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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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Summer Ball at Bowood - Saturday 12th July 2008

I'm giving a "plug" this morning for a Summer Ball which will be held at Bowood Golf and Country Club on Saturday, 12th July 2008. The local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has organised such an event for many years, and it's always been a sell out.

The arrangements take an incredibly long time, with the booking for one year being made before the noise from the previous year's event has even subsided, but this year the outgoing committee of the local FSB branch found itself unable, for reasons outside of its own control that I have mentioned elsewhere, to take those initial steps. Yet that commitee has many, many business friends who would not want to be disappointed, and we have amongst our numbers several people who organise hospitality on a regular basis. So - independent, and not for profit, we have started the Ball rolling.

How does YOUR diary look for 12th July? There's a whole lot about the ball here [link] including entertainment details, menu, prices and booking information. I've prepared the page and I'm hosting it without charge, Marion Mortimer is "fronting" the early admin and booking again not-for-profit and we'll have a whale of a time.


"How to survive in adversity" is the title of a book I once picked up to read on a transatlantic flight, and I remember some of the tidbits from it from time to time. Some people have a personal philosophy that says "take what life throws at you and grumble", others say "take what life throws and survive it the best you can" and a third approach - the one I attempt to follow - which says "take what life throws at you and use it to everyone's advantage". Yes - I try to be part of the every cloud has a silver lining brigade. And it has stood me well - VERY well - over the years. Well House Consultants grew from an adverse situation and the thought "what can I do about this?" - from a £100.00 shell company with me as the only member of the team to where we are today.

The Summer Ball can do the same. It's independent, and it's intended as a social event for business people in Wiltshire. It's not tied to the Federation of Small businesses ... but the organisers WILL welcome the FSB's new committee on board. And the local Chambers of Commerce, Institute of Directors, and other business groups. It promises to be a very interesting evening - fun and fruitful for us all.


Newly indexed images on this site ... page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, page 6 and page 7. See here if you would like to link to any of these images from your own site. See here to search our images and here to see which of our images are the most viewed.
(written 2008-01-19, updated 2008-01-22)

Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter for individual articles
Z401 - Federation of Small Businesses
  [1078] Wiltshire - multicultural community - (2007-02-13)
  [1097] Train and business balls all in the air! - (2007-03-02)
  [1133] B-2-B Networking, 20th April. Useful for YOUR business? - (2007-04-03)
  [1157] Speed Networking - a great evening and how we arranged it - (2007-04-21)
  [1246] An oddball day. Strange experiences! - (2007-06-27)
  [1249] Is this how to run a business for businesses? - (2007-06-27)
  [1278] West Wilts Show - (2007-07-26)
  [1284] An update on the West Wilts show ... - (2007-07-30)
  [1286] A wasted evening? - (2007-08-01)
  [1350] FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) Western Region - (2007-09-13)
  [1479] FSB leaves its members feeling like mushrooms - (2007-12-20)
  [1515] Keeping staff up to date on hotel room status - (2008-01-22)
  [1544] FSB, EGM, AGM. - (2008-02-18)
  [1654] The old sayings are the best (FSB) - (2008-05-26)
  [1823] FSB - an update. - (2008-10-07)
  [1855] Volunteer v Employee - a skewed balance? (FSB) - (2008-10-25)
  [1880] Melksham Chamber of Commerce, or the FSB - (2008-11-12)
  [1937] Getting hold of the wrong end of the stick - (2008-12-12)
  [2517] Blogging accuracy - open invitation for any corrections - (2009-11-29)
  [2524] An update on legal changes from the FSB? - (2009-12-03)
  [3032] Coincidence, or Conspiracy - a wrong email address - (2010-11-06)
  [3214] Melksham Campus - any last minute inputs from Melksham businesses? - (2011-03-26)
  [3522] Networking - North and West Wilts FSB Style - (2011-11-15)

M203 - Well House Manor - North Wiltshire
  [1625] Box from end to end - (2008-04-29)
  [2685] Stairs - (2010-03-19)
  [2819] Some more pictures ... - (2010-06-19)
  [3206] Wiltshire College / Lackham College - the animals - (2011-03-19)
  [3207] Lambing at Lackham - (2011-03-19)
  [3267] Reybridge, Easter Monday - (2011-04-27)
  [3341] Farewell to the Hercules? - (2011-07-01)
  [4653] Coats of arms - towns and authorities in Wiltshire - (2016-02-21)

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