• 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: 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

What If: English Channel

What: The English Channel (see Google Maps) seperates England from contiental Europe, namely France. The English Channel as we know it today was formed at the end of the last Ice Age, around 10,000 BC.  Before that point it was just a river, part of the Rhine.


Jan 19, 2009

TV/Film Review: Willow

Willow DVD cover

Anyone who grew up in the 80's will remember Willow. The story, aimed at both children and adults, is about a dwarf called Willow, played by Warwick Davis, who finds a special baby who's destiny it is to rule the land and bring about the downfall of the evil Queen Bavmorda, played by Jean Marsh....


Jan 15, 2009

Useful: Project Deploy

If like me you do a lot of work with HTML and CSS, you will no doubt find creating the basic layout of the files a bit repetative. Some of us have a template set-up just for this purpose. However, there is another way in the form of Project Deploy. This site allows you to select various options...


Jan 11, 2009

Book Review: iWoz

iWoz book cover

iWoz is the autobiography of Steve Wozniak, the creator of the Apple and Apple II computers, not to mention one of the co-founders of Apple. The book was written by Woz and Gina Smith. I have followed Woz for a long time, indeed he has become an icon to many engineers.


Jan 7, 2009

Record Results

This previous year, 2008, has seen a record number of visitors to my main website. I have received 15,737 visitors in 2008 compared to 3,059 in 2007. Most of the visitors, 64%, have been re-directed from Drupal.org. A big thank you to all of you who have visited my site. Please keep visiting and do...


Jan 6, 2009