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    Re: Almanac Heaven
    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" 
    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@huxtable.u-net.com
    > or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    > or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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