"I'm used to our spending good money on rubbish for our Reference Library but they sometimes surprise even me. I was talking to one of our Bibs. Team when they said: 'have you seen this?'
"It was a new reference book. A set of navigation tables. Page after page of tables for them as need to navigate the briny sea by nothing more than the stars and a sexton. And no guide as to how to use them. And a handy fall-out-and-lose bit of paper listing the locations of the key astronomical points of reference used in the tables.
"It's a comfort to know that should anybody find themselves lost without their sat-nav on the M62 they can come into our reference library and find out precisely where they are."
And a postscript:
"I tell a lie: we don't have a set of navigation tables. We have two sets of navigation tables."