Christmas 2005

October 21st, 2005 was, of course, the 200th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar. Trafalgar, you will remember, was where an English fleet led by Admiral Horatio Nelson demolished a larger French and Spanish force, thus dooming Napoleon's plan to cross the channel and invade England. The event was commemorated in grand style in England with a series of events, the highlight of which was a dinner on Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory, still on active service (in dry dock) in Plymouth.