Friday, 11 January 2013

No M-Dice, No Game

With this post I run the risk of you thinking that I'm accident prone or have some sort of "50 Shades of Grey" tendencies as it will seem that not only do I get hit by things as I'm only able to think when that happens.

First it was a fist, Martin Brunt's fist, today is a mallet, a Polo mallet.

First you have to understand that ironing is just one of those household chores that I particularly dislike.

Fred knows that when I'm ironing I'm literally armed and dangerous so he avoids, literally, even to utter a sound much less a word.  So much so that I even believe that if we are to win the lottery one day he'll patiently wait for me to put the ironing board away before breaking the news.

Well, one of these mornings I was ironing one of Fred’s Ralph Lauren shirts and, by chance, while looking at the logo I was hit just as if the horse and the player had come to life and popped the mallet right smack in the middle of the forehead.

"Of course!", I blurted, put the iron in the safe vertical position, and ran to my PC and wrote as quick as I could a mail to my Sisters.

The rest of that morning was me running back and forth to the computer. 

It was either because I had thought up of another implication of the initial thought or had something to add to the heated ongoing online debate or eagerly go and read other inputs to it.

Fred was sitting on the couch and was silently watching me run back and forth and finding it strange how entertained I was with the ironing added with my occasionals Yes! and Yes, that would explain it!

Later he would confess that although theoretically those moments that I was at the PC didn’t count as “ironing moments”, meaning that he could, in theory, say something or ask what was going on, he also realized that I hadn't exactly finished the chore in question so he opted for safe ground and kept his mouth shut.

Wise man, my Fred, and that's why I love him so much.

When he finally saw me putting away the board did he feel comfortable to "So what was all that about?

"What? Oh, that? Dear, the most amazing thing just happened. I just realized that without a dice you can’t play a dice game!” said I exuberant with all my brilliance.

Err... and?” he said as looked at me in a strange way certainly thinking his wife had finally last her witsNot wanting to dampen your enthusiasm but isn’t that… just obvious?

I was about to look at him with one of my deadliest stare that I could muster but did realize that he wasn’t up to date on all the discussion that had just occurred online.

Yes, yes, you're absolutely right dear. The way I just said it, it's indeed obvious. But just imagine you want to be seen playing a dice game and when you open the box there’s no dice, what then? Then you can’t play the game nor be seen playing it, get it?

Errr… no…" he said "why don't you just get yourself another set of dice, say from another dice game that you may have and use it? It seems pretty simple to me at least….

Yes, yes, you're absolutely right again dear, but that is if we’re talking about a normal dice game in a normal household and you know how out of the ordinary the Maddie case is…

Yes, I had already figured out that it would be Maddie related..." now he was being patronizing, "but I’m just not making the connection

Ok, let me try and explain. 

Imagine that you’re a wealthy bloke, one very wealthy and very powerful bloke. One day you and other eleven very wealthy and very powerful blokes are invited, more sort of challenged, to take part in a huge publicity stunt.

This stunt was based on the idea of having twelve very wealthy and very powerful people challenge each other in what they're supposed to do best: manage money. And what popular game involves playing with money? Monopoly! Following?"

"Yeah, guess so..."

"As it involves twelve very wealthy and very powerful people it could only be a very high-stake Monopoly game. A thirteenth very wealthy and very powerful person would play the banker.

The game was to be played with real money and the property prices raised a thousand times, which meant that Old Kent Road would be worth £60,000 and Mayfair £400,000. Each player would take with him  £1,500,000 of his own to gamble with, so the winner would walk out with £18,000,000.

£18,000,000!! That would make it a very interesting winner-take-all game, wouldn't it?"

"That would make it more than interesting..." said Fred now more attentive.

"Now imagine" I continued "that it was it was agreed and decided that it would be played away from the public's eye. The idea was to allow the players not feel the extra pressure of "prying" eyes and could feel they could decide with greater ease."

"So where would they play it?"

"In a luxury yacht out at sea. Imagine the ratings the TVs would have when they showed twelve very wealthy and very powerful people enter the yacht to set off like the Dirty Dozen but, in this particular case, only one was to exit "alive": the winner!

The yacht would sail for three days, set anchor and the game would begin. When the winner was found, and only then, the anchor would be raised and the yacht would head home.

This would enhance the suspense as no one but those on the yacht would know how the game was going, who was winning and who was losing or had lost all, until after seven days

Seven days would the soonest the public would know who had won.

Seven days, the soonest, but obviously the yacht would be watched, and people would be watching for it to move after dropping anchor. It could be after one day, two or three... no one would know. As long as the anchor remained on the bottom of the sea, the game was still on.

Then when the yacht finally started its voyage home there would be all the excitement to know who had won all.

The world, yes, the world would be following that yacht head home. The port would be packed with people upon arrival!"

"Of course it would! All TVs would be there cover it live!", exclaimed Fred really getting into the spirit. I think at this point he had forgotten that I was inventing a scenario and that the game wasn't real much less was it going happen...

"Now imagine that they publicized the idea and as you can easily understand sponsors would be piling on each other to be able to have their logo in someway associated with what would begin as the “Multi-Millionaire Monopoly Madness” to become the “M-Madness”.

At some point in time, somebody decided to spice things up and you know how? By creating a trophy!

You see, that way it would further glorify the winner as he would be able to show off to the world when  he would be holding the trophy in his hand as he walked off that yacht under the crowd's hysterical cheers. It's not every day that one can be recognized as having beat other eleven very wealthy and very powerful people, is it?"

"You bet it is! That would be one cup anyone would like to hold!" agreed enthusiastically Fred.

"No, it wouldn't be a cup! Somebody came up with the brilliant idea that instead of playing the game with the conventional set of dice for Monopoly, they would play it with a single 20-face Dungeons & Dragons dice made out of pure gold:

It would be a UNIQUE dice for a UNIQUE game! So what better trophy than the dice itself? They decided to call it the "M-Dice":

So all agreed and the dice was made specifically for this game by the finest jewelers in South Africa and was scientifically calibrated so that all sides had the exact same probability of appearing regardless of the number it had been engraved with. This was done by changing the carat quality to compensate the missing gold removed to carve the number. 

As you can easily imagine, it was a meticulous process that the media followed attentively. Very attentively.

It took almost two months to complete and when it was finally presented to the world it was valued at over £2,000,000. This raised the prize money to a whopping round figure of £20,000,000!

"So this took months to prepare if you include the making of the dice, the invitations, the announcements, the marketing campaigns... I can just imagine the enormous suspense it was created for the set-off date!", now Fred was really into it.

"You bet! Finally the day came for the yacht set off. Day one of three before the game started, remember? This allowed for the media to speculate on all it wanted from each contestant's peculiarities to the weather and even how the size of the waves would affect the roll of the M-Dice

All bookies went into a frenzy. Huge amounts of money exchanged hands on who would hold the M-Dice at the end of the game. Much, much more money than the £20,000,000 prize money was at stake, and it now involved the public and their savings with the media helping the party!

Out at sea, the first three days went by with the expected normality. On the fourth day, or day one for the game all players took their places and set up their money. Only when all was ready was the M-Dice to make its appearance.

So with all pomp and circumstance the M-Dice was brought in on a cushion by a man dressed in long tails and wearing a top-hat.

And then bad luck struck! The man in long tails tripped just like in a slapstick movie and the cushion, the M-Dice and the top-hat flew overboard."

"Now that's one enormous Oooops...!"

"That, my dear, is a quite correct description of what had just happened.  All looked at each other in utter disbelief

Options started to be raised and discussed.  Voices were raised and tempers went completely out of control but a sensation of helplessness invaded all.

All options had one thing in common, they all involved unacceptable embarrassment.

They had created a UNIQUE game that depended on a UNIQUE factor, and without it the game simply couldn't be played. They could pretend to have played it and even name a winner but what would the chosen one hold when they arrived at port? 

The crowd expected to see someone coming out with the M-Dice and when that wasn't possible to recreate they would ask what had happened and why there was no M-Dice and when if they were told the truth that the M-Dice was in fact at the bottom of the sea then they would ask with what dice was the game played with and if they were told that it had been with common dice would they accept the outcome?

Remember, people had bet a lot of money under the assumption that the game would be played with the M-Dice. Sure, those who won what they had bet would be fine with the result presented but all others would rightfully contest it and ask for their money back and that would mean winners wouldn't be able to be paid... It would be both the losers and the winners complaining!

And the sponsors? What to do with the sponsors who had invested so much expecting a return with the success of the event? They wouldn't take it easy to be linked up with such collective incompetence, would they? No, of course not! What an embarrassment! What a gigantic, enormous, monumental worldwide embarrassment!

So while they decided on what to do, the boat stayed out at sea. Day after day. Then days became weeks and weeks, months. No one on board knowing exactly what to do but all realizing that with each day that what was already a terrible embarrassment today would be even a greater one tomorrow. 

Even so they adamantly refused to face it.

On land everyone at first thought that the game was really be on a roll (when in fact it hadn’t even started) but then all became suspicious. A Monopoly game doesn't last that long.

They started to question the organizers but they insisted that the game was still going on. Almost a year after the game was supposed to have started, a spokesman came out and said "The game is almost finishing, there's a player that has now 195 new hotels, so it's almost over"

The man overlooked that you can't have 195 hotels in any Monopoly game, much less "new". And that statement was a year ago.
So you see, Fred, no M-Dice, no game… and worse, no game, no winner. And the world is STILL waiting for a winner.

Ok, I understood the story," said Fred "but just one thing, what has all this M-Dice story got to do with Maddie?

Don’t you see, Fred? When they destroyed Maddie’s body they threw their M-Dice into the sea, they were left with a dice game with no dice.


Tell me, dear, how without a body can anyone justify that the McCanns and the T7 acted alone in PDL? Without the body they can’t pin the blame ONLY on the McCanns and the remainder Tapas, it’s just impossible. Where was the body when the PJ and GNR were present if they weren't helped on May 3rd?

Without Maddie's body SY is left with only two possibilities. One is stick to the abduction story.

However that one isn’t sticking anymore. Sure, they could come up with an abductor and say that he disposed of Maddie in a similar way the Spanish father, Jose Breton, did with his kids, Ruth and Jose, by burning them up, and present some “DNA-less” human bones, although in the Breton case the forensic experts were able to determine that the remains found belonged to those two unfortunate children. So the bones they had to find to later be "found" had to match Maddie's DNA, just imagine the scandal if it didn't! 

Anyhow, imagine they got themselves some completely "DNA-less" human bones of the size that would be compatible to a chid's skeleton, they still would have to show the world where exactly the body had been burned and that place had to be somewhere near PdL, Portugal!

To find a scapegoat, or if you want an "abductor", is one defying task, as has been proven to be. because it would mean they would have to find someone who would fit the impossible bill to a tee of proving how he was able to escape the whole world's intense scrutiny and meticulous vigilance. Remember how many blonde little girls were then harassed all over the world?

"Yes and I even remember reading somewhere being said that all blonde little girls then should wear a sticker saying "NO, I'M NOT MADDIE!""

"Oh yes I remember that too! Imagine someone having to explain, with facts,  how he was able to escape all that hysteria. Besides that, that same someone had to be willing to be called Maddie’s killer for eternity. They did try it with Hewlett, twice even and they saw it’s an impossible card to play.

And the other option?

Oh, that would be to open the whole Pandora’s box that is the Maddie Affair

Oh, I see… Hmmm, yes, no M-Dice, no game… no Maddie’s body… Well, tell me something, in your crazy Monopoly story, when did the yacht raise its anchor?

Honestly, dear, I don’t know when or if they will... they've been out there for almost 20 months now... in 4 months time it will be their 2nd Anniversary out there.. "

Post Scriptum: 

We want to make two things perfectly clear

First, is that the twelve players plus the banker don't represent anyone. The number of players was chosen in keeping with the Monopoly pieces that appear in the initial picture.

Second, in no way are we implying that Maddie's body was dumped at seaThe analogy made between the M-Dice and Maddie's body is that when the first falls into the sea it becomes as irretrievable as the second after it was destroyed, an assumption we're making as to what has happened with the body.


  1. SY with their review are now a yacht trying to float forever on the deep sea, going nowhere and avoiding being seen by anybody. Like the Mccann's and their team, they tried to fade and be forgotten by the public to avoid recognizing how impossible was the theory presented by the Tapas 9 - the abduction.

  2. SY's review/team turned into the Flying Dutchman...what a fate!


  3. The mccanns are playing a game, from the start they knew the stakes were high it was imperative people believed their abductor story at all costs. They played all their cards at the start setting up a fund, PR, litigation they bluffed their way through interviews. Trouble is 5 years later there are no leads or true sightings of Maddie there never was and there is no forensic evidence to confirm an abductor entered their apartment but there have been plenty of photo opportunities for the Mccanns and money making schemes. Now they are so far into their game that we can recongise the bluffs for what they really are. The Mccanns cannot back down because the stakes were set so high from the start - it just needs another player to challenge their bluff!

  4. What can be said? I've wondered why the SY review wasn't getting anywhere and now that you've said it, it seems so obvious!

    I would like for the reader who claimed to be a believer in the SY to contradict this post: it can be proved without a body that the McCanns acted alone in PDL.

    Please don't say someone from the family flew in to help. The alarm was sounded at 10.00. To fly to a different country there's the booking and buying the ticket (was there a flight that night to Algarve to be able to buy a ticket?), the trip to the airport, the checking-in, take-off, time to travel, land, check-out. Place to stay and help. No one would be able to arrive before late morning of 4 and have everything well sorted out about was to do. Where was the body until this person arrived and if this person did arrive where did it keep the body?

    Another exceptional piece from this wonderful team!

  5. A lot of work, Textusa.

    And I continue to be a believer.

    If you are right, I will buy you an ice-cream.
    If I'm right, you buy me Portuguese oranges.

    The police will solve the mystery, if they didn't solve it yet.
    We will hear from them soon, in-sha-Allah!

  6. According to Carlos Anjos,(Jillharven) the Scotland Yard still did not find any lead that could contradict the PJ's work and (possibly) the conclusion. This is good news. I think he was authorized to talk about it on TV. Just informing us, who desperately want to find out what is going on behind the scenes. We would also appreciate to learn what is going on in front of the scenes. He is a serious man and he works for the PJ and he would not make up this story.
    It is the most recent alms that we got from the police and it is the most informative one since May 2012. And it could be the first time that the PJ are talking about the review.

    My intuition tells me that the Met police are already ready with it. Or even that everything is ready, including the PJ's one.

    Perhaps Anjos is announcing the BIG ALMS.
    Because the official information will come from Portugal

  7. Very interesting post...proving an excellent point. Fred must be thrilled he married such an intriguing story teller.


    Murat...another key player in this game.

  9. Anon #5,

    You just haven't got yourself a deal because we need to clear up one minor detail.

    When you speak of a "mystery" being solved, what exactly are you referring to? It's important as it will define who will lose and who will win the bet.

    I see these as the various options:

    (a) The "mystery" as in who killed Maddie?

    b). The "mystery" as in who abducted her?

    (c) The "mystery" as in who, and why, helped the McCanns on May 3rd?

    (d) The "mystery" as in who, and why, participated in the cover-up of the events going on in OC that Maddie's death could cause them to be known publicly?

    (e) The "mystery" as in all of the above.

    Note that I didn't put as an option "The "mystery" as in finding out the best way to pull the wool over our eyes" because, as you certainly have understood by now is what the SY is really working on and an option that we here don't accept.

    If they do that, will be us asking questions and the SY answering them.

    To clarify, I'm not limiting the word "us" to only the Textusa Sisters, as I'm sure that before we even utter a single word, in the scenario I've just referred, many will have done so before us.

    I accept the bet only if the chosen option is (e). Are we game?

  10. I think the SY believers are making a huge mistake: continuing to call the attention to the results of the Review when they should let the thing fall into forgetfulness. The more they speak about it the more they are compromising what the SY is trying to get away with, which is no results.

  11. It seems JBS has concluded there was a death. On his new post he doesn't mention abduction, nor accident. He has gone further than GA , your blog or TB, without providing any proof. And accusing lawyers of complicity.
    If SY concluded a death happened in 5A then murder would have to be the first charge to make, as an accident would now be difficult to prove without an immediate post mortem.

  12. Anon #11,

    Interesting direction the wind seems to be taking.

    Just hope the sails don't get all tangled up in rope from going so many times from Starboard to Port and then back from Port to Starboard.

    By the way, did you know it's owed to the Portuguese the Port/Starboard terminology?

    The Portuguese say it Bombordo (good side) and Estibordo (otherside). Bombordo being Port and Estibordo being Starboard.

    They were called that way because in the ventures to conquer the maritime route to India, the side they knew to exist land, Africa, was the left side of the ship, where they could always find some sort of harbor. Thus the "good" side.

  13. At first I believed SY would resolve this case, but as time goes on it is becomming ever more evident that they are not going to resolve anything. For example they stated they had 195 new leads to follow. Where did they arrive at such a specific number why not approx 100 or 50 or 5 or 1000. SY is part of 'the establishment' and as we all know from the Jimmy Savile fiasco 'the establishment' looks after its own. The UK would not co-operate with Portugal on this case because it involved middle class NHS doctors and it would have been a scandal undoutedly the 'NHS doctors' involved know secrets about other individuals that need to be kept quiet and out of the papers. The lot of them are all corrupt. If UK had one ounce of decency it would have supported Portugal and given Portugal assistance and brought those guilty to justice for the crimes committed on the 3rd and those after the 3rd but instead our papers were flooded with stories about sandwich munching Portuguese and other quite unacceptable insulting descriptions of the PJ and Sr.Amaral (Amaral was too close to the truth)
    The people of PDL were played by the Mccanns and once team Mccann got a foothold that was it. We are all aware that the Mccanns are involved in their daughters disappearance and the guilt must also spread to the Tapas friends in varying degrees hence their assistance to the vile Mccanns but it suits those in authority to keep quite and do nothing.
    Financially they have all done very well from Madeleines suffering.

  14. I don't know about family flying in to help on the night of the 3rd May...but I would not be surprised if "VIP help" was flown in immediately. You see, people with access to private jets, no tickets needed, no going through the proper channels, etc.,...
    (I read somewhere that Clarence Mitchell was in Luz to assist the group much earlier than what is officialy claimed)

  15. Shhh...careful you all! The McCanns take exception to people referring to the case as a "mystery"! It's a big no-no!
    (just kidding!)

  16. Anon #14

    If "VIP help" came that night flying on a private jet, it would certainly fly out on the same night with the body and the parents with no need to raise any alarm or call the Police.

    No one would no better. Or the McCanns only had the influence to make them fly in but didn't to have them flown out?

    And why pretend to have dinner at Tapas?

    Anon #15

    Please refrain to use humour about an issue that we don't find funny in the slightest way and we think our readers don't find it funny either.

    Unpublished Anon,

    JBS means John Blacksmith, the author of "Blacksmith's Bureau" blog.

  17. Anon 13 the McCanns not only played the people of pdl they also played the Roman Catholic Church by pretending to be religious when Kates mother said Kate was not particularly religous. They think they have escaped justice they believe they are smarter than the PJ just look at their faces laughing as they left church on Maddies 4th birthday, laughing with relief at all the people that believed their lies. One day they will be found out eventually one of the group will crack or old age and the mental strain over all the years will prove to be too much.....

  18. Anon. #15, maybe kidding, but it is not a joke, not according to Carter-Ruck! Ask Mr. Bennett about it...

  19. Anon #18

    Thank you for pointing that out to me. I was not aware of that.

    So first, my apologies to Anon #15, I didn't understand the reference.

    Second, it's a good example of the libel terror campaign that was set on us with Carter-Ruck (CR) being the 21st Century's Adamastor.

    It made us fear every word we uttered as it could be libel. Should I say good morning or will that get me sued?

    Mind you, to say that to say that Maddie's fate is mystery is libellous is, is ABSOLUTELY right!

    Only in the exact opposite way that CR claims it to be.

    Society should SUE the couple & friends & "friendly" media for saying it, as we all know she's dead and that she died inside Apartment 5A and not by some absurd abductor's hands!

    Yes, there may be a mystery of the exact circumstances of her death but that would be the mystery of Maddie's death not the mystery of Maddie's fate.

  20. Textusa #19,

    That is just one of the many examples of how this case has become total MADNESS!
    Como se diz em português, andam a atirar-nos areia para os olhos desde o 1º dia, mas nem no Saara há areia que chegue para nos cegarem completamente!
    (Sand has been throw into our eyes from the start, but not even the Sahara has sand enough to completely blind us all)

    Warm regards from a fan

  21. Textusa at 19 you sum it up perfectly with your post - this case has become a libel madness CR's sole intention is to put fear into people and to silence comments and paid to do so with the donations the public sent in good faith because they believed the Mccanns version of lies, but it does the complete opposite we know the duplicity of the Mccanns their case is not unlike the Jimmy Savile cover-up, fear silenced victims but once the flood gates are opened the Mccanns will face justice.

  22. Textusa, "mystery" is a general word used in this case, even by Panorama, the Mystery of Madeleine McCann and by Amaral, Payne "might have the key to the mystery".

    Of course the police know what happened and we, as public, are not yet allowed to be informed.
    We, as public, are allowed to use this word till we officially learn about the whole story.
    Even Amaral talks about mystery whilsh I believe he knows what happened.

    We live of suppositions, some very good, some less.
    And we have to wait.


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