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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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Origin of Jack and Jill and little Jack Horner

Have you come across the nursery rhymes "Jack and Jill went up the Hill" and "Little Jack Horner sat in the Corner"? Both of them originate from stories and local characters just a few miles from where we live, in the Somerset villages of Mells and Kilmersdon - Villages between the ex-coal town of Radstock and Frome.

Kilmersdon has made a great deal of its connection with Jack and Jill, with a well signposted path to the Hill, and with the rhyme set in stones as you climb the hill. The well at the top, set in the school grounds, looks back over the hill and interpretation boards tell you what's known of the history of the story. And I'm glad to report that the hill is now tarmaced, so there's little danger of any modern day Jacks and Jills meeting with similar fatal accidents.

By contrast, Mells has just a single building to commemorate Jack (really Mark) Horner. Perhaps we was a bit of a 'Jack the lad' - that's why they think he's called Jack - and the village isn't too sure if it likes the association and the visitors that more publicity might bring in. It's certainly a quiet and sleepy little place.

Correction - it may be that "Jack Horner" was John Horner (Sir John Horner, 28th December 1842 -31st March 1927) who is buried in the churchyard. Mark was his short-lived son ....
(written 2007-03-25, updated 2008-12-26)

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