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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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

I know that autumn is well here when I set out in the dark for a customer site at the start of the day ... and by the time I get to my hotel in the evening, it's dark as well. But there's a beauty in the rising sun over Salisbury plain, and I'm lucky to have a camera that captures some of the atmosphere.

Mists were rising from the river Avon above Salisbury, and a few streetlights from the northern suburbs twinkled through the trees.

This hotel has been here for six years "but the other wing and the lights are much newer" according to the general manager, who was out on the lawn with his deputy as I took this picture. Very interesting that he described his hotel - with a room rate of £69.95 - as a "budget hotel". I must give that some thought. But I will admit that the prices of some of the others around here, between Portsmouth and Southampton rather scared me off.

The rooms have what I need. Space. I can get on line. Comfortable bed. En suite. Quiet. Well stocked hospitality tray. And it's been a long day ... so I may go off and watch the TV; the only slight downer being that it's medium rather than large, and I need to carefully decide which buttons to press to avoid the pay section.
(written 2009-10-13)

Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter for individual articles
M204 - Well House Manor - Salisbury District
  [325] Gone Racing - Larkhill, Wiltshire - (2005-05-26)
  [833] Old Wardour Castle - (2006-08-14)
  [880] Celebration circles - (2006-09-27)
  [1127] A day at the races - (2007-04-01)
  [1128] Avon Vale hunt at the Point to Point - (2007-04-01)
  [1398] Someone else's wedding - (2007-10-21)
  [1652] Old Sarum airfield brings back fond memories - (2008-05-24)
  [2473] Exploring Old Railways - (2009-10-24)
  [3642] Wiltshire Travel Times - Chippenham, Trowbridge, Salisbury and other places too - (2012-03-07)
  [3709] Queen to visit eight Wiltshire areas - will she know what she misses in the other 13 areas? - (2012-04-26)
  [3723] Bank Holiday Monday, so it was pouring with rain. - (2012-05-07)
  [4622] Frosty morning, beauty of Wiltshire - (2016-01-14)
  [4653] Coats of arms - towns and authorities in Wiltshire - (2016-02-21)

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