Recently I have had the pleasure to be able to own one of the, in my opinion, greatest computers of the early 1980s. The Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K. How did I come to own this? Well I was in a charity shop in my home town of Peterborough, Sue Ryder’s Vintage and Retro, and I happened to see this computer sat in a cabinet in the window. I ventured inside into what has now become one of my favourite charity shops.
Once inside you feel as if you’ve been transported back to the fifties. Old coats and vinyl records line the walls. In the corner of the shop was an inconspicuous glass cabinet and in that cabinet was a treasure trove that would kickstart something I didn’t know I was interested in…
In that glass cabinet sat the Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K with piles of cassettes for it! No further questions were needed and I decided right there and then to pick up the computer. The folks at the store were incredibly helpful and friendly and threw in a cassette player with the Spectrum!
That Day I had spent about £50 on a Speccy, tape player and an arm full of games. Those games included classics such as Horace and the Spiders, Penetrator, Super Chopper and a copy of Horizons. From that moment, I had decided to collect all things retro. Be that games, consoles, computers, hardware and software. No matter how weird it is.