Luz – Panorama 3 May 2017

The BBC did a 10th anniversary special Panorama on 3 May 2017, regarding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. In it, towards the end, they featured an interview with Senhor Vitor dos Santos. He had a senior job at the Ocean Club in 2007, had been working there for some 18 years, and the following year, he was made redundant, with a letter claiming this was due to the Madeleine fallout.

Senhor dos Santos then became a small-boat captain, taking tourists for a trip around a natural sea-wonder a few kilometres south of Lagos.

The stash of photos I found recently contains dozens and dozens of old Lagos. I find them interesting to flip though, because I can match many of them up to the modern day Lagos that I know. However, I don’t wish to get into documenting the history of Lagos.

So the following photo is only presented because it matches up with the Panorama interview of the intrepid boat-captain. This photo is simply dated as the 1940s.

Make up your own mind about what is going on here.

Personally, I am not seeing a tourist trip, with a boat captain making a living from this. I am seeing a family day out, a working group having a bit of fun time.

From the shadows, it looks like the sun is at its peak in midsummer.

The lens flare through the centre of the photo is entirely original. And I have no idea how this photo was posed.


15 thoughts on “Luz – Panorama 3 May 2017

  1. ‘Burla & falsifica & trafico’…

    So, ‘falsifica’ could be falsifying legal documents, or counterfeiting.

    ‘Burla’ means a trick or jest, no? So, as far as criminality, how would you translate that???

    ‘Trafico’, in the context of the documents, seems to refer to trafficking in drugs, rather than in humans, presumably.

    And what about the ticks, Xs and his question mark? Panorama suggested they meant ruled out as suspects in the case of X, and the ? meaning head-the-ball was being considered. That ignores the ticks, though, so must be wrong.

    Another option is the tick means ‘already interviewed’, but they don’t appear then in the PJ interviews available. So, what’s the key?

    Got to be said- you don’t have to have a long criminal record to get a job working with tourists in Luz, but it apparently helps.

      • But the handwriting is that of a male who tends towards laziness- and his first entry involving the word ‘traffico’ was ‘traffico droga’, after which point the word ‘traffico’ is repeated several times and only on its own. There is a lack of space too, and the necessary missing prepositions and conjunctions are also to be noted. I’d take each of those cases to refer to dealing in drugs. And, I must say, from seeing many of their faces, discovering that their lives involved drugs would not necessarily be a surprise to me. Do you know anything about the habitual consumption of narcotics by the local population in Luz? Which drug is causing the most problems?

        What about ‘burla’, ‘falsifica’ and X-tick-? ?

      • So, in fairness, a conviction or jail sentence for ‘trafico’ prior to 2001 could be simply related to personal consumption… so anything from that up to pushing.

        Next mini-question: the huge number of thefts from the apartments in 2007- how much of that do you think was linked to dependency on narcotics?

  2. Burlar is to cheat or to swindle. Falsificar is obviously to falsify.

    Panorama blanked out this part of the records, probably for legal reasons. Portugal has a ‘right to forget’ idea, which means that offences get wiped clean after a certain period of time. The provenance of these hand-written notes on the sheet is dubious. The person in question should have had a clean sheet, irrespective of whether such offences occurred in 2001 or before, or quite possibly years earlier. So this aspect is a bit of a minefield.

    Not being a drug user, my knowledge of the drug scene in Luz is limited.

    Cannabis is readily available, and there are ‘hippy’ towns nearby where it appears to be the norm, and easy to purchase.

    After 5 years here, I have never seen anyone light up a joint in public.

    There are harder drug issues, but thus far, I have not come across them in Luz. I cannot remember any time that I have seen someone who was obviously a hard drug user on the streets of Luz or Lagos.

    Your video link was very interesting. I had thought that Spain was the first to decriminalise personal use.

    • Quick side note- were not ‘man crushed by tractor’, and ‘man Panorama couldn’t locate’ both addicted to heroin? Mildly interesting are analyses of the drug problem in Portugal, which some suggest has decreased post 2001, some that it went up… but in both cases, there was a spike in, you guessed it, 2007.

      In any case, the list of employees with previous, the two ‘suspects’ above, and the massive amounts of thieving from tourists would lead me to believe that Luz does indeed have quite a significant drug problem. Less amongst the retirees and ex-pats, more among the working-class Portuguese. Would that be a fair statement?

      If that’s the case, would Luz not be an ideal place to deal drugs? You’d be hard-pushed to get pinched, considering the absence of a police force. And the market is clearly there.

      • Drug use/mortality spiked in 2007 compared to the surrounding years. The statistics invariably show that.

        Massive amounts of thieving from tourists- the police reports and testimonies that you have read prove that. So why question it, when I know it, you know it, and I know you know it?

        Working-class drug problem in Portugal. All of the above prove that- I can show you reams of statistics. But never mind that, the suspects I mentioned above with regard to this case were on heroin, for example. We both know that. Half the people serving food and drink in the OC had a record for, at the very least, consumption of narcotics.

        Yet, in your airy fairy, and I stress fairy, world, there are no problems in Luz.

        So, the fact there is no police force is irrelevant. The fact that petty crime was rampant is a myth. The fact that there is very obviously a drug problem there is my invention, even though the evidence is staring you in the face.

        It’s almost as if you take any accurate description of the criminal activity in the town as a personal slight. I’m sorry- but Luz in that respect is entirely typical. If the fact that people are running a direct line of crank into their veins in a place you chose (rather poorly) as a quaint and peaceful retirement village disturbs you, that’s entirely irrelevant when dealing with reality. You not liking it doesn’t mean it’s not happening, I’m afraid.

        So, as for your no thieving, no druggies and no paedos in Luz… sorry, to break it to you… again… but… all of the above and then some.

  3. Ticks and crosses I assume was just a checklist that an interview with statement taken had been done. The query in Panorama was something I had not spotted, so I need to revisit that.

  4. Drug use spiked in 2007? Cite.

    Massive amount of thieving from tourists? Cite.

    Half of the people serving food and drink in the OC had a record for consumption of narcotics? Cobblers.

    Other than that, I don’t think there is anything left. Is there?

    • You know the sources for most of that, as you’ve quoted many of them. The stats you can find easily. Don’t waste my time in an argument you know you’ve already lost. Your idiotic sensibilities do not interest me in the slightest. I deal in the realm of reality. You’re living on Fantasy Retirement Island, where everything is rosy. Good luck to you, but you’re just another mark that the locals saw coming. Now less of this bollox and more of you coughing up for the latest orphanage to burn down.

      • I haven’t cited a spike in drug use in 2007.

        I haven’t cited a massive amount of thieving from tourists.

        I haven’t cited half of the OC staff serving food and drink had a record for consumption of narcotics.

        That leaves you with orphanages burning down, which I haven’t cited either.

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