• 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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TV/Film Review: Baraka

Baraka DVD cover

This is a film, more about the links between people and other animals and the environment. The film shows people and cultures from 24 countries and is completely dialogue free. Both the camera sequences and soundtrack are awesome showing what a diverse and truly wonderful world we live in. If you...

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Mar 1, 2009

Useful: CSS Zen Garden

CSS Zen Garden

I converted to the Semantic style of coding a long time ago. For those of you who need your memory refreshing, the principle is to separate Content (XHTML), Behaviour (JavaScript) and Layout (CSS). The benefits should be obvious but just to gloss over them, let's say you create a large website with...

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Feb 27, 2009

Book Review: Thatcham

Most of you know that I love my history, especial local and ancient. The book I am reviewing this week is 110 years old, written in 1899 by Samuel Barfield and in my opinion is the best reference material for the history of Thatcham. The full title of the book is "Thatcham, Berks, and its manors."...

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Feb 21, 2009

What If: Dinosaurs

What: Dinosaurs were animals that dominated the land from 235 to 65 million years ago, which included the, Jurassic and Triassic periods. Not all of the animals from this period that are thought of as Dinosaurs are actually Dinosaurs. For example, Plesiosaurs and Mosasaurs are commonly called...

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Feb 16, 2009

TV/Film Review: Longitude

Longitude DVD Cover

Longitude, is the story of the solving of how to accuratley and reliably calculate Longitude. This is based through the eyes of a Navy Commander, Rupert Gould who is played by Jeremy Irons. He discovers some of Harrison's time pieces and lovingly restores them whilst he suffers a break-down. This...

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Feb 15, 2009

Useful: Remember The Milk

Remember The Milk

Okay, I have mentioned this one before but I find this one so useful, both personally and for business that I could not eresist one more plug for it.

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Feb 8, 2009