• My History Talks

    Always being asked to give talks on either CPR and defibrillators, see Heartstart Thatcham, or more generally my history. Here is a list of some of the talks I have given over the last 10 years or so: Thatcham


  • Newbury 365 launched

    A new history book, Newbury 365, was launched at West Berkshire Museum on Saturday 14th October 2015. The book, written by Dr Nick Young, details at least one historical event that took place on each day of the year. The book covers every day events, the English Civil War, murder and much more. For...


  • Making a difference

    Making a difference

    This year, 2014, has been chaos. I will post a full review in a later post but recently I have been reminded that what I do in the community makes a difference. In 2011 I had the honour of being presented with a Gold Civic Award for my community work, namely my involvement with Thatcham Historical...


  • 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...


  • 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.


  • 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...


Review of 2009

A few days late but here is my review of 2009 and preview of 2010. Let us start of by looking at the website itself...This website, nickbits.co.uk, has seen a record number of visitors reaching 31,262 between 1st January 2009 and 31st December 2009. The previous yearly high was achieved in 2008...


Jan 5, 2010

What If: Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes, born on 13th April 1570 in Yorkshire, is a name almost everyone in the UK will know. After his father’s death in 1579, his mother remarried and it is known the family were then against, and resisting, the authority of the Church of England. Guy Fawkes finally converted to Catholicism...


Nov 3, 2009

Book Review: Drupal 6 JavaScript and jQuery

 Drupal 6 JavaScript and jQuery

I was recently sent a review copy of "Drupal 6 JavaScript and jQuery" by Matt Butcher. Having recently started to use jQuery with Drupal it was a shame I had not discovered it earlier. Anyway, unlike the previous book I reviewed on Drupal, which did not cover the basics required to use the book,...


Nov 3, 2009

TV/Film Review: Dark Crystal

Dark Crystal DVD cover

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal is another one of those classic films from the 1980', 1982 to be exact. This film tells the story of a Gelfling called Jen and his quest to repair the Dark Crystal.  The Dark Crystal was broke over 1,000 years ago and a prophecy tells of how a Gelfling will fix...


Oct 9, 2009

Book Review: Drupal 6 Site Blueprints

Drupal 6 Site Blueprints

Anyone who knows me knows I love to use the Drupal Content Management System (CMS). In my opinion Drupal is relatively easy to use, although it can be daunting knowing how to configure the system to accomplish the desired working website. For example, setting up a blog with Drupal is easy, but how...


Sep 29, 2009

Useful: Theme Forest

Theme Forest

For those of you who know me I am an excellent web developer, can work well with XHTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, etc. However, when it comes to designing a layout, especially anything with artistic touches ir when I have little time, I use other sources. One of these is ThemeForest. A fantastic website...


Sep 14, 2009