Originally Posted by Polwart
I think Hightower's question may be more philasophical than that. We are near to one pole (which we call North) - but the issue is when/why did the convention arise that North is up/top?
Is it just that in our empire building days we dominated and were in the "north" so that became the top. If by chance the aussies had been the "centre of the world" in the early days of navigation would the UK be described as down under - and all globes made upside down?
Or am I confusing the issue.
Actually a long, long, long time ago there was a guy named North, Richard North, they used to call him Dick for short, and he loved to... well, how can I put this.. he had a girlfriend.. and he loved to.. and North just generally ended up top, and the rest is History....
There was also a guy named West, who the expression "go west young man, go west" was coined after, but that's another story...