• 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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New Year, New Arduino Project

So Chrismas has come and gone and we are entering 2014, let's hope it is better than 2013! I posted previously about Arduino projects I was/am doing. They are still ongoing and for various reasons are now on hold. Over the last few months I have wanted to keep track of my health, the walking,...

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Jan 4, 2014

First Aid Kit Comparison

For those that do not know I have been into first aid and walking for a long time, indeed I am the Scheme Co-ordinator and an instructor for Heartstart Thatcham.  I am planning on a few walks, some long ones done over several days, in 2014. I will be doing them, and other events, to raise...

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Dec 12, 2013

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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Aug 10, 2013

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