• 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...


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


Mike Gifford from OpenConcept Consulting Inc. have posted about themes from Drupal that validate (see this post). One of the themes I ported, Andreas02 is listed. Thanks Mike.


Dec 17, 2008


I have been getting numerous emails about spam sent by nickbits.co.uk. Firstly, I do not send spam and do everything I can to avoid getting it. However, it does appear that someone out there is using my email as a reply-to address. This does not mean that I sent it, just that who ever sent it...


Dec 1, 2008

Curriculum Vitae

I left my job recently and have been updating my CV.  If you are looking for someone to set-up a website (Drupal, WordPress, or other), want some programming undertaking, IT consultancy, research, etc. please take a look at my CV, which you can find at: Emurse; LinkedIn; Freelancers.net;...


Nov 24, 2008

My Photography Site

I am preparing a new site to act as a portfolio for my photography. The website address will be nickpics.co.uk. The plan is to have the following content:


Nov 8, 2008