Friday, 30 January 2015

Two men and a baby (cot)


1. The doomed dooming vessel

As we said in our post last week “To haste or not to haste”, the Government BH and Gonçalo Amaral were pleasantly surprised and both got more than they could expect, at least at this stage.

“As of Wednesday, the McCann ship is beyond repair”, as published by the Portugal Resident who were so kind to quote us.

Friday, 23 January 2015

To haste or not to haste


What was supposed to be a procedural day of the trial – big question was if facts were to be read in court or not – and with the expected discussions about them as they became known, turned out to be quite an intense and interesting day because some just came to conclusions in a hasty manner.

Friday, 16 January 2015



When we broke up for Christmas, on our list to Santa we had 3 presents: the SY questionings in Portugal, the final allegations of the McCann v Amaral Lisbon trial and the Pre Review Inquest on Brenda Leyland’s death.

Santa Claus was very generous with our presents. In each he gave us more than we were expecting.

Let’s go through from the least to the most complex of them.

Friday, 9 January 2015



With festivities over, we picked up our pens so we could return to our readers.

But life is what life is and usually not what one wants it to be.

This to say that a friend of ours hit a bump in life that required our full attention during the past week.

As personal business always takes precedence, we inform our readers that the publication of post we were working on to post this Friday, marking our return, has been postponed.

We apologise and hope readers will understand.

Friday, 5 December 2014

2014 Christmas Break


It’s Christmas time. The time of year the blog takes a break.

Even though a lot of activity around the Maddie case seems to be going to take place in the next week, we see no reason to break with tradition.

We see foresee three things: the fulfilment of SY’s 5th rogatory letter, written back in August and whereby 11 people at request of the Met will be questioned by PJ, the final allegations in the McCann v Amaral damages trial and Brenda Leyland’s Pre Inquest Review.

Friday, 28 November 2014

The Death of a Whitewashing

An Alentejo House with it's typical "Murat finishing"

The Alentejo is that part of Portugal’s territory immediately north of Algarve and goes all the way up to the river Tejo, as a general reference.

It stretches across two thirds of central and southern Portugal and takes in undulating prairies, endless olive trees, cork trees, wheat fields, white-washed houses, Roman ruins, charming towns and an all embracing tranquillity.

Its houses are very typical. Post-card typical. White-washed with a vibrant blue, or dark yellow, stripe on its contours which is what gives them their unmistakable identity.

The simplistic but remarkable contrast of this against the remainder of its whitewashed walls have made these houses centrepieces of many an artist’s work.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Haywhimee, Roses and Thorns

(image from here)

Haywhimee is a little town that doesn’t exist. It’s located in the middle of our imagination.

Yet we think it’s of crucial importance to the Maddie case. We would even say it’s where the solution to the case lies.

Haywhimee is very peculiar. There are many Haywhimeeans but none do in fact live in Haywhimee. The main reason being that Haywhimee doesn’t exist, as we said.

But although Haywhimee is fictional, Haywhimeeans are not. They are very real.

Friday, 14 November 2014

SY - The Movie


It has been said that Euclides Monteiro was the reason for the PJ to have reopened the Maddie process that was archived in 2008.

It was also said that PJ have abandoned the Euclides-lead and are now focusing on a foreigner who never lived in Portugal. Euclides and a foreigner. That’s how many suspects we have been told exist on the Portuguese investigation. Not saying they were the only ones but that they’re the only ones the press has reported since PJ reopened the case in 2013.

The British have been much, much more imaginative. This post will try to show you just how much.

Friday, 7 November 2014

The £10,000,000 Man


The game continues. This week we had 5 articles that we wish to call your attention to:

- On Tuesday 04NOV2014, Jornal de Noticias, by Marisa Rodrigues, “Maddie Case: 10 witnesses to be questioned within the scope of the English investigation”.

- On Tuesday 04NOV2014, the Express, by Levi Winchester & Gerard Couzens, “Maddie McCann: British police to return to Portugal for fresh interviews”.

- On Wednesday 05NOV2014, Correio da Manhã, by Rui Pando Gomes, “More questionings with new arguidos”.

- On Wednesday 05NOV2014, the Mirror, by Tom Pettifor & Gerard Couzens, “Madeleine McCann: Scotland Yard cuts number of detectives working on the case ”.

- On Thursday 06NOV2014, Jornal de Notícias, by Marisa Rodrigues, “DNA clears crucial suspect in the Maddie case”.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Frontline News


The “The McCann Hunting Party 11”, one of the most expensive “games” ever to have taken place is reaching a decisive phase.

The battle is raging.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Sweet 16

image from here

With the visit to INML in Coimbra on 16OCT2014, SY has put forensics back on top of the table in the Maddie case.

In our post “SY’s Significant Moves” we said that in our opinion the Met wanted to bring greater visibility to forensics about Maddie. We are here to help that effort. Do our part.

Friday, 17 October 2014

SY's Significant Moves (with 20OCT2014 Post-Scriptum)


We don’t like to fit pieces into the puzzle. They belong where they belong and nowhere else. When a piece is placed where it belongs, that happens because it fits and doesn’t need to be made to fit.

It will always be the piece of the puzzle that will tell us where it belongs and not the other way around.

Friday, 10 October 2014

New Pieces, Same Game


Too much going on. It’s like someone dumped a new big load of puzzle pieces on our table.

Let’s go bit by bit. Let’s make a list of what we witnessed lately:

Friday, 26 September 2014

Maddie's Pandora's Box


Update on Friday, 03OCT14 09:00:

We are leaving the present post for another week, as we think its relevance can be assessed in the light of recent developments on twitter.

Any action seems to have a counter-reaction and we wait with interest to see what that counter-reaction might be.

The best way to see how this chess game is being played is to spend time analysing the moves. So that's what we will focus our attention on this week – watching, rather than writing.


We think many in the Maddie case are confusing a moment of glory for glory itself.

Confusing the “Raising of the Flag on Iwo Jima” with the “V-J Day”.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Summers by Summers


Mr Summers is an artist of his own.

We won’t call him a writer because he doesn’t appear to be one. We won’t call him a journalist because, as we’ll show you, he demonstrates he isn’t really one.

In any library there are the fiction and the non-fiction areas. Some advocate there should be a third section which is neither. They call it fantasy.