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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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

"And who are YOU?". A question I could have asked of a number of people wandering around at a [name suppressed] venue that I was attending an event at recently. There was quite an art in looking at the people around and deciding whether or not they were staff on duty or visitors / customers. I know that I've been embarrassed in the past by asking for assistance from a bored looking individual just to find that he / she is waiting for their partner, and that I've stood waiting for service while an incognito member of staff daydreams.

All of our staff here at Well House Manor have badges, and it's one of the more stringent rules that they should be work at all times. Even when I'm giving a course and know my delegates well, I won't have a clue as to who may walk in through the door; I may walk across to the library to pick up some reference, and bump into a passer by who's dropped in to see our facilities.

Have you notices that breakfasts are getting smaller? Yesterday, at St Philip's Marsh in Bristol, Lisa and I stopped by a burger joint and had a snack for breakfast - sorry, I really can't call it a full breakfast - and camera at hand I recorded the little event. The pound coin is there for scale - and I have not been at this picture with photoshop!

Continuing on my small theme, here is "Trigger" [name changed to protect his identity because I don't know his real name] who lives near my son and daughter in law at the confusingly named Beach - confusing because it must be full 15 miles from the beach!
(written 2007-08-04, updated 2009-01-22)

Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter for individual articles
M150 - For users of Well House Manor.
  [582] DWIM and AWWO - (2006-01-30)
  [2253] Walks in and around Melksham, Wiltshire - (2009-06-21)
  [2307] Breakfast in Mexico - (2009-07-27)
  [2590] A healthy, local breakfast in Melksham - (2010-01-19)
  [2660] One number for Well House - 01225 708225 - (2010-03-04)
  [2962] Well House Manor - the history of the hotel - (2010-09-20)
  [3544] Looking for hotel rooms in Melksham over Christmas? We still have some availability - (2011-12-08)
  [3552] Melksham Training Centre and Hotel internet speed - how does it compare? - (2011-12-14)
  [3976] Easy pricing, quick and easy checkout - (2013-01-15)
  [4379] Well House Consultants / Well House Manor - Prices for 2015 - (2015-01-01)
  [4567] Japanese and Malaysian food in Melksham - (2015-11-01)
  [4613] Our best hotel customers help us ... to help them ... be our best customers. - (2016-01-04)

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