RECURSION 2018 – micro fun in the Bard’s own school!

The Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School
The Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School

Organisers of an exciting and innovative – but also nostalgic – computer fair which took place at a school in Stratford-upon-Avon, England last Saturday were celebrating another successful event , albeit a little more downbeat than last year, with fewer exhibits and lower attendances this time around – perhaps due to the earlier, winter slot.

The historic King Edward VI School, where William Shakespeare was educated, was offering a free and fun-packed digital day out dedicated to computer science and computing in education, industry and leisure, to one and all – and were rewarded with a buzzing, vibrant and diverse event for computer fans of all interests, not only gaming.

Inside the Levi Fox Hall (click to enlarge)
Inside the Levi Fox Hall (click to enlarge)

The show, dubbed the Recursion 2018 Computer Science Fair, was held in the modern Levi Fox Hall of the Tudor school off Church Street, and delivered a great opportunity for anyone looking for a techno-fix of retro and modern computing, and all things educational. Amazingly, there was no charge for both visitors and exhibitors – but the event was definitely worth far more than the non-existent admission fee for those attending.

There was plenty of time for all kinds of fun and learning, since the fair was open between 11am-3pm, allowing visitors to catch up on the latest community gossip and events, sign up to a user group, find out about robots and computer science –  or just reminisce by playing their favourite games from the good old days.

RETRO AND COMMUNITY

Masses of classic computers and consoles on show from the Retro Computer Museum
Masses of classic computers and consoles on show from the Retro Computer Museum

There were dozens of fantastic classic computers available to visitors keen to get their hands on a home micro or console for retro gaming fun, these were provided by the guys from Leicester’s ubiquitous Retro Computer Museum, plus The Atari Guy David Dewson, and Adrian Graham from Binary Dinosaurs.

Retro Computer Museum's Amiga A1200 ready for gaming!
Retro Computer Museum’s Amiga A1200 ready for gaming!

The editor of the Amiga User International website, Stuart Williams, was delighted to be able to attend in person to cover the show this year, as he has for the past few years wearing his previous Retro Computing News hat. Continue reading RECURSION 2018 – micro fun in the Bard’s own school!

AUI to report on RECURSION 2018

Part of RECURSION 2015 from above – general view
Part of RECURSION 2015 from above – general view

Amiga User International’s new web editor and publisher Stuart Williams will be visiting the school where William Shakespeare was educated this Saturday – to attend a computer science fair!

RECURSION 2018, which takes place on 17 February at King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, will be the first event reported upon in AUI’s name for more than twenty years.

King Edward VI School
King Edward VI School

Stuart will be attending the popular show, which mixes equal parts of computer education, retro computing and maker activities such as robotics, firstly to cover the traditionally strong Amiga presence and secondly to look at the fair in general, which includes retro computing/gaming from the Retro Computer Museum, Risc OS related exhibitors, Raspberry Pi, educational exhibitors and activities from schools, as well as maker exhibits including robotics.  Such events are uncommon in post-home-computer UK, and are well worth supporting.

The Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School
The Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School

The event itself, which offers computing fun and education for all ages, is open to the general public in the school’s large, modern Levi Fox Hall, between 11am – 3pm, and admission is free.  The address is: King Edward VI School, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HB.

If you attend the fair, do watch out for Stuart, who will be wearing an Amiga User International t-shirt and carrying a camera – and say hi!

An AUI report with photos will be published on this website early next week.

Event details

In the meantime, for details of RECURSION 2018, including parking etc, click on this link.

For pictures of last year’s Amiga section of RECURSION, check out this page.

The Amiga Dimension – March 1988

OVER 700 PRODUCTS …

A commentary on AmiExpo in Los Angeles, USA.

First published in Amiga User International magazine, March 1988

AUI cover March 1988The AmiExpo hit the West Coast of the U.S.A with an impact equalling its highly successful debut in New York, bringing some new and very exciting products. It also provided a focus that unquestionably strengthened and should encourage the whole Amiga community. With now over seven hundred software and hardware products available to Amiga users, the machine is clearly carving out a place for itself in the computer world that many believed would never happen.

The Amiga now offers an enormously wide range of possibilities from budget games to the highest technical applications — a range that probably no other comparable computer has ever achieved and which is allowing the fulfilment of its tremendous potential. We hear that the Mount Palomar telescope is now using an Amiga in its astronomical work and among the fast increasing and extra-ordinarily broad spectrum of subscribers to this magazine, we have just received a subscription request from one of the top scientific governmental departments in the U.K.

Yes, the AmiExpo reinforced the sense that the Amiga dimension has grown to a full international scale. And there is a growing feeling that Europe is beginning to challenge the American leadership, as U.S. companies are becoming aware of the opportunities that Europe, and the rest of the world, presents and as Amiga products of European origin start to make an impact in the U.S.

We saw some interesting examples of transatlantic collaboration. The U.S. company, Aegis, used the show to launch a German-written game. Abacus, another American company, was showing Germany’s Databecker products which it has published in English — and shipped over to the U.K. And in the U.K. itself a games house, Grand Slam, bought the rights to the U.S. written novel ‘The Hunt for Red October’, created the computer game and is now successfully exporting the game back to the U.S.A.

It is also encouraging to find that the readership of Commodore Amiga User International Magazine already stretches from the U.K. to Brazil, from Finland to New Zealand, yet more support for the view that – with approaching 500,000 Amiga users worldwide, the Amiga is already one of the few computers to have created for itself a global dimension.

Antony H. Jacobson, Managing Editor and Publisher, AUI

Amiga Dimension – January 2018

Stuart Williams on the Commodore UK stand at the PCW show, c1988
Stuart Williams on the Commodore UK stand at the PCW show, c1988

Welcome to the regenerated Amiga User International, an online magazine and tribute website dedicated to the original, first ever European magazine which focused on the Commodore Amiga home computer.  Amiga User International (fondly known to many simply as AUI) was first published as a supplement in Commodore Computing International from 1986. In January 1988, it was re-launched as a full independent newsstand magazine, published by Croftward Ltd. The launch of this website in January 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of that independence.

This Amiga User International site is published and edited in tribute to that much-missed magazine, its staff and its contributors, by myself, AUI’s former freelance communications guru, PD software specialist and occasional reviewer. At the moment I am something of a one-man band. I would welcome the help of past staff and fellow contributors, or indeed new contributors, if any would like to come forward.

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The original Managing Editor and Publisher of AUI, Mr Antony H. Jacobson (previously of Croftward Ltd), has kindly granted me permission for the republication of all original content from the printed AUI, plus Commodore Computing International, on this site.

My aim is to select and reproduce interesting and relevant content from past issues, to look at the history of AUI and its people, and to publish new posts and content reporting on Amiga news and the present-day Amiga community and scene in general, plus reviews of books, magazines, hardware, software and websites, as time permits.

Amiga StuThe Amiga User International website is presently under construction, and it will take time to evolve and to build up extensive content both old and new – so please keep coming back.  You have now entered the Amiga dimension.  Remember – only Amiga makes it possible!

Stuart Williams, Editor and Publisher

January, 2018 (or is it 1988?)

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