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    Re: The history of Seafaring.
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2007 Dec 9, 10:26 +1100
    This festive season's offering for navigator' stockings, the coffee table book "The History of Seafaring" apparently contains an error or three, amongst other shortcomings as detailed in George's particularly long and detailed deconstruction.

    This critique is so long, so erudite and, it would seem, so well informed that it just begs an obvious question:

    Why didn't you write the text, George?  Donald S Johnson and Juha Nurminen were apparently not the best people for that task, let alone the various committees involved.

    You could have made a useful start, perhaps setting out the preliminary scope and chapter headings with notes on each, using the same time and word-count as your criticism has occupied.

    It seems that you have a unusually extensive resource of texts in-house and access to other material, as well as such a fine grasp of so many aspects of navigation - why, you would seem to be the ideal person to produce the definitive and as error-free as possible tome of your own.

    Your talents and resources would seem sadly wasted in merely pointing out the failings of other authors.

    Go for it George !

    By the way; how is it that you have been peeking at your pressie before the 25th?

    On Dec 8, 2007 5:30 AM, George Huxtable <george---.u-net.com> wrote:

    It's the time of year when some navigators hint to their wives what they
    might like as a Christmas present. And right on cue, a new book has appeared
    to tempt them. This is "The History of Seafaring", by Donald S Johnson and
    Juha Nurminen ...

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