was nobody else on the road, they were hurrying across a road that leads straight to the train station and marina."

He adds (but only reported in The Sun): "They were trying to carry the kid without anyone seeing."

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Drugged?

Post by Ollie on 01.12.11 21:24

Kate says in her bewk when recalling the night of the 'abduction' - "Could Madeleine's apparent excessive tiredness on that last Thursday afternoon have been caused by some kind of tranquilizer administered earlier in the day, or even the night before"?

Does she think we are all completely thick! I can't believe the pro McCanns have read this and still think their word is gospel!

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Forgot the chimney!

Post by Ollie on 01.12.11 21:48

Kate wrote; For a long while we would assume that the abductor had entered and exited through the window of the children's bedroom, but it is equally possible that he used the patio doors or even had a key to the front door. Perhaps he'd either come in or gone out via the window, not both; perhaps he hadn't been through it at all, but had opened it to prepare an emergency escape route if needed, or merely to throw the investigators off the scent - well you said it Kate, and I think you covered every eventuality there, clearly there wasn't a chimney or I'm sure it would of got a mention.

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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by truthseeker on 03.12.11 21:08

@Ollie wrote:Kate wrote; For a long while we would assume that the abductor had entered and exited through the window of the children's bedroom, but it is equally possible that he used the patio doors or even had a key to the front door. Perhaps he'd either come in or gone out via the window, not both; perhaps he hadn't been through it at all, but had opened it to prepare an emergency escape route if needed, or merely to throw the investigators off the scent - well you said it Kate, and I think you covered every eventuality there, clearly there wasn't a chimney or I'm sure it would of got a mention.
Fascinating how often the truth has a way of shining through despite an individual's effort to keep it hidden.
"Throwing the investigators off the scent" - yes indeed, that's precisely what the McCanns' window scenario was about.
Another characteristic that can be observed in concocted stories is the frequent presence of technical absurdities due to the story not having taken place in reality:
In her book, on p. 71, Kate states that when she found the door to the children's room open, she "gently began to pull it to".
Yeah, right. Who on earth wants to pull a door to of a room they want to enter?? This makes no sense at all.
It only makes sense to the fabricator of the story then presenting her 'the door then slammed shut because of the draught coming form the open window'.
Kate's book provides objective evidence of the poor job she does in trying to 'sell' the McCanns' version of events.

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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by Guest on 23.09.12 18:27

Adding this piece from Kates book, added by Tigger in This thread : http://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t3092p280-who-took-the-tennis-court-photo#124008

Ross wrote:
jd wrote:
The man who should have been treating the patient was on the telephone, a child of three was free to play doctors and patients with a man suffering from a heart attack and Kate tells us she couldn't do anything because she was as big as a house.


This is.......just can't think of the word!


Bollocks?


From the book:

Three days before I went into hospital, Gerry’s Uncle Pat and Aunt Alexis came up from Essex to see us – and within an hour of their arrival, Uncle Pat, an ex-professional footballer, collapsed with a heart attack. When he slumped on Alexis’s shoulder we thought at first he was just messing about. We soon realized he wasn’t. As Gerry phoned for an ambulance and I worried that I was going to need to begin CPR – which would have been pretty difficult given that my belly was the size of a small barn and I could hardly move – a delivery man came to the door with a Chinese takeaway we’d ordered. Amid the pandemonium, Madeleine appeared, pushing her Early Learning Centre medical trolley, placed her toy stethoscope on Uncle Pat’s chest and said, ‘Boom, boom!’
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Post by bobbin on 23.09.12 18:34

Moa wrote:Adding this piece from Kates book, added by Tigger in This thread : http://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t3092p280-who-took-the-tennis-court-photo#124008

Ross wrote:
jd wrote:
The man who should have been treating the patient was on the telephone, a child of three was free to play doctors and patients with a man suffering from a heart attack and Kate tells us she couldn't do anything because she was as big as a house.


This is.......just can't think of the word!


Bollocks?


From the book:

Three days before I went into hospital, Gerry’s Uncle Pat and Aunt Alexis came up from Essex to see us – and within an hour of their arrival, Uncle Pat, an ex-professional footballer, collapsed with a heart attack. When he slumped on Alexis’s shoulder we thought at first he was just messing about. We soon realized he wasn’t. As Gerry phoned for an ambulance and I worried that I was going to need to begin CPR – which would have been pretty difficult given that my belly was the size of a small barn and I could hardly move – a delivery man came to the door with a Chinese takeaway we’d ordered. Amid the pandemonium, Madeleine appeared, pushing her Early Learning Centre medical trolley, placed her toy stethoscope on Uncle Pat’s chest and said, ‘Boom, boom!’
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It's a blessing that at least one of the parents is no longer practising medicine

I'm glad she was able to think of herself first, instead of poor old uncle Pat. Otherwise it would have been completely out of character.

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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by Guest on 23.09.12 18:52

@bobbin wrote:
Moa wrote:Adding this piece from Kates book, added by Tigger in This thread : http://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t3092p280-who-took-the-tennis-court-photo#124008

Ross wrote:
jd wrote:
The man who should have been treating the patient was on the telephone, a child of three was free to play doctors and patients with a man suffering from a heart attack and Kate tells us she couldn't do anything because she was as big as a house.


This is.......just can't think of the word!


Bollocks?


From the book:

Three days before I went into hospital, Gerry’s Uncle Pat and Aunt Alexis came up from Essex to see us – and within an hour of their arrival, Uncle Pat, an ex-professional footballer, collapsed with a heart attack. When he slumped on Alexis’s shoulder we thought at first he was just messing about. We soon realized he wasn’t. As Gerry phoned for an ambulance and I worried that I was going to need to begin CPR – which would have been pretty difficult given that my belly was the size of a small barn and I could hardly move – a delivery man came to the door with a Chinese takeaway we’d ordered. Amid the pandemonium, Madeleine appeared, pushing her Early Learning Centre medical trolley, placed her toy stethoscope on Uncle Pat’s chest and said, ‘Boom, boom!’
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It's a blessing that at least one of the parents is no longer practising medicine

I'm glad she was able to think of herself first, instead of poor old uncle Pat. Otherwise it would have been completely out of character.

This is as far as I got, in my copy of the Gospel according to axetera axetera.

In my country, we are taught, in an emergency, to tell everyone what to do.

For instance: if we had a cardiologist in the room, we would tell him to administer CPR.

If we had a pregnant female in the room, not an idiot and/or not someone with cut vocal cords, we would order this person to phone the emergency services.

If we had a toddler in the room, we would shove it aside, ASAP, in order to prevent the patient's dying because we were distracted by it.

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Post by tigger on 23.09.12 18:55

But surely, having a heart attack with a consultant cardiologist present and a GP and one other functioning adult. Alexis:

We find:
Gerry was unable to diagnose a heart attack - when he did, he went to phone an ambulance but did no GPR.
Kate was able to phone or Alexis was able to phone whilst Gerry took care of the patient, but this didn't happen. It would be the most efficient procedure.
All of them could have prevented Maddie from coming too near.
Gerry, the most able person of all in CPR and diagnostics re heart attacks, used the phone. I've always understood that the patient has a better chance of surviving if first aid of some kind is given. Ambulances may not be in time to save the patient.

What happened then? Shame to let a good Chinese go to waste?

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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by Nina on 23.09.12 19:07

@Portia wrote:
@bobbin wrote:
Moa wrote:Adding this piece from Kates book, added by Tigger in This thread : http://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t3092p280-who-took-the-tennis-court-photo#124008

Ross wrote:
jd wrote:
The man who should have been treating the patient was on the telephone, a child of three was free to play doctors and patients with a man suffering from a heart attack and Kate tells us she couldn't do anything because she was as big as a house.


This is.......just can't think of the word!


Bollocks?


From the book:

Three days before I went into hospital, Gerry’s Uncle Pat and Aunt Alexis came up from Essex to see us – and within an hour of their arrival, Uncle Pat, an ex-professional footballer, collapsed with a heart attack. When he slumped on Alexis’s shoulder we thought at first he was just messing about. We soon realized he wasn’t. As Gerry phoned for an ambulance and I worried that I was going to need to begin CPR – which would have been pretty difficult given that my belly was the size of a small barn and I could hardly move – a delivery man came to the door with a Chinese takeaway we’d ordered. Amid the pandemonium, Madeleine appeared, pushing her Early Learning Centre medical trolley, placed her toy stethoscope on Uncle Pat’s chest and said, ‘Boom, boom!’
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It's a blessing that at least one of the parents is no longer practising medicine

I'm glad she was able to think of herself first, instead of poor old uncle Pat. Otherwise it would have been completely out of character.

This is as far as I got, in my copy of the Gospel according to axetera axetera.

In my country, we are taught, in an emergency, to tell everyone what to do.

For instance: if we had a cardiologist in the room, we would tell him to administer CPR.

If we had a pregnant female in the room, not an idiot and/or not someone with cut vocal cords, we would order this person to phone the emergency services.

If we had a toddler in the room, we would shove it aside, ASAP, in order to prevent the patient's dying because we were distracted by it.

Ah but Portia you don't have to be the centre of attention. Did the poor man survive, or doesn't she say?

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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by bobbin on 23.09.12 19:11

Moa wrote:Adding this piece from Kates book, added by Tigger in This thread : http://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t3092p280-who-took-the-tennis-court-photo#124008

Ross wrote:
jd wrote:
The man who should have been treating the patient was on the telephone, a child of three was free to play doctors and patients with a man suffering from a heart attack and Kate tells us she couldn't do anything because she was as big as a house.


This is.......just can't think of the word!


Bollocks?


From the book:

Three days before I went into hospital, Gerry’s Uncle Pat and Aunt Alexis came up from Essex to see us – and within an hour of their arrival, Uncle Pat, an ex-professional footballer, collapsed with a heart attack. When he slumped on Alexis’s shoulder we thought at first he was just messing about. We soon realized he wasn’t. As Gerry phoned for an ambulance and I worried that I was going to need to begin CPR – which would have been pretty difficult given that my belly was the size of a small barn and I could hardly move – a delivery man came to the door with a Chinese takeaway we’d ordered. Amid the pandemonium, Madeleine appeared, pushing her Early Learning Centre medical trolley, placed her toy stethoscope on Uncle Pat’s chest and said, ‘Boom, boom!’
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It's a blessing that at least one of the parents is no longer practising medicine

Actually, I think I've just had a 'eureka' moment. Was our good lady making this whole pitiful story up to do an ELC promotion. Possibly, like the 'monsoon' top etc., she might have been hoping to get a bit of extra cash/contribution for her miserable book 'the most unbelievable fairy stories wot 'as ever been wrote'.
I wonder if the Early Learning Centre are at all embarrassed at their toys being touted in such an insensitive and un-funny situation.

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Post by Guest on 23.09.12 19:17

@tigger wrote:But surely, having a heart attack with a consultant cardiologist present and a GP and one other functioning adult. Alexis:

We find:
Gerry was unable to diagnose a heart attack - when he did, he went to phone an ambulance but did no GPR.
Kate was able to phone or Alexis was able to phone whilst Gerry took care of the patient, but this didn't happen. It would be the most efficient procedure.
All of them could have prevented Maddie from coming too near.
Gerry, the most able person of all in CPR and diagnostics re heart attacks, used the phone. I've always understood that the patient has a better chance of surviving if first aid of some kind is given. Ambulances may not be in time to save the patient.

What happened then? Shame to let a good Chinese go to waste?

Sounds like Madeleine was the only one there who at least tried to help the poor man.

Still never mind that - what happened to the takeaway? Did it go cold and they have to reheat it later? Maybe the delivery guy knew how to do CPR...

Why would she think that this was a hilarious anecdote to include in the bewk? strewth....

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Post by Guest on 23.09.12 19:26

Does anyone know on wich date Fiona got married? As she was wed in 2003, and thats the year M was born. So I just wonder how close to the birthdate it was taken, as it must have been taken after she gave birth to M but within the same year.

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Post by Guest on 23.09.12 19:29

In the statements they all said September but I don't recall a date. What's puzzling me about the wedding is that Russell seems to be the only one who recalls Jane being there.

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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by tigger on 24.09.12 8:26

Blacksmith June 2012: on Madeleine's presence in PdL as given by the book -


From the Blacksmiths' Bureau, McCannfiles, June 2011.

The Tapas 7:
" ...... their descriptions are alive as well, full of unexpected detail, doubt, colour, disappointment, incident and emotion, giving the lie to any suggestion that there really wasn't much for Kate McCann to write about in that Praia da Luz week. Unlike her the 7 — except, of course, when they stray into certain "dangerous" areas — tell things more or less as they saw and, more important, felt them.

Can we be sure that the section has in fact been structured in the way we have described? Well, the passages of self-justification are obviously ex post facto, as they say, and therefore cannot have come from the period; nor have they in any sense sprung from the narrative of that week since they have nothing to do with communicating what happened then but are part of a quite different story, M/S McCann's continuing defence of her own reputation, the "bottom of the garden" stuff and the rest in which she first lightly condemns and then strongly acquits herself.

Then what about the Madeleine passages? Can we be fairly sure that they don't spring from the narrative either? They certainly don't seem to. Significantly our first real view of Madeleine on holiday — on the aircraft steps — is given not from direct memory but from the video made by the group. A few pages after that the bare recitation of events and lengthy descriptions of the apartment is interrupted:

"Soon after midday," she writes, "we collected the children." A highly emotional passage about the child follows — but it doesn't describe Madeleine McCann in Praia da Luz but in some more complex space: "I loved going to pick up the kids when they were little," she adds, "the moment when your child spots you and rushes over to throw a pair of tiny arms around you makes your heart sing. It doesn't happen every time, of course, but I have many special memories of meeting Madeleine at nursery at home. Hurtling across the classroom and into my embrace she would shout, 'My mummy!," as if establishing ownership of me in front of the other children. What I'd give to have that back again."

The next is on page 57:

"It chokes me remembering how my heart soared with pride in Madeleine that morning. She was so happy and obviously enjoying herself. Standing there listening intently to Cat's instructions, she looked so gorgeous in her little T-shirt and shorts, pink hat, ankle socks and new holiday sandals..." OK, OK — but this wasn't strictly the child in Praia da Luz either, but a photograph:

"... that I ran back to the apartment for my camera to record the occasion." The child herself is momentarily excluded as Kate McCann shifts time and space once more, "One of my photographs is known around the world now..." and in a convoluted mix of past and present, child and parent, tells us how it was that Madeleine had "done really well" to end up for the photograph with an armful of tennis balls, finishing, "Gerry loves that picture."

On page 65 she demonstrates how hard she finds it to "see" the child, providing not an image of Madeleine in action but a multi-layered section of her own troubled memory from somewhere far beyond Praia da Luz:

"Some images are etched for all time on my brain. Madeleine that lunchtime is one of them. She was wearing an outfit" — here comes mum — "I'd bought especially for her holiday: a peach-coloured smock top from Gap and some white broderie-anglaise shorts from Monsoon — a small extravagance perhaps, but I'd pictured how lovely she would look in them and I'd been right." She adds, "She was striding ahead of Fiona and me, swinging her bare arms to and fro. The weather was on the cool side" — here she is again — "and I remember thinking I should have brought a cardigan for her, although she seemed oblivious of the temperature, just happy and carefree" — again — "I was following her with my eyes, admiring her. I wonder now, the nausea rising in my throat, if someone else was doing the same."

Her characterization of the child throughout these interpolations is flimsy and as for the dynamics of the relationship between mother and daughter — and anyone with children of Madeleine's age knows how extensive and complex the relationship has already become — there is almost nothing.

I stress these points not at all to criticise Kate McCann as a mother but to illustrate the way in which the child does not emerge naturally from the narrative — and that is because she is not really part of it. Perhaps the closest she comes to emerging is in the descriptions of her asking her parents "why they hadn't come that night" — and that episode also, in a sense, comes from outside, due to the evidential significance it has subsequently taken on.

From these considerations it should be clear that the whole section results neither from concentrated recollection nor the intensity of her feelings about episodes of four years ago: it has been assembled into a construct, not a description and certainly not a record. Of course every piece of writing of whatever kind is a construction, a literary construction, if only by selection. But a literary construction is chosen for its suitability to express the story, whether fact or fiction, in the best or most appropriate way. This section of Kate McCann's book is something quite different: tellingly, she never "expresses herself" at all.

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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by Guest on 24.09.12 11:05

Moa wrote:Does anyone know on wich date Fiona got married? As she was wed in 2003, and thats the year M was born. So I just wonder how close to the birthdate it was taken, as it must have been taken after she gave birth to M but within the same year.

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Kate writes Maddie was born on April 12, 2003.

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Re: My Highlights from the book

Post by jd on 24.09.12 11:34

"It chokes me remembering how my heart soared with pride in Madeleine that morning. She was so happy and obviously enjoying herself. Standing there listening intently to Cat's instructions, she looked so gorgeous in her little T-shirt and shorts, pink hat, ankle socks and new holiday sandals..."

Is this nanny that kate is purring on about the same one she could't trust to look after their kids while she got sloshed

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