Madeleine – Netflix #1 update

Bar Carib is a bar/restaurant located in the west of Luz. It is the only facility in a very large area of Luz. It has the advantage of ample car parking, which is useful as the area is hilly and many of the ex-pats are no longer spring chickens.

Bar Carib is the dot in green. It is fairly close to the circle in pink, which is 27 Rua das Flores, the villa used by Kate and Gerry McCann when they left the Ocean Club. The map layout is a little confusing at this scale, because it looks like there are several car exits from 27 Rua das Flores, but many of these are pedestrian-only. The reality is cars go via Rua dos Hibiscos.

If the McCanns went jogging from 27 Rua das Flores there is a good chance they ran up Rua dos Hibiscus, and if so, they would have passed the sign for the Bar Carib. For all I know, the McCanns may have used it as their local.

Other than this sheer speculation, I have not heard of any connection between the Bar Carib and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. At least until now.

The yellow dot on the map is apartment 5A, close to Baptista supermarket (and the Tapas Restaurant). The blue dot is the Millennium, around a 650m walk from apartment 5A.

The orange dot beside the Millennium is the Mirage. It gets a couple of little mentions in the PJ Files, with possibly two more flying under the radar.

The owner of the Mirage is David Jones, co-creator of Fireman Sam. The Mirage has been closed since 2014, because it was losing money. Mr Jones was in the Carib recently, and the locals do enjoy a good gossip when they socialise.

Mr Jones said that he had indeed been in touch with Netflix. He told them that he had no significant knowledge regarding Madeleine’s disappearance. In my opinion, he is in error on that point, but I assume he does not know the slivers of gold he is sitting on, like many a person in this incident.

His interview with Netflix was restricted to whether Madeleine’s disappearance had an impact on his business. Since I was not at Bar Carib to hear his story first-hand, I will simply say he does indeed think there was a Madeleine effect, a very detrimental one.

If you look at the map again, the Mirage is not best placed for general business. There is car parking, though not a huge amount. The Mirage is adjacent to the Ocean Club, and it is an obvious connection that as the Ocean Club went into terminal decline, the Mirage would struggle badly. Picanhas Brazilian grill opened just a mile or so east of Luz, and that appears to have killed off the Mirage.

Since Mr David Jones is prominent in the Netflix gossip and will probably pop up again, here is a photo of him (on the right).

For more bio, go to https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/415539/is-fireman-sam-your-pole-model/

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3 thoughts on “Madeleine – Netflix #1 update

  1. You couldn’t give a clue to the slivers of Gold Mr Jones might be sat upon could you,whilst readily admitting I’m not au fait with all the McCann case,does the Mirage fit any where with in it?

  2. There is one person who went from the Dolphin to the Mirage on 3 May 2007 to play pool with his boss, only to find the place empty, because the customers had gone out to search for Madeleine.

    There are 2 others in the PJ Files who mention football (Berry & Balu).

    The big games that week were Tue and Wed (presumably Berry & Balu at the Mirage). On Thu, it was 2 slightly smaller games, which appear to have attracted the Smiths to Kelly’s.

    If this pattern is correct, the bar in the Mirage should have done good business on Tue & Wed, but should have been quiet on the Thu. (Just as Kelly’s should have been busy on Tue/Wed, explaining why it was so quiet on Thu.)

    Mr Jones may or may not be able to clarify if this model is correct.

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