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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 3:29 pm 
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September 1986: As an 11yr old lad, making the long trip from West Lothian with my Dad, guests of Electric Dreams (remember the pyramid?) I was super excited. To this day though, I don't know what happened but when Dave and Reuben from ED went to fetch Clare Hirsch for an introduction I completely fell to pieces, bottled it, ran away. I often look back on that strange, strange decision and quote it as my biggest regret. :D


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:15 am 
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:-D

Ah the infamous Clare Hirsch, not too surprising of a reaction I guess, but you weren't even a teenager, so she shouldn't have scared you that much! :-)

Funny looking back at pictures of her now (in Zzap) she looks like a 14 year old playing dress up ;-)


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Great first post!

I remember a letter to Lloyd asking how someone could meet Claire, and Lloyd suggesting they write a hit game, send it to Activision and then it would lead to a wonderful life together...

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:)

There's a picture of her in the middle of the photos on this page in case anybody is wondering what we're going on about.

And while we're going into sad git territory ;-) here's some photos of "Software Cuties" according to The Shadow.

There is a better one of Claire somewhere in Zzap, but I think I've spent enough time on this already! :-D

I hope she never searches for her name with zzap because there's quite a few results of people wondering about her. :-D


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Haha, great story! Welcome here!

And what a surprise... all the 'nerdy geeks' know exactly who you're talking about, including myself... ;)

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Didn't she marry Rod Cousens, or am I remembering that wrongly?

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That was the info on this older thread that mentioned her!


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Actually going through all my old mags at the mo - leaving Zzap's until last (currently on to The One - then it's Zzap time)

Looking forward to seeing the old Shadow columns again - I think she was a looker back in the day. Defo married well too - wonder if still together?

He is on Linkedin - impressive CV, been in the business since 1985 and recently left Codemasters as CEO. Now President of Jagex (who are behind Runescape)

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Fiery Phoenix wrote:
Actually going through all my old mags at the mo - leaving Zzap's until last (currently on to The One - then it's Zzap time)

Looking forward to seeing the old Shadow columns again - I think she was a looker back in the day. Defo married well too - wonder if still together?


The Shadow columns were interesting, doubt you'd get away with that type of stuff these days :(

I was reading trough all the Big Ks over the past while and was surprised to see the Shadow started off in that magazine!


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And Gary Liddon was in Big K before ZZAP... hmmmm...

*scratches chin*

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Indeed, although I'm pretty sure the Shadow was in issues before there was any mention of Gary and I only came across a handful of reviews by him, they didn't even mention him when doing a bio of the reviewers! :-o


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Gary L joined Zzap!64 in issue... 6 or 7 I think?

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Iain wrote:
Indeed, although I'm pretty sure the Shadow was in issues before there was any mention of Gary and I only came across a handful of reviews by him, they didn't even mention him when doing a bio of the reviewers! :-o


But then it's not always a good indication. For example Robin Hogg wrote for ZZAP nearly a year before he formally joined. The body of the Mean City review in issue 31 was his, but he "joined" from issue 51...

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