Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Let's Go!! versus Let's 'Ave Some!!

The clock is slowly counting down to getting on the plane and heading Stateside - 5th May cannot come quickly enough but then neither can the return flight as it is an ambivalent trip - seeing Emily again hopefully after two years and leaving my family behind for 5 weeks.

It is a dilemma that parents in this situation face but then we are the lucky ones - while I am itching to get in there and do the business I am mindful of other parents who have never been allowed the opportunity and never see or hear from their children again.

For me it's "Let's Go!" and I'm bloody lucky to be able to do this.

I had a telephone conference with my custody attorney, David Ferguson in Ormond Beach, Florida a few days ago too.

He spoke with a Mr Gleeson at the US Department of State with regards to getting the deposition of Barbara Greig at the Office of Childrens Issues at the Department of State in Washington DC.

"She's got a job to do and is too busy.", was the response to Mr Ferguson's repeated requests for her evidence and as David told me "The more you keep saying "No" the more I think you have something to hide."

Well, if Barbara Greig and the Department of State are not prepared to stand up and give their evidence in a court of law that speaks volumes - the silence is deafening.

I chuckled a little too as I was thinking of when Dizzy my eldest daughter (real name is Elizabeth but Dizzy is my pet name for her) was playing a Wii game - bowling. The Mumbling Midget (my other pet name) is a pocket dynamo and taking a run across the living room floor yelled out as her bowling ball went whizzing down the virtual alley - "Let's 'Ave Some!!" - coming from such a tiny person we all laughed but not when she had three strikes in a row.

Let's Go or Let's 'Ave Some?

Who cares, we are going to "Git 'r' Done!" - hey, it is happening in Florida after all :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Visa Shenaniggins Part 3

Loud knock on the door this morning as I was slurping a coffee after packing the little darlings off to school.

"I have a passport for you sir, from the US Embassy."

Sign for the packet and rip it open to see if the visa is real - yes it is but ....

Hang on a minute?

Expires on 20th May?

But trial period as Judge Doyle wrote to the Embassy is for three weeks starting on 12th May!
The US Embassy made me buy flights before they would issue the visa - the return flight is June 7th - they know this!

In other words you can go to the US but you have to leave before the trial has finished - perhaps before it has even started.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Visa News - You can Go Mr Hindle

I received an email from the Department of State advising that I am now being issued with a visa to go to the US for the trial in May.

Even Judge Doyle had to get in on the act and write to the US Embassy in London which seems to have been the straw that has broken this stubborn camel's back - thanks Judge Doyle!! I don't think His Honor really likes me but he has no idea of how high a regard I hold him.

Now my flights are all taken care of, I have places to stay in New York and Florida and most of all I am hoping to be able to get to see Emily again.

Almost two years since I last saw her being taken by her mom and her friend after being stopped from having our last visitation in DeLand which left me heartbroken but at least the judge is finally going to be allowed to see all of this nonsense.

Blindness, pedophiles, adoption, abduction, forgery, false police reporting, false allegations of the most depraved kind, coaching of little Emily by her mom, perjury, criminal contempt, and the sad litany goes on and on.

I fly into New York at the start of May and leave at the start of June. My children here are all a little upset at the thought of me having to leave again but then they understand why and they want to see Emily again too. I'm a very fortunate man to have such kids and they have helped me get through this enormously.

Tabbing is what Para's call Yomping - remember that term from the Falklands War in 1982. TV footage of paras and marines carrying impossibly large packs across horrendous terrain in appalling weather. I was talking with a friend last night about my tabbing song (though the Falklands was before my time) - I used to replay Madness "Our House" and "My Girl's Mad at Me" in my head while blisters on my blisters developed and those infamous bergen burns seared my shoulders and back - anything to take your mind off the pain.

I remember only too well, staff yelling at you to "Switch On!" and you dared not sit down at any time - the reason being was that you had to go through all of that and still be capable of fighting and winning at the end of it. It's what sets Paras apart from the rest.

TAB is Tactical Advance to Battle.

The tabbing is now almost over and it has been the hardest slog in my life and the most painful.

Now I am going to fight but not with SLR, GPMG, Charlie G, 7.62's, grenades and a bayonet but with the love I have for little Emily.

The pen is supposed to be mightier than the sword but if you want a nuclear bomb of a weapon in your armoury while you try to care for your children in these situations ,the most effective and powerful weapon you have is quite simply "Love"....and a bank balance helps too!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

You Can Have a Visa....briefly! Woof!!!

Well what can I say - the email ether has been busy today with the US Embassy London and the Office of Childrens Issues asking for flight information and addresses and contacts for where I would be staying in the US - provide that and I can have a visa for a few days to go to the hearing in Florida that is scheduled for ...... tomorrrow morning.

OK guys - if I buy a flight, hoof into London to your Embassy - hang around for however long it takes for you to contemplate your navel - get a train to one of the airports - bear in mind taking all my papers and files for court - grab a flight - fly 3,500 miles to Florida - I may, just conceivably may, get to the court on time for a hearing.

Probably I'll stink like a dog, look dishevelled, unshaved, no time to discuss or prepare with my attorney and probably I won't even get there in time and indeed, I may not be allowed in to the country because I also then have to convince immigration I am not going to blow up Abraham Lincoln's statue or fart on the sidewalk. Yeah right - I'll give that character a kid ...NOT!

Seems fair?

Let me think - the Department of State has been repeatedly advised of this hearing and court for several months - after much wrangling 3 days before the hearing they gracefully give an emergency interview, and less than 24 hours before the hearing that takes place several thousand miles away they say I can go ..for a few days.

Why is the European Union and the UK sending children to a jurisdiction that behaves so badly?

Why has Emily Rose been allowed to go blind in an eye?

Why is the US Government ignoring US and UK judges and international, US and constitutional law?

Why was Emily Rose taken from the UK by the US Embassy London with no due process, no evidence and hidden in the US while being put up for sale and adoption and into the care and contact of a convicted child sex offender?

What the bloody hell is so wrong with a US judge that the US Government doesn't defer to his wisdom and court orders?

Why am I being treated like a dog?
Karl, heel boy heel! Roll over!! Sit!!! - Oh for Pete's sake will you play dead!!!!
I'll do the doggy impressions, swallow my pride and try to be dignified - but why has Emily Rose been treated like shit?

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

April Fool's Day - What a Difference a Day Makes!

I received an email last week from the British government advising me that the US Embassy was prepared to provide an emergency appointment for a visa interview.

I have just hot footed it back from the US Embassy in London - no visa and my passport has been returned as the consular official advised more processing needs to be done.

Fortunately I now have an immigration attorney, Mr David Vedder of Daytona handling the application so in his words, let them process for a couple of weeks and then we chase.

Strange how an appointment could be arranged so quickly when previously it has taken months?