It is not every year that we cross the threshold of a New Millennium! For reasons unknown, governments around the World decided that when midnight struck on the last day of 1999 we would move through this mystical time-warp. The Royal Greenwich Observatory would have preferred us to wait another year. Whichever, such an occasion does provide an opportunity for looking back in time and for trying to look ahead.

Inevitably, reminiscences are personal. However, the more I explored my thoughts the more I became aware that my most acute memories are not just personal, but are inextricably interwoven with...

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