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For 2023 (and 2024 ...) - 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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Four aspects - Chamber, Transport, Courses and Hotel

Our main business is in Open Source computer training - reaching people how to program in Perl, PHP and Python, in Lua, Ruby and Tcl, and on related subjects such as the MySQL database and the Linux Operating system. You can find a full public course schedule (with links to detailed course descriptions) here, or you can find our about private courses at our training centre here and at your offices here.

So many of our delegates come a long way to our courses, and rather than have them head off in different directions to different hotels and B&Bs every night, we opened our own new hotel and training centre in 2006. It's become very popular with people who visit Melksham to see other businesses, and we do a healthy weekend / holiday trade with people visiting their relatives or touring our beautiful area. See here for our Well House Manor web site.

Until 2006, some 40% of our delegates arrived in Melksham by train, but in that year First Great Western removed all but two trains a day from the timetable ... and now it's just 4% of our delegates who arrive by train and the service is, frankly, an embarrassment. It's also rather silly that a town with a population of over 20,000 and a perfectly good railway has been slashed back in this way, forcing us onto overcrowded and slower roads which are less environmentally friendly. I started a campaign in 2005 (but AFTER the decision had been made to cancel most services) for an appropriate service, and that carries on to this day. We have moved from being considered to be a "basket case" in the early days to having a very high Benefit Cost Ratio in the latest reports for a service that runs as frequently as once an hour. See here for more details of the campaign and here for a wider area forum.

When we arrived in Melksham in 1999, we arrived quietly. Our customer base is countrywide / continent wide, and our footprint a small one, so it wasn't necessary of natural to make a big splash. However, our delegates bring business to Melksham, and we fell in love with the place. The hotel brings further natural local involvement, and the train campaign further involvement. Local politics, with the recent changes and economy, lead to a real need for Melksham's businesses to be supported and their case put and so we joined the Chamber of Commerce. And being around the town so much of the time, and happy to 'represent', I have been elected as the President of the Chamber.

All four of these aspects appear on this blog - "The Horse's Mouth" and in the archives too. Regular readers will look and see what happens on a daily basis and skip over articles that are not relevant, and our newsletter provides a general update every 2 months. But what about people arriving at our blog archives when using a search engine to find out about the Chamber of Commerce. Up until (roll of drums!) this morning, they've come to a page that has appeared to Chamber of Commerce content in an illogical training wrapper ... but no longer. The four logos you see on this page are now selected as appropriate for archived articles, and the top "soundbite" and menus are also tailored. How do we do it? Find out on our PHP techniques workshop.

Examples of each logo in use:

Weekend and Christmas specials at Well House Manor

Melksham's Public Transport and especially how limited it is on a Sunday

Making your Melksham business a destination (Chamber of Commerce)

Choosing your PHP course
(written 2009-10-11, updated 2009-10-12)

Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
G905 - Well House Consultants - Blogging and Blog Administration
  [1] First Jottings - (2004-08-05)
  [6] Blog v Forum - (2004-08-07)
  [18] Wanted: More hours in the day - (2004-08-18)
  [141] Too technical? - (2004-12-05)
  [145] A comment on comments - (2004-12-09)
  [177] Blogs come of age - (2005-01-14)
  [185] Who am I? - (2005-01-21)
  [204] The confidence to allow public comments - (2005-02-06)
  [231] Feedback as lifeblood - (2005-02-28)
  [245] I'm not blogging it - (2005-03-14)
  [359] Chicken soup without the religion - (2005-06-26)
  [390] Moderating wiki, blog, and forum contributions - (2005-07-26)
  [405] Horse's Mouth is a year old - (2005-08-07)
  [410] Reading a news or blog feed (RSS) in your PHP page - (2005-08-12)
  [425] Caching an XML feed - (2005-08-26)
  [508] Comment, please! - (2005-11-28)
  [671] Both ends of the animal - (2006-04-05)
  [876] Making pages clearer - easy Disability Discrimination Act Compliance - (2006-09-23)
  [1000] One Thousand Posts and still going strong - (2006-12-18)
  [1077] In answer to 'am I glad I started a blog' ... - (2007-02-12)
  [1203] A Fresh horse - (2007-05-24)
  [1978] From spam to mod_alias - finding resources - (2009-01-05)
  [2000] 2000th article - Remember the background and basics - (2009-01-18)
  [2192] Copy writing - allowing for the cut - (2009-05-21)
  [2517] Blogging accuracy - open invitation for any corrections - (2009-11-29)
  [2564] Microblogging services - Plurk, Twitter, Jaiku and more - (2010-01-05)
  [2751] Going off at a tangent, for a ramble - (2010-05-04)
  [2823] Where have all the bloggers gone? - (2010-06-24)
  [3016] The legal considerations of your web presence - revisited - (2010-10-26)
  [3163] Twitter - the special use of @ # and http: in tweets - (2011-02-09)
  [3186] How to add a customised twitter feed to your site - (2011-02-27)
  [3208] Links for social media, microblogs and business networking - (2011-03-20)
  [3514] Microblogging - what I should have tweeted in the last 48 hours - (2011-11-10)
  [3759] The five oldest blogs and the horses mouth - (2012-06-09)
  [4000] 9 years, and 4000 articles on - (2013-02-09)
  [4121] Has your Twitter feed stopped working? Switching to their new API - (2013-06-23)
  [4292] The Horse is back! - (2014-09-15)
  [4568] Moderation - and the tendency to over-moderate - (2015-11-02)
  [4714] The technical article feed continues - personal updates more proactive on Facebook now! - (2016-10-30)

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This is a page archived from The Horse's Mouth at http://www.wellho.net/horse/ - the diary and writings of Graham Ellis. Every attempt was made to provide current information at the time the page was written, but things do move forward in our business - new software releases, price changes, new techniques. Please check back via our main site for current courses, prices, versions, etc - any mention of a price in "The Horse's Mouth" cannot be taken as an offer to supply at that price.

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