• Newbury 365 launched

    A new history book, Newbury 365, was launched at West Berkshire Museum on Saturday 14th October 2015. The book, written by Dr Nick Young, details at least one historical event that took place on each day of the year. The book covers every day events, the English Civil War, murder and much more. For...


  • 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...


Referencing: Vancouver (Part 3)

This is the third and final part of the referencing psots. In part 1 I discussed what referencing is and why it is needed, then in part 2 I introduced one way of referencing, the Harvard method. In this part I introduce the second referencing method, Vancouver.


Aug 22, 2010

Referencing: Harvard (Part 2)

Int the previous referencing post, I gave a short overview of what referencing is and why it is needed. This time we will take a look at how to reference using the Harvard method.


Aug 7, 2010

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