• 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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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.

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Aug 10, 2013

Heartstart and Arduino

Heartstart Thatcham

A few updates, firstly Heartstart. Heartstart Thatcham became official on 13th May 2013 and is currently (June 2013) putting paperwork, funding and so on into order. What this means is that the scheme is independent from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) but is affiliated to it. The BHF supply...

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Jun 15, 2013

Mobile Phones: Likes and Gripes

Nokia C3-01 - Photograph by Nokia

I have had a mobile phone since 1995 and have at the end of last year, 2012, have had a smartphone.  It is this smartphone that has caused me more issues and disappointment than any other phone.  My first two phones were Motorolas, MicroTACs to be exact. Not sure the exact model. They...

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May 24, 2013

Heartstart Thatcham

Heartstart Thatcham

I heard on Moday 13th May 2013 that the Heartstart scheme that I have been trying to get established has been officially accepted for affiliation to the British Heart Foundation (BHF).  What this means is that the scheme is independent from the BHF but has an affiliation.  The BHF supply...

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May 16, 2013

Heartstart (Update 2)

So it has been a little quiet on the Heartstart front, publically at least. I have been working hard behind the scenes to get people involved.

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May 3, 2013

Adventures with an Arduino: RGB LED (part 2)

Adventures with an Arduino: RGB LED (part 2)

You may want to read the previous post on this topic before starting this post. Last time I connected a single WS2801 controlled RGB LED to an Arduino. This time I will connect two. I know it is not rocket science, but one small step at a time. The two LEDs are connected in series as shown below....

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Feb 14, 2013