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    Re: Mysterious symbol
    From: John Huth
    Date: 2010 Oct 23, 16:23 -0400
    Wonders never cease!   I should mention my own history with Stoke d'Abernon.    

    I was born in the UC London Hospital in St. Pancras while my father was on a 1 year fellowship there.   They/we lived in Cobham, and I was baptized in Stoke d'Abernon.    That was in 1958.    My parents also have a rubbing of Sir John's brass.

    When I revisited there in 1977, I met (or remet) the Pastor who baptized me, and purchased a brass enameled replica of the brass plate, which I still have with me.   Alas, they no longer have any more.   

    Somewhat navigational issue - I was working on a lecture on time for my class the very morning of my most recent visit, and was curious about where the 12 hour/24 hour division of time came from.   It's odd how you accept such things for so long without questioning them.     When I saw the mass clock at Stoke d'Abernon, it was a tremendous revelation that, indeed some cultures did not subdivide the day into 12 parts.   

    For those of you not familiar with Saxon culture - I certainly was not - they divided the day into 8 "tides", and that clock indeed had 8 divisions of the day on it.    

    The 12/24 subdivision is, in fact, a bit sketchy, as it seems to be traced back to the Egyptian calendar, based on the work of a scholar named Neugebauer.   I hadn't realized it was so obscure.   I, for one, never realized how little I know.

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