• Newbury Then and Now

    Newbury Then and Now

    Many people now know about my book “Thatcham Then and Now” that was published in 2012 by The History Press. Well there is now another one, "Newbury Then and Now" that I have written. It should be on the shelves the week commencing the 12th August 2013.  W.H.Smith and Waterstones in Newbury...

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  • Heartstart Thatcham's First Beat!

    Heartstart Thatcham

    Anyone who reads my blog, knows me or reads the local press will know I have been trying to set-up a Heartstart Scheme in Thatcham. Well that has now, after a year, happened.

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  • Adventures with an Arduino

    Arduino UNO

    I got an Arduino to play with Christmas 2011, but barely played with it. During 2012 I have become more interested in medical research, well health generally, especially after watching some of the research shown at TEDMED. So I decided last summer to put the two together, buy a Pulse Sensor and do...

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  • Thatcham Then and Now Launch

    Thatcham Then and Now

    Many people now know about my book, “Thatcham Then and Now.” It is set to launch later this week at an event on 26th July 2012, 7pm at Frank Hutchings Community Hall in Thatcham. I am giving a short talk at the launch, presenting a few of the books to certain people and then Thatcham Family...

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  • Family Tree Charts (part 1)

    The Mount's of Thatcham

    Family history is, and has been, a growing hobby for a long time for a great many people. For the Peter Allen Memorial Lectures this year, 2012, we decided to focus one talk on Family History, although almost every talk notes various well known locals. As such I thought rather than producing the...

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  • Nick's guide to photography

    Mark and Laura's Wedding, Cornwall, 2011. Photograph by Nick Young

    This is the first of what I hope to be an ongoing series on photography. The aim is to provide a series targeted to all, beginners and the advanced based on what I have learnt and the techneques I use. Before we start, let me give you a short background about myself. Ignoring photography for a...

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Thomas Barrie, pillory, death and a ghost

Guildhall, Newbury

I enjoy my history research, but have to confess at the outset I have no training or qualifications as a historian. I have published three history books, have others underway and give numerous local history talks. So it frustrates me to see others not double checking facts where possible. The story...

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Feb 14, 2014

New Year, New Arduino Project

So Chrismas has come and gone and we are entering 2014, let's hope it is better than 2013! I posted previously about Arduino projects I was/am doing. They are still ongoing and for various reasons are now on hold. Over the last few months I have wanted to keep track of my health, the walking,...

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Jan 4, 2014

First Aid Kit Comparison

For those that do not know I have been into first aid and walking for a long time, indeed I am the Scheme Co-ordinator and an instructor for Heartstart Thatcham.  I am planning on a few walks, some long ones done over several days, in 2014. I will be doing them, and other events, to raise...

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Dec 12, 2013

Newbury Then and Now

Newbury Then and Now

Many people now know about my book “Thatcham Then and Now” that was published in 2012 by The History Press. Well there is now another one, "Newbury Then and Now" that I have written. It should be on the shelves the week commencing the 12th August 2013.  W.H.Smith and Waterstones in Newbury...

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Aug 10, 2013

Heartstart Thatcham's First Beat!

Heartstart Thatcham

Anyone who reads my blog, knows me or reads the local press will know I have been trying to set-up a Heartstart Scheme in Thatcham. Well that has now, after a year, happened.

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Aug 10, 2013

Heartstart and Arduino

Heartstart Thatcham

A few updates, firstly Heartstart. Heartstart Thatcham became official on 13th May 2013 and is currently (June 2013) putting paperwork, funding and so on into order. What this means is that the scheme is independent from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) but is affiliated to it. The BHF supply...

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Jun 15, 2013