No more distressing moment can ever face a British government than that which requires it to come to a hard fast and specific decision.
War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
To a historian libraries are food shelter and even muse.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books history is silent literature dumb science crippled thought and speculation at a standstill.
The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as for rendezvous with discretion.