• 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...


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

What If: Tommy Flowers

Who: Tommy Flowers was the inventor of the Colossus computer, the computer that broke the German Lorenz cipher during the Second World War. Many people say that Alan Turing invented the computer and cracked the German codes. Well he certainly did design and build computers and indeed did crack...


Jan 5, 2009

New Year, New Theme, New Content

Happy New Year. It has been a long time comming but I have at last re-themed my website. You can still use the old theme, see the footer for more options. The layout is not mine, it is a creation by Solucija.com who released the theme under the Creative Commons License. Hence I cannot put this...


Jan 5, 2009