• 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...


  • 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...


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...


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...


Mar 18, 2009

Andreas Viklunds Themes

I have already ported several themes to Drupal as well as some of Andreas Viklunds other themes (Andreas02, 1024 and Daleri). This is a set of all the Andreas0X themes (Andreas00 - Andreas09) and comprises of the themes shown at the bottom of this post.


Mar 16, 2009

TV/Film Review: Mysterious Cities Of Gold

Anyone who grew up in the eighties will remember the Mysterious Cities of Gold. This is a cartoon series, set in the 16th century, and is centred on three children, Esteban, Zia and Tao. The story is about Esteban searching for one of the seven Cities of Gold in order to find his father. Along the...


Mar 15, 2009

Drupal Themes

I ported Andreas02 (see original authors website) to Drupal in 2007. Since then, a huge amount of people have asked me if I would port other themes by Andreas Viklund over. Well this is now well underway.  Earlier today I released the initial versions of the following themes:


Mar 9, 2009


1024px Screenshot

This is a port of 1024px V3.0 by Andreas Viklund. This theme was originally designed by Andreas Viklund as a free website template.  Andreas states (http://andreasviklund.com/about/copyright/) "The free website templates (and all included images and related extras) are released as open source...


Mar 9, 2009