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    Re: Nevil Maskelyne.
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2004 Jul 20, 08:23 +1000

    Quoting George Huxtable
    > Dan Allen asked-
    > >Did you happen to fix Nevil Maskelyne's grave position by GPS?  Perhaps you
    > >could bring one of those along as well, so when I come to the UK I can
    > easily
    > >find the grave.  I would like to visit Nevil's final resting place... it
    > sounds
    > >like a nice town.
    > Reply from George-
    > Well ...
    > But Dan will find that with the British road system (if, indeed, it can be
    > dignified by the word "system"), Cartesian coordinates are of little help
    > in finding the way from A to B. A local pilot is often best.
    Someone else made a comment along the lines of 'GPS?' but it could be helpful. One problem with closely
    settled places like this is that they may have lots of local roads (indeed 
    entire villages with their churches
    hiding outside the place) that are just not shown on the national map that has 
    been carefully acquired. Its
    a problem I've also found just on the other side of the Channel. With the GPS 
    the local roads and laneways
    can be tackled with some confidence if the bearing and distance to target are known, although some tracks
    may turn out to be dead-ends.
    Go very carefully down those narrow lanes. The locals have a terrible habit of driving far too fast along
    them. And on the wrong side of the road.

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