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For 2021 - online Python 3 training - see ((here)).

Our plans were to retire in summer 2020 and see the world, but Coronavirus has lead us into a lot of lockdown programming in Python 3 and PHP 7.
We can now offer tailored online training - small groups, real tutors - works really well for groups of 4 to 14 delegates. Anywhere in the world; course language English.

Please ask about private 'maintenance' training for Python 2, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, etc.
Motorcycles welcome at Well House Manor

I used to ride a motor cycle. I suppose I may have my mid-life crisis at some point and ride another one. And I've got that in common with many of our course delegates; occasionally (sometimes it seems not so occasionally!) one of them will arrive for a course on his bike and in full leathers.

There's an element who are concerned about "bikers" - and indeed some of the riders who drive up and down outside our place are "applying for the organ donor program" as John - who you see in the picture - commented. But they're not really just one of a label - "bikers" - they're people on bikes. You get a clue from little things - the ponytail sticking out, the colour of an ankle that's not covered with a sock, the gesture to other traffic to move in. I'm reminded of how I found that I got something of a clue about the ladies, in their full length, full face covered black robes in Saudi Arabia when I was there two years ago - the manner of walking, and the shoes, gave such a pointer. But I digress ...

"You really enjoy customer service" said Lisa to me yesterday, as we ate at Sweetwater, Virginia, USA and I joked with the wait staff who had offered Lisa coffee and me tea after a meal. "Why tea?" I asked an "oh come on - British Accent" replied the person and we chuckled. I had a coffee and we concluded the meal with yet another smile after a lovely evening. I digress again ....

We took an hour yesterday to travel from Lisa's sister's house ... the 8 miles to Tyson's Corner down the Leesburg Pike. Stop lights here seem to keep you stopped for an age - the 1 minute cycle from the UK seems extended to five, and heavy traffic and road construction multiplied the delay. And it seemed that the road works people hadn't reprogrammed the stop lights, so that the works which allowed a single line through the lights caused the mother of all tailbacks. All around the world, traffic is getting worse, and where it was a pleasure to drive a car in the past, it's now becoming something of a chore much of the time, and a chore that I prefer to replace with an alternative form of transport.

On Wednesday morning, we travelled to Heathrow Airport by coach - for sure, it took us longer, but it was much more relaxed. We got a chance to talk, to see what was going on, to meet if briefly, a number of other people. And we ended up at the airport fresh, and in good time for the anticipated scrum at checkin, queues at security, scramble for a bite to eat before the long walk to the plane, and a cramped 8 hours in conditions that would be considered cruel to sheep, followed by a grilling from an official who's job it is to let only those who meet George Bush's rules into his country.

But actually it wasn't like that at all - yes, this was perhaps the easiest journey ever. Perhaps it's because it was later in the day that there was no checkin scrum. No queue at security either, and they now have it down to a fine art to get people through quickly. Terminal 3 now has a better choice of eateries (without queues too) and a Yo Shushi gave us the chance to select a light set of mini-dishes that set us up well for the flight, with no service-delay and left us good time to get reading materials and electronic gizmos (another day's story) for the flight. A shorter walk to a new gate, and a very comfortable flight - aided (it mush be admitted) by an upgrade to Premium Economy based on frequent flyer points gained after travelling in 'the back' for many years. And on USA arrival? A short immigration line, an officer with a smile, a shuttle to the hire car base sitting at the kerbside, and a hire car that was just 3 spaces from that base when we had done the paperwork, and not at the far end of the lot.

Where am I rambling? I'm rambling in the land where travel is changing. I'm saying that we encourage people who are visiting us to come by motor bike, by train, by bus, by coach, by car, by plane. We've had a delegate who was encouraged to see that our "where are we" details include a note of where you can best moor your narrowboat if you're on a course, and we're just a hundred yards off one of the main cycle routes that criss-cross the country. Yes, we do have facilities for your bike under cover. Good large showers to wash off the perspiration of cycling. Rooms with overnight accommodation if you travel a day early, and more relaxed. And we're happy to give you lifts to and from Melksham station, or to arrange a taxi for slightly more distant public transport connections. And - having said all that - we've also got plenty of free parking for our delegates and guests for whom the car remains the best and most practical way of reaching us.
(written 2008-09-19, updated 2008-09-22)

Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter for individual articles
Z531 - Cycling and Walking
  [1640] Walking on The Wiltshire Downs - (2008-05-12)
  [2253] Walks in and around Melksham, Wiltshire - (2009-06-21)
  [2490] Friendly Hotel in Melksham, near Bath - (2009-11-02)
  [2666] Random thoughts on Melksham Town Planning and development - (2010-03-08)
  [2704] A walk within without - Melksham Without - (2010-04-02)
  [2707] A walk on the Kennet and Avon - (2010-04-04)
  [2709] Old trackways and routes near Melksham - (2010-04-05)
  [2858] The healthy option - away from the private car - (2010-07-07)
  [2958] What do these road markings mean? Could Confusion Kill? - (2010-09-17)
  [3023] Autumn walk from Bowerhill - (2010-10-31)
  [3216] Images of a Spring Walk - (2011-03-27)
  [3228] What can you take on a public footpath? Pram? Wheelbarrow? Dog? Shopping Trolley? Horse? Cycle? - (2011-04-03)
  [3231] Footpath, Bridleway, Byway, Road used as Public Path - (2011-04-04)
  [3376] Kennet and Avon - Walk from Bedwyn to Pewsey. TransWilts day out. - (2011-08-01)
  [3579] Transport in Cambridgeshire - seen by an outside observer. What can Wiltshire learn? - (2012-01-15)
  [3580] Melksham Area - buses, trains, cycles, and roads. Meeting, 17.1.2012 - (2012-01-15)
  [3689] Can I cycle or ride my mobility scooter on the pavement? - (2012-04-07)
  [3771] Fine evening, country walk from Melksham - pictures - (2012-06-21)
  [3904] Want to help us improve transport in Wiltshire? Here is how! - (2012-10-26)
  [3938] A long overdue meeting - a steeping stone towards coordinate transport user inputs - (2012-12-02)
  [4022] A request for all of Melksham transport groups to work integrated - (2013-03-01)

M104 - Finding Well House Manor.
  [555] Hotel novelties - (2006-01-05)
  [933] Course Joining package - updated - (2006-11-20)
  [1311] What do people look for on a hotel web site? - (2007-08-20)
  [2659] New numbers, as 01225 707126 and 01225 709638 are being retired - (2010-03-04)

M103 - Getting to and from Well House Manor
  [814] Melksham Railway Calendar 2007 - (2006-07-25)
  [952] Coming from London to Melksham by train for a course - (2006-11-28)
  [1200] Training information - England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland - (2007-05-22)
  [1452] Santa on the train to Melksham - (2007-12-01)
  [1511] Buses from Well House Manor, Melksham, to Bath - (2008-01-18)
  [2248] Getting home from Melksham - (2009-06-19)
  [2249] Public Transport from London to Melksham, Wiltshire - (2009-06-19)
  [2493] Melksham buses to/from Chippenham, Trowbridge, Bath, Devizes, London - (2009-11-05)
  [2634] London to and from Melksham by public transport - (2010-02-13)
  [2789] Melksham to London (Heathrow, and Central London) - (2010-06-02)
  [2791] Bath to Melksham buses - times - (2010-06-03)
  [2926] Journey times to Melksham, Wiltshire - (2010-08-17)
  [3276] International travel to the UK - coming to Melksham - (2011-05-03)
  [3751] Public transport for international arrivals into Melksham - (2012-06-04)
  [3752] Melksham Visitors Map - Bus routes and train lines to and from the town - (2012-06-04)
  [3849] New bus times - Melksham to Bath - (2012-08-25)
  [4174] What would the extra trains from Melksham mean to your journey? - (2013-09-15)
  [4175] An alternative format for a new train service timetable - (2013-09-15)
  [4264] Weekend breaks by train to Melksham, Wiltshire - (2014-04-19)

G101 - Well House Consultants - Getting to and from Melksham
  [40] Take the train to training - (2004-09-06)
  [154] Railway train service, Melksham station - (2004-12-17)
  [187] a popular bus number - (2005-01-23)
  [413] Save the train - (2005-08-13)
  [486] Rail services under threat - Swindon, Melksham ... and Newquay and Bicester too - (2005-11-05)
  [538] A company we can work with - (2005-12-23)
  [606] Train service from December - (2006-02-14)
  [715] First way to get rid of customers - (2006-05-09)
  [790] Shadow Transport Minister to visit Melksham - (2006-07-02)
  [796] Busy day in Melksham - (2006-07-08)
  [856] The train returns for a few weeks - (2006-09-05)
  [1085] Lawrence Webb's Melksham Taxi service - (2007-02-18)
  [1428] Travel Across Wiltshire - the game - (2007-11-11)
  [1567] Melksham - Swindon. Train v Bus v Car - (2008-03-07)
  [1594] Please support improvements in our train service - (2008-03-28)
  [1723] Bath - Melksham - Devizes. Bus route changes, new timetable - (2008-07-26)
  [1997] Travelling to a course - station pickups - (2009-01-16)
  [2057] Train and Coach fares from London (and airports) to Melksham - (2009-02-26)
  [2367] Learning to program - how to jump the first hurdles - (2009-08-20)
  [4168] Travelling to and from courses - much easier from December 2013 - (2013-09-08)
  [4701] Pretty at the station too - (2016-07-06)

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