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  • Mid October 2017

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Thursday November 9, 2017

Lee Fogarty posts on the World of Spectrum facebook group, including a file attachment Vega+ - Task Report - 08 November 2017.pdf:

Lying Lee Fogarty

RCL have today issued an update stating that changes made due to feedback from testers led to the unit being redesigned. I have attached the full testing report along with ALL replies. Missing from this report is the initial email conversations regarding the d-pad dead zone stopping games such as jet-pac being as playable as they should be. We were also informed that it was too late to change the d-pad (a long time prior to the unit being redone).

— Lee Fogarty

Lee Fogarty full testing report

A follow-up reply from Lee Fogarty: "You should see the email conversation following my chat with the author of ULA+. I passed on the reason for the issue, and the solution to fix it to PP and the reply back was that I was wrong. And it was an extremely simple fix.". (Note: PP = Private Planet, Janko Mrsic-Flogel's company)

Lee Fogarty full testing report comments

The official RCL website (on IP address 212.42.180.237) shows "An error was encountered [ 503 ] Account suspended" message (archived copy):

RCL website account suspended

One hour later, the message changes to "An error was encountered [ 503 ] Account suspended due to non-payment" (archived copy):

RCL website account suspended due to non payment

A short time later, the RCL website changes to a plain error page containing the sentence "Under Construction New Website Coming Soon".

20171109_rcl_under_construction_new_website_coming_soon.png

Suzanne Martin comes out of hiding for 2 comments on the democracy group:

Suzanne Martin comes out of hiding on facebook

Jan Saggiori (the remaining admin on the "democracy" facebook group) claims to have insider knowledge that Suzanne Martin is receiving 10,000 spam emails per day from heaters:

Jan Saggiori the Swiss trust fund lunatic, aka Kim Jan Un

At what I know, Suzanne is receiving 10000 Spam emails on her mailbox PER DAY, coming from the Heaters. So I let you image, if you are unlucky, your email is marked as spam as well.

— Jan Saggiori

Jan Saggiori says Suzanne Martin gets 10k spams per day from heaters
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Friday November 10, 2017

The Register publishes an article by Gareth Corfield called ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers. Highlights from the article:

  • Disgruntled customers of ZX Spectrum Vega+ firm Retro Computers Ltd have complained to the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA), alleging ringfenced company funds are being diverted into its legal battles.
  • The gist of the grievances is an allegation that some of the £513,000 given to RCL by 5,000 members of the public to put the ZX Spectrum Vega+ handheld console into production was instead spent on lawyers’ fees during a battles over control of the company that produced the devices.
  • London solicitors’ firm Michelmore LLP, the firm which has acted for RCL over the last year, ignored an invitation to comment on the SRA complaints against it.
  • RCL MD David Levy told The Register: “We are not interested in commenting to The Register due to its repeatedly biased reporting.”

15 minutes after The Register article is published, RCL releases an update on Indiegogo showing a 90 second video of random pieces of equipment being processed in a machine. The end of the video switches to several photos of what appears to be casings of the Vega+, possibly from the small prototype production run manufactured a year ago. The video currently has 6 likes and 36 dislikes, and comments require moderation to prevent bad publicity.

Retro Computers Ltd

TWEAKING THE DESIGN

Over the last few months, we have addressed a number of design issues.

Here is a just a tiny glimpse of the work that has gone into making your Vega+ better than ever.

And it feels good...

— Retro Computers Ltd (update 70)

In an unfortunate turn of events for RCL, YouTube recommends George Cropper's most recent video THE VEGA+ - MORE SKULDUGGERY as the the next to watch if you view the entire RCL video:

George Cropper's video is shown as the next recommended video to watch

RCL have thrown Lee Fogarty under the bus with a facebook post saying that Lee has at no stage been a part of the Vega+ production process, that his name was erroneously included on RCL statements and that he is no longer a contractor:

Retro Computers Ltd

Following a number of unauthorised and misleading statements over the last few months, the board of RCL have operated on a "need to know" basis with regards to the production and manufacture of the Vega+. All commercial activity, current status of the project, supplier details and future plans of Retro Computers Limited have been shared with only a minute number of people. This has not included our web designer Lee Fogarty.

At no stage has Mr Fogarty been involved in the production of the Vega+.

We see that Mr Fogarty has confirmed he has acted without the companies authority and on occasion against our express instructions. We apologise for any confusion this has caused to backers.

Because of the ongoing civil and criminal investigations, some months ago on advice from the Police our legal team and other experts we asked that all contractors refrain from commenting or engaging with any online abusive activity.

Following a number of threats and abuse a few weeks ago and the targeting of yet another person and an incident of doxxing, we advised Lee that he must come offline to protect himself and those close to him. This included his name being removed from the RCL website where he had erroneously been attributed as the author of a number of official statements from the board of RCL.

Mr Fogarty is no longer a contractor RCL.

— Retro Computers Ltd

RCL throwing Lee Fogarty under the bus

RCL are deleting comments from the thread as quickly as possible, hence the mismatch between facebook reporting 17 comments made yet only 2 are visible. This post seems to be a complete turnaround from earlier in the year when Suzanne Martin had nothing but praise regarding Lee Fogarty:

Convicted criminal Suzanne Martin

He has only ever been kind and supportive in my experience. And I have seen some pretty awful abuse being aimed at him and people close to him. Not acceptable at all. We have one life Graham and we should always be mindful of the impact our words and actions have on another human being. I'm still here - stop for a second and think about that. RCL's statements are factual, never abusive and always legally approved. We don't release edited, false or private info. I have to go I need to take the dog for a run. Night

— Suzanne Martin

Suzanne Martin discussing Lee Fogarty early 2017
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Saturday November 11, 2017

Lee Fogarty posts the following reply on facebook regarding RCL's statement:

Lying Lee Fogarty

She forgot to mention that after she posted this, I received my badge of honour - I am not part of the "if you say anything, we will sue you" club! So, with that in mind, I am preparing a statement. But in the meantime, the "misleading statements" made by myself and others all have one central source - Suzanne Martin.

— Lee Fogarty

Suzanne Martin forgets to mention Lee Fogarty receiving badge of honour

Lee Fogarty issues a statement on the World of Spectrum facebook group, claiming that Suzanne Martin has been ringing Lee at least 5 times per day, 7 days a week for the past 18 months, often in the early hours of the morning whilst hysterical. According to Lee's statement, Suzanne Martin begins asking, then demanding, then threatening:

Lying Lee Fogarty

I didn't want to write this today, or ever. I wanted to leave the mess that is RCL behind. However due to the statement posted by RCL, it appears this is what they want.

For the past 18 months, at least 5 times a day, 7 days a week, I have had phone calls from Suzanne Martin. On several occasions in the early hours of the morning, often hysterical. This would destroy most relationships, but fortunately my gf has the patience of a saint. Not that she hasn't expressed discontent at times!

Around 50% of these calls have been emotional support. Why I ended up being her crutch when she has her own partner is beyond me. During this time, Suzanne has behaved more and more irrationally, making bizzare decisions and statements, leaving me to question the client/customer relationship on several occasions. It is by far the worst way to conduct business and oversteps professional boundaries. With that in mind, Suzannes actions and statements recently show no integrity, conscience or morals.

This is in addition to the huge amount of abuse we have suffered online and offline due to being associated with RCL. More on that later.

During the past 18 months, I have encouraged and supported the company and product. I have pushed RCL to keep going, and tried to encourage the backers to get updates - my point has always been that the company only exists because 4500 people paid for it.

A few weeks ago, Suzanne called me at 9am and demanded that I close all social media accounts. Suzanne starts by asking - then demanding - then threatening. It's a pattern she follows until it ends up with suing (and I have had that threat more than once). I of course refused, so she contacted my gf and demanded she did the same. At the same time she told my gf I am one of the trolls. This claim was repeated the next day in another call to my gf. This is totally unnacceptable and a huge act of betrayal.

My gf has always tried to stay out of this, despite Suzannes attempts to lure her in.

During one of these calls, Suzanne insisted to my gf that the product would be out in 3 weeks - that was on 10th October, and if I did or said anything there would be consequences.

That afternoon, my family were targetted. What I would like to know is how Suzanne knew that was going to happen in the morning? She has verified this in her statement.

This isn't the first time Suzanne has done something to wind people up online and sat back for me to get the abuse. I had asked her to stop doing this and winding people up deliberately.

The RCL statement implies it was the decision of RCL that I end any relationship with them - not true. That decision was mine, and I discussed it with several people beforehand. Part of my decision was Suzannes quixotic behaviour, the other part of the decision was my discontent at Suzannes machiavellian approach to backers.

I have helped many businesses over the years, and aided many Sinclair related projects, both publicly and privately, and nothing has ever turned out like this.

I would like to request that Suzanne Martin refrains from contacting anyone associated with me, and ends her unsubstantiated claims.

— Lee Fogarty

Lee Fogarty claims he has been threatened by Suzanne Martin

David Levy's son Alastair Levy has deleted his twitter account after being asked about his father David Levy by various tweeters. Alastair Levy received £1562 from the "ring-fenced funds" for taking photos at the launch party. Despite RCL claiming the photos were taken at the launch party, camera metadata shows almost all the photos were taken a week after the event.

AlastairLevy.net contact information

AlastaiJLlevy twitter account deleted

A backer asks "Any chance that we might actually see the console this side of Xmas? I bought it last year as an Xmas prezzie to myself which never happened!" Suzanne Martin answers with weasel words "Yes, definitely". A follow up message asks Suzanne to clarify whether her statement means the console will definitely be out or if there's definitely a chance it will be out. Suzanne ignores further questions.

Suzanne Martin's half-arsed answer to any chance console this side of Xmas

Darren Melbourne posts the following message regarding RCL's Tweaking the Design video:

Whilst no one except for RCL and their chosen manufacturers know the absolute truth (and even then I'm not sure RCL would know the truth if it jumped up and bit them in the nether regions) the latest video doesn't appear to show what RCL are implying it does. The video seems to show a single shot steel mould being machined? The shape itself looks more rounded than the square I would have expected and the mould for a VEGA+ and it's inserts would have to be multi cavity, which this isn't? At the end of the day this looks like a promo video for a die house, the kind of thing that's often seen on 'How It's Made' on the Discovery channel on Sky! We've seen RCL's attempts at 'the Hollywood touch' before and this just doesn't ring true to me! Like all RCL updates, it says nothing and has the undeniable air of nonsense!!

— Darren Melbourne
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Sunday November 12, 2017

Stuart Ashen records a fantastic audio version of Lee Fogarty's statement regarding Suzanne Martin. (MP3 backup available).

Jonathan Cauldwell begins to distance himself from RCL:

Jonathan Cauldwell attempting face saving

Paul Dunn (contractor for the Every Child Can Code website) posts that RCL ignored him and he is still owed money:

Many of us (myself included) were told one thing by RCL and had no contact with either Chris or Paul Andrews. The last thing I heard from them was "RCL will be in touch" and that was that. Still and all, I suspect I'll not be getting the rest of the cash they owe me... Ah well.

— Paul Dunn

Paul Dunn admission about RCL
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Wednesday November 15, 2017

For the second month in a row, the Vega+ has been mentioned as a dead project on episode 3 of the ugvm podcast. The podcast mentions that even long-term supporters such as Lee Fogarty have now walked away. Listen to just the Vega+ section from the podcast.

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Thursday November 16, 2017

Lee Fogarty claims that the @WorldOfSpectrum twitter account is fake:

Lee Fogarty claiming @WorldOfSpectrum twitter is a fake account
In what appears to be an incredible coincidence, the @WorldOfSpectrum twitter account went down the exact same time as the @LeeFogarty twitter account, around the time Lee claimed that Suzanne Martin asked, then demanded, then threatened him to delete all his social media accounts:

@LeeFogarty and @WorldOfSpectrum twitter accounts down at the same time
The @WorldOfSpectrum twitter account was setup in June 2008 and was used to abuse Paul Andrews, Nick Cooper, AndrewsUK and various others. As of today, all except the latest tweet (about the game Xelda) has been deleted from the account.top

Friday November 17, 2017

Rival project TheC64 receives a PEGI rating of 7. This is notable due to the fact that the Vega+ was started a long time before TheC64, the Vega+ is nowhere near ready for release, and that Lee Fogarty stated the following in a private message to a backer in March 2017:

Lying Lee Fogarty

The thing is, on the original vega, every game had to be recorded for 15 mins and checked by pegi individually to give the unit a rating and a report per game was sent back. Andrews was in charge of that bit

but.... he's pissed pegi off so many times over the years, they weren't too helpful - he struggles with anything involving thinking and freaked out over the forms as it had taken weelks - so Suzanne stepped in and sorted it that day

So, this time... he's taken all the documents and is convinced that without them all the games need doing again - but pegi like RCL now he's gone, so that's not the case. RCL have to record the titles that are different - which is done. My guess is it takes a day

Only a couple of titles were rejected - mostly due to the name rather than the content - Jon Cauldwell's homebrew was rejected

— Lee Fogarty

TheC64 PEGI rating 7
 Monday November 20, 2017

A member of the public discussion facebook group posts regarding lawyers Michelmores being on the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel. Due to the conflict of interest of Michelmores themselves being named, they will not be able to partake in the investigation into Teacher Stern or themselves. According to the poster, this may delay the SRA ruling a little, as it was due to be decided within a week and the first known complaints were lodged at the end of October 2017.

Latest Funky Spectrum RCL Video

Finally Lee bites the hand that feeds him with a sensational series of online tirades against his former masters.
(14/11/2017)

Vega+ Status

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  • Prototypes made: 20-30