• 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.


  • Adventures with an Arduino

    Arduino UNO

    I got an Arduino to play with Christmas 2011, but barely played with it. During 2012 I have become more interested in medical research, well health generally, especially after watching some of the research shown at TEDMED. So I decided last summer to put the two together, buy a Pulse Sensor and do...


  • 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...


  • Nick's guide to photography

    Mark and Laura's Wedding, Cornwall, 2011. Photograph by Nick Young

    This is the first of what I hope to be an ongoing series on photography. The aim is to provide a series targeted to all, beginners and the advanced based on what I have learnt and the techneques I use. Before we start, let me give you a short background about myself. Ignoring photography for a...


Record results

Wow, another year of record A-level and GCSE results. What a suprise!!! Okay, firstly I have no doubt that the students are bright and hard working. However, it is my opinion that these exams are getting easier. The A-levels are a normalised system meaning that once marked, the overall grades for...


Aug 21, 2008

Charity free-fall sky dive

My brother is raising money for the charity WaterAid by jumping out of a plane in August. I know, why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good plane! He says:


Jul 4, 2008

Drupal Development

You will note from an earlier post that I like website development, teaching it and doing a bit for others. I use Drupal a great deal, where appropriate. It did come as a suprise when I received my first donation for one of the Drupal themes that I ported. The money has now gone back in to pay for...


Jun 26, 2008

Opinion and Respect

I am becoming aware, both in and out of my job, of how opinionated people get. Many say thistrend is only true of younger generation, I am not so sure. I was brought up, both at home and in school to have opinions; however, these were not to be forced on to others. Indeed we were encouraged to...


Jun 2, 2008

Vista, Adaptec, Epson and Canon


I have been using Vista Ultimate 64 since January 2007, fairly happily I might add. Okay it had a few issues at first, but were soon rectified. The only major problems I have had with Vista are the lack of drivers. For the drivers that I want, this has not been Microsoft’s fault but rather the...


Apr 7, 2008

Etiquette, Courtesy and Ignorance

Etiquette, Courtesy Since releasing two ported themes for Drupal last year I have had numerous emails. Mostly positive, a few asking for additional features and a few bugs. I have no problem with this, in-fact I encourage it. Most people are polite and patient. However, as always there is usually...


Mar 24, 2008