For 2023 - we are now fully retired from IT training.
We have made many, many friends over 25 years of teaching about Python, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, Java, C and C++ - and MySQL, Linux and Solaris/SunOS too. Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own risk.
Lisa and I (Graham) now live in what was our training centre in Melksham - happy to meet with former delegates here - but do check ahead before coming round. We are far from inactive - rather, enjoying the times that we are retired but still healthy enough in mind and body to be active!
I am also active in many other area and still look after a lot of web sites - you can find an index ((here))
Taking Equipment offshore to run a course
I learn something every day .... and one of the things I learnt yesterday was how I can take equipment to and from places that are within the United Kingdom, but are not part of the EU. Yes - you read that right; the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are not a part of the EU, but rather what I think is called "offshore" locations on our doorstep.
So why would I even be interested in taking equipment to Jersey or Douglas? Well - there are a number of big companies that have operations based at such places and indeed we have trained people who have travelled from both groups of islands in the past. Now we have a whole group who want a course there. It turns out that running a course on the Isle of Man is easy
, as are courses on the Channel Islands
Taking equipment to one of these locations:
a) Complete a customs and excise form (call their help line on 0845 010 9000 and they'll post one)
b) Produce two lists of the equipment to be taken, including serial Nos., on company letterhead
c) Check the equipment out with customs as you leave the country. They will stamp and retain a copy
d) Check the equipment back in with the second list on your return.
I've been advised to phone ahead to the Ferry port to ensure that there's a customs rep on duty. (written 2004-11-02, updated 2006-06-05)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesG404 - Well House Consultants - On site venues 
An Open Source course on the Channel Islands - (2005-01-31) 
Central London Courses - Perl, PHP, Python, Tcl, MySQL - (2005-07-18) 
A journey, an arrival, a people - (2006-05-21) 
Last week - picture of the Perl course - (2006-06-02) 
Lua training class in Spanish - (2009-07-29) 
Training Courses - time of change - (2010-04-19) 
Oddballs in Plymouth - (2010-10-08) 
New Computers for delegates to use - (2011-01-13) 
Lua, Tcl, Python; Worldwide training classes - (2011-01-14) 
Every tenth picture. - (2011-05-17) 
Best tenner I ever spent? - (2012-03-04) 
10 reasons why I travel the night before a course starts - (2012-12-10) 
From Salford - (2013-02-19) 
Ruby training, half a world away - (2016-05-14)
Some other Articles
Training notes available under Open Distribution licenseFriday, busy week!URLs - a service and not a hurdleA typical morningTaking Equipment offshore to run a courseFar from the sea, but close to the heartDistance Learningmysql_connect or mysql_pconnect in PHP?Can't resist writing about PythonThe Romans got it right
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