• My History Talks

    Always being asked to give talks on either CPR and defibrillators, see Heartstart Thatcham, or more generally my history. Here is a list of some of the talks I have given over the last 10 years or so: Thatcham


  • 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...


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

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