• 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...


  • 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...


Useful: FoxMarks

Like many people I use several computers, both for personal use and work. I often book mark a website thinking that is a good tutorial or resource. Go to load it up a day later to find I bookmarked it on a different computer. To solve this issue, I am now using FoxMarks, which synchronises...


Mar 9, 2009

Book Review: Bulletproof Web Design

Bulletproof Web Design

Website design and development can be difficult at the best of times. There are so many issues to consider including validation, browser compatibility and which method(s) to use. Many developers prefer to use designs that are as bulletproof as possible, meaning that they will work for the majority...


Mar 8, 2009

What If: Gutenberg Press

What: The Gutenberg press, created by Johannes Gutenberg in 1439 (or thereabouts) was the first movable type printing press in the world. There were other movable type systems around during this period, but as far as Europe is concerned, this was invented independently by Johannes Gutenberg. The...


Mar 3, 2009

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...


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...


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."...


Feb 21, 2009