Robbie and the professor met in Italy, when the professor was trying to ask for directions in his best Italian. Needless to say his Italian was not half as good as it is today! Robbie could clearly still detect a British accent and decided to start a conversation. They were surprised to find out they actually live very close to each another! Robbie lives in the forest of Nothingham, which is near the village where the professor lives. And indeed it is a small world: Robbie knows Archie, the professor’s grand-nephew, very well.
Over the years the professor and Robbie have become very close friends.