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    The world-building electro of Cygnus 

    It was a video game, in fact, which crystallised Washington’s Cygnus persona. “I was playing Flashback in third or fourth grade, and using this magazine for cheat codes to get to the next level. Suddenly the word ‘Cygnus’ filled the screen. I was electrified. I remember the moment exactly, the soothing 16-bit woodgrain graphics and pale, washed-out colours. I immediately thought, ‘This is me, this is who I am’.  It was like a password to a deeply felt emotion, something internal. Later, learning of its meaning as the swan constellation, and its mythological and astrological significance, made it even more multi-dimensional. But for me, it’s still rooted in that moment — seeing my real name, on that TV…

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