Happy Birthday ZX Spectrum

The dear old Speccy is 30 today. Who could believe that! Amazing isn’t it? I think I should celebrate with some ZX Goodness today. I’ll see what I can come up with and post something more later perhaps.

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The British Design Exhibition at the V&A

I heard about this a few weeks ago and was attracted to it because of the stuff connected to Factory Records, but actually there was loads more there. In fact there’s almost too much in this exhibition, and not enough, it that makes any sense at all.

It almost leaves you wanting lots more in every category. I loved the mini, but then wanted to see a load more vintage and classic cars, and the Jag was great I have to admit. The games stuff and the ZX Spectrum just fueled my craving for a Speccy and a ZX81.

I can see myself visiting this exhibition again in a few weeks as there’s too much to take in with one visit. But it’s well worth a look as is the V&A as a whole.

A penny for the Guy?

I realised today that I haven’t seen a single kid asking for a ‘penny for the guy’ this year. It seems to have become a lost tradition. Years ago I remember loads of kids by bus stops and stations all asking for a penny for the guy. Of course inflation had an impact and I’m sure I once heard a ‘pound for the guy’!

But now it seems to be no more. That’s a shame.

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ZX81 Museum

I used to have a ZX81 and I wish I hadn’t got rid of it now. What an amazing little computer, and how much you could do with 1k of memory!

I’m glad to see that the ZX81 museum is a really well curated little site. I found quite a lot of stuff on there that I’ve had in the past.

These days I only have a ZX81 emulator on my Android phone. I must do some more bits and pieces with that soon.

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Happy Guy Fawkes Night

In the UK it is Guy Fawkes night when we let off fireworks and start bonfires. I like to remember that this is a celebration of a little be more than just fireworks.

I often like to watch V for Vendetta around Guy Fawkes. I know that some people really don’t like this film, but I really enjoy it.

Anyway. Whatever you do for Guy Fawkes and whatever the reason you remember it I hope you have a good and safe time this weekend.