madeleine-mccann

On Ascending to Insanity and Shrimpton Fishing.

I have often pondered why the cliché is ‘descending into madness’ – given the number of people who end up firmly believing that they are the son of the Man upstairs, and spend the rest of their life with arms outstretched and tending their goatee beard, having moved from ‘talking to themselves’ to believing that they […]

November 26, 2014

The Greedier Media.

As we speed through the brave new world of social media, disasters splatter against our windscreen like so many mosquitoes. We can ignore some of them, look past them, wipe away others – but eventually, we must stop, scrub the glass clean – and start again. 24 hour rolling news seemed like a good idea […]

October 5, 2014

Tony Bennett and the McCann’s.

A retired solicitor who published claims that Madeleine McCann’s parents caused her death has been given a suspended jail sentence. Mr Justice Tugendhat said 65-year-old Tony Bennett deliberately flouted legal undertakings, given in November 2009, not to repeat allegations about the couple. He said his conduct was so serious that nothing less than a custodial sentence […]

February 21, 2013

The Star of the Libel Courts.

The cyber vigilante paedo-mob, charging across the Twitterscape with flaming torches held aloft, ever alert for the naming and shaming of a fresh celebrity (preferably celebrated for right wing political affiliations) were temporarily baffled by the early morning on-line version of the Daily Star. The head line brought news to cheer them – ‘Arrests in ‘VIP’ sex ring’ – but the […]

February 7, 2013

Leveson Schmeveson, it’s a waste of time and money…

The media will never change, not so long as the dual pressures of vanishing advertising revenues and 24 hour rolling news schedules to fill are in place. Leveson can invite as many ex-Prime Ministers and newspaper editors as he wants to spend an afternoon raising their profile and discussing their past ‘hurts’ at the hands […]

July 9, 2012

‘Dead Children are made of Gold’

This is the third piece I have written for this blog. It is the second concerning dead children. I hope and trust this is no reflection of my own interests, regrettably however it does seem to be a reflection of other’s. I shall return to this point. Recently, Ed Milliband drew comparisons between the expenses […]

July 22, 2011

The ‘infallible’ sniffer dogs….

Cadaver dogs perform a grim but essential task – locating the presence of human remains, even minute particles of human remains. In America, the cadaver dogs first achieved national recognition in the aftermath of 9/11, helping to locate partial remains and thus confirm the death of missing people. These dogs have gained a considerable fan-club, […]

August 30, 2010

Robert Green

A frisson of excitement ran through the blogosphere late last night as news of Robert Green’s arrest in Aberdeen spread. The facts as they first appeared seemed electrifying, a legal advisor prevented from going about his business by a Scottish legal conspiracy? Grist to the blogosphere mill. A little digging reveals more froth on this […]

February 17, 2010

Oprah Winfrey interview with the McCann’s.

The famous Oprah Winfrey interview and documentary regarding Madeleine’s disappearance. So far unavailable in the UK. In English with Portuguese subtitles, since this was only shown outside the US on Portuguese TV. The sound quality is diabolical! Sorry about that, but out of my control! Chanel 4 are showing their own version of the McCann […]

May 7, 2009

The Calpol generation of ‘home alone’ kids.

The Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) made a surprise announcement last night. They have banned a range of children’s medicines from being administered to the under six’s.   Amongst these products was Calpol Night, which contains a sedating antihistamine called diphenhydramine as one of the two main ingredients, the other being Paracetamol.  Some 12 […]

March 2, 2009