One evening recently I was watching a fascinating programme on Henry VIII – he was a learned chap before he became King, but his grandmother was the force behind all his future learning too. He would delve into latin and greek and could read and write well. Not all sovereigns have managed that. We take it for granted these days that whatever pastime we fancy taking up, we can literally just do that. Knowing how to do our chosen hobby is from personal experience. However, we can these days just as easily learn about new skills and practices via our home computers. The choice of online training and e-learning facilities is incredible these days and there is absolutely no excuse for youngsters to not keep up with the rest of their cohort. Additional learning skills can be acquired at home with just a little assistance from e-learning and online teaching courses.