Mar 31 2011

Aphrodite Jones speaks with Michael’s doctor in Ireland about Propofol

Category: Friends,Justice,VideosSeven @ 10:02 pm

Photo from 'This Is It'

Photo from 'This Is It'

Was Michael Jackson really addicted to propofol? That is just one of the insane defenses Conrad Murray may be planning to use to save himself from having to bear responsibility for having killed Michael.

Just released today: Aphrodite Jones on Investigation Discovery, meets with Michael’s former doctor in Ireland, Dr. Patrick Treacy, to get his thoughts on the rising smear campaign against Michael:

The episode of Investigation Discovery which contains the above interview will be aired on Thursday, April 29th at 10:00 p.m. eastern/pacific – US.

Dr. Patrick Treacy has been featured and mentioned on this blog many times previously. He is the Medical Director of the Ailesbury Clinic in Dublin, Ireland and treated Michael for months when he lived there in 2006-2007.

MORE from MJJ-777 about Michael and this alleged “addiction” to propofol

Watch that spin:
Dr. Barry Friedberg: “Michael’s Death, a Predictable, Avoidable Tragedy“:
Lisa the Lawyer completely deflates Conrad Murray’s defense:
A suggested alternative to Discovery’s (autopsy re-enactment) programming:
Conrad Murrays ridiculous attempts at defending the indefensible:
Michael was not an addict, and it wasn’t an accidental overdose:
Was Michael an Addict?:

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Aug 16 2010

Now Michael is to blame for 70 lost jobs at Teva? And time he spent in Ireland is just too “strange” to believe?

Category: Justice,MJ Quotes,PhotosSeven @ 1:27 am

Love You, Michael!

"Why not just tell people I’m an alien from Mars.Tell them I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight.They’ll believe anything you say, because you’re a reporter.” -Michael Jackson

You know, they never run out of ways to use and abuse Michael Jackson’s name.

It’s being used per usual as a cheap -n- easy magnet for increasing website traffic by the Orange County Register in California, as well as by most of the rest of the media(loids).

But this is another way I’ve been seeing it abused more often lately: Michael’s name is being hung out there as a target of blame for the loss of 70 jobs at the Teva plant where propofol is manufactured.

Of course this is pure horse-pucky. Not that the jobs are being lost because of course they are. But it is pure horse-pucky that Michael Jackson is in any way to blame for it.

The reason Teva is halting manufacture of the drug is not because Michael was murdered with it, but rather because Teva couldn’t seem to find a way to manufacture it in sanitary conditions ie: it was making people sick due to the vials being contaminated. Certainly not  Michael’s fault!

This is the lamest case of ‘blame the victim‘ I’ve seen yet in regards to Michael Jackson, besides the dirtbag “doctor” named Murray trying to blame Michael for his own murder. And the media of course will try to pin anything on Michael.

If you want to let the author of this piece of crap know (not that she doesn’t) that her tactic of abusing Michael’s name for this piece is abusive, transparent and cheap, you can contact Mary Anne Milbourn at [email protected]

Here is the truth about TEVA and propofol:

TEVA/Baxter international have close to 250 lawsuits against them, NONE of them related to Michael Jackson. The damage was done long before he passed away. Their decision to cease manufacturing and lay people off had everything to do with money!

In 2008, propofol was connected to a hepatitis C outbreak that infected as many as 114 people. Vials of propofol were allegedly used to treat more than one patient each, spreading the liver disease. Close to 250 lawsuits have been filed in connection with the outbreak.

Earlier this month, a court ordered Teva to pay $356 million to a man who said he contracted hepatitis C from a vial of propofol. Teva’s partner, Baxter International Inc., was ordered to pay $144 million. The plaintiff said Teva and Baxter encouraged unsafe reuse of the drug by selling it in unnecessarily large vials.



One reader got a rather catty response from Ms. Milbourn which you can read in the comments below. She basically admits they used and abused Michael’s name to draw attention to the article, claiming “no one would have recognized the name propofol or Teva, but they do know that the drug is associated with Michael Jackson’s death. I ran the story by two editors and both said that it was OK. So you and I will have to disagree.

So, her editors OK’d the abuse of his name for the article – strictly to draw website clicks and readership. The problem is these “journalists” have been for months associating Michael Jackson with TEVA’s legal problems and blaming him for their loss of money and jobs, when Michael Jackson has not a thing to do with it! It’s cheap, greedy, abusive, disingenuous, and they need to lay off this nasty little tactic. I’m so sick of these people.

Oh, and did you know that Michael’s spending time in Ireland was SO strange it could hardly be believed, especially in the face of his “bizarre and twisted life“?

Ohhh GAWD how tiresome and overused these adjectives are when describing Michael Jackson and everything about his life, even the most normal, completely understandable and mundane things as him simply wanting to escape the press and paparazzi after his 2005 trial and get some normality and peace in his life for himself and his children.

And all done just to capitalize on his name and to attract the readership of the lowest sensation-seeking, hate-mongering public with their ignorant mob mentality when it comes to all things MJ.

Here is the story and the relevant snip:

Even in the context of the bizarre, twisted fairy tale of Michael Jackson’s life, the time he spent living in a converted cowshed in rural Ireland shortly before he died takes some believing. But in the summer of 2006 . . .

Jesus Christmas on a pogo stick, I’d have thought better of the Guardian but I guess they’ve gone tabloid along with all the rest.  You can contact them about this tiresome  (not to mention grossly unprofessional) negative definition of Michael here: [email protected]

And if you want wonderful stories about Michael Jackson in Ireland without the negative media spin, you can of course find them here on  After clicking the link, scroll down for many, many stories, bits and pieces about Michael’s time there.

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Jun 05 2010

More Michael Jackson in Ireland: Bishopstown House Was to be His Irish Retreat

Category: Dreams,Friends,PhotosSeven @ 6:41 pm

Oh how I wish he’d have stayed there. Ireland. Which Michael clearly loved and could have had an actual normal existence there (well except that son of a Bush who outed him to all and sundry just before he left).

Here’s a little tidbit that came out just yesterday, about Bishopstown House. Michael’s friend Paddy Dunning, owner of the lovely Grouse Lodge where Michael recorded while there, was apparently secretly having this dilapidated house renovated for him to be used as a retreat for himself and family.

Here’s the place. Notice the new wooden wing at the back of the house.  Here is an advert for its rental now as a self-catering mansion/retreat.

Bishopstown House

Bishopstown House

Bishopstown House - Master Bedroom

Bishopstown House - Master Bedroom

Bishopstown House Dining Room

Bishopstown House Dining Room

Bishopstown House Alternate View

Bishopstown House Alternate View

A HOUSE which Michael Jackson was refurbishing as an Irish retreat is to be launched as a self-catering holiday mansion.

Bishopstown House in Co Westmeath was bought in trust for Jackson in 2006 by the well-known entrepreneur Paddy Dunning who owns the nearby Grouse Lodge Studios which are popular with artists such as R.E.M, Manic Street Preachers and Snow Patrol.

Jackson spent time in Ireland in 2005 after his trial on allegations of improper relations with minors and fell in love with the house which was in a dilapidated state.

The house was being renovated just before Jackson’s death last year and was left in limbo.

It was while recording demos of his new album in 2006 that he decided to look for a more permanent home in Ireland before discovering Bishopstown House which is in Rosemount.

In 2008, Dunning applied on his behalf for planning permission to Westmeath County Council to refurbish the house and add a number of maisonettes. There were also plans for an indoor swimming pool. At the time the fact that the work was being done for Jackson was kept secret from the public.

All restoration work was stopped on Jackson’s death, but Dunning decided to finish the job having got permission from the Jackson family to do so. The renovated house has six spacious bedrooms, most of which feature four poster beds, and it can sleep 13. Most of the rooms are en suite with large bathrooms on a new wooden wing all featuring outstanding views of the surrounding countryside.

Apr 10 2010

Where There is Love, I’ll Be There: Michael Jackson in Ireland, Part III

Category: Children,Family,Friends,Photos,Quotes About MJSeven @ 1:35 am


Since I wrote “Porridge, Picking Apples and Peace: Michael Jackson in Ireland“, Parts I and II, more charming and heartwarming stories about Michael’s time in the Emerald Isle have surfaced, so I’d like to share them with you. I didn’t expect to add any more to this series, but these stories are simply too wonderful to keep to myself, so I’m adding a third part here, and will add more if necessary!

Once again, Eugene Lambert of Lambert Puppet Theatre and Paddy Dunning of Grouse Lodge reveal a bit more backstory about Michael’s time spent with them.

It all sounds as if it was absolutely Heavenly for Michael – at least until one self-interested, ignorant and cocky American reporter announced to everyone around that Michael was there. We all know how self-serving, inconsiderate, and barbarian the U.S. media is, so I guess it was inevitable eventually. Poor Michael. He’d finally found his peace and there was the U.S. media once again in short order to take it from him. Nonetheless, Michael did find at least some peace in the World before he left it and I am happy for that.

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Jackson was a ‘down to earth doting father’ recalls Sligo puppeteer

Michael arrived in a banger of a car, with his three children. There was no big entourage, just one security man and an au-pair. They spent over two hours with us, enjoying a show we put on for them and then sitting around having tea and scones. When we discovered it was Michael’s birthday, Judge sang him the happy birthday song and Michael happily sang along. It was a great day, a lovely memory.

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We have a small sweet shop in the theatre, and as we were about to start a show for Michael and his children, one of the kids asked if they could have sweets. I told the lad to help himself, and the next thing Michael was in the shop filling his pockets. He was quite literally the child let loose in the sweet shop, and he loved it.

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He clearly loved his children, and they equally loved him. They had a lovely, normal relationship. He struck me as a very kind, gentle person. The children were perfectly behaved, they had impeccable manners and they wouldn’t touch anything without permission.

It was very much a normal family scene, and I really couldn’t relate the person I met to the man portrayed in the media. To me, he was an ordinary, lovely man, and we got on really well together. I was quite fond of him.

-Eugene Lambert, Lambert Puppet Theatre

The Return of Waxo Jacko
(of course I KNOW Michael despised the moniker “Whacko Jacko” and I do as well, however, this is in loving fun, as you’ll see)

I NEVER ASKED him to moondance, and I never asked him for a picture. Michael said that when he was leaving. He said, “Paddy, you’re the only person who I’ve met in my whole entire life who’s never asked me for a picture.”

-Paddy Dunning, Grouse Lodge

Paddy Dunning and Waxy Michael

The photograph that accompanies this article, and in which the two do finally appear together, is of a live Dunning and a brand-new waxwork of Jackson, which went on show yesterday at the National Wax Museum Plus; another of Dunning’s businesses.

After the 2005 trial in California, when Jackson was acquitted of charges of child sexual abuse allegations, he spent very little time in the US. Five months of 2006 were spent in rural Westmeath at Grouse Lodge.

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Across the road from Grouse Lodge is Coolatore House, a beautiful late Victorian mansion, which can also be rented by artists or the public. Jackson lived in the Grouse Lodge complex for a month, and at Coolatore for four.

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Once the family arrived, the gates were closed and the Jackson children settled down to a routine of lessons in a small room off one of the studios, playing with Dunning’s two children in the afternoons. Jackson made his own porridge in the mornings, favoured grilled chicken, fish and rice for dinner, went for walks, and read The Irish Times daily.

He was very interested in how this country worked, and the boom that was on here at the time. He was an avid reader of The Irish Times ; he read it every day from start to finish.

-Paddy Dunning

At the time of his death last summer, Jackson was reported to be taking an extensive range of drugs on a regular basis. However, Dunning says he saw no evidence of this.

Not that I saw and he was here, or around, all the time. We’d go for walks, and he was fit. Michael could move really quickly; I’ve never seen anyone move so quickly. He was like a ballet dancer. -Paddy Dunning

The staff working at Grouse Lodge did not even tell their partners who the studio’s current resident was, although Dunning himself cracked. “I eventually told my mam,” he confesses.

And then my mam was saying prayers for Michael. And then Michael rang his mother and told her that my mother was saying prayers for him, and then she was saying prayers for my mother, so I went back to my mother and told her ‘Michael Jackson’s mother is saying prayers for you, Mam’. My mother is a small little lady up in Walkinstown and it’s just mad to think that Michael Jackson’s mother was saying prayers for her. -Paddy Dunning

Jackson, one of the world’s most recognisable faces, sometimes left the estate to explore other parts of Ireland, usually accompanied by Dunning. How was it that nobody in Ireland appeared to notice him?

Sometimes they did,” Dunning replies simply.

Sometimes I’d drive him to Dublin and we’d pull up a red light and Michael would look out the window, because he’d be sitting up front with me, and a person would not believe their eyes. They would go into semi-shock at the sight, not knowing what to believe – is this Michael Jackson that’s pulled up alongside me on Dame Street or wherever? -Paddy Dunning

The pair of them sang in the car as they drove around the country.

Although I’m a crap musician, I can say I’ve played with Michael Jackson. I played drums with him. And I sang with Michael. We’d be singing in the car. We sang that song, The Girl Is Mine, that Michael recorded with Paul McCartney. He did Paul McCartney’s part, and I did Michael Jackson. -Paddy Dunning

One of the places that Dunning took Jackson was to the nearby Hill of Úisneach, a historic site associated with the High Kings of Ireland.
He loved history and mythology,” says Dunning, who is developing a Mayday festival around Úisneach – the Festival of the Fires – which will, he hopes, eventually radiate out across Ireland.

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Although staff, neighbours, the shopkeepers at Rosemount – and Dunning’s small children – kept quiet about the fact Michael Jackson was in residence, in the end, a US reporter eventually revealed his whereabouts. One Billy Bush, nephew of George Bush senior, first cousin of George Bush junior and presenter of Access Hollywood , a syndicated cable entertainment-news show, arrived to interview Jackson in Westmeath. He went into nearby Moate straight after filming and told the men, women, children and dogs in the street where Jackson was. “Stupid man,” Dunning says mournfully, but really, could any other result have been reasonably expected?

Jackson departed the midlands soon afterwards, to attend the funeral of soul icon, James Brown. He left the Dunnings his television; toys that had been bought for Prince Michael Junior, Paris and Blanket; various hats; a signed piece of wood (all visitors sign a slice of tree trunk); and a page of scrawled signature in the Visitors’ Book. “He was a very generous man,” says Dunning.

Jackson had agreed, in theory, to open Dunning’s Wax Museum last summer.

We’d told him about the museum. He was always interested in wax museums. He said, ‘If I’m around, I’ll launch it for you’. He was due to be in England at the time to do the shows at O2, and we were going to be going over to the shows and all of that. It was a massive shock when we heard he was dead. -Paddy Dunning

A note Michael left to Paddy Dunning thanking him for the hospitality at Grouse Lodge & Coolatore house

A note Michael left to Paddy Dunning thanking him for the hospitality at Grouse Lodge & Coolatore house

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{ Thanks to my friends Saskia and Blanaid for finding these additional heartwarming stories about Michael in Ireland! -Seven }

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Mar 29 2010

Porridge, Picking Apples, and Peace: Michael Jackson in Ireland Part II

Category: Friends,Photos,Quotes About MJ,VideosSeven @ 2:26 am


As promised back on March 21, this is Part II of ‘Porridge, Picking Apples, and Peace: Michael Jackson in Ireland‘, covering the music he worked on with Mr. Will.I.Am of the Black-Eyed Peas at Grouse Lodge.

In Part I we discovered the wonderful peace, serenity, warmth and friendliness of the Irish people that Michael experienced in Ireland, loving the place so much that he had begun looking for  a permanent residence there.

Before I get started on Part II in earnest, I want to point out that there is a somewhat convincing poser (probably many) on YouTube claiming to have unreleased music of Michael’s. The music is posted under the name ‘7even‘. There is no entity – The Estate / $ony, or any other record label which would allow any of Michael’s unpublished music out on the internet before it is formally released.  Thus, I suspect these are at very best, leaked snippets, but likely completely fake.  So, don’t be taken in by these posers. It’s extremely doubtful these would be out there if they were truly Michael’s unreleased music.

Remember how quickly $ony swatted the song Michael did with Lenny Kravitz back into oblivion when it was leaked on YouTube? The song was called ‘Another Day‘ and is due to be released as a single later this year.

I won’t buy it because it’s from $ony and well, I know their modus operandi and their disgusting abuse of Michael in life and now, in death.  He despised them and I know that Michael himself would never want this, or any other previously unpublished music of his released on that label and I will honor that – they are Michael’s wishes.

The only reason any of Michael’s music is being (re)released on that label now is because of John Branca, who has missed no opportunity sell any and everything of Michael’s to make lots of profit for all his corprate friends:  Opus • Grammy • MusicCares • $ony.   Branca sits on the boards of most if not all of these entities and is furiously selling all that is Michael Jackson to make his friends plenty of profit, especially $ony.  This is why his being executor of that estate is highly suspect and a blatant conflict of interest.  Michael fired John Branca previously for just such conflicts of interest. It now resumes in Michael’s death. It’s a daggone shame. Too bad the judge that $ony likely paid to look the other way somehow just doesn’t see this. It’s truly amazing how money can make a man with perfect 20/20 vision totally blind. But I digress again. That’s a story for another day. On with the artistic stuff that Michael and Will.I.Am were working on together . . .

Grouse Lodge

Grouse Lodge

Talking with, Will.I.Am said of working with Michael in Ireland:

I am so grateful to have worked with the King (and always will be King) of the music industry. He was a gift to the world, he is a bright light and I wouldn’t be surprised if the world stopped spinning tomorrow. -Will.I.Am

Michael is no longer here, but with John Branca selling (note I said selling, not giving or leaking) Michael’s musical and personal property left and right to garner profit for his various corporate buddies, it is unlikely that anything heretofore unheard or seen would be leaked before ample profit could be made from it by whatever entity or label properly or improperly owns or controls it.

And just to give you an idea of how protective even Michael himself was of his new music, here is what Will.I.Am has said about Michael’s care in being sure the music is safe from loss or theft, as he talks about having worked with Michael on this new album:

It’s something Michael has never done before – a dance music album. It was going to be out of this world. I was very proud of it.

He was very protective and kept it under lock and key. After we made it I had to hand back every demo. He was a perfectionist and didn’t want anyone to hear it until it was ready. -Will.I.Am

Will.I.Am told BBC at the Glastonbury Music Festival that the new materials were kept by Michael:

He had all the hard drives because I didn’t want to be responsible for that,” he stated. It’s one thing to lose a Black Eyed Peas hard drive. I move around a lot and to make songs with Michael Jackson and risk me losing that music, I didn’t want that responsibility. So he kept all the stuff that we worked on. -Will.I.Am

$ony, I’ve heard, is trying to coerce Will.I.Am to give them rights to release this new music on their label. Again, if it is released via $ony, I will not be buying it.

Depending on who you ask and where you read, Will.I.Am has said about this album:

1. He is not sure whether the album will be released since it had not been finalized when Michael passed away.

2. The album will not be released.

Personally, I’ve encouraged Mr. Will.I.Am NOT to cave into $ony’s coercions and either not release this music at all, or to do it via another label – one that Michael himself didn’t despise and that isn’t so self-serving, greedy, manipulative, and abusive.

Below is a clip of Will.I.Am and Michael working at Grouse Lodge, likely in Studio Two, which he is said to have preferred:

Studio Two in Grouse Lodge, Ireland

Studio Two in Grouse Lodge

And as if we didn’t already know Michael was a musical genius, Paddy Dunning of Grouse Lodge says that Michael was adept at playing most any instrument, and could play all the Beatles songs on piano. This must have been a magical and delightful time for all who were present!:

Michael actually spent most of his time recording in Studio Two. He really seemed to like the sound of that room. What was amazing for me was discovering just how incredible Michael was at playing any instrument. He’d sit at the piano and play all the Beatles songs for us to all sing along to, or get on the drums, or play guitar. Michael was working with people like Rodney Jerkins, and other musicians, but the tracks he recorded were never finished. -Paddy Dunning

Ken Waters found what is probably now quite a treasure and added this interesting bit:

We still have one of Michael’s old keyboards here. It’s a battered old Casio keyboard that I actually nearly threw out by accident. I guess he just used it for ideas or as a MIDI controller. -Ken Waters

Thank You Note To Grouse Lodge From Michael & Family

Very Gracious Thank You Note To Grouse Lodge From Michael & Family

And with this, I end this short series. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and will leave me a comment with any differing or additional info you may have. I don’t mind correcting copy after the fact if it seems necessary and giving credit where it is due. In regards to Michael’s musical work with Will.I.Am in Ireland, I can only hope that we will be able to one day hear it or at least some of it and if we are so lucky, that it will not be published by the evil entity (IMO) known as $ony Corporation.

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