Matthew Lemon



I live in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland with my wife Joanna and two children, Harvey and Sophie.


My first computer was the mighty ZX Spectrum, which I got for Christmas in 1985 after many months of covetous tinkering with one at the John Menzies newsagent in Haddington, where up the back they had a few Speccies and Commodores rigged up for the local kids to play.

I set about devoting myself to the crazy, analogue tape-recorder-loading world of the Spectrum - mainly playing the superb games: The Hobbit, Transam, Match Day, Horace Goes Skiiing, Spy Hunter, Elite, Atic Atac, Manic Miner, Ghostbusters, The Way of the Exploding Fist, Penetrator, Daley Thompson’s Decathalon, Wheelie and the utterly brilliant Formula One, amongst many others.

I also set about learning BASIC by typing progammes from books and magazines like Sinclair User and Crash. That gave me enough fudge to be able to together an antique database (my Dad is an antique dealer) which won me my computing badge at Scouts, as the skills required to make the screen flash with graphics and beep manically.

To be continued…