A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Position-Finding
From: Paul Bryans
Date: 2006 Mar 29, 22:08 +0100
I think there are actually two versions in the UK. As well as the one George mentions (which I have seen), the version I have been buying for the last few years has a black "waterproof" coated card cover folded over a ring binder which makes it easy to use (and not fall apart if seriously abused at sea). It looks like the official version, is numbered N.P. 314-06 (this year) and is published by The Stationary Office on behalf of Her Majesty's Nautical Almanac Office. It is sponsored by Kelvin Hughes (on the spine) so may just be a different binding for their shop and other outlets. ?30 this year so not a bargain. Paul Bryans ----- Original Message ----- From: "George Huxtable"
To: Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2006 8:07 PM Subject: Re: Almanac Heaven > Frank asked, a couple of weeks ago, about almanacs- > > | Speaking of which, what does the British printing look like these days? > > As far as I know, the Nautical Almanac is only available in one version. > This has card covers, 183 x > 270 mm, glued rather than sewn. It holds quite well together, when > subjected to a lot of (mis)use. > Don't know how well it would survive getting wet. > > The printed text and page size are presumably identical to the US version, > nearly all of which > originates in the UK. > > There is only the government-produced version, not a commercial version as > in the US. > > Unfortunately, in the UK many government agencies have been told to behave > commercially, and to > maximise their return from data which has been collected by government > bodies as a public duty, and > on which they hold a monopoly. Such data are jealously guarded in terms of > copyright, and only > licensed out after appropriate payment. This applies to the Almanic > Office, to the Hydrographic > Office for charts and tide predictions, to the Ordnance Survey for > landmaps, even to the weather > forecast. The US approach is much more enlightened. > > HM Almanac Office claims worldwide copyright for all the contents, except > for those small portions > originating in the US. I would like to know what the copyright notice > states, that's issued with the > US version. > > George. > > contact George Huxtable at george---.u-net.com > or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222) > or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.