• 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...


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

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...


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...


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