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The 15-year old disengaged from study and felt resentful towards his parents for moving.
“That resulted in all my hair falling out because of the stress,” says Love, adding that he passed his exams more by luck than by study.
“In the past 30 years of being a minister, having to take funerals of people who have committed suicide, [I have seen] the regrets that individuals have are because they did not see it coming. He found solace in books – adventure stories from Enid Blyton, Lewis Carroll’s , science fiction books from his dad’s bookshelf and a “cherished set” of Victorian children’s encyclopedias. “One of the things that attracted me to computers is that they are consistent and make sense.
If it doesn’t do what you think it should do, you can eventually figure out why and it’s perfectly rational and reasonable,” he says.
Love’s first thought was for his parents, Alexander, a Baptist minister and chaplain at nearby Highpoint prison, and Sirkka-Liisa, a teacher.
“Most Christian people have only had positive experiences with the police and have not had a house ransacked, so I didn’t want them to be too distressed and upset,” says Love.
Love enjoyed drawing geometric patterns and, for a youngster who found holding a pen awkward, Logo was an amazing tool.
He would spend hours writing games for an early handheld organiser; “a funky brick-like thing with a two-line LCD display”.