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Had an incredibly fun time interviewing Ant Harper [retrogamescollector.com] and Mark Howlett [AKA Lord Arse, @lord_arse] at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge [computinghistory.org]; Ant and Mark are two massively enthusiastic retro game fans and, indeed, Spectrum addicts. Ant has a great retro games website, whereas Lord Arse has a truly stunning 96,000 followers on Twitter. We talked favourite games, piracy, early memories and the future of the ZX Spectrum. Fabulous! Thanks guys!!Ant&Mark (4)

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At PLAY Expo in Blackpool I had the massively entertaining experience of interviewing Simon Butler, who worked for Imagine Software and Ocean Software (amongst many others, his CV is extraordinary!) where we discussed the beginnings of the industry, Simon’s work as an artist over the past 25 or so years, his thoughts on piracy and software/hardware developments, and the future of the industry. Simon was a gent, and the interview a great addition to the film. Thank you Mr Butler!

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Had the totally amazing opportunity to interview one of my all-time Spectrum heroes, the one and only RICK DICKINSON down in Cambridge. Rick, who designed the ZX81, ZX Spectrum, Sinclair QL, Spectrum+ etc etc etc was an absolute blast. A proper gent, full of brilliant anecdotes, wit and charisma, and a truly genius vision on design, and indeed the design of the ZX81, Spectrum, Sinclair QL etc. It was an awesome experience, and for a lifelong Speccy fan, an absolute dream. 🙂 Thanks to Rick for inviting me into his home, and to his charming wife who was also a star. I cannot WAIT to put this film together…!!

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Thanks to PLAY EXPO in Blackpool for an awesome event, and allowing us an AAA filming experience!!

Spectrum Addict enjoyed itself immensely, meeting new friends and old, and stocking up some great shots for the movie. Blackpool was sunny, the fish & chips were good, and it was a pleasure to meet people like Simon Butler, Andy Spencer, Jim Bagley and Bob Wakelin – amongst many others!!

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