• 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...


  • 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...


Referencing - Part 1

So what is referencing and why should I use it? Well simply put, referencing is referring to another piece of work. This could be your own or someone else’s. There are many reasons to use it, perhaps the two most important are that you acknowledge you have extended the work of others and secondly...


Jul 22, 2010

Book Review: Life Stories

Life Stories

Anyone who likes nature and/or Attenborough will love this book, Life Stories by Sir David Attenborough. In this book, Attenborough discusses various animals and plants looking at their environment and behaviour. The book conveys a great deal of wonder at the world we live in, which is excellently...


Jul 22, 2010

Making Money Online

How to make money online? If anyone has the real answer I would love to know. I often get asked how my site makes money and how much does the advertising bring in.


Jul 7, 2010

Domain Names

I was renewing some of my domain names when I thought I would check to see what I actually have. It came as a complete shock to find out I ahve 30, or more, domain names. But thinking about it that is a mixture of business and personal so perhaps not so suprising. What was suprising though is there...


Jun 30, 2010

Useful: Victoria County Histories

So I have been a little lax this year on updates to the site. That is now changing. I am aiming to get the useful blogs going again every other week. This week I am introducing the "Victoria County Histories" website over at - www.british-history.ac.uk. A fantastic resource for any British...


Jun 20, 2010

Useful: Recaptcha

Most websites use captchas somewhere. A captcha, for those who do not know, is a system used to confirm the form is being submitted by a human and not an automated computer program. There are various types of captch such as math and graphical. For the math you have to solve a simple math such as "3...


Apr 1, 2010