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The Retro Computer Festival, Centre For Computing History, Cambridge - 15th September 2018

Visiting the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge has been on the list for a while, but an email asking about references to the old Newbury/NewBear company out of the early 1980s from one of the curators leads to an invite to go along to their Retro Computer Day. Fred comes along too, to try out some of the old hardware and vintage computer games. After the nerd-fest, we meet back up with Isobel and Harry in the centre of Cambridge, before an almost-traditional visit to Pizza Express on Jesus Lane for tea.

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2018 Fred plays Pac Man on a VIC-20 - which we have at home anyway, but why not

Fred plays Pac Man on a VIC-20 - which we have at home anyway, but why not

2018 Fred tries out an epic room-size reconstruction of a CPU

Fred tries out an epic room-size reconstruction of a CPU

2018 Fred is naturally drawn to the computerised Lego

Fred is naturally drawn to the computerised Lego

2018 ET in a Sinclair C5

ET in a Sinclair C5

2018 Possibly the UK's largest collection of Newbury NewBrains - the machine that could have been the BBC Micro

Possibly the UK's largest collection of Newbury NewBrains - the machine that could have been the BBC Micro

2018 An original Atari Pong - one of the machines which started the video game revolution

An original Atari Pong - one of the machines which started the video game revolution

2018 Someone lifts the lid of a Commodore 800

Someone lifts the lid of a Commodore 800

2018 A room full of vintage hardware

A room full of vintage hardware

2018 A bit of Acorn history, featuring the ARM1

A bit of Acorn history, featuring the ARM1

2018 A signed BBC Micro, featuring the signatures of Hermann Hauser, Chris Curry, Sophie Wilson, Steve Furber and Andy Popper

A signed BBC Micro, featuring the signatures of Hermann Hauser, Chris Curry, Sophie Wilson, Steve Furber and Andy Popper

2018 Sinclair's MK-14

Sinclair's MK-14

2018 Fred uses an actual - and very rare - working laserdisc version of the 1980s Domesday Project

Fred uses an actual - and very rare - working laserdisc version of the 1980s Domesday Project

2018 In a recreation of a late 1970s office

In a recreation of a late 1970s office

2018 More geeks

More geeks

2018 There's a working Altair 8800

There's a working Altair 8800

2018 Fred is fascinated by a punched tape reader

Fred is fascinated by a punched tape reader

2018 A version of Joseph Weizebaum's legendary Eliza, on punched tape in Altair Basic

A version of Joseph Weizebaum's legendary Eliza, on punched tape in Altair Basic

2018 Fred roams around

Fred roams around

2018 Fred plays Chuckie Egg on a BBC Micro

Fred plays Chuckie Egg on a BBC Micro

2018 Fred in the car park, as the train from Ipswich rumbles past

Fred in the car park, as the train from Ipswich rumbles past

2018 Fred climbs on a sculpture outside Carluccio's in Cambridge

Fred climbs on a sculpture outside Carluccio's in Cambridge

2018 Isobel and Harry return from some sort of shopping spree

Isobel and Harry return from some sort of shopping spree

2018 Posters outside the Corn Exchange

Posters outside the Corn Exchange

2018 There's the usual chaos going on outside King's College

There's the usual chaos going on outside King's College

2018 Funky entrance to a nightclub

Funky entrance to a nightclub

2018 Harry and Isobel in Pizza Express on Jesus Lane

Harry and Isobel in Pizza Express on Jesus Lane

2018 Harry in Pizza Express

Harry in Pizza Express

2018 On Jesus Lane

On Jesus Lane

2018 The boys on All Saints Passage

The boys on All Saints Passage

2018 All Saints Garden craft market looks very autumnal

All Saints Garden craft market looks very autumnal

2018 The entrance to Trinity College chapel on St. John's Street

The entrance to Trinity College chapel on St. John's Street

2018 On Trinity Street

On Trinity Street

2018 The main entrance to Trinity College

The main entrance to Trinity College

2018 Trinity Lane

Trinity Lane

2018 Punts on the Cam

Punts on the Cam

2018 There's still some late-season punting to be had

There's still some late-season punting to be had

2018 Clare College

Clare College

2018 There's some sort of Chinese photo-shoot going on down Senate House Passage

There's some sort of Chinese photo-shoot going on down Senate House Passage

2018 Some sort of photo-shoot and a fake wedding or something

Some sort of photo-shoot and a fake wedding or something

2018 Metal sculpture outside Great St. Mary's

Metal sculpture outside Great St. Mary's

2018 There's a herd of sponsored walkers down near Corn Exchange Street

There's a herd of sponsored walkers down near Corn Exchange Street

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Fred plays Pac Man on a VIC-20 - which we have at home anyway, but why not