Garn! Discussing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with the eldest gel this morning, she having polished off his “The Devil’s Foot” for school, I mentioned that I believed he had invented a kind of mini-sextant device that could be attached to a rifle and used to calculate the angle for delivery of a dropping fire into an enemy trench.  I also mentioned that I thought he had tried to sell the British Army on using it to fight against the Boers, but couldn’t drum up any interest.

A look around the intertubes doesn’t seem to confirm my belief.  Pondering further, I wonder if I meant Kipling, instead?  Churchill, maybe?  I’m pretty sure it was one of those Edwardian literary wallahs. 

Does this tale sound familiar to any of my fellow port-swillers, or am I just losing my mind?