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Post by sami on 26.09.12 7:26

When a child has a favourite cuddly toy, and I mean in the companion sense not just one that they like to play with regularly, it is a very special thing and it becomes an extension of themselves. Whilst it would be understandable that Kate would be very attached to cuddlecat in Madeleine's absence, to let the other children play with it, is as odd as washing it was. Two things that are not done. Even siblings recognise the importance of the toy in the childs life and they would generally treat the toy with respect and instantly know it is untouchable to them. There will be fights over every single toy in the house, but never over the cuddly toy.

The cuddle toys we have are as photographed as the children. They appear in the background of nearly every photo, or indeed are clutched in the hands of a child in the photos. They travel everywhere, globe trotters they are. They are the last thing checked on before we set off on a journey, have we got them, are they safe. Sounds crazy but it is more difficult to mind the cuddle toys than the kids. They are irreplacable. Buying a second version of the same toy does not work. When they were babies I would sneak them from their beds at night to wash and dry them to return them before morning as washing them caused great upset (to the kids that is).

So, Kate allowed Madeleines siblings to carry cuddle cat - a big no no.
Kate washed cuddle cat - never in a million years.
Cuddle cat, after four years of love from Madeleine, was in perfect condition - have never seen that before.

I think the blanket was Madeleines comforter and as such I believe Kate would have wanted it with her and that is where the blanket is.

Cuddlecat is just a good tear jerking image, poor Kate with cuddlecat, poor little sweet Amelie with cuddlecat. The one image I can never forget - cuddlecat peeping out of Kates shoulder bag on her way into the police station. A big bag, a tiny cat and he would not fit inside ? No way, all staged for the cameras.

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Re: Anyone seen this photo before?

Post by PeterMac on 26.09.12 7:37

On of the stories was that it was a recent present from Uncle someone or other, not four years old.
The washing is therefore even more odd.
It was supposed to be covered in sun cream.
BUT the holiday was early season, and cold - hence the emphasis on no shoes - hence running back for a partner's fleece and so on
So whilst they might have used a bit of sun cream to protect the children it would not have been slathered on, and in any event cuddle cat would have been left during the day, probably tucked up in bed, like all self respecting teddy bears.
So whose sun cream had so fouled the little beast. Kate's ?
Why would she put sun cream on the palms of her hands ?

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Post by tigger on 26.09.12 7:54

PeterMac wrote:On of the stories was that it was a recent present from Uncle someone or other, not four years old.
The washing is therefore even more odd.
It was supposed to be covered in sun cream.
BUT the holiday was early season, and cold - hence the emphasis on no shoes - hence running back for a partner's fleece and so on
So whilst they might have used a bit of sun cream to protect the children it would not have been slathered on, and in any event cuddle cat would have been left during the day, probably tucked up in bed, like all self respecting teddy bears.
So whose sun cream had so fouled the little beast. Kate's ?
Why would she put sun cream on the palms of her hands ?

Indeed, and there are close-ups of cuddlecat which in no way show a squeeze that's been used for over 3 years. We may assume that Kate's cleanliness was the same as observed in PdL so CC would have been washed at least once a month for say 44 months or so. No towelling toy can stand up to that, besides the simple stitches of the face would have come undone and I don't really see Kate doing the mending. Washing is taking up quite enough of her time.

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Post by sami on 26.09.12 9:15

tigger wrote:
PeterMac wrote:On of the stories was that it was a recent present from Uncle someone or other, not four years old.
The washing is therefore even more odd.
It was supposed to be covered in sun cream.
BUT the holiday was early season, and cold - hence the emphasis on no shoes - hence running back for a partner's fleece and so on
So whilst they might have used a bit of sun cream to protect the children it would not have been slathered on, and in any event cuddle cat would have been left during the day, probably tucked up in bed, like all self respecting teddy bears.
So whose sun cream had so fouled the little beast. Kate's ?
Why would she put sun cream on the palms of her hands ?

Indeed, and there are close-ups of cuddlecat which in no way show a squeeze that's been used for over 3 years. We may assume that Kate's cleanliness was the same as observed in PdL so CC would have been washed at least once a month for say 44 months or so. No towelling toy can stand up to that, besides the simple stitches of the face would have come undone and I don't really see Kate doing the mending. Washing is taking up quite enough of her time.


Is the one tootbrush fits all story true ? If so, Kates cleanliness had its limitations.

The amount of sun cream needed was minimal. Yes the weather was bad, but look at the routine, in particular the twins. They went from the apartment a.m. to the creche, back to the apartment for lunch, then back to the crech p.m. Outside for high tea circa 5.30, then possibly a play in the playground, then bed. Not much exposure to daylight there, not to mind uv rays ! Ok, the ice cream trip to the beach is there, but the weather was bad and Madeleine had a trip with her kids club. No mention of the twins going anywhere with their club though.

Anyhow you wash your hands after applying sun cream, otherwise it stains your clothes.

A stupid excuse for washing him and exactly that - an excuse. What she should have said was that one of the twins got sick on him and it broke her heart to have to wash him, more plausible. It was something they did not forsee though so did not have a prepared answer.

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Post by Hummingbird on 26.09.12 9:27

jd wrote:This might be a cuddle cat in this photo but this is kate mccann many years before PDL and with a boy! Never in a million years is this child Maddie or Sean...its someone else. Would make sense if this child is why a cuddle cat is so precious to kate mccann


Please blow the picture up - you will see the mark on the eye and the pyjamas are definately girls, they have little frills around the cuffs in fact when blown up it looks like a little pale blue top worn under a pair of dungarees quite natural for a very young girl to wear. Lots of girls clothes are pale blue, navy blue, duck egg blue, sky blue........!

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Post by Guest on 26.09.12 9:38

Heavens yes, the coloboma is actually there in this photo!

Until comparatively recent times (as QI viewers will know!) the colour pink was associated with boys and blue was for girls.

http://hueconsulting.blogspot.co.uk/2007/03/why-is-blue-for-boys-and-pink-for-girls.html

It's nigh impossible now to think of the colour pink as anything other than very girly.
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Post by Guest on 26.09.12 11:04

Jean wrote:Heavens yes, the coloboma is actually there in this photo!

Until comparatively recent times (as QI viewers will know!) the colour pink was associated with boys and blue was for girls.

http://hueconsulting.blogspot.co.uk/2007/03/why-is-blue-for-boys-and-pink-for-girls.html

It's nigh impossible now to think of the colour pink as anything other than very girly.

Kate, when describing Seans stay as an only boy among so many Tapas-daughters, remarks something as: this would give him a good opportunity to come to grips with his female side.

Odd thing to say regarding a on/two year old, boy isn't it? Is she pre-empting having dressed him or dressing him in pink?

Kate keeps uttering these weird improper teasers more often, as where she said that she hoped something they said or did would prick somebodies conscience. You don't prick a conscience, you touch it.
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Post by Guest on 26.09.12 13:03

The expression to prick someone's conscience is correct.

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/prick+conscience

Sadly the Tapas mob are immune to such things!

The comment about Sean getting in touch with his feminine side could just be a joke.
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Post by tigger on 26.09.12 15:32

Jean wrote:The expression to prick someone's conscience is correct.

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/prick+conscience

Sadly the Tapas mob are immune to such things!

The comment about Sean getting in touch with his feminine side could just be a joke.

It's just the sort of remark which is only inappropriate because of Sean's age. It would be OK if Sean was a teenager, but hardly earlier.
She has made many remarks re Maddie which are also age inappropriate.
Such as Maddie being her 'best friend'. In her nightmare, Maddie is holding Kate, not Kate holding Maddie etc.

Her understanding of children is virtually non existent. She expects them to treat her as if they are adults. Apparent in many of her statements. imo.

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Post by jd on 26.09.12 21:26

Madeleine McCann: Introducing Amelie And The Maddie Catty 19th May 2007

WITH Madeleine McCann missing – still missing – the papers discover a new angle of investigation: her sister.

“MADDIE COME HOME,” says the Sun’s headline. “Tot hugs Maddie’s cuddle cat.” And there is Amelie McCann holding on to her sister’s comforter.

What purpose this serves, Anorak is unsure. We have tired of looking at the faces of Madeleine McCann’s parents but are we so desperate for a new face in the narrative that we need Amelie? No new suspect. No arrests. No sign of Madeleine. So here’s Amelie. She can keep the story alive, justify its place on the front pages?

While readers wonder why it’s newsworthy to publish a picture of Madeleine McCann’s little sister, while the faces of media shy David Beckham and his tick-like wife’s children are pixelated to preserve their privacy, the Mirror spots Amalie.

More Amelie on the Mirror’s front page. “A cuddle from her little sis,” reads the headline above the shot of Amelia hugging Madeleine’s toy. And on the Express’s front page, more Amelie. And on the Mail’s.

Is this a cynical manipulation of the news? It tugs the heart strings. It cannot fail to. But for what ends? To make us feel more a part of a story turned into public spectacle? Can it be too long before the Mirror is offering readers a chance to buy the “Maddie Cattie”, replica cuddle cloths, with a percentage of profits going to establish a fighting fund?

“Little Amelie McCann clutches her big sister Madeleine’s favourite “Cuddle Cat” soft toy yesterday — and wishes the missing tot was back with her,” says the Sun’s reporter in Praia da Luz.

Touching stuff. Or just creepy…
http://www.anorak.co.uk/173454/tabloids/madeleine-mccann-introducing-amelie-and-the-maddie-catty.html/?start=9&finish=1
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By 19th May 2007 when this article was written, while the world were still waiting for a latest picture of Maddie to know exactly who they were looking for..... the mccanns had already registered the cuddlecat domain names! We can see where their priorities lay


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Post by jd on 27.09.12 1:36

Timesonline 06 May 2007

"At 9.30pm Gerry McCann checked his children and they were sound asleep, with Madeleine lying with her comfort blanket. Thirty minutes later his wife returned and found Madeleine gone and the shutter of the rear window open.
Silvia Batisa, head of administration at the complex, helped to comfort the family and interpret their interviews with the police: "The parents were devastated, in a panic. They wanted more police and dogs immediately. Kate said all the time, 'Please find my daughter’ and ‘Madeleine is beautiful'."
She recalled that the twins were still asleep in their two cots and there was the small, bright pink wool blanket that Madeleine likes to hold when she sleeps. "We walked out quickly so as not to wake up the twins. The parents immediately said, 'She’s been kidnapped'," said Batisa."


This casts doubt on the belief that 'Cuddle Cat' was Madeleine's sleep comforter, instead it suggests, from this report, that her comforter was a 'small, bright pink wool blanket'. This is later confirmed by David James Smith's article published on 16 December 2007 which states that Madeleine 'was lying almost in “the recovery position” with Cuddle Cat, the toy her godfather, John Corner, had bought her, and her comfort blanket up near her head'.

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Post by tigger on 27.09.12 6:31

David Smith from the Timesonline was in his own words, 'briefed' by Gerry after the Rothley meeting. Therefore he is of interest, an official mouthpiece one might say.

So no doubt the cuddlecat and Jon Corner story is true enough. Jon Corner is an astute businessman I believe, must look him up again. All that marketing advice must have come from somewhere.

The blanket - which Amaral says is a very important clue as to what happened to Maddie - must have been her comforter, makes a lot more sense.

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Post by Snifferdog on 27.09.12 20:56

jd wrote:Madeleine McCann: Introducing Amelie And The Maddie Catty 19th May 2007

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By 19th May 2007 when this article was written, while the world were still waiting for a latest picture of Maddie to know exactly who they were looking for..... the mccanns had already registered the cuddlecat domain names! We can see where their priorities lay

Yes Jd you are so right. and one of the many examples of weird actions, not consistent with a parent who genuinely does not know where their missing child is. I think it would do well on the scrolling banner. Very telling.

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Post by Guest on 28.09.12 19:30

I think the photo tells a lot.

It's out of character for a person like KM to cart a soft toy around and clearly designed to tug at the heart strings.

But looking at this picture you can see KM is groomed for the cameras and she holds CCat in perfect position for a photo, nicely turned out unlike the picture of her missing daughter that's all bunched up and upside down. It's so typical of this woman, everything gets priority over Madeleine.

It reminds me of the other picture of her with the backpack and the cat peeking up from under the flap.

What's the story with this toy I wonder bearing in mind the 2 web sites that they set up in that name? Were they expecting a large donation from the manufacturers, were they expecting a shipment of free toys to help with their campaign?

I'm not sure about everyone here but isn't it one of those moments where you wonder if Madeleine really did exist and someone could be so cold and calculating and mercenary?

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what katy did next...

Post by butterfly23 on 30.09.12 15:19

...i remember at time of madeleine's ''abduction'' that kate was on tele A LOT talking about her missing child...i do not know how i would feel if my daughter was missing...but i am sure i would find it hard to function & hard to sleep- what i noticed whenever kate was on tele was that she was always looking like she had spent a bit of time getting ready...if i had a missing kid & 2 other kids to look after, i do not think i would have time to pick out what fancy dangly earrings to wear etc...!!! yet, kate was always looking like she was ready to appear on tele ( tho obviously looking 'distraught' )...despite having 2 young kids & 'searching' for her missing daughter!!! as time went on she looked more and more 'groomed' ...guess she was used to tv appearences by then !!! she even said at one time that if she looked less glamourous perhaps we would believe her more !!!

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