Sure - but Dan's actually there on a regular basis, and accessible as soon as tomorrow, if he's really interested.
reading and watching these stuffs are good if you have some hand-on experience with these IS experts. if you have not the hand-on experience, you will be have lots of confusing moments. actually, even if you have hand-on experiences, you would still have lots of confusing moments. hand-on with good explanations is like having a pair, but if you want a full house, you are going to have to work damn hard at it. of course, four of a kind is reserved for the asian, since we are just naturally good at it.
btw, i believed Wang Hai Jun is somewhere over there, Manchester, you might want to give him a try too.