Yeah, I was talking to a bloke yesterday who was sat all on his tod in the school staffroom, where I was visiting, and we got talking about what we did in our spare time.
Apparently, as well as supply teaching, this bloke made a very nice living from being "Hull Magician" on FaceAche etc and he was absolutely inundated with bookings and doing very nicely for himself in terms of income, job satisfaction etc etc.
I told him I did this and that to keep my head above water and that I also collected, traded and sold odd retro computer gear from the 80s.
Suddenly, his eyes lit up and in his north east accent, he announced to us all in the staff room (1-2 others were now listening) that he once won a Spectrum programming competition!
Lo and behold, as a 13 year old, a leading garage in the area had set the local whiz kids a challenge, through a newspaper, to show how a 2 stroke / 4 stroke engine worked and this fella, Ray, had managed to get some animated graphics going on his Spectrum... and he won the comp!
You could see by the delight on his face that this was still a source of pride... nearly 40 years on, bless him.
Anyway, I thanked him for giving me a few ideas, work-wise, and he thanked me for "bringing back his Speccy teenage bedroom programming days!"
It was, altogether, a really pleasant lunch time yesterday and certainly beat sitting in on a detention class.
ABOVE: Not Hull Magician but another magical guy, in Sinclair circles, who was also "mad" about cars!
Nice story 8bitbaz, I can remember me and a couple of mates were going to write a game after playing The Hobbit and asking our english teacher about asking Tolkien for a copyright permission to which she sneered and said he's been dead a long time. Where we had taken that the guy had actually written the game itself as well as the book. I was a bit green back then.