• 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...

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  • 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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Book Review: Drupal 6 Site Blueprints

Drupal 6 Site Blueprints

Anyone who knows me knows I love to use the Drupal Content Management System (CMS). In my opinion Drupal is relatively easy to use, although it can be daunting knowing how to configure the system to accomplish the desired working website. For example, setting up a blog with Drupal is easy, but how...

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Sep 29, 2009

Useful: Theme Forest

Theme Forest

For those of you who know me I am an excellent web developer, can work well with XHTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, etc. However, when it comes to designing a layout, especially anything with artistic touches ir when I have little time, I use other sources. One of these is ThemeForest. A fantastic website...

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Sep 14, 2009

Book Review: Long Way Down

Long Way Down

Okay so you have probably seen "Long Way Down" on TV and could buy the DVD, but the book is fantastic. Charley and Ewan put over their story with such enthusiasm it is so easy to think you are involved in the journey yourself.

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Sep 14, 2009

Bits and bytes

I am getting more and more amazed that people, especially those in the computer industry and even teachers and academics, do not know the difference between Megabits (Mb) and MegaBytes (MB). I keep seeing things like "This computer has a 120Gb hard disk" when it should be 120GB. There is...

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Sep 10, 2009

What If: Space Race

The Space Race was a competition, not in the traditional sense, between United States and the Soviet Union to get in to space. The Soviets launched Sputnik 1 on 4th October 1957 into Earth orbit. This was the first time a man-made object had been launched from the Earth’s surface and placed into...

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Jul 28, 2009

TV/Film Review: Blue Planet

Blue Planet

Despite 75% of the Earth being covered in water, we know very little about the creatures and plant life in the Seas.

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Jul 9, 2009