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I'm a British mathematician, been in the Netherlands for 35 years ("chercher la femme"). Recently became a double proud grandfather. Have a compulsion, but it's not secret, to want to correct miscarriages of justice involving abuse of science, see Dhamaka's plea

THE 9-11 was my 50th birthday. That's why I use it in my internet name, but English fashion, 11-9. The other part is my surname.

No-one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition

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Fabienne (Lucia's daughter)

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This is Fabi fighting for her mum before the eyes of all of the Netherlands, with studio audience in the background, sitting at a table under the cameras and lights with half a dozen hardened professional media types, as if she ate them every day for breakfast. She did a perfect and a fantastic job, which left a deep impression on me and many other people. I guess it helped that the hosts "Pauw and Witteman" were already on her side, and that Maarten 't Hart coincidentally happened to be on the show the same day.

Even if you don't understand Dutch, I recommend you take a look: Pauw & Witteman, 14-09-06. The first two items.

I think Fabi is much like her mother to look like, and in character too. I think they are both wonderful. The Chinese have a saying: what doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger. Nothing like a bit of adversity to strengthen your character, if you already have one.

Some mobloggers may know Fabi under the name of Izadora
31st Jul 2007, 08:40   | tags:,comments (5)

Old times, new times

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See the posting before this one.
31st Jul 2007, 08:15   | tags:comments (0)

Althea (by Metta, for Lucia)

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This, I believe, is an Althea Rosea, aka Alcea Rosea, or hollyhock, in Metta's garden, photo taken by Metta. We were looking for a new colour scheme for Metta's site The old one was a bit ... sombre. I digitally extracted the colours for the new style.

As one of Metta's webmonkeys, I'm learning css and php in order to make the site easier to manage. It had become ... quite a mess. I know, a labour of love.

Separate form from content! The cardinal virtue in Desk Top Publishing. Copy and Paste, WYSIWYG, MS crap, is not the way.

In the meantime, Dhamaka is organising her minions ;-) to translate some more of the pages to English.
31st Jul 2007, 07:50   | tags:,,comments (2)

Piet Groeneboom

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Piet is a real statistician and also fantastic probabilist and violinist. One of my oldest friends in the Netherlands. I have now got him completely haywire about Lucia. His blog on the case is splendid. His father was a lawyer so I think he has some extra deep psychological motivation...

Peter Grunwald

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My friend Peter Grünwald is a kind of statistician (a very good one) and a computer scientist, and the guy who got me involved with Lucia. He read Ton Derksen's book, went haywire, and then infected me. I have not yet recovered.

Maarten 't Hart

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Maarten 't Hart is one of Hollands best known writers. He became fascinated by the case of Lucia de Berk and was present at many of the sittings of the court. He was convinced from very early on that this was a witch-hunt followed by a witch-trial.

Some of his books have been translated into English. I like them.

This is him on Pauw & Witteman, 14-09-06. Even if you don't understand Dutch, I recommend you take a look. The first two items.
30th Jul 2007, 11:39   | tags:,,comments (1)

Reconstruction of a Miscarriage of Justice

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Notice the awful inset picture: artist's impression of the courtroom. Tried by the media. How would you feel? What would you look like, after two years' living nightmare? (The drawing was made in 2003, I guess). Now it's been nearly six years?

The media also showed a couple of real photographs, in order to complete the picture. Back view: long blond hair. Close-up of her feet - sandals and painted toe-nails.

Well, that clinches it.
30th Jul 2007, 11:27   | tags:,comments (1)

Ton Derksen

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Ton Derksen works in the philosophy of science. He is interested in chance, argumentation, belief, aesthetics, music. He's author of the book "Lucia de B.: Reconstruction of a Miscarriage of Justice" and is the person who has submitted her case to the ad-hoc Committee for Reevaluation of Closed Cases (in the Netherlands).