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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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

Melksham Oak Community School near completion - the signs are up, and the oak tree itself is looking somewhat more pretty with spring leaves. More pictures [here].

Where is this magnificent building? Is it Rome or Athens, perhaps? No - it's the old Court House in Devizes and, regrettably, it's in a very poor way. More pictures [here].

Although the weekend has been dull so far, there's a magnificent green-ness about West Woods - the bluebell woods near Lockeridge off the old A4. See pictures [here].

And on Friday, I was invited to the meeting of the Heart of Wessex Community Rail Partnership and took a few pictures of Pen Mill Station in Yeovil - [here].

For the past several weeks, I have been training and writing up Open Source programming material 7 days a week - so here's a wider view and some pictures taken on Friday and over the weekend.

I find myself in the extraordinary position this Monday morning of not knowing whether I'm training or not today. "Surely not on a Bank Holiday" you may ask, and so I would have thought. However ... an urgent requirement came up, and the (probable / possible) customer said could make today; I'm committed from Wednesday on for several weeks, so "Monday it is". But having made the provisional booking, and been re-assured that "the order is on its way", the order didn't arrive. And a chaser email on Friday went unanswered.

What should I do? Well - I've planned this as a working day now, and I have plenty else to do if we have a "no show", or if the customer turns up without a purchase order or other form of payment. If there's no order, then I'm going to take a deep breath and say "no training"; if you think that's uncaring and I should look for an alternative way, yes - I feel it is. But - I'm caught between a rock and a hard place on this one. The organization from which the guy may turn up is a big local one, with whom we've (uniquely amongst our customers) had repeated problems of this sort in the past, and I really don't want to take on a debt that in all probability would need strong chasing when it goes overdue - we have far better things to do that have this extra paperwork and the emotional stress it brings.

(written 2010-05-03, updated 2010-05-04)

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  [829] Where to go within 30 minutes of Melksham - (2006-08-11)
  [942] Index of Pictures - (2006-11-24)
  [946] Look around this mouth. - (2006-11-26)
  [971] Wiltshire letterboxes - (2006-12-07)
  [1106] Spring Pictures - (2007-03-11)
  [1112] Bank Holiday country breaks in Melksham, Wiltshire - (2007-03-17)
  [1129] Golfing, Wiltshire (near Melksham) - (2007-04-01)
  [1156] Two by One by Wiltshire - (2007-04-20)
  [1399] Pictures Framed - (2007-10-21)
  [1428] Travel Across Wiltshire - the game - (2007-11-11)
  [1521] Evening drive across the roof of Wiltshire - (2008-01-27)
  [1859] Wiltshire at dawn - the tourist trail - (2008-10-29)
  [1981] Bitter cold - (2009-01-07)
  [2128] Wiltshire - where everybody matters - (2009-04-13)
  [2176] Balloon Journey in Wiltshire - (2009-05-12)
  [2279] Understanding the new local government structure in Wiltshire - (2009-07-11)
  [2288] Wiltshire Community Area Partnerships - (2009-07-15)
  [2411] Further North - long summer days and lovely countryside - (2009-09-19)
  [2594] Melksham Area - your community view is sought - (2010-01-23)
  [2713] History is all around us - (2010-04-09)
  [2882] Seeing Wiltshire - from a Melksham base - (2010-07-21)
  [2888] Recent Pictures - (2010-07-27)
  [2923] Fresh air and beautiful places in Wiltshire - (2010-08-15)
  [3513] Olympic Torch - dates and places in Wiltshire in 2012 - (2011-11-08)
  [3723] Bank Holiday Monday, so it was pouring with rain. - (2012-05-07)
  [3729] Then and now pictures of Melksham - on show through the summer - (2012-05-11)
  [3800] Fancy a weekend away? Try Well House Manor in Melksham, Wiltshire - (2012-07-09)
  [3806] 2011 Census results - initial figures for Wiltshire. - (2012-07-17)
  [3989] Plenty to see and do - even in Winter - on a Well House Manor weekend - (2013-01-24)
  [4084] New Pictures - Melksham Pack Horse Bridge - (2013-05-12)
  [4702] Up and down TransWilts - some pictures off the rails! - (2016-07-07)

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