18 Aug 2011


To say I am loving this story in the Independent today would be something of an understatement!  I wonder did Osborne know that if he did not suck up to Coulson, Coulson could destroy him and Cameron so easily?  Hence we have CAmeron now repeatedly apologising for just not having the gift of hindsight, if I knew then what I know now, I think you did Mr Cameron...Cannot wait for the explosive hooker book ! LOL

xxxx  One more step nearer to justice and getting rid of Cameron and his filthy hangers on.  COOL

Chancellor was targeted by News of the World's hacker, says dominatrix

Dirty tricks claims turn the spotlight on the man who helped bring Andy Coulson to Downing Street

By Cahal Milmo

Thursday, 18 August 2011



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A former dominatrix was targeted by the News of the World's phone hacker Glenn Mulcaire in a tabloid scramble to publish a picture of her posing with George Osborne in front of an alleged line of cocaine, The Independent can reveal.

Natalie Rowe, 47, a former madam who supplied prostitutes to a moneyed clientele, has been shown documents by Scotland Yard detectives showing that the hacker obtained details of her mobile phone number and information about at least one of Mr Osborne's circle of close friends, as newspapers investigated claims of drug use at the height of David Cameron's Conservative leadership bid in 2005.

The heavily redacted document raises the possibility that the mobile phone of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who was managing Mr Cameron's successful campaign to lead the Tory Party, was also targeted by Glenn Mulcaire and raises fresh questions about Mr Osborne's relationship with Andy Coulson.

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Mr Coulson was editor of the NOTW when its story about Mr Osborne's friendship with Ms Rowe was published on 16 October 2005, including a strong denial from Mr Osborne that he had taken drugs with Ms Rowe. Two years later, the then Shadow Chancellor played a key role in the decision to recruit Mr Coulson as Mr Cameron's spin doctor following his resignation over the hacking scandal.

Mr Osborne was told by Scotland Yard in July that Mr Mulcaire had obtained his private home phone number but said he wanted police to concentrate on other potential victims of phone hacking. The Chancellor last night declined to answer questions from The Independent about whether he ever discussed with Mr Coulson the story he published about him in October 2005, or whether his personal experience of the editor as a tabloid attack dog played a role in the decision to recommend him for a job in Conservative ranks.

Mark Lewis, the lawyer acting for Ms Rowe who now works as a writer and has completed an autobiography which she says will make incendiary revelations about former clients in the upper echelons of the Conservative Party, is preparing a damages claims against News International after it became clear that she was targeted by Mr Mulcaire at a time when she was co-operating with the NOTW's chief rival, the Sunday Mirror.

She told The Independent: "It is clear the News of the World had no boundaries and they would resort to any measures to ensure they had my story. I have always wondered where they got their information. I thought I had a spy in my camp. Instead, it looks as if I was having my privacy invaded."

The former dominatrix found herself sucked into a louche and privileged world of Oxbridge-educated high fliers including Mr Osborne when she started going out with William Sinclair, one of the Tatton MP's university friends, in 1992. Mr Sinclair, the grandson of Winston Churchill's aristocratic air minister in the Second World War, went on to have a child with Ms Rowe in 1994 and was treated for drug addiction.

During the relationship, Ms Rowe regularly met her boyfriend's social set, including Chris Coleridge, the brother of Nicholas, head of Vogue publisher Conde Nast, and Mr Osborne, who was a freelance journalist and later began his journey to the top of British politics as a researcher in Conservative Central Office. More than a decade later, the former madam was the subject of a tabloid bidding war when she approached PR guru Max Clifford offering to sell her story of wild parties, sex and drug taking involving a wealthy fast set whose members included a fast-emerging star of the Conservative Party.

Mr Clifford initially reached a deal with the NOTW but in July 2005 he fell out with the Sunday tabloid, and Ms Rowe's account of her friendship with Mr Osborne was sold to the Sunday Mirror together with a photograph of the fresh-faced future Chancellor, then 22, with his arm around the sex worker. On the table in front of the pair is a roll of paper and a line of white powder which Ms Rowe, who had in the past taken cocaine but had stopped taking the drug because she was pregnant, insists is cocaine.

Mr Osborne has confirmed knowing Ms Rowe, who ran an agency called Black Beauties, supplying prostitutes to clients paying from £350 per hour, but has always been unequivocal in denying that he took cocaine with her. Describing the allegations as "defamatory and completely untrue", he said at the time: "Twelve years ago a friend of mine went out with a woman called Natalie and they had a child together. I met them together occasionally in the autumn of 1993, and it soon became clear that my friend had started to use drugs. He became more and more addicted and I saw his life fall apart. I tried to persuade him to seek treatment. Eventually he did ... That is, and always has been, the sum total of my connection with this woman."

On 16 October 2005, the Sunday Mirror and the NOTW published simultaneous first edition stories using the photograph. Ms Rowe had always wondered how the NOTW knew when her story was being published, as well as several details she had kept to herself, including the fact she used "naughties" as a codeword for cocaine. The answer, it seems, is that her mobile phone – and those of Mr Osborne's social set – were targeted by Mr Mulcaire at least 10 days before the NOTW article appeared.

The Independent understands the Mulcaire document is an A4 handwritten page which carries the date of 6 October 2005 and is headed with the name of Mr Coleridge. The rest has been blanked out by Weeting officers to protect the privacy of other individuals. There is no suggestion that Mr Coleridge was involved in any wrongdoing.

A spokesman for the Chancellor said last night: "We said at the time that the MPS met with George, that he had been notified that his name and home telephone number appeared on notes kept by Glenn Mulcaire. The MPS said they had no further evidence to suggest George's voicemail had been hacked or attempted to be hacked and there has been no subsequent contact."

Ms Rowe, who says she wants to use her case to shine light on the connections between News International and the Conservative Party, said: "I don't know what, if anything, passed between George Osborne and Andy Coulson after all this. But after the way the News of the World went after him, you would have thought he'd want nothing more to do with them or the editor who published the story."

A News International spokesperson said: "News Corporation's Management and Standards Committeeis co-operating fully with the Metropolitan Police and is facilitating their investigation into illegal voicemail interception and related issues at the News of the World."

The story behind the story

The story which appeared on the front pages of the News of the World and the Sunday Mirror on 16 October 2005 could not have come at a worse time for George Osborne and the then Conservative education spokesman, David Cameron.

The future prime minister, at the time bidding to lead the Tory party, had found himself increasingly dogged by challenges to state whether or not he had used drugs during his university days. The publication of a picture of his Notting Hill Set friend and campaign manager alongside a dominatrix and a claimed line of cocaine helped to further stoke the flames of controversy.

Within a few days, however, the two men had successfully batted away the issue as Conservative heavyweights, including Mr Cameron's leadership rival David Davis, offered their support for the right to remain silent. Commentators later suggested that the story about Mr Osborne, which he described as being part of a "smear campaign" against him, may have helped him by denting his image as an out-of-touch "Tory toff".

4 Aug 2011


Monkfish  live on the ocean floor and like ship wrecks (see article below)  I know they are also expensive fish because they are more difficult to catch hiding in sand on the ocean floor and the wrecks they often inhabit.  

Lab results awaited with interest. 

Human Bones found in Algarve - update

4 August 2011
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Some people on twitter and on facebook have been speculating if the human bones found by a fishing boat in Algarve could belong to Madeleine McCann, according to a follow-up article published today in Diário de Noticías (paper edition), the bones belong to an adult.

Human bones picked up by trawler nets

by José Manuel Oliveira

According to authorities, human bones, belonging possibly to a "young adult or adult" were found yesterday, along with shellfish and monkfish in the nets of a fishing vessel during a routine inspection made by the Navy. The inspection was done between 6:00 and 6:30, when the fishing vessel was at work between the areas of Fuzeta and Tavira Island, six miles from the coast, the equivalent of ten kilometers.

As stated by the commander of Olhão's Port Authority, Ricardo Arrabaça, there are some "long bones of an incomplete arm, besides a pelvis bone and a leg bone, both equally incomplete", adding that "they might belong to an individual, adult who has been in the sea for a long time". In that way, it was excluded the idea that rouse immediately when thinking about the eventuality of the bones belonging to Madeleine McCann, the English child who disappeared on the evening of May 3, 2007, from Praia da Luz, Lagos. On the other hand, there is no record of disappearances at sea in that area.

The fishing boat, a trawler of Vila Real de Santo António, where no infraction was detected, had to be accompanied by the Portuguese ship Eagle to the port of Olhão for the bones to be collected. The human bones followed up from there to the National Institute of Legal Medicine in Lisbon. The case was referred to the Public Ministry.

in Diário de Notícias (paper edition), August 4, 2011

How to Catch Monkfish

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Catching a monkfish requires a moderate level of fishing skills and some good bait. The monkfish, also known as an angler fish, is an ugly fish with a large mouth. You can find it in the northwest Atlantic feeding on the ocean floor. In order to catch a monkfish, you need to know where to look. Monkfish prefer to hide near wreck sites, feeding on shellfish and other creature that stay near the bottom of the ocean. Although avid fisherman use nets, you can catch a monkfish with a rod and reel.


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Sonar equipment (optional)

Fishing pole

Bait (skate is a good one)

Fishing net

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Take your boat out onto the water. Look for shipwreck sites because this is where monkfish like to feed. Sonar equipment can help you to see what is on the floor. Boat charters and fishing guides can also help you to locate wreck sites. If there aren't any wreck sites, monkfish will migrate up to 25 miles out. They normally aren't found any farther out than that.


Bait your fishing pole. Skate bait is normally used for monkfish, but you can also use scallops or other larger baits.


Drop your line. Keep in mind that the ocean floor is typically 120 feet or more depending on where you are. The monkfish weigh anywhere from 25 to 50 pounds so use a heavy line on your pole.


Drag your line on the bottom. Monkfish remain half hidden in the sand on the ocean floor; as you drag your bait, the monkfish will take it. When you feel the tug on your line, give a firm jerk to set your hook.


Reel in your monkfish. The monkfish doesn't put up much of a fight, so don't get discouraged if it feels like you are pulling up a heavy boot. Use your fishing net to get your monkfish into the boat and remove the hook.

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2 Aug 2011


See the article below this, Kuttner was the original architect of the massive money making campaign for Team McCann as the ultra wealthy world of football was targeted. 

I honestly believe the McCanns must be terrified as the net closes and they haplessly watch their former mates, under arrest, in custody etc.  Just wait for the knock Kate and Gerry.  That picture of Maddie in her Everton kit that he handed to the police in Portugal, in duplicate, not nice Gerry. 

Phone-hacking scandal: Stuart Kuttner is latest NoW exec to be arrestedFormer managing editor and one-time public face of the News of the World taken into custody

Share reddit this Amelia Hill guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 2 August 2011 14.27 BST Article history

Stuart Kuttner (left) with Sara and Michael Payne during the Sarah's Law campaign. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA

Stuart Kuttner, the public face of the News of the World and its most vocal public defender for 22 years, has been arrested by police investigating allegations of phone hacking and of bribing police officers to leak sensitive information.

As managing editor until his resignation in July 2009, Kuttner was in charge of finances at the now-defunct tabloid.

Kuttner, 71, was described at the time of his resignation by the last editor of the newspaper, Colin Myler, as a man whose "DNA is absolutely integrated into the newspaper which he has represented across the media with vigour".

Kuttner reportedly did not know he was going to be taken into custody when he arrived by appointment at a police station in London on Tuesday at 11am for questioning over the phone-hacking scandal.

Police from both Operation Weeting (the investigation into phone hacking) and Elveden (the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police), are understood to have arrested Kuttner, who is suffering serious health problems and recently returned from treatment in the US.

Kuttner is believed to have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, contrary to section 1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977, and on suspicion of corruption contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.

They are the same allegations that Rebekah Brooks, the former News of the World editor and ex-News International chief executive, faces since her arrest last month.

When Brooks faced a Commons culture, media and sport select committee hearing last month she told MPs that payments to private investigators were the responsibility of the paper's managing editor's office.

Brooks admitted using private investigators during her time as editor of the tabloid between 2000 and 2003 for, she claimed, "purely legitimate" purposes.

When asked whether she had ever discussed individual payments to private investigators with Kuttner, she admitted that "payments to private investigators would have gone through the managing editor's office". But, she added: "I can't remember if we ever discussed individual payments."

Kuttner's role as the public face of the News of the World proved to be key to the tabloid under the editors, Rebekah Brooks – then Rebekah Wade – and her replacement, Andy Coulson, both of whom were reluctant to talk to the media.

When Brooks's "Sarah's Law" campaign caused public hysteria in some towns and cities across the UK, prompting strong protests against suspected paedophiles by some Portsmouth residents, during which cars were burned, it was Kuttner who faced the cameras.

He also played a role in the paper's dealing with Sara Payne in the years after her eight-year-old daughter, Sarah, was abducted and murdered in July 2000.

The Guardian revealed last week that Payne's mobile phone had been targeted by private investigator Glenn Mulcaire at a time when key members of the newspaper's executive staff were working hard to forge what Payne believed to be a close and genuine friendship. Kuttner was one of those who attended the funerals of her parents.

No reason was given for Kuttner's departure from the newspaper two years ago, shortly before the Guardian exclusive that blew the phone-hacking story wide open.

At the time, News International said he would continue to work on "specialised projects", including its Sarah's Law campaign.

In February 2008, he appeared on Radio 4's Today programme and claimed the News of the World was a "watchdog" which guarded against corruption among those in positions of power.

"If [the use of private investigators] happens, it shouldn't happen," he said.

"It happened once at the News of the World. The reporter was fired; he went to prison. The editor resigned."

He went on to argue that British journalism is "a very honourable profession" and that newspapers such as the News of the World had to act as watchdogs because "we live in an age of corrosion of politics and of public life – degradation".

His role as the public face of the News of the World continued when he visited Soham in 2002, following the disappearance of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, to defend the tabloid's decision to offer a reward of £150,000 in conjunction with the Sun newspaper for information that could lead to their safe return.

He also appeared on the BBC's Breakfast with Frost, responding to criticism of the reward and saying the man leading the investigation into the girls' disappearance, Detective Superintendent David Hankins, had welcomed it.

The managing editor was also an influential presence behind the scenes. When Gordon Brown and Tony Blair gave their first joint newspaper interview for more than 10 years to the tabloid in April 2005, Kuttner's byline was on the story, along with that of Ian Kirby, the paper's long-serving political editor.

The arrest of Kuttner, who was news editor at the London Evening Standard before moving to the NoW in 1987, is the 11th by Operation Weeting police.

After being questioned by police – a process that lasted 12 hours in the case of Brooks – he is expected to be released on bail until October.

Others arrested and bailed have included Brooks, ex-NoW editor Andy Coulson, ex-NoW assistant editor Ian Edmondson, ex-NoW chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, senior ex-NoW journalist James Weatherup, freelance journalist Terenia Taras, an unnamed 63-year-old man and ex-NoW royal editor Clive Goodman.

Operation Elveden was also involved in Kuttner's arrest. Officers from Elveden are being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

• This article was amended on 2 August 2011. The original said that protesters in Portsmouth burned the homes of suspected paedophiles in 2000. This has been corrected.

Football joins hunt for Madeleine

By staff writers and wires

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Support ... Everton's players show theirs for missing Madeleine. Pic: AFP Source: AFP

FOOTBALL, the world game, is putting its considerable weight behind a campaign to solve a little girl's suspected abduction during a family holiday in Portugal which has galvanised the UK.

Since four-year-old Madeleine McCann went missing on May 3 from her hotel room in the Algarve, her relatives have led a campaign that is drawing growing support from friends, ordinary Britons and celebrities.

Some of the celebrities appealing for help are Portuguese nationals living in Britain, such as Chelsea football coach Jose Mourinho and star players in the English football league.

Former England football captain David Beckham, who also played for Spanish giants Real Madrid, made a televised appeal.

Beckham held up a missing person poster written in Spanish, bearing a picture of the girl, who would have celebrated her fourth birthday on Saturday.

Others offering reward money are England football star Wayne Rooney and Bill Kenwright, the Everton football club chairman who saw pictures of Maddie wearing his club's shirt before they were released.

"One after another they've stepped forward,'' Kuttner told Sky News television.

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Everton players all wore T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan "Please help find Madeleine" above her photograph as they walked out to play their final English Premier League match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

"It's becoming something that is almost turning into a national phenomenon," British commentator Matthew D'Ancona said on BBC television.

Stuart Kuttner, managing editor of News Of The World and a leading force in efforts to offer money for information leading to her return, said the girl's disappearance has touched a national nerve.

"I think the whole country . . . is traumatised by this appalling event, and the support is immense," Kuttner told Sky News UK.

The newspaper and wealthy Britons like Harry Potter author JK Rowling and Virgin business tycoon Sir Richard Branson have offered a total of £2.5 million ($6 million) in rewards.

Other Britons have played smaller roles.

They have tied yellow ribbons, balloons and teddy bears onto railings at a war memorial in McCann's hometown of Rowley, central England, worn yellow arm bands at football matches and long-distance races, and attended prayer vigils.

Members of the public have also been helping relatives of her parents Kate and Gerry in Scotland, England and Ireland to e-mail photographs of the wide-eyed, blonde-haired girl to other countries so it can be widely displayed.

The International Family Law Group said it soon would be possible for members of the public to make their own donations.

Relatives said they feared that Maddie, as she is affectionately known, might no longer be in Portugal, but could have been taken through neighbouring Spain to some other country where the case has not received much publicity.

The campaign in Britain complements one in Portugal where a vigil has been held and where motorcyclists have driven around the country displaying posters of the girl.

Following the case in London are British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his finance minister Gordon Brown, who is on track to succeed him at the end of June in the top job and who has been photographed wearing a yellow ribbon.

The Times newspaper reported that Scottish businessman Stephen Winyard, a father of three who lives in Monaco, offered a reward of £1 million ($2.4 million) for decisive information.

"One of the most important things is to keep the story alive, of course keep the reality alive, keep it in the forefront of peoples' minds," Kuttner said.

Philomena McCann, the girl's aunt, who lives in Glasgow, Scotland, told the BBC that people can help by distributing her niece's picture to different countries, by praying for her or contacting members of parliament.

She said more than 40,000 copies of the poster had been downloaded from one site.

"We've had lots of feedback from people in Lisbon (the capital of Portugal) and in Spain," her aunt said.

"We have had such fantastic support from the world of football, business and the general population have been stupendous."

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