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Draft 2018 Newsletter from the Lovelock Family in Sunninghill on www.gpss.co.uk/xmas18.htm
Bigger Picture .
Hi All ! I've been writing these online Christmas Newsletters since 1995 . You can see last years in 2017 Christmas Newsletter .
Every picture or link will take you to a picture, video, or page. Many of us prefer paper, to show friends. There will be a printer-friendy version as xmas18.pdf, but not yet. Paper will not play videos - yet :-)
This year, instead of the last minute rush at the end of the year, I'm adding things like pictures and videos, as things happen, through the year. i.e. a "draft Newsletter". Some of this stuff may survive into the final version published near Christmas.
The video on the right certainly will: lovely stuff from 2001 found on an old VHS tape. It shows the BBC World TV broadcast that went into 200 million homes, starring young Geocachers Sam, 4, and Poppy, 3. This includes the lovely footage of their earlier GPS-training on our front lawn. Weren't they cute ? How our kids change :-)
Practically all the pictures below will enlarge, or play a video, if you click on them. Some provide more information. Enjoy :-)
In January 2018, Robin created a "PocketCam" page, for a few trusted friends around the World, helping test and improve particular GPS tracker and camera products. It started with a GPS Pendant sold from China as an aid to Pendioners and pet owners. But it rapidly expanded to exploiting things like the electronics and software within drones and smartphones. Friends were able to track Robin going onto the dance floor at his cousin Linda's party, or Dick taking sailing lessons. Robin's initial motive was to find and improve trackers and onboard cameras for Snoopy's Trans-Atlantic Robot Boats but many others may benifit - not least Grumpy Old Pensioners :-)
Snoopy's Robot Boats have been trying to cross the Atlantic since the BBC broadcast the first attempt in 2012. Since then Peter and Dick have been key Team-Joker members, and are now working on "Woodstock" to test some ideas, like exploiting new SatComs products and the MicroMite . After the Brief Attempt , we had a Train Ride :-)
Saturday 17th February 2018: June had her first trip to The Brookland Museum. Robin had been there a few times before, including with Stuart.
June enjoyed looking around, taking photographs, and Robin chatted to grumpy old guys, some of whom, he'd met before. They chatted about things like the Wellington Bomber, recovered from Loch Ness in 1985. Robin's ex-EASAMS Tornado mates had refurbished things like the radio - it worked when dried out and the battery recharged ! Also, some things still on the secret list, like the clockwork bomb release timer. Don't worry Dave (ex-Engineer) and Oscar (ex-RAF), I'll be careful what I say here ;-)
After checking out things like historic aircraft, and buses, they ended the trip at the nearby fairground. Robin used his rifle shooting skills, forgotton since the 1960s, when he first fired a rifle in The City University rifle range, in the cellar. Eileen, manning the stand, would not let Robin use a higher calibre than the 177 air rifle, but gave him the little boggle eyed doggy he won, that must have cost a small fortune, compared with the 5 GBP for the 7 pellets :-)
Grumpy old men with drones from AMRA page. Recently found on VHS: Old videos of Jack's 80th Birthday Party, then Bernie & Ruby's Golden Wedding Party.
On Sunday 25th February, Robin and June made a brief visit to Church Cottage NGS Garden, open for charity, in fascinating Long Marston . They then had a lovely long chat with old friends Fritz and Janet Wurstlin in nearby historic Tring . Robin found these pictures taken in 2016, obviously near Rememberance Day. It seems Robin gave them several bottles of the famous KatzPiss German wine.
Click on pictures to enlarge.
Sunday 4th March 2018 at Basildon Park : Robin polishes his skills on the Old Joanah ( Piano for google translate ). Saturdays 10th - 17th March: tragic case of missing man found dead on our estate: more information available from Robin *. Sunday 25th March: June and Robin visit the NGS Garden near Whitechurch, have coffee and cake listening to a live violin recital, and enjoy a walk, doing some geocaching. Monday 26th March 2018 at Horseshoe Lake near Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum: Robin's Team-Joker Robot Boat mates.
* Robin published this later in the year, on his Frimley Park Hospital page, which suggests how the Army have the REAL experience, when it comes to things like the NHS and Ground Search. In April, June rushed Robin to A&E, after a 111 call - but it all came out OK at the end :-) In August, June and Robin went to the Sulhamstead Thames Valley Police Open Day, and got the news that Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue have now got a location at what was Arborfield Army Camp. They also witnessed a riot :-)
I plugged in more pictures and information, about my dad, on the Len Lovelock page. This was after a briefing at Lasham Airfield on military gliders.
“If there is an elephant in your neighbour's garden, there is much to be said for studying its intentions. But however friendly you may think it to be, there is equally much to be said for having a stout fence to protect your flower beds” .
The above quote is from Lord Peter Carrington, from when he was Secretary General of NATO. He appears in my other pages, and I've had the pleasure of meeting him at his Bledlow Ridge home, 50 years after his presenting me with a book at High Wycombe Technical College in the 1960s.
I found the quote when doing a quick search through UK Government Cabinet Papers for 1987, released under the "30 Year Rule". I was curious if there were any mention of the Mysterious Deaths of GEC-Marconi engineers at that time. As always, I'll let others do the work of searching ;-)
In the woods behind where I lived until five, on the Nine-Mile-Ride, near California Country Park and my Geocache . Where is the old oak tree where dad waited for rabbits ? :-)
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