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The Day It All Changed

I was a seven-year-old boy, playing Space Lego in the front room of our terraced house in Salford, Manchester, whilst my stepdad watched the snooker finals. Suddenly the match went off and the BBC NEWS FLASH title appeared on screen. It switched the coverage over to the Iranian Embassy siege, where a hostage situation was coming to a dramatic and violent ending and for the first time in history the SAS were unveiled to the world's media.

That's when life first changed for me, and I realised that the world I'd been ushered through, the reality I lived in, wasn't in fact real.

Up until that point I was quite rightly led to believe it was all Tiswas, toys, Father Christmas and Beano comics.

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