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    Re: Personal note from George: with - Re: When did "time sights" fade away?
    From: Henry Halboth
    Date: 2011 Jul 24, 19:08 -0700

    Great to hear from you and best wishes for the future.

    Would love to say the spelling mistakes were planted to smoke you out. They, however, were simply mistakes - they and several other typos slipped in as a function of haste to get into print before the subject became stale on the List, as well as that of old age. I have you beat by some 12-years.

    I am surprised, however, that your sense of national pride did not tempt you to point out that Lord Kelvin published an intercept method prior to that of St. Hilaire - I believe it was in 1873, for which he never got credit.

    Again, fondest best wishes for the future.



    From: George Huxtable <george@hux.me.uk>
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2011 12:00 PM
    Subject: [NavList] Personal note from George: with - Re: When did "time sights" fade away?

    On July 16, Henry posted a thoughtful and comprehensive attachment about
    various aspects of the time sight.

    Bill Morris followed it up by proposing to print out the attachment and
    fold it into his copy of Lecky, for future readers. This seems an excellent
    idea, and I will do the same.

    Henry would be disappointed if I didn't unearth some quibble from his
    attachment, no matter how trivial. All I could find was the various
    spellings of St Hilaire (correct), together with Hilarie and Hillarie.


    Those concentrating on navigation should switch now to the next message, as
    what follows in this one is off-topic personal stuff about me, in response
    to many enquiries, off-list and on, from Navlist members. Their continued
    friendship, interest and concern are highly regarded, by me.

    Indeed, Henry recently wrote- "PS: Has anyone heard anything from or about
    George Huxtable. I do miss the young fellow terribly."

    Those are kind words which I will treasure. If I have it right, Henry was
    at sea in the days before WW2, whereas I am 76, so he is fully entitled to
    regard me as a "young fellow".

    Those that have got this far will have deduced that I am still around, and
    reading Navlist postings, if somewhat intermittently. I can only apologise
    for the delays in responding to those enquiries.

    Trouble is, my liver is packing up. Back in January, the medics guessed at
    a life expectancy of six months or so, so by now I'm on borrowed-time. But
    medicine is far from an Exact Science... I am rather philosophical about
    the whole business.

    Anyway, the main consequence is that I have little or no energy. I spend
    many hours asleep in my armchair, which is hard on my dear wife Joan.

    Unfortunately, it also keeps me from visiting our 26-ft sailboat
    "Christina", afloat but neglected at her berth in Poole, 100 miles South of
    our home. She is now up for sale; £3,000 to a Good Home.

    I am also aware that intellectually, I have slowed down, and doubt if I
    could keep up with the cut and thrust that is such a satisfying part of
    Navlist, particularly when it gets into deeper waters. That's why I have
    dropped out of Navlist discussions. That situation may change, if I get
    sufficiently provoked. We'll see.


    Anyone with the urge to chat with me by phone will (I hope) find that I am
    still reasonably coherent, with my sense of humour largely intact. Any such
    calls would be welcomed.


    There's quite a lot of stuff in the archive from me under the name
    "George", from the days when I was the only George aboard Navlist. Now we
    have at least two additional Georges aboard, and it would make sense, if
    all agree, for them to agree some qualifiers, so that messages simply
    labelled "George" remain all from me, and their messages are readily
    distinguished from mine, and each others. If all agree.

    Yours, George (Huxtable)

    contact George Huxtable, at  george@hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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