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from Robin: " Hi Folks. My wife June And I are happy for this to be public. I am being held in Bluebell Ward, the NHS Funny Farm, Prospect Park, Reading. This was after I had called the Police, then used my car to politely block the entrance to Armitage Court. June had never seen me working such long hours, with little sleep. Some of you may believe that my long stay in Bluebell Ward was deliberate. It is certainly giving me revealing insight into how NHS Mental Health units like this function - or fail to. It is providing me, and my family, a life changing experience, and when I am eventually released, I will not be the same Robin as before. Please see this www.gpss.co.UK and www.nhscare.info and spread the word".
Robin was very busy, for several days before 10th April, working one or two hours on the PC, then getting a similar ammount of sleep. Much of the work was uploading information onto the two web sites, in preperation for Press enquiries: information needs to be ready to "hand out" from the web sites. Some concern was caused to Robin's wife, June, since she has not seen Robin work so hard for maybe 40 years. You can be sure that, if and when Robin is released from Prospect Park Funny Farm, he will not hesitate to remind June not to give him too much work, around house and garden ;-)
The activites that have occupied Robin's time include, weaving web pages and exchanging emails directed at :
Robin "lit the fuse" for publicity: see AsOnTV for why it may happen. e.g. Chris Evans & Nick Knowles. The Royal Marines may have been the real heros in Snoopy's rescue, but their publicity must wait until months after the Election, and a new Government is formed. The Royal Navy cannot interfere with the Election process, but the "Coughlan Band" can: it is up to all the Parties to choose if they do what we suggest :-) You guys in kayaks did a grand job: that nice spot for Snoopy to beach, and be quickly found; that "message" for us. A well conceived covert Snoopy rescue mission: "Find, recover, and position Snoopy, so that he drifts onto a stretch of beach where he will be spotted. Do not open his box or electronics. Leave a subtle message to confuse their team". I like it ! :-) The first to have the limelight will be Ben Hartrey and the Coalition Nightlub, and the Thistle Hotel, where Dick and Robin examined Snoopy's recorded GPS track, from launch, until hitting the beach.
Who is "Watching the Watching" ? Checkout Robin's History page: his work from 1971 at STC/NC3A/SHAPE/NATO, working closely with the USAFE, RAF, and French Military. Robin's SHEWS installed in 1976. General Rogers, SACEUR: "SHEWS is the best thing since sliced bread !". Robin's briefing to DSACEUR (Senior in NATO, UK RAF), scruffily dressed. Robin's boss said, "Sorry about Robin's appearance: he's just come in from the hospital, after attending the birth of his first child". That was Samantha: well done for finding the "Sky Ballot Ballad" video. None of this is CLASSIFIED - you just need to know where to look. Oh yes, those guys who may be watching from the Home Office, or other Government Organisations: as it say's on Snoopy's boat, "We are watching you !". Well done Samantha again, for choosing to be born at that exact time and date exactly, on 6th March 1974. I'm sure some of the top brass will remember. More detail, as ever, is on "March 2015 Attempt".
Meetings here with Journalists, Military, Police, Medics and others, including Royal family members, will need to follow Robin's same security procedure, unless you and Robin already know each other well. e.g. Ben Moore, who filmed the 2012 Snoopy Attempt for BBC TV. 1) send me an email with no links, a brief line of text from my site, such as from here, and maybe latest news from the "March 2015 Attempt" page. Include contact information easily found on the Net such as a Police Station number. I will then verify that they know of your email, and send a reply, "Opening the Door" for your visit. I may use others in that process, to reduce other risks as much as I can. I may suggest someone else to be present, and the man-to man meeting will be informal and private. No information will be divulged to me, other than that already known on the Net, including on GPSS.co.uk. I have always been relaxed about monitoring by GCHQ, but I have never been relaxed about monitoring or worse, by offshore Net services. e.g. search engines, spam filters, social media sites, etc. Best to say this "out loud" so everyone is aware of the risks of trusting computers too much. Sometimes paper and pencil, and printed copy, is not a bad idea. Write down those URLs near the bottom of this page on paper: do not trust them to only bookmarks inside your PC, Mac, or smartphone. Also, we all make mistakes, including myself, and the most senior of Government organisations. It's usually the military that have to "pick up the pieces" !
Much more may be on that "March 2015" page below, including information, Photos and videos. We had a nice Family Easter break from "work", so I am now open to receiving emails. Please make clear what you were looking at on www.gpss.co.uk e.g. time of newsflash. This filters out journalist who have simply been passed my 'phone number or email address. If the information you have for me is sensitive or classified at the start: I may say I do not wish to hear, because we may already be publishing our findings. e.g. where drifting Snoopy was intercepted, and where there were pauses, waiting for darkness, or beach patrols to pass. I'm hoping this rescue was initiated, after seeing that there seemed a slim chance of Snoopy being spotted and rescued. If you see my "History" page above, you will see where "I am coming from" on security matters. Having said all that serious stuff, I'm sure you will enjoy my Snoopy pages. Maybe it just a flight of fancy ! :-) See details of Snoopy's 2012 Attempt for clues ;-) See Snoopy's March 2015 Atlantic Attempt , which for many days, has had the latest detailed news, and raw material for Press/TV/Radio. e.g. the detailed I-Gotu track from Boscombe launch to Brighton landing. e.g. when did we discover it was so easy to "watch those who were watching us" ?
You can all come up with your own theories on 1. the "sea rescue" (kayak?). 2. when the boat failed (power?). Time at nightclub, and AA callout for Dick's car did not help, but a great ending to a great Snoopy mission. Well Done Ben Hartney for finding and collecting Snoopy, and passing to Thistle Hotel, where Robin and Dick did tests and collected the all-importanf I-Gotu GPS logger data. This provides the detailed track from launch to arrival at Brighton, including after the SPOT tracking failed. Snoopy can return to Brighton for the "Celebration and Thankyou" lunch or dinner, with photo and video opportunities with the Press/Radio/TV. Thanks all those who have helped, including Jasper at The Sunday Telegraph, BBC Radio Solent and BBCTV (South), whose publicity brought our team together. Snoopy's Boat 10 is a tough little boat, having now survived four sea missions and crash landings: two on Isle of Wight, one near Portland Bill, and now Brighton. Three rescue by our hero Dick. Great Disco Ben ! Better construction needed, even if design looks good. e.g. sealing of wiring under the solar panels, and strength of that mast/boom cross piece that broke. See Robin's AsOnTV page. e.g. UK TV personalities, Chris (Ginger) Evans, Nick Knowles, Sunday Telegraph article. To tell others say "see GPSS.co.uk". If you speak to me, Robin, do at least mention "9am Tuesday", so I know you've seen this page.
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Updated 0145 BST / 0045 GMT Monday 6th April 2015 UK time.
Robin's robot boats made attempts to cross the Atlantic in 2012, 2013 and 2014: The 2015 boat, sailed by Snoopy the Viking, was launched from the UK on Wednesday 18th March : see Snoopy's Robot Sailing Boat or click on the changing picture to the right. Robin officially retired in 2012: June says he retired 10 years before that ! :-) This site began as a business site in 1995, but soon began to support the many thousands of people using GPSS for free, around the World - often in countries where SatNav or AVL was not available. Some of the pages are very old, but some may be updated every day - particularly GPS-related hobby pages ! Robin spends a little of his time on the www.NHSCare.info Coughlan Campaign Charity, helping people in the UK to use the Law to get free long term care from the NHS, and not have to pay for the care home. Since Robin retired, he doesn't have time to do any real work - as June will confirm :-)
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The piece below was first on the GPSS homepage during 1st April '98 :
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