• 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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  • 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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  • Honoured with a Gold Civic Award

    Photograph by Paul Young

    In February/March 2011 I got a letter from Thatcham Town Council saying I was to be awarded a Gold Civic Award for my work in promoting the town. To say this came as a suprise would be an understatement. There are few things like this that I get that I feel I deserve. Anyway, it is something I am...

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Site Down and Free PSD conversion

This site and others were down earlier today due to issues with the server that the hosting company quickly rectified. I appologise for any issues this has caused. I have (re)developed a couple of websites over the last few months/years including Thatcham Online, Thatcham Historical Society,...

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Apr 13, 2009

Useful:Netbeans

Netbeans

NetBeans is a free, open source Integrated Development Environment (IDE). It supports a wide range of languages including PHP, JavaScript, Java, C, C++, Ruby and Groovy. The software will run on Linux, Windows, Mac and Solaris. So this can give you one common, easy to use interface  on all of...

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Apr 10, 2009

Book Review: The Hobbit

The Hobbit

There are few people around today that will o of heard of "The Hobbit", first published in 1937, or of its author, J.R.R.Tolkien. The story is set in a fantasy world known as "Middle Earth", a place inhabited by Dwarfs, Elves, Orcs, Goblins and Dragons.

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Apr 10, 2009

Book Review: The Commodore Story

The Commodore Story

The Commodore Story: A Company on the Edge by Brian Bagnall is, as the name suggests, all about the history of Commodore. Commodore was seen by many in the 70’s and 80’s as a pioneering computer company with cutting edge machines that were on a par with the likes of the Apple Mac and Lisa.

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Apr 4, 2009

Daleri-Single Drupal Theme

Daleri-Single Drupal Theme

I have just finished converting the latest website template by Andreas Viklund to Drupal. See it on my pages, here, or on the Drupal website.

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Apr 1, 2009

What If: Darwin

Darwin

What If: Charles Darwin had never developed and/or published his theory of evolution by natural selection? This year, 2009, is Darwin’s 200th birthday, having been born on 12 February 1809 and 150 years since the publication of "On the Origin of Species." Darwin took on various studies and...

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Mar 30, 2009