• 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...


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

2008 Round-up

So another year is almost over and a new about to start. Let's have a look at what has happened on this site this last year and what I plan to do in the comming year. Highlights of 2008:


Dec 31, 2008

Validation Questions

Until recently, I thought that all web developers understood the importance of validation. For example, to ensure maximum browser compatability, WAI and Section 508 compliance, etc. Several recent comments have made me realise that there are a lot of people, including web developers, that still do...


Dec 17, 2008