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I have included these daily quotations from the waterway literature for two reasons: firstly to add interest to my home page and secondly to give visitors a flavour of the range of books that are available about our rivers and canals, although I have not included any purely fictional works in these quotes – an omission that reflects a gap in my personal reading.
The length of the quotations vary, this is mainly due to the different styles of the authors quoted. Some authors write many short self contained paragraphs that are easy to use as a meaningful extract, others tend to continue a subject over many paragraphs making the extraction of a comprehensible and succinct quotation more difficult.
You may have noticed that the quotations are numbered but do not appear in number order and that different coloured backgrounds and typefaces are used on different days. This is because I have just under 400 separate quotations on my database which were entered book by book. This means that if the quotations were to appear in number order all the quotations from one book would appear in a block on successive days – not the ideal way to show the variety of waterways literature – so extracts are displayed in pseudo random order.
The term “pseudo random ” is used because the number of the extract to be used is derived from a calculation based on the current date, so that all visitors to the site get the same quote on the same day. A truly random quote would produce a completely unpredictable quote each time the page was displayed.