Re: Damn, daniel!
Your first touch point with this new fangled tech is...Lisp? That's some serious brain engagement.
LISP is not really that complex to learn. The syntax is dead simple (albeit a bit verbose), and you can code with loops and assignments just like in BASIC, if you find that simpler than recursive functions (I don't).
LISP on the BBC was, however, considerably slower than BASIC, which was probably because BBC BASIC was written by Sophie Wilson, who did a lot to optimise it.