Textusa – definite proof

I have to confess I look forward to Textusa’s posts.

It is not that I subscribe to Textusa’s views. Feel free to make up your own mind about these.

However, Textusa trawls through the files and most weeks dredges up something of interest. It could be something that I had never seen before. In most cases, it is something I had read but the significance had not sunk in at the time. Just a little gem.

Today’s Textusa post was Definite Proof. It was described as requiring an extended concentration span.

For those of you with a shorter attention span, or less interest than me, let me give you the gist.

Are the Tapas booking sheets in the PJ files (http://www.mccannpjfiles.co.uk/PJ/PROCESSO_3a.htm, page 615 on) showing the correct information as per the Ocean Club database, or are they doctored files produced by editing them through a spreadsheet like Excel?

After Textusa’s post entitled Irrefutable Proof, I expressed my opinion, namely, that what was happening was simply OCR errors in the software used by the PJ to copy the OC records.

Textusa has come back in today’s post to say that these cannot be OCR errors for a number of reasons. For example, there is handwriting on the sheets and OCR does not leave handwriting on a sheet. It converts it to text, whether such text is clear or garbled.

I am not interested in going into a point by point examination of this stance. It gets us nowhere. The software I have used takes text of the type entering your eyeballs right now, and tries to tidy it up to a recognised word. When the OCR software hits what looks like non-text, it renders it as an image. So images look like images, handwriting looks like an image, and text gets tidied up. But none of this is important.

For about a week, I have been wondering about how I could reconcile OC bookings with locations on the ground. If you have read my posts on the MW arrivals list and OC arrivals list, then a question is whether someone with access to the OC software could manipulate things to his favour. How would one do it?

To answer this, it helps to have a map of who was allocated to which apartment, not just for the arrivals on 28 May 2007, but those who arrived beforehand and stayed on, and those who arrived after the disappearance.

Now I had seen this information before, in Textusa’s Irrefutable Proof post. However, the significance did not sink in at that time.

So my thanks to Textusa. I can now, with a fair degree of accuracy, place boots on the ground in the period shortly before and shortly after Madeleine’s disappearance.

I also found another gem.  I had been working with an assumption that the Tapas reception had access to the OC computer system.  Something very basic like a read-only terminal that they could use to check whether a client was a Mark Warner client, therefore allowed an evening meal for free, or not an MW client, therefore the meal was to be paid for.  This ultra-simple solution made sense.

However, it is clear from the daily print-out that Tapas reception did not have access to the system via a computer.  They got a report printed in name order, each and every day they were open.  A report in name order, to be able to look it up as and when clients booked.

That cuts access to the OC computer system to 24 hour reception only.  Prints for everyone else.

And it makes the likelihood of the infamous note by Tapas reception, the one saying the block booking of the Tapas restaurant was because parents were leaving children nearby, much more likely.  The receptionist had no way of entering something to this effect into the computer system, because she did not have access to the computer system.

Therefore a written note was required.

There were 8 children under four being staked out like goats in block 5, just awaiting the arrival of the tiger.

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