• 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...

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  • 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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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

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 &...

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Mar 29, 2009

Useful: Design Melt Down

The Design Melt Down Website

Many website designers need to take a little inspiration from time to time. Got a client that has said they want a blue theme or a portal site and stuck for ideas, then take a look at Design Melt Down. They have catalogued a huge range of websites that can easily be browsed. These are some of the...

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Mar 23, 2009

Book Review: iCon: The Greatest Second Act in...

iCon: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business

"iCon: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business" is the biography of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple. The book is written by Jeffrey Young and William Simon. They closely follow Jobs from childhood to the present, or rather 2005. His connections with others in Silicon Valley are looked at...

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Mar 22, 2009

What If: The Civil War

What if: The English Civil War, consisting of three distinct conflicts took place between the Royalist (Cavalier's) and Parliamentarians (Roundheads). The conflict was brought about, partly due to King Charles I wanting to unite England, Ireland and Scotland in to one Kingdom, which Parliament saw...

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Mar 18, 2009