Madeleine McCann Category
News digests and reviews of the missing child in the news. Madeleine McCann vanished on Thursday, 3 May 2007 from a rented holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Madeleine, on holiday with her twin siblings and parents Kate and Gerry McCann,became the biggest news story of the past decade. We’ve followed it closely ever since the story broke.
THE PRESS (York): “Review: Frankie Boyle, Grand Opera House, York”
Gavin Aitchison scores a ticket to see watered down Gerry Sadowitz impersonator Frankie Boyle on stage
After a week in which he was condemned for a joke he made two years ago about the Queen, Boyle marched on to the stage and let rip at anything and everything that moved.
And something that didn’t…
FIREFOX NEWS: “Review — Without a Trace : Rise And Fall”
But no sooner have the team started looking for her than a little girl disappears from a shopping mall in New York. Her name is Maddie and right away, I thought “they’re not comparing this to the Madeline McCann kidnapping case in Portugal are they?”
Maybe. Or maybe it’s really her?
Madeleine McCann Seen With Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Simon Cowell, Princess Diana, Winston Churchill And Gordon Brown
THIS IS TAMWORTH: “Chase artist’s postage stamp portraits in museum display”
AN EXHIBITION of postage stamp portraits, created by renowned Hednesford artist Pete Mason, is on display at the Museum of Cannock Chase.
A wrote a letter to the papers, they printed it on Anorak…
The painter and illustrator is displaying his works, including pictures containing 2500 stamps up to 20,000 stamps, until November 14.
At 32p a stamp, it’s an expensive hobby…
HALIFAX EVENING COURIER: “Child-tracking device gives parents holiday peace of mind”
(Image: Beau Bo D’Or Website)
AN enterprising duo are to rent out child tracking devices and satellite navigation systems to holidaymakers at an airport. Friends David Molloy and Tony Waite, both born and raised in Halifax, have set up Stressless Journeys Ltd.
Stress free… Where do we sign for our bottle of Calpol/gin/valium?
DAILY TELEGRAPH: “The public is sick of this heartless comedy”
Dominic Cavendish wonders how he can tie in Russell Brand, and Jonathan Ross with Our Maddie.
Our Maddie appears in most stories, having been linked to films, books, TV, murdered holidaymakers, Shameless families and games…
SUNDAY HERALD: “KATE AND GERRY McCANN, BY IAN BELL”
OF ALL the questions asked of Kate and Gerry McCann, official and unofficial, wise or wantonly cruel, since the disappearance of their four-year-old daughter, one is never likely to be answered.
Is it, what happened to Madeleine McCann?
It is not one of the obvious questions.
So not one of the 100 Questions… Is it, what didn’t happen to Madeleine McCann?
IRISH TIMES: “Spanish courts paralysed by industrial action.”
Today’s challenge: Can Madeleine McCann appear in a story on a story about how “legal secretaries and other members of the profession switched off their computers and laid down their pens in protest at their working conditions”.
That was Tuesday, and the Irish Times’s Jane Walker has been toiling to locate Our Maddy in the story. She tells of delays and lost files. And then she calls exhibit C…
SUNDAY PEOPLE: “McCanns fury over ‘neglect’”
Missing Maddie McCann’s furious parents have vowed to sue a lawyer who suggests they are guilty of child neglect. Anthony Bennett, 61, is urging the Government to bring in a “Madeleine’s Law” making it a criminal offence to leave children under 12 on their own.
Anthony Bennett has written to Anorak numerous times. Surely, if the McCanns sue him, they will give him the day in court he craves?
NEW STATESMAN: “The Real McCann Scandal”
What scandal? A child went missing. She is still missing. And that’s it. Although after a year and a half of breathless reporting not all newspapers can agree on where she went missing from.
Brian Catchcart details how the British press set out to systematically destroy the parents of Madeleine McCann.
All the press? Surely not…
THE SUN: “Maddie’s leech cop”
It’s Goncalo Amaral. There’s a picture of the copper and the caption: “Coining it … disgraced ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral on location.”
The shamed cop who led the Madeleine McCann probe is cashing in AGAIN — with a TV film.
THE SUN: “Kate’s Maddie holiday premonition”
Kate McCann had a haunting premonition about the holiday on which daughter Madeleine went missing. She told a close pal before the trip had been booked: “I don’t know why, I’ve just got an uneasy feeling about it.”
Maybe it was the plane?
“This always haunts me. Kate … what she said … she was unsure. Gerry was quite keen but Kate said, ‘I don’t know why, I’ve just got an uneasy feeling about it.’ And I don’t know why she said that. I don’t think even she knows.”
Unsure if she knows what he might not know to be unsure about. Now we’re getting somewhere. Go on…
SUNDAY EXPRESS (front page): “FBI psychics turn up new Maddie suspect”
The Express is censured, twice. And thus it become the official Our Maddie paper… Is this front page part of the libel settlement? Is the Express now in the McCann camp? It;s tried beating them, so why not join them?
Before the sensation, the apology for the sensation…
THE TIMES: “Brian Kennedy’s quest to find Madeleine”
Madeleine has turned up in the rugby pages. Mark Souster investigates…
There is no doubt that Brian Kennedy is a driven man. He has built a business empire with a turnover of more than £400million, as owner he has transformed Sale Sharks into one of the leading rugby clubs in Britain, who face Munster tomorrow in the second round of the Heineken Cup, and fathered five children.
But what’s he really famous for?
He is ultra-competitive. Only last weekend he raced Kingsley Jones, the club’s coach and former Wales captain, uphill and beat him even though there is more than ten years between them.
Eat yer heart out, Sisyphus. But what is Brian Kennedy all about..?
This week, we are watching the media. The Daily Express, Sunday Express and Daily Star have been brought to book for shoddy reporting, libelling the so-called Tapas 7.
GLASGOW DAILY RECORD: “£375k Win For Maddie Case Pals”
Kate and Gerry McCann’s holiday friends – known as the Tapas Seven – have accepted £375,000 libel damages from a newspaper group.
They were all known as the Tapas Nine, but then became the 7 when we began to gawp at the McCanns. But let’s stick to the facts:
The friends were having dinner in a tapas restaurant in Praia da Rocha in the Algarve with Madeleine’s parents on the night she went missing.
So not in Praia da Luz. Is this a scoop? Is this Mirror’s investigation making progress?
In articles published in September and November last year we suggested that the holiday companions of Kate and Gerry McCann might have covered up the true facts concerning Madeleine McCann’s disappearance and/or misled the authorities investigating her disappearance.
THE AGE (Aus): “If the cap fits, journeyman Rogers will wear it”
An interview with cricketer Chris Rogers.
Away from cricket, Rogers likes sudoku, music, writing and reading. Currently, it is Vanished, exploring the Madeleine McCann case, which was topical in England when he was there mid-year.
More on how that affects his cricket next season…
The Guardian would like to garner your thoughts on the BNP.
“Does the BNP speak for you?”
You put down your white (guilt) coffee and look at the canvasser’s laptop. You click through to politic-poll.com. and see a picture of BNP leader Nick Griffin.
INTERNATIONAL HERLAD TRIUBIUNE (France): “Billionaire retailer Green shops for a bargain”
Mark Pootter says Philip Green is on the hunt for a knock-down-once-in-a-lifetime- I’m-cuttin’-me-own-throat-guv’nor-honest-to-goodness bargain.
And who is Philip Green? Why…:
DAILY MAIL: “£50,000 monthly expenses bill for McCann’s private eyes”
A scoop. It’s months old. But it’s still a scoop, right? Metodo 3 are on the job…
The private investigators hired to find Madeleine McCann were embroiled in fresh controversy last night as it was revealed they claimed nearly £50,000 in expenses for one month’s work.
In the beginning was the word. And the word was “Maddie”…
THE INDEPENDENT: “Religion vs science: can the divide between God and rationality be reconciled?”
And on the eighth day the media was created and Our Maddie did come to the fore…
‘A clergyman in charge of education for the country’s leading scientific organisation – it’s a Monty Python sketch,” pronounced Britain’s top atheist, Richard Dawkins, recently. The problem was that Reiss, as well as being an evolutionary biologist and population geneticist, is a non-stipendiary priest in the Church of England.
PR with Madeleine McCann. Recently Madeleine has been selling video games…
Controversy kicked off last month after a trailer for what’s now known to be Halo 3 Recon featured the message, “Maddie, where are you?”
Complete coincidence. A new series of Car 54 Where Are You? is to be called Maddie’s Car 54 Where Are You? Really…
Speaking to Eurogamer at the Tokyo Game Show, Bungie writer Luke Smith described the incident as an “unfortunate coincidence”, adding, “Because of that coincidence, we’ve pulled that slide.”
PRESS RELEASE: “Writer raises concern about motherhood of modern women”
Recently Madeleine has been selling books…
TRIBUNE (Magazine) “an independent weekly labour movement voice”
A new book is out: “BOOKS: Why Charles Lindbergh went to meet with Hermann Goering” – The Immortalists: Charles Lindbergh, Dr Alexis Carrel and Their Daring Quest to Live Forever, by David M Friedman
Goering and Madeleine McCann… There is a link. Knew it…
MOST people know two things about Charles Lindbergh. One: in 1927 he became the first person to fly non-stop from New York to Paris. And two: five years later his baby son was kidnapped and murdered.
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Oh, and he invented the electric guitar, suffered from bi-polarism and once ate 17 pickled eggs in a minute. Go on..:
THE PORTUGAL NEWS ONLINE: “Business as usual in Praia da Luz”
Tourism is booming at the Ocean Club…
Robin Crosland has been in the Algarve for more than twenty six years. During that time, he has seen Praia da Luz grow exponentially.
He can remember way back when it was media as far as the eye could see…
QUEENSFERRY GAZETTE (Scotland): “We’ve been ad”
A CONCERNED mum has spoken out about the potential hazards posed by new outdoor advertising boards. Janette Sheppard is also worried that other parents may think the boards are simply lamp-posts.
She said: “These have just sprung up – one is outside my son’s primary school. At first glance it would be easy to mistake them for lamp-posts, but they are actually advertising boards.”
The wonders of modern technology. Who would have thunk it. Go on…
THE TELEGRAPH: “Esther Rantzen: Fear of paedophiles is harming children”
Esther Rantzen has admitted she blames herself for raising fears of paedophiles to such a degree that adults are now scared to help crying children.
Rantzen! Last week the Telegraph brought us: “Baroness Neuberger: Children will grow up not trusting anyone in Britain’s risk-averse society”
Very soon everyone will be agreeing with this new premise, it being the way opinion is formed: one celebrity says something; another agrees; the media reports it as fact; all hacks agree; a woman in the Daily Mail says she disagrees; a reader says it’s “common sense gone mad”; a celebrity agrees; and so on and on…
The veteran broadcaster, who founded the counselling service ChildLine, warned that young people are now being harmed by the widespread suspicion that anyone who has contact with children could be a child abuser.
Well, they could be…