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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Looking through pictures of Lisa
relaxing with trainees at the end of the day, I spotted wine and beer in the pictures. And yet just last week a customer asked me "do you ever have a drink, Graham?" because it's so rare to see me with a glass in my hand.
I used to train under contract in a larger training centre. Another contractor there used to leave his class at the training centre at lunchtime in the care of the office staff and pop across the road for a quick Whiskey (and perhaps a pint as well). And I felt that this was extraordinarily bad form. I can't question his ability to train - he always got excellent reviews at the end of the course - but somehow I couldn't condone the smell of alcohol on his breath after lunch.
The view of lunchtime drinking in the IT business seems to have toughened over the years. I can recall a drawing office team who were learning Solaris Admin to look after an Autocad system complaining loudly that their bosses had just banned the pub at lunchtime "like they have done for the drivers of our vehicles", and I felt my sympathys with the bosses rather than the work team. "Liquid lunches" as a regular routine at some companies seem to have become less common, and the liquid is now more likely to be a Coke than a bitter, now helped down by a meal rather than by a packet of crisps.
Very occasionally, we take our class to a pub at lunchtime
- it tends to be on the first day of a long course where we can afford a full hour for lunch and want to make the group of separate individuals from up to 7 companys bond. We provide (buy) the food, and we'll also buy one drink per person. Only very occasionally do people choose something alcoholic, and the tutor's drink is always a Coke, or perhaps an Orange Juice and Lemonade if we're really splashing out. Quite simply, I'm convinced that drinking and training don't mix. (written 2005-02-20, updated 2008-05-16)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesG205 - Well House Consultants - Food and Drink. 
Tesco at 5 - (2004-09-02) 
MTBF of coffee machines - (2005-01-20) 
Canteen Dragon - (2005-02-09) 
Look after your staff and they'll look after you. AOL. - (2005-02-12) 
Dining full circle - (2005-05-06) 
Laying out a vegetarian lunch - (2005-10-05) 
Melksham Hotel - Five Star Kitchen! - (2007-09-04) 
How many cups of coffee? - (2008-10-17) 
Ruby, Perl, Linux, MySQL - some training notes - (2008-11-23) 
A healthy, local breakfast in Melksham - (2010-01-19) 
Melksham Hotel, B and B or business accommodation? - (2010-01-20) 
Course Lunches - (2010-05-27) 
What we look for in a lunchtime cafe restaurant in Melksham - (2011-02-24) 
Lunch for Melksham Businesses - (2011-03-11) 
C / C++ Course Lunch - sitting out at the West End - (2011-04-07) 
Eating out in Melksham - where we like for lunch. - (2011-08-11) 
Buffet review - taking the price into account - (2015-02-05)
Some other Articles
10 years and countingYOUR application and YOUR dataThere is a function in PHP to do thatWho are all these visitors?Lunchtime DrinkWhen to use FramesSome unusual featuresGolden NuggetUse of timeCheap purchase - votes paid for with selfish promises
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