• 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...


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

PSD to HTML/CSS: Part 2


Previously (see part 1) we discussed how to split the design into sections and we downloaded an outline/initial project files. This time we will code the HTML, the initial code anyway. For this we are going to completely ignore coding CSS and will come onto that in the next article. So let’s start...


Oct 2, 2011

Types of Cameras

digital SLR Camera

When people talk about types of camera, one of two things will enter their thoughts, either “Compact” or “SLR.” Both are looked at in this article. Infact there are other types as well including bridge and Compact System Camera (CSC).


Sep 15, 2011