• 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.


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...




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...


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.


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.


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.


Apr 1, 2009

What If: 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...


Mar 30, 2009

TV/Film Review: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

There are few people who will not have heard of Star Wars. The original Star Wars film was "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" which broke much new ground in the movie industry. It made a name for George Lucas, created the modern special effects era with the start-up company Industrial Light &...


Mar 29, 2009