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Snoopy robot boat to cross Atlantic from UK to USA

Snoopy's Robot Boat June 2019 Trans-Atlantic Attempt
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This page was updated at 1100z GMT/UT/GPS Time, 1200 BST on Thursday 18th July 2019 - June's 67th Birthday ! :-)
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Snoopy's Launch Team Snoopy's robot boat route from UK to USA and winds We had that "weather window" of predicted flat surf and strong winds from the east lasting days. So we decided to make the attempt, with Peter, Dick, June, and Robin, meeting at the usual place: Zig-Zag steps west of Boscombe Pier.

There was coverage on local radio FM 103.8 and Steve Harris on BBC Radio Solent. e.g. Telephone interview at 0730 BST of Robin by Steve Harris. The sound is in rb270619.wav . Maybe there will be a video with suitable pictures and video clips. e.g. of the Royal Marines ;-)

Snoopy, Robin, and June went in Robin's car, an old silver Mercedes reg "C4 GPS", and they left home at 0900 BST to meet Peter and Dick near the Zig-Zag steps west of Boscombe Pier at 1030 BST. Anyone could track Robin's car on SpotT2. Anyone could watch Snoopy's progress from our home in Sunninghill, south to to near Boscombe Pier, then out to sea, on Snoopy's SPOT Trace map. See MagicSeaweed Bournemouth webcam, surf, and wind. See also Winds Expected. See Marinetraffic.com for other ships, their tracks, etc. You could also track my Car C4 GPS on SpotT2. You could track Dick on SPOT Dick . After Peter, June, and Robin had returned to the comfort of their homes, Dick was off on a sailing trip, from England to the Channel Islands and back. Safe Sailing Dick ! :-)

If this is your first visit to this "Snoopy" page, click on me or my Home page of www.GPSS.co.uk to know more about me and my family.

Lots of tidying up is needed on this page, but events are unfolding hour by hour. There is lots of scope for guys to keep their eyes open, using those links above. The launch was at 1110 BST local UK time. The surf was much higher than we expected, so Dick had a struggle with the launch: play the 4 minute video above ! :-)

Snoopy's track until south of Lat 50.5 and The wind was very strong, from the east, at over 20 mph gusting to over 30 mph. Further out waves were reported as being over 2.5 metres. However, Snoopy did amaziingly well to resist being blown downwind, and onto the shore between Studland and Swanage. For some unknown reason, Snoopy would patrol north and south, without making progress east to his first "Channel" Waypoint, but managing not to drift back.

Peter's plot of all Snoopy's June 2019 Attempt We are still gathering and presenting the information, prior to analysis, but it would seem the autopilot must have been working, or Snoopy would have been blown downwind.

For some unkown reason, when Snoopy reached the Latide 50.5 degrees of his "Channel" waypoint, he did NOT turn to head west, downwind, towards the next "Weymouth" Waypoint. This would have been a very fast and easier journey for days. The only likely explanation we can think of, is a software bug in the later Picaxe 28X2 Autopilot. This would be in the code that handles switching destination based on the latitude Longitude. e.g. is Latitude less than 50.5 degrees.

If this IS the only problem, we have the option of swapping the Picaxe 28X2 Autopilot with one of the earlier Picaxe 08M versions. These have been tested on numerous attempts, and Snoopy had always sailed directly toweards the correct waypoint when the tide was turning and not faster than the boats speed through the water.

Dick's Report on 3 July 2019 for June Atlantic Attempt. After getting south of "Channel", Snoopy kept sailing south, still avoiding being blown westward. Snoopy was heading for Cherbourg. Dick decided to book a ferry, with the use of a bycycle at the other end, since it seemed certain Snoopy would hit the coast somewhere. Dick missed his intended ferry, and got the later one. However, by then the winds had changed, or the Autopilot had decided to change to a northely destination, and Snoopy started sailing north towards England.

Snoopy's SPOT Trace SatComs tracker worked well for the whole of Snoopy's 7 day mission, reporting every 5 minutes, so anyone to see him on a google map. Dick passed Snoopy on the way to Cherbourg, but was too far away to see. We were keen to know if the strong wind had demasted the boat, or at least broken a string ( Sheet ) to allow the Jib ( front sail ) to be lose. On Dick's return ferry, he was allowed onto the Bridge and could see Snoopy's boat well enough with binoculars to see both sails up. A crew member with better eyesight reported that the sails were also at the correct angle of 30 degrees.

Snoopy Sloop 11 seem from cliff Snoopy was tracked coming back north to the south English coast. Peter and Dick met down there, armed with a drone and binnoculars, but the drone was not needed: they could easily see Snoopy arriving. They got good photos and videos, confirming that everything looked OK, including hull and sails. BUT they could also see that the rudder was missing ! When they eventually got the boat, it could be seen that the rudder had been broken off.

SPOT Trace tracking Snoopy near rocks then Lulworth Cove Without a rudder, Snoopy could not have steered into wind, to avoid drifting downwind. BUT the winds were now gentler and blowing him north. Snoopy's boat 11 was rescued by Jo, the friendly Fisherman below. We owe you a favour :-)

Robin has been delayed by other things, put under the "SITREP" at the end, and it took a while to start to add Dick ( and Peter's ) pictures.

The boat came near rocks, below the cliffs, at about 1000 BST = 0900 GMT. Some time later, we all noticed that someone had picked Snoopy up and was taking him to Lulworth Cove. It did not take long to discover that Snoopy was hidden below deck in a fishing boat :-)

1025 Saturday 13th July: If Dick's pictures not shown properly, see details at top of this page. e.g. Robin's mistakes ? ; Browser ? ; Browser Cach ? ; Hosting ?

Robin Lovelock Jo the Friendly Fisherman :-) Rudder off already before Bat's Head From Robin to Jo, the Friendly Fisherman: I owe you a big favour, and great if you can contact me. e.g. a treat up here one day, with your friend and/or family ? Maybe look at some spare boats I have for toys, in slower time ? As soon as I saw Snoopy in Lulworth Cove, I rang the obvious place: the Boat Yard Cafe. I asked Maria to look out the window to see Snoopy's white sails, and she went outside with the phone.

Maria was soon talking to Peter, Dick, Rob, and his mate, who then rowed out and collected Snoopy from below deck. This can all be seen in our SPOT Trace maps. Peter did rather a tough deal with Rob, getting Snoopy back in exchange for just 10 GBP into a charity. Robin thinks we can do better than that, but it may take a little while: things are certainly very busy for a few days. Rob: If Snoopy's rudder got snapped off after you guys found him, don't be embarrassed: how else would we have got Snoopy's boat back so unscathed ? That way we should be able to explain Snoopy's wierd behaviour. i.e. perhaps just a software bug that chooses the new destination waypoint. I must admit, I reckon a lot of guys, in you and your mates situation, with Peter driving such a hard bargain, would have "given Snoopy a good kicking" below deck ;-)
Robin sees that he is editing a different copy of AA2019A.HTM than that seen in his old MS Browser under Win 7 Home. Dick ??? :-)

Later News on Sunday 7th July BOAT at Robin's home Dick's Facebook page Peter and Dick then returned from Lulworth, spent a bit of time together, then went their seperate ways. Both could be tracked by all of us: Dick on "SPOT Dick", on his way to pick up the ferry at Gosport, and Peter with Snoopy in his car, bringing the boat back to it's home with Robin and June in Sunninghill. We shot a little video, with Peter getting the boat out of the back of his car, and putting Snoopy on his stand, ready waiting on the front lawn. There was some filmed inspection of the contents of the box, including the jammed servo, and fact that the batteries were flat. We then relaxed and chatted on our rear patio, and were joined by neighbour Stuart, before Peter returned home.

A lot of work is still needed, to make sure this Attempt is documented, well enough for anyone to understand. Not just to learn and prepare for Snoopy's next attempt, but perhaps also to obtain some other "spin-offs", like "friends of friends" to visually inspect our boat in all weather. Robin coined the term "Snap Snoopy" International Competition. e.g. photos, or even video, from land, sea, air, or even space. Sometimes favours will be done for all sorts of reasons, including fun, charity, or publicity with a purpose.

30 June 2019 Trip to Help the Heroes garden under NGS Strange as it may seem, Robin does do things other than play with Snoopy. On Saturday 29th, while Snoopy was far from land, June and Robin went to the Help for Heroes garden near Tidworth HQ of Britsh Army, then Army Flying Museum at Middle Wallop. Ref my "Snap Snoopy" Competition; Sometimes a "friend of a friend" can help ;-) One picture is of the New Memorial at the Museum of Army Flying, which also had monuments to the regiments that my dad, Len Lovelock served in, after the Tank Regiment: The Parachute Regiment, then The Glider Regiment. They say "Charity begins at home", and these are clearly UK based. However, in recent years I've found local ex-service friends who have fought against our current NATO Allies. Since leaving UK Defence Industry in 1994, I found friends in 150 countries, including Russia, Iran, and China. But, if they decide to help "Snap Snoopy", it better be from Space, although it does not matter if it's friendly ;-) After all, it was not so long ago, that the Americans were fighting their War of Independence against us British. As Snoopy reminds you, I have been known to repeat the words of Bob Cosby, "We should never have worn red and marched in straight lines !" :-)

Here are some more pictures we used during Snoopy's Mission... white strip 1st July 2019 1st July 2019 1st July 2019 1st July 2019 Weather 1st July 2019 Dick 1st July 2019 Dick white strip 1st July 2019 Dick 30 June 2019 Trip 30 June 2019 Trip 30 June 2019 Trip New Monument at Museum of Army Flying white strip Your Watch date is Wrong ! from Peter :-) Robin & June Lovelock Preparing for visitors to 22 Armitage Court Colin Frazer on Bridge Walk for Kidney Research on Sunday 30 June 2019 Bray Lake Watersports and Snoopy Robot Boat video Robin relaxing at the Bansals in Sunninghill

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For the technical guys among us ...

Robin Lovelock Robin and Snoopy's Laboratory in Sunninghill Dick's Report on 3 July 2019 for June Atlantic Attempt. This section reflects my way of working with a wide network of friends, including Team-Joker, enthusiasts, journalists, retired military, etc, etc - but mostly, Experienced Grumpy Old Men - and Women ! Some, like Dick, still have a taste for adventure, while others, like Robin ( me ) prefer others to do the hard work :-)

Snoopy's Boat 11 performed amazingly, and those 7 days were an amazing test of the total boat system, including hull, sails, SPOT Tracker, and the Autopilot. For the first few days the wind was blowing at over 20 gusting over 30 from the east. Waves were above 2.5 metres. Despite all this, Snoopy was not blown downwind, and westward. e.g. onto Studland beach.

Work is in progress to identify what has failed, other than the rudder being broken off and lost. The history of winds, which changed when Snoopy got near France, and detailed track, compared with passing ships, may give us an explanation.

BBC1 News face of Harpal If, as seems likely, that there was a software bug in the Picaxe 28X2 Autopilot, in selection of the correct waypoint, that might explain why Snoopy DID NOT sail straight towards the next waypoint when the tide was changing and slack. If that was the problem, then we can swap back to our earlier Picaxe 08M Autopilot, that has behaved as we would expect. For those like Roy, who are familiar with the Picaxe software, here is the source code we used. Version "Romeo" in AP28X2R.BAS. Yes, the MicroMite is MUCH easier to programme, but it takes years to develop and properly test the software. Hence, for these attempts, I am still using the Picaxe.

Here is a download of Peter's recorded SPOT Trace Sat/Coms tracker data for those who want to display and analyse it.
AA19A.KML Snoopy's complete trip for display and analyis using Google Earth and alternatives.
AA19A.NME Snoopy's complete trip for display and analyis using Robin's GPSS and alternatives.
This is in the old GPS Industry standard NMEA format. See first and last lines below.
$GPRMC,100503,A,5043.0902,N,00151.3498,W,000.0,347.0,270619,,*09 First two SPOT Reports on 27th June.
$GPRMC,100823,A,5043.0968,N,00151.3522,W,000.1,168.6,270619,,*02 e.g. at 1008 and 23 seconds GMT. 1008z or 1108 BST local UK Summer Time.
$GPRMC,080105,A,5037.1160,N,00214.8794,W,000.0,276.0,040719,,*09 Last two SPOT Reports, on 4th July
$GPRMC,090653,A,5037.1232,N,00214.9874,W,000.1,276.0,040719,,*09

GPSS Plot of Peter's aa19a1.nme for future simulations, etc.

GPSS NME plot of Snoopy in Channel

For those helping Robin, you might want to plot one of these KML or NME files to show Snnopy's track at the end of his June 2019 Attempt. If you choose a much lower viewpoint, perhaps a bit closer, you should see those rocks, cliffs, and hills that Peter and Dick climed around. If we make the SPOT Dick tracker data available, we can see where Dick walked, although he may have left his SPOT tracker in the same place as his cycling helmet and Go Pro camera ! :-)

Peters maps of Lulworth

Peters maps of Lulworth

Here is a 3D view, using Google Earth, showing Snoopy's track after launch, with other things like where he should have gone. Thanks Terry and Peter :-)

Terry's 3D View of Snoopy's Launch and path southward

GPSS based GPS Simulator plot of Snoopy's end to his journey in Lulworth Cove after a close approach to Bat's Head. That missing line was "finger trouble" :-)

GPSS based GPS Simulator plot Snoopy's end to his journey in Lulworth Cove

News and pictures including Dick safe back from his sail to the Channel Islands ...

Robin Lovelock AsOnTV Why all the pictures ? Whoever you are: journalist, enthusiast, military, curious public, pictures say more than words.

Click on pictures to enlarge, play video, or visit another page. Hit "refresh" or change your browser if layout is poor. Or perhaps it is which hosting of my web site you are on - see the very end. Clear cached images in your browser ?
It could also be me :-)

This page may look confusing, but it saves me time. as it has over twenty years ago during a London Motor Show, or other occasions when the Newspapers and TV Networks took an interest in my old GPSS Software. see AsOnTv. BTW, if someone can run it on Android, under a suitable DOS/WinX Emulator, a lot of people might be interested. BUT I'm not into selling GPSS.

"The Barossa Operation" video, from my EASAMS years, 1980 to 1994, shows what we were doing under MS DOS and then Windows 3.1 before the first Gulf War. More detail is on my Barossa page. SatNav and remote tracking are not that new :-) white strip Utube video Utube video Utube video Utube video Utube video white strip

I'm gradually pulling in pictures which I have here, some from Peter and Dick, and some taken here. e.g. charging of batteries and inspection of the inside of the boat, best done with expert help. It's been a case of doing whatever seems the highest priority. e.g. Seeing that Dick got home safely, but also demonstrate the value of his SPOT Tracker. Reports seemed to be delayed at the weekend, due to all those Americans using SPOT in their deserts :-)

Michael, Sally, and Becky Campion 7th July 2019: There was some "Confidential Banter" over the night, which effected how June and I spent our day, hopefully overlapping pleasure with "Snoopy" stuff. Guys who have been party to this included my sister Sally, whose husband Michael passed away earlier in the year, and daughter Becky. They will not be down here for a while; Our daughter Saskia and partner Gary: see a little Snoopy robot boat being sailed by our "inherited grandchild" at CenterParcs. Mick Gulverston, of MicroMite fame, not so far from Ozzy friends with grandchild Tomaz.

We looked forward to whoever came and what we did . I'd been dressed, after enough sleep for hours, and the women were in the kitchen: with tennis on the TV. But, after they were dressed, June cooked me a nice brunch, using a tip from our Indian friends: brown bread, covered by bacon, scrambled egg, then Heinz baked beans. Of course, I forced myself to eat it :-)

June and I chose to visit "Bumpers" garden open for the NGS charity. What a lovely coincidence that it overlooked RAF Odiham, from where I had colleagues in the 1970s, and others in the area. On our way home, June and Robin were amused by the "Road Closed" signs that had been there for 3 months, which caused us no delay.

Interesting things happened that are best kept to our "Last of the Summer Wine" meetings in the pub, for which I am the driver. I'm sure there will be a lot to discuss here too. white strip white strip Later News on Sunday 7th July BOAT Later News on Sunday 7th July BOX Robin & June Lovelock Preparing for visitors to 22 Armitage Court Colin Frazer on Bridge Walk for Kidney Research on Sunday 30 June 2019 Bray Lake Watersports and Snoopy Robot Boat video Robin relaxing at the Bansals in Sunninghill Michael, Sally, and Becky Campion The Bansals of Costcutter in Sunninghill Mick in Australia and the MicroMite Later News on Sunday 7th July Later News on Sunday 7th July Later News on Sunday 7th July Center Parcs Longleat with Lovelock Family in March 2019 Later News on Sunday 7th July Later News on Sunday 7th July Later News on Sunday 7th July LAB Later News on Sunday 7th July COOK Later News on Sunday 7th July EAT Bumpers garden near RAF Odiham open for the NGS Charity Later News on Sunday 7th July NGS

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Saturday 13th July: white strip Dick, June, Liz, and Robin: Lovelocks and Baileys geocaching Later News on Sunday 7th July Dick home :-)

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See notes at top of page about layout. e.g. hitting refresh; what browser; Robin's mistakes :-)
Yes, of course I could have made it easy to skip down to here - but then you would have missed the stuff above ;-)

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e.g. if you received an email speaking of a Ghana connection at my City University 50th Anniversary on City University on my Home page .

This public page is obviously being used for non Snoopy stuff. e.g. Help for Kristina and Tomaz - no apologies for that ! Robin.

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Tuesday 9th July: Today was "Pub Grub" with my Local "Last of the Summer Wine" Team, Stuart, Richard, John, Terry, and myself, Robin.

Pub Grub ended with coffee in Armitage Court. June came be back from The Royal Ascot Tennis Club, to watch Wimbledon Tennis live, on her choice of Court, on iPlayer.

Editing of details of Snoopy's Mission in progress, based on reports and feedback from Terry, etc. Terry: I had another 1 hour nap earlier, bring my total hours of sleep to 7 hours. Thanks for your concern ;-)

We watched first 3 minutes of BBC News Headlines until 1803. "No Comment" from Robin, other than that already on my "Grumpy" and "Bigger Picture" pages, linked from my Home page :-)

Now I guess I had better do my Italian Homework, prior to the lesson with Maria, and friends in Bracknell. We should leave by 1915, and others will be at home, to handle visits by half expected friends. Others: beware of other occupants, neighbours, cameras, and "water" squirters :-)
Lesson went well and we got back by 2200 BST with no need to visit family in our village.

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The Wednesday 10th July trip to Wimbledon, then to Carshalton, help Kristina and Tomaz

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Wednesday 10th July: Important email from Kristina sent not long ago. June and Samantha going to Wimbledon for tennis. Was going to give them lift to Sunningdale Station. Will they let me take them by car to Kristina's place ? Her email says she is now moving tomorrow, and still does not say where. It seems her father, Rudi, may be visiting his sick father in Slovenia. Love and Strength Rudi !

Puppy Cam Kristina's Health Condition means she may make mistakes, deliberately or otherwise, in the information she gives to others. For some time she demands that emails are not shared with her father, Rudi Rolih, who, with wife Sylvie, and young Tomaz, took the family to a hospital in Arlington, near Washington, DC, USA, for several months of private health treatment for Lymes Desease. Rudi and his young family first met in the 1980s/1990s, when he brought them to UK, to work on the AUSTACS bid into Australia, by EASAMS . Many years later, Kristina became a 4th daughter, when she lived with us. Years after that, she worked in London, and became pregnant with Tomoz. She then went back to Sydney, Australia, to live with her parents. By the time she had Tomaz, she had caught Lymes Desease from Ticks. Tomaz inherited it, but it was diagnosed earlier. Recent history: Kristina decided to pack her bags and come to UK for better health treatment than Australia. Is that likely ? June and Robin (me), first met Kristina again in Southampton General Hospital, with Tomaz taken into care. Robin put the fantastic hospital staff in contact with Rudi, so he could put them in touch with Australian ( and American ) doctors, for hospital records. Having said all that, Kristina is a very intelligent and loving mother, with knowledge of the treatment that she and young Tomaz need ( see the video, he likes to be called TomAAAS ! ). We love them both to bits, BUT Kristina knows I think it was a BIG mistake to flee Australia. It seems she is "on the run", from people who can help, like local doctors, hospitals, Social Services, and schools. London is NOT the best place for them, and, i she came near to us, it would have to be somewhere like our local care homes, with the blessing of all the local authorities, like Police, NHS, and Social Services - who I would want to take responsability. More here later, perhaps.... Yes, check out Kristina living with us, and the peeing robot dog, on my TAM page, or just click on the picture on the right :-)

Tomaz from Australia being Interviewed by Robin June and Samantha went to Wimbledon, and would want me (Robin) to give them a lift to Sunningdale Station. They agreed for me to take them by car, but not via Kristina's : they did not want risk of delay. I thought that it would be great to see young Tomaz again, and MAYBE find out where Kristina plans to go the next day. June came down in her dressing gown, switched on the coffee machine, and I saw how she reacted to the suggestion ! :-)

Trip to help Tomaz and Kristina via Wimbledon June agreed, if we go direct to Wimbledon, to be dropped off no later than 1030. Samantha, was present, and witnessed this decision. She is another person in the car to assist in navigation, etc. Robin thought they can handle things like any congestion charges, parking, etc. June said that the places was outside the conjestion charge area. It's a pitty they would not be there, for a few minutes at least, to witness what reception awaits Robin by the landlady. He expected Robin would get blamed again, saying it's his manic behaviour :-) No such things are said now that June is involved with helping the Bansal family in our village, when it was only Robin a few months ago. See Ajay . The visit went well, with Robin being welcomed into the house, and the landlady Becky, asking why Robin was there, but having to shout because she was still hoovering the floor. The boyfriend sat on the sofa, and smiling, said he'd only been there a day. Soon after a tearful Kristina appeared in the doorway, saying that she was now being kicked out today, and so her luggage would need to be moved. The important thing I noticed was that Becky made a point of correctly saying "TomAAS", and much later, gave him a hug before Kristina and he walked slowly along the street. By then I was well outside the property, and it did look as if Becky might try and provoke violence between her boyfriend and myself. This was unlikely, because he was friendly and suggested that I move my car further along the street, which I did. However, at one point Becky came out of the house, saying she had called the police. Perhaps she was trying to frighten me away ? Anyway, it was my opportunity to call 999, speak to the police, and say - that if there was such a call - I was able to provide more information. The police operator was not interested in my giving the link to this page, "www.gpss.co.uk/aa2019a.htm", and the conversation was so time consuming, that I had to remind her that our conversation was recorded at her end, and that I had to terminate the call.

Robin's trip to Wimbledon then Carshalton to help Kristina and Tomaz - Full Monty. Eventually two police officers arrived, and went into the house for some time. The lead lady officer came back to me, waiting by my car up the road, and took a statement. She was then interrupted on her radio, and joined her colleage. At one time there was a temprary visit by two officers in a plain car. Over what seemed a long time, more and more police arrived, and I could see a white vehicle with flashing light, further down the street, to where Kristina had been walking. As events happened, I kept people informed using my mobile 'phone, and this included my wife, and my friend Dick. The key breakthrough was when I 'phoned Kristina's father Rudi, in Sydney, a bit before midnight Australia time. That call lasted a long time, because I was able to walk down the street and join Kristina, Tomaz - sat beside a young officer on the pavement, having a friendly chat. was able to give my 'phone to different people, and let Rudi speak to them. This included Tomaz, Kristina, and several police officers. It was sad, but understandable, that the senior officer who was watching, did not accept my visiting card, with my full contact details, and www.GPSS.co.uk He said that he was "Not interested in self promotion" :-)

Eventually I left the meeting, since I could see that the situation was now good. I bade my farewell, saying something like "Well Done Lads, we know that Kristina and Tomaz are now in safe hands ! I guess I should have said, "Lads and Lasses" :-) I then walked back to my car, still talking to Rudi in Sydney. I then drove to my relative in Kingston, to relax, eat, and chat, before returning home in my car, before it was completely dark.

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Next morning I got the good news from Rudi Rolih, Kristina's father in Sydney Australia, to say he had spoken to Kristina. QUOTE: I was in contact again with K around 10pm your time. She ended up paying for a serviced apartment for the night - preparing to go out to get food for T for the morning. Plan then is for a taxi back to the BnB to get her stuff and meet the van. Police offered to escort her in and out of the BnB. Given the landlady's erratic behaviour I expect K to take them up on the offer. Cheers, Rudi. UNQUOTE

Update here at 1145 BST Wednesday 17th July 2019. After 'phone calls, SMS, and emails. Robin shared his reply with others.

Is June Lovelock trying to copy her husbands Mania ? :-)

All is good with Tomaz and Kristina, now on way from London, to the Signature Ascot Grange car park, in the Ascot Cars VW Transporter Shuttle, reg GF17 WHT. Expected Time of Arrival (ETA) is Midday 1200 BST ( 1100z GMT).

I just got a text (SMS) from Kristina, say "10 minutes away", So on time :-)

All concerned have been asked NOT to call my mobile (on me while I take a much needed doze upstairs ;-) until midday, their ETA.

The same applies to my wife June, only just back from Royal Ascot Tennis ( yea sounds grand ain't it :-) who has not been able to handle things in past few days. More here in due course.

Ascot Grange Reception have been briefed, with lovely Arzu(?) taking the call. They now know details of the Rolih family, including father Rudi, in Sydney Australia, little 6 year old Tomaz ( prenounced TomAAAz :-) and lots of luggage. IF they stay at the Signature Ascot Grange, it will be after Kristina and Tomaz have inspected the room, including it's facilities for her to cook the special needs of Tomaz.

Before making a decision, they will wish to go across the road to see the room already booked, for a week, in the past hour, with lovely Scottish Stephanie ;-)

June got back from Tennis, and was asked to read the notes in my Desk Diary, and give me (Robin) a wake upstairs, in case I was still asleep. I heard a car leaving, and mistakenly thought it was June, attending to a call from the Bansals in the village. I came downstairs, and saw June sat, looking tired, in the lounge. She said she had not looked at the notes in the study, or presumably this section. I just said very gently to her, "Just concentrate on getting some sleep, and relaxing. OK ?". I got the familiar "Robin's Manic" expression.

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Hi Tomaz and Kristina. Great talking to you both just now, to reassure you that this "Care Home" ( on map near us ) is more like a Holiday Hotel, but has expert care for those who need it, when they need it.

If your Russian friend has to get you out sooner, at the very least, tell us you are coming, and aim for Ascot Police Station. That is the fall back option: you will then be within the area of my police contacts, Social Services, etc. Let me CC this to my friend Dick, who lives at Reading, and is an expert of Care Homes and Social Services, etc. That's Dick with his wife, with June and me, above the words about you in www.gpss.co.uk/aa2019a.htm I'll try and paste them in below. Good that you have a Laptop.

I love that "Man to Man" talk I just had with young Tomaz, and I'm sure he will be the Man and care for you. e.g. be good when you ask him to be good. Also, you may like the places near here, if you get here. You will like the Retirement Hotel / Care Home "Signature" ?? - but you will LOVE our robot boats and Bray Lake.

No lack of Bray Lake videos on that "Snoopy" page www.gpss.co.uk/autop.htm Have your Russian friend Anton look at it - and my friend Alexey now in St Petersburg, from Novosibirsk in Siberia. Also this years holiday in Sicily, when we met another Aleksey from St Petersburg at the top of that volcano :-) www.gpss.co.uk/holiday.htm - I have friends in 150 countries, and we have some rich Russian friends where my old friends and I often eat. I will CC one of them now, Stuart. You will see him and I playing with model aircraft and rockets ! :-)

Good that June spoke to you both, on speakerphone at your end, and was still watching tennis. Now, I've eaten my 3 weetabix for breakfast, and will go up to add some more hours of sleep to my day :-)

Your friends can use the Russian or Greek translation flags, but videos only play from the English pages. Be a good man Tomaz - look after you mum: she taught you to read VERY well. Well Done ! :-)

You will all like the puppy dog video :-)

Love and Strength !
Robin ( and June Lovelock ) in Sunninghill
1730 (BST) UK Time Sunday 14th July 2019

"Conspiracy Theories", and Grumpy Men's Taste in Women. First made here at 1730 BST ( 1630z ) on 14 July 2019, after 'phone calls and emails with others. Robin shared his reply with others.

white strip Interesting Information for those into Conspiracy Theory or Cyber Security. It maybe of interest to Journalists, or somebody researching the local history. See the link below. June is watching the Men's Singles Finals on Lounge TV BBC1 HD Live ( Their clock matches our mechanical clock ) on matelpiece. Earlier, on our Bedroom TV upstairs, I had woken up to see the Women's Invitation Doubles. I had a little chuckle, when I recollect, Grumpy Old Men in the pub, discussing if they are a "T*ts Man" or a "B** Man". I am still a "T*ts Man" but recent experience means I can understand a change of preference. Don't forget that modern TV are controlled by the software within them that is prone to error and is often updated over the Net. The Net has never been 100% secure, since my NATO days at SHAPE Techical Centre with June after our marriage in 1971, in Sunninghill Church, not far from where General Eisenhaur, the first SACEUR, had his bunker - under the place that became the Marist Convent, and then the Marist School. As James ( Jim ) Lovelock explained, one should rigourously follow the "Scientific Method", allowing the remote possabilities to be true. It is remotely possible that TV software has been compromised, BUT, it is far more likely that one of these is true: June was wrong when she said I could not have seen that match, on BBC TV Ch 1 Live, on perhaps another court. She checked quickly during a break, because that TV upstairs cannot see Ch 101. Or, it is possible that I dreamt it, since I was catching up on sleep, able to simply open my eyes and see the screen. But, I do remember watching with enjoyment, the plump figure of the French lady ;-)

Robin often sat down briefly with June, while we watched Wimbledon on BBC1 HD ( Ch 101 ) in our lounge.

Robin congratulated June on how well she had dealt with the Bansals, below, while he was busy on tasks such as this page, and related topics.

The Men's Final has just finished, with Djokovic ( Serb ) winning against Federer ( Swiss ). Earlier, having seen both players, I was happy for the better man to win. i.e. both seemed as if they can cope with pressure. June said that she had wanted Federer to win, because he was older, and this might be his last chance. Also, June thought that Federer was the better player.

Next is ladies Finals: Maybe I'll go up catch up with sleep in our bed upstairs. Reference the "Conspiracy Theory" topics above. You may need to be a Grumpy Old Man to understand ;-) white strip

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End of section dealing with the trip to Wimbledon and then Carshalton.

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IN THE LONGER TERM, THE SECTION ABOVE MAY BE MOVED TO IT'S OWN PAGE.
MAJOR TIDY UPS WILL OBVIOUSLY BE NEEDED, SUCH AS SMALLER, EXPANDABLE PICTURES.
PICTURES AND VIDEOS WILL BE ADDED, SUCH AS 3D VIEWS OF KYNANCE COVE.

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Sunday 14th July: Note that old SITREP above has been updated, but much seems good :-)

Robin's Situation Report ( SitRep ) at 1200 BST ( Local UK Time ) Thursday 18th July 2019 ...
Old Stuff: I have plugged in the photo from June, of her and Samantha on BBC1 TV on Court 2 above.
The Tennis has finished, with Federer winning 3 sets to 1. June and I have arranged sprinklers, for visitors.
So they may walk around the back garden, see robot boats, the telescope, and see my "Shed" HQ/Laboratory :-)
We all expect to be here tonight. If June and I don't answer, someone will answer the door or 'phones.
I have spoke to our neighbour Kevin, over the fence. He is in the picture. My SpotT2 is working OK.
I may pop down into our village to talk with the Bansals and Shamim Chowdhury at Nanu's Take Away.
he's been in the village 35 years, is Bangledeshy, as are the Raj Vooj. His advice is the same as mine ! :-)
Robin's priorities have always been having fun, either at home or away. That's right Dick ? ;-) End of old stuff

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This public page is obviously being used for non Snoopy stuff - no apologies for that ! Robin.

I also make no apology for the fact that my pages are so confusing - if you have just a little smartphone. The most probably guys able to help me, help others, are supplied with "The Right Tools for thejob". That obviously includes the "professionals", such as some journalists, the military, Air Traffic Control, Energency Services, and a host of other "Professionals". I have friends that include Grumpy Old Men and guys with very little money, who are able to read my pages on a simple Laptop or Tablet. Others, and their are many, including close friends and family, who insist in using the latest technology, without realising the need for proper training, if it is something important. The cases above are certainly important to me.

That is not to say those below might be even more important to June and myself. e.g. the visit to Dave and Pru Marsh in our village, yesterday. It was not so much to see how they are, since it is three (?) years since my last visit, but for the certain interest of my ex-Ferranti friends, who might be considering "popping in" to us, as I suggest near the top. The vone most in my mind is Carol, the recently widowed wife of Barry McCullock. I hope to add a link to that lovely page of memories soon. But I thought it wise that you see all the stuff above before you ring or pop by.

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Robin with Dave and Pru Marsh in Sunninghill on Saturday 13th July 2019 Robin with Dave and Pru Marsh in Sunninghill on Saturday 13th July 2019

The Contents List below, MAY work :-)

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Contents of Snoopy page (click on a link to skip to that section) :

Snoopy the Viking on Snoopy Sloop robot boat

An important message to Americans, from Snoopy the Viking ...

USA Flag UK Flag "Hi Guys ! I've lived so many years in Europe, I hope you don't think that I have "gone native". These clothes were given me by McDonalds, when they gave out clones of me around the World, and they are appropriate: Vikings were the first to reach American shores, long before the French or British. I'm looking forward to coming back home to my mother-land of USA, if and when that idiot Robin succeeds in making me a suitable boat. Sorry about his insistence in our boats flying the British Flag: I'm sure he is only doing it to annoy you. I often hear him muttering, 'we should never have worn red, and marched in a straight line'! I hope to see you soon: I will give you plenty of warning !"

Snoopy's friend, the French Frog

the French ENSTA-Bretagne boat, braving the Atlantic waves !

robot boat from the French Team, braving the Atlantic waves !

Robin Lovelock My Home page has had FAR more visits :-)

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