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    Re: Latitude by Lunar Distance
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2006 Nov 11, 20:49 -0000

    Wolfgang Koberer's access to obscure old papers on navigation, and the
    indexing sytem that underlies it, continues to impress me.
    
    I had no idea that he has, in recent years, made an Atlantic crossing,
    sextant in hand. He has kept very quiet about that, and it would be
    interesting to discover more. Perhaps I can do so when he and I meet,
    at the Greenwich symposium, next week. I am looking forward to that.
    
    But I must take issue, this Remembrance Day, with a comment he made,
    as follows-
    
    "During the period of interest here, prior to the "Great War" (as I
    think they say in your part of "Old Europe", George) ..."
    
    Not any more, we don't, Wolfgang, I'm pleased to say, though in my
    younger days there may have been a few "old fogeys" that did. To us,
    it's World War 1. I suppose that for a time after its end, such a war
    might have been so exalted by its "victors", but no longer.
    Conversely, it's interesting how, in the absence of a victory, wars
    get forgotten, so that Britain keeps quiet about the Suez invasion
    half a century ago, just as Americans suppress the memory of Vietnam.
    
    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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