• 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...


Useful: Drupal

Not sure why I have not noted before, the open source Drupal Content Management System (CMS). This is a full CMS that allows you to add and customise all elements. Themes can easily be created as well as add-ins, known as modules. It can be difficult to get used to, however it is getting better...


Mar 5, 2010

Useful: BuySellAds

Most of us would welcome generating a little extra cash from our websites, especially if it involved little work. That is where the online advertising comes in. Most of us have heard of Google Adsense, which generates money on a pay-per-click system. One that I am trying out is BuySellAds.com,...


Jan 28, 2010

Review of 2009

A few days late but here is my review of 2009 and preview of 2010. Let us start of by looking at the website itself...This website, nickbits.co.uk, has seen a record number of visitors reaching 31,262 between 1st January 2009 and 31st December 2009. The previous yearly high was achieved in 2008...


Jan 5, 2010

What If: Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes, born on 13th April 1570 in Yorkshire, is a name almost everyone in the UK will know. After his father’s death in 1579, his mother remarried and it is known the family were then against, and resisting, the authority of the Church of England. Guy Fawkes finally converted to Catholicism...


Nov 3, 2009

Book Review: Drupal 6 JavaScript and jQuery

 Drupal 6 JavaScript and jQuery

I was recently sent a review copy of "Drupal 6 JavaScript and jQuery" by Matt Butcher. Having recently started to use jQuery with Drupal it was a shame I had not discovered it earlier. Anyway, unlike the previous book I reviewed on Drupal, which did not cover the basics required to use the book,...


Nov 3, 2009

TV/Film Review: Dark Crystal

Dark Crystal DVD cover

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal is another one of those classic films from the 1980', 1982 to be exact. This film tells the story of a Gelfling called Jen and his quest to repair the Dark Crystal.  The Dark Crystal was broke over 1,000 years ago and a prophecy tells of how a Gelfling will fix...


Oct 9, 2009