• 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...


PSD to HTML/CSS: Part 3

Sample node

In part 2 we looked at the basic HTML structure for the desired theme. This time we will add some content, finish it in part 4 and start to style the in part 5. Before we start styling it is a good idea to add some dummy content to the document. The thumbnail image on the left (click on it to get a...


Jan 4, 2012

Film vs Digital

Film and Digital

Before we start, I know this is a hotly debated topic and whilst there will be facts here, there are also opinions. In many cases there simply is no definitive answer. A reminder, assuming we are talking about Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras, the only difference between film and digital cameras is...


Nov 27, 2011

Domain Clearout

Domain names for sale

I have an ever growing list of domain names, some are for personal use, some for various societies I am part of, some for family members and others for clients. I have started sifting through them to see which ones are in use and which I can get rid of. Some I got for projects I had planned to do,...


Nov 27, 2011

Thatcham: then and now (update)

Thatcham: then and now cover (DRAFT)

I wrote a post about Thatcham: then and now a while ago. I have now (October 2011) completed the book and it is being put togehter, the layout and artwork anyway, by the publisher ready for a July 2012 release. It has been a fantastic project and has spawned several other projects. One is to...


Nov 27, 2011

Search for yourself

Dr Nick Young's website

I decided to look for myself on various search engines and although I am happy that searching for "Nick Young" on several of them brings my site, www.nickbits.co.uk, as the second or third link. I look now and then just for fun, sometimes I do find some interesting things out.


Nov 11, 2011

History in the Community

Graveyard Tour by Nick Young 2011

History in the community is something that you hear little about. I know there are groups and projects around the country promoting history, actively, into their communities. I and others want to promote the heritage in and around Thatcham. I have now been doing this for a long time and have been...


Nov 9, 2011