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Hi Everyone,

My name is Mat and here's a bit about me... Long time ago as a kid my first computer was a ZX81 and pretty soon I figured out that the best way to have fun with it was to write my own programs. I picked up BASIC easily enough but soon found that there's a limit to what you can do in BASIC in 1k of ram so moved on to Z80 code to squeeze the most out the machine. I even managed to write my own simple version of space invaders in 1k !

Anyway the reason I joined the forum is that I am trying to track down anyone who remembers the Colour Genie User Group from the 80's. The Colour Genie was my second computer and again I ended up writing most of the programs for it myself. The user group had a magazine called Chewing Gum (I kid you not!) and I had some articles and programs published in it. I say 'published' with caution here as it probably had a readership of about 12 people :)

Anyway sadly I no longer have either the ZX81 or the Colour Genie (although I do have my first laptop, a Twinhead from around '92, I'll post a picture when I get a minute).

Cheers !
Mat

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Well back in the day, way back in the day actually, I was a kid of about 14 and got a Colour Genie for Christmas, woohoo what could be better? Well, um, it could've had some decent software (my best friend had Elite on a BBC Micro, how could I compete with that?).

So, apart form those guys at Algray (remember them?) all I could do to solve this problem was to write my own software.  This I did and some of it got published in Chewing Gum, the Colour Genie User Group magazine.

Stupidly I threw out all my original copies of this magazine when moving house (sadly along with my Colour Genie) but now I am after copies of this old publication. Now 40, I would love to find copies of this user mag with my articles in them from about 25 years ago.

If anyone has any Chewing Gum magazines I will buy them up and pay extra for any with articles by Matthew King in them! Also, if you remember this mag or were involved in the user group please let me know. :)

Thanks,

Mat

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