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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
A tale of a wee wall
When does making a wall wee make it turn into it not being a wee wall any longer?
Walking home on Friday night, after most of the pubs had shut, I note a chap a few hundred yards in front of me. I thought nothing more of it, and he disappeared into some gateway or other and I carried on walking.
Catching up to the point where he had vanished, I was surprised to see him appear again just a few yards ahead of me now, from behind a high garden wall, and continue on his way.
We had heard that Spa Road - or certain properties on Spa Road - attract revellers from the town, wandering home, to meet the call of nature in their gardens behind high walls. Indeed, after we had bought 'The Manor', we learnt that it was a favourite spot for such activities.
Our plans always included lowering THAT wall. It made the place look like a fortress. It made it dangerous to leave the drive in a car because of the dreadful visibility and, it appears, it also provided a haven for meeting the call of nature and goodness knows what else! The wall is largely gone - from being nearly 2 metres tall, it's now around 20 cm tall - and it's now just a wee wall and not the neighbourhood's weeing wall. And we're much relieved about this.
After ... now ... this morning .... for ever
For those who don't speak the same native tongue that I do, the word "wee" is both a Scots term for tiny, and also ... well, I'm sure you can make out the other meaning from my post. And, yes, the whole double use of this word has lead to a lot of jokes and plays on words along the lines of the one above. (written 2006-11-19, updated 2006-11-23)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesM350 - Well House Manor - project diary 
2006 - Making business a pleasure - (2006-01-01) 
Hotel novelties - (2006-01-05) 
Well House Manor - (2006-01-21) 
Sympathetic development - (2006-04-09) 
Planning a hotel refurb - an example of a Gant chart in PHP - (2006-05-14) 
Residential - (2006-05-15) 
The eye - (2006-05-31) 
We can offer a room, but we can't operate on a dog - (2006-06-05) 
Seeing the bricks for the trees - (2006-06-11) 
Naming Rooms - (2006-06-24) 
Above the parapit, Well House Manor - (2006-07-28) 
Hotel, Melksham, Wiltshire - (2006-08-24) 
Fitting our bathrooms - (2006-09-04) 
From the Manor written - (2006-09-07) 
4 weeks to go - (2006-09-11) 
Coming together. - (2006-09-29) 
Open - (2006-10-09) 
Where quality costs less - (2006-10-15) 
Brand new hotel and training centre, Melksham - (2006-10-22) 
Before and After - Well House Manor - (2006-11-18) 
Snagging - (2006-11-24) 
Rail trouble forced me to buy hotel - (2007-02-07) 
Telling a story in different ways - (2007-02-20) 
Three big events - TWSW, Business of the year and the police - (2007-03-03) 
A lot has happened in a year - (2007-05-31) 
Well House Manor Hotel - on plan for 2009 business guests - (2009-01-03) 
Well House Manor - the next six years - (2010-10-24) 
The changing Hotel and Bed and Breakfast business in Melksham - (2012-01-18) 
Keeping our hotel looking like new, by using our gained experience - (2012-03-09) 
The Accidental Hotelier - (2012-08-24) 
National TV - Melksham - 9th January 2013, Pre-alert. - (2012-12-27) 
Expecting nothing, but prepared for anything - (2013-01-05) 
A course is not just for a year - its for a career - (2013-02-20) 
A year of changes for Lisa and Graham Ellis, and Well House - (2017-05-27)
Some other Articles
Global, Superglobal, Session variables - scope and persistance in PHPAutumn leaves in Wiltshire - PotterneClustering, load balancing, mod_rewrite and mod_proxyCourse Joining package - updatedA tale of a wee wall-> , >= and => in PerlPresenting Melksham - for a weekend away in WiltshireC++ and Perl - why did they do it THAT way?Hotel door furniture
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