Spot's DVD is helping me quite a bit with the basics. Thank you for recommending it, Mike.
It's much easier to listen to and learn from someone who knows that WHAT he has to say is much too important to be trivialised with a heavy accent, drawl or twang. He keeps his voice under control and is a pleasure to listen to... and while he offers his opinions and preferences as he goes along, he's quick about it. He surely edited his script with discipline, about the basics at least. On the subject of HVR the language was too technical for me. I'm postponing that subject until a convenient reincarnation.