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Vega+ Shipping Dates

  • End of September 2016
  • October 2016
  • In time for Xmas 2016
  • February 2017
  • A "few weeks" from March 10th 2017
  • Summer 2017
  • 8 weeks from August 9th (October 4th, 2017)
  • Mid October 2017
  • April 2018
  • May 8th - 12th 2018
  • May 12th 2018
  • May 31st 2018 (Indiegogo deadline)
  • June 15th 2018
  • July 6th 2018

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Tuesday 4th December, 2018

Jonathan Cauldwell deletes his twitter account @ZXSpectrumDev.

Daniel Ibbertson takes down the Vega+ video due to Lee Fogarty's privacy complaint. A note is posted on his YouTube community channel stating that the video will be edited and re-uploaded under Larry Bundy Jr's account within a few days.

Hello all.

Firstly, I just want to say a massive thanks to everyone that has shared the VEGA+ video. It's done better than I expected and I have had almost nothing but positive feedback from you all :)

Kieren (Lairds Lair) and I have made something extra special here. It's such an awesome feeling, again, a big thank you.

So, why am I deleting it? Well, a video like this was always gonna cause a little controversy and about 30 minutes after it went live I got a privacy complaint from an unknown individual. The time stamps given all show the same person and I was asked to fix it within 48 hours or YouTube will step in to asses the situation.

This wound me up because even if I did blur out this persons face, it would had still been pretty obvious who it was. In my opinion the whole thing was a scare tactic in hope that the video will be removed from my (almost) 100,000 subscriber Channel...

...And I'm gonna do just that! Remove it from a 100K channel and re-upload it onto a channel 3x my size :P "Hello You"

I need to make a small edit (as I forgot to give credit to ThatRetroVideoGamer) and it will then be re-uploaded.

Again, a big thank you all for your support, when you see the video pop up again (probably within the next day or 2) please continue being awesome and SHARE, SHARE, SHARE.

Mucho Love

— Daniel Ibbertson DJ Slope

Steve Bannon's debate at the University of Montana is cancelled, leaving David Levy and Adrian Cheok's sex robot conferences in tatters.

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Thursday 6th December, 2018

Preston Thomas tweets a facebook messenger exchange he had with Jonathan Cauldwell the previous day where Jonathan stated that he was leaving the scene:

Jonathan Cauldwell

I've kept you as a friend along with a few other retro folks but have culled about 800 on here. I'm leaving the scene but don't really want to talk about it if that's okay. Good luck. :)

— Jonathan Cauldwell
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Saturday 8th December, 2018

The Vega+ KickScammers video has been re-uploaded to YouTube after the privacy violation complaint from Lee Fogarty caused the original to be removed after 48 hours. The new video has some minor changes compared to the original.

Steve Bannon's cancelled appearance at David Levy and Adrian Cheok's conferences "Advancement of Computer Entertainment (ACE)" and the "Congress on Love and Sex with Robots" are mocked on popular US TV show The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In a segment starting at 1 minute and 4 seconds called "I did not see that coming", Stephen Colbert pokes fun at Steve Bannon's cancelled speech at both events at the University of Montana.

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Sunday 16th December, 2018

Darren Melbourne posts on facebook to confirm that Jonathan Cauldwell has left the ZX Spectrum scene. Cauldwell had stated last year that he would write all 1000 games for the Vega+ and quit if it didn't come out:

Darren Melbourne

I've recently had some communication with Jonathan Cauldwell who has confirmed to me that he has now left the Spectrum 'scene' and doesn't intend to return. Whilst Jonathan doesn't actually confirm why he has left the 'scene' or indeed apologise for backing RCL he has been true to his word......:eventually!! When I questioned Jonathan about the Vega+ he replied that he was sick of hearing about it and would be happy to 'never mention the Vega+ on social media again'! He also gave me permission to pass this onto any 'trolls' as he's sick of bickering with them! As I'm not sure I know any trolls I just thought I would post it here and bring everyone up to speed!

— Darren Melbourne
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Monday 17th December, 2018

Backer Jason Brooks posts in the facebook group to say he has won a small claims case against Indiegogo over the Vega+ scam:

Hello Everyone, I've been a tad silent of late due to legal reasons. Just to let you know, On 3rd December 2018 I won a Small Claims default judgement against IndieGoGo in respect to the ZXVega+, although IGG didn't show to put up a defence, a legal argument was made in respect to the 2015 Consumer Rights Act which the court ruled on, if you haven't already, please register a refund request here https://clivehelpus.website/refund

I'm hoping this paves the way for other backers to try and get their money back from this debacle and put an end to it, so please consider raising your own Small Claims in order to try and get your money back!

— Jason Brooks

Jason Brooks small claims win against indiegogo

The Vega+ Refunds site tweets about a possible class action against Indiegogo:

Within a few hours, more than 50 people vote that they are interested in a class action on the poll.

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Thursday 20th December, 2018

The SRA send out, then attempt to recall the following letter detailing their reasons they are not investigating the actions of lawfirms Teacher Stern and Michelmores:

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Our ref: ######
Your ref: ######

PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL
To be opened by addressee only 

By email only: ######

20 December 2018

Dear ###,

Your report about Teacher Stern LLP and Michelmores LLP

Further to my email dated 2 October 2018, I am writing to provide you with an update in relation to our investigation.

The summary of your concerns

In your complaint dated 26 October 2017, it was your view that:

  • we should investigate the conduct of Teacher Stern LLP ("Teacher Stern") and Michelmores LLP ("Michelmores") because RCL had a Shareholders Agreement in place that contained a provision prohibiting it from commencing "the prosecution or defence of any legal or arbitration proceedings other than routine debt collection" without the prior written consent of at least three of the shareholders; and
  • Teacher Stern and Michelmores had accepted monies from RCL knowingly in breach of the Shareholders Agreement and "in the full knowledge that they were being paid with money that was in trust for the production of ZX Vega+" 

Our investigation

I have carefully considered all the information you provided with your complaint.

I also received and reviewed several exchanges of correspondence with both Teacher Stern and Michelmores relating to our investigation.

The scope of our investigation

Our regulatory role is to set the ethical and professional standards with which solicitors must adhere and to ensure that there is no ongoing risk to the public or to the reputation of the profession in them continuing to practise.

Our role is not to determine whether the Shareholders Agreement was valid at the time Teacher Stern and Michelmores acted for RCL, or indeed whether the Shareholders Agreement continues to be valid. Whether or not the Shareholders Agreement is valid is a matter for the courts to determine.

Our decision

We have carefully considered your complaint as well as the information and evidence provided by both firms. We have decided to take no further action for the following reasons.

Both firms confirmed that they acted for RCL and that they were instructed by Mr Levy in his capacity as a director and shareholder of RCL.

Both firms became aware of the Shareholders Agreement during the process of accepting instructions to act for RCL and were informed at the time by Mr Levy, Ms Martin and Mr Mrsic-Flogel (directors of RCL at the time) that the Shareholders Agreement was no longer valid. This was due to repudiatory breaches of the Agreement by two other shareholders, which RCL had accepted thereby bringing the Agreement to an end.

This position was further confirmed in a letter from Pictons Solicitors LLP, sent to Teacher Stern LLP on behalf of Mr Chris Smith dated 17 June 2016. In this letter Mr Smith confirms that he believes that RCL was in fundamental breach of the Shareholders Agreement and the breach was such that it amounted to a repudiation of the Agreement, which Mr Smith had accepted. In the same letter, Mr Smith concluded that "the agreement was therefore cancelled/avoided and is of no force and effect". Both Teacher Stern and Michelmores provided copies of this letter to us.

Furthermore, both firms carried out their own independent assessment of the validity of the Agreement and have taken legal advice. As a result, both firms concluded that the Agreement was not valid, and advised their client accordingly.

In those circumstances, even if incorrect in that assessment, there is nothing improper or unethical in the firms proceeding to act for RCL.

In respect of the allegation that the firms accepted funds from RCL, when they knew the funds were held on trust by RCL to produce ZX Vega+, the firms confirmed that the nature of their instructions had nothing to do with the crowd funding campaign and at no time during the period they acted for RCL, were they ever instructed in connection with the crowd funding campaign. Therefore, the firms are not aware of the terms of the campaign or the claims that the funds may have been held on trust. We have considered this information and have concluded that Teacher Stern and Michelmores were entitled to accept payment for the legal services they provided to their client in these circumstances. Any issues related to the alleged misuse of the funds by the directors of RCL must be addressed with them directly.

We understand that the dispute in respect of the validity of the Shareholders Agreement is ongoing. It is our view that the firms have reasonably considered this aspect before accepting instructions from their clients. If after careful consideration, the firms took a reasonable view that the Shareholders Agreement was no longer valid, thereby permitting them to act, this does not constitute professional misconduct even if this is later found to be incorrect.

Whilst I appreciate this may not be the outcome you wanted, I hope you are reassured by the steps we have taken to investigate your concerns.
Your complaint about the firms will remain on our system so that if others raise similar concerns in the future, we can take any relevant history or patterns of behaviour into consideration.

Thank you for taking the time to report your concerns to us and for assisting with our 

Yours sincerely

Investigation Officer

— Solicitors Regulation Authority

SRA response to dodgy lawfirms Teacher Stern and Michelmores p1

SRA response to dodgy lawfirms Teacher Stern and Michelmores p2

SRA response to dodgy lawfirms Teacher Stern and Michelmores p3

Paul Andrews posts the following response on the facebook group:

Paul Andrews

SRA Letter 20th December 2018

Like many of you I too received correspondence from the SRA today. We do not agree with the decision they have come to, and we will be appealing this decision based on the response from the SRA having asked the process to do so.

We have been asked to raise the matter with the line manager of the person doing the original investigation, which we will of course. We will follow this process and if we are not satisfied we will then move to ask the independent third party as is our right, to take it further still.

I believe this option would be open to anyone who has made a similar complaint and is unhappy also.

We believe in our opinion (and that of two different law firms) this is an incorrect decision, it has not looked at all the facts and has 100% misunderstood and misquoted (in our opinion) the letters from Chris Smith via our lawyers in the matter of the shareholders agreement. Categorically the shareholders agreement was not repudiated by us. Categorically 75% of the shareholders (all of them apart from David Levy) confirm the shareholders agreement cannot and has not been repudiated. We have also now resent (this afternoon) the appropriate letters/correspondence to the SRA in this matter, and we also took advice from our lawyers before this response/message to you all.

We are also bringing to the SRA's attention other associated matters which we feel have not been taken into consideration despite them being highlighted to them prior to today.

We will not comment further in this matter currently, but we will use the mechanism as above, as all parties have the option of, by asking to escalate it with the original investigator at the SRA, and this then being referred to their line manager.

— Paul Andrews
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Friday 28th December, 2018

A new leak is added showing that a semi-working prototype was passed around and around by Suzanne Martin in a bid to try to convince backers and creditors that at that point in time they had a working model. 

Latest Funky Spectrum RCL Videos

The drama continues as season 2 begins with the dramatic installation of two new directors. Rumours persist that the drama may be renewed for season 3.
(09/11/2018)

More terrible press for the much maligned console and to make matters worse, Sky have now insisted that the company no longer use the Sinclair name and its related trademarks.
(02/08/2018)

Indiegogo Campaign

"Our Indiegogo campaign is to raise funds to manufacture the first 2,500 or more units of the Vega+ in the UK, and to prepare us for the second production run."

— RCL (15/02/2016)

Vega+ Status

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  • Final devices made: 0
  • Small claims victories: 0
  • Prototypes made: ~100-200