• 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...



This theme is the one used for this website and is called Light. It was originally created by Stephen Reinhardt for WordPress. I liked the theme so much that I have ported, with permission from Stephen, to Drupal. Again, with permission from Stephen, the theme has been palced on the Drupal site...


Feb 3, 2009

What If: Longitude

What: Finding your position on the Earth as if you were going around the Equator (i.e. east to west), known as your Longitude. Finding your latitude, where you are between the poles is simple. This is done by measuring the angle of the Sun at midday and has been calculated accurately for centuries...


Feb 3, 2009

TV/Film Review: Labyrinth


Labyrinth, a 1986 movie, is the story of a girl, Sarah, played by Jennifer Connelly, who doesn’t get on with her new step-mother. She reads a fantasy book, Labyrinth, and later wishes that the Goblin King, played by David Bowie, to take her baby brother away. To get him back she must find her way...


Feb 3, 2009

Useful: Cron

One item that any good website developer will inevitably have to use is the CRON scheduling system. Sometime this can be easy, others a right nightmare. Well now you can test your entries by a neat little utility from HxPI.com.


Jan 25, 2009

Photography Site and Library

Smoke by Nick Young

I noted in a previous post that I had images with two stock libraries, Alamy and Latent Light. I have since been introduced to another, ClusterShot, which I am giving a go.


Jan 24, 2009

Book Review: David Attenborough: Life on Air

David Attenborough: Life on Air

I recently finished reading "David Attenborough: Life on Air". I have watched David Attenborough and his wildlife programs for as long as I can remember and in my opinion is the best wildlife presenter ever. I have wondered on several occasions what drives him and this book answers that question.


Jan 20, 2009