• 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...


A new record

Today, 10th March, I have broken the record of visitors for last year. In 2007, from 1st Janaury to 31st December I had a total of 3,059 visitors. This year, from 1st January to 10th March I have had a total of 3,065 visitors. So in less than 3 months I have exceeded all ofthe 2007record. A big...


Mar 10, 2008

Website design

I have covered various parts of website design before, however, I still get asked several questions about what I teach, what would I suggest to use for content management, etc. This post is a brief outline on my thoughts.


Mar 9, 2008

Turnpike Secondary School Update

I wrote in an early post about my intention to gather information including the history, photographs and stories of the school. Since then I have received a few offers of support. I have not had the time to push this, however, I am going to be pushing it more in the coming months.


Feb 10, 2008

Save the planet!

Earth Hour

The Earth is 4.5 billion years old, the Human race a few million, and global warming a few hundred.  Are we to blame for this or is it a natural part of the Earth's cycle?  Either way we can do something about it.  I have come across several events over the past year that attempt to...


Jan 30, 2008

CV Site

I have been updating paperwork for various things over the last week or two. One of the updates included my CV. I wanted to ensure I capture a larger audience with my CV so I have hosted it with several sites, however, one of the sites I have found of most use is emurse. This site asks you to fill...


Jan 16, 2008

Stock Photography

On the previous version of this site, I had two galleries, one for my normal every day photographs and one for the photographs I had for sale.  Several people have asked where the latter has gone.  I have removed the gallery for two reasons:


Jan 12, 2008