I have just been reading a review of a book on the “Magna Carta” of 1215. This review is in the Guardian newspaper. It seems chapters 39 and 40 are part of the legislation of the UK in that they indicate the idea of legislation under the law and that the charter brought into being in 1225 under Henry 111 contains most of the specific ideals we are associate we the ideal of the Great Charter.(The title being in Latin which means Great Charter.) Of course the Charter was written similar to all such documents to maintain the rights of those in power which at that time were the Lords and Barons. But the idea persisted and even The Peasants Revolt in the rule of Richard 11 made some reference to the Magna Carta and so did those who debated democracy at Putney in the mid 17th century.

But did you realize that there is a Parliamentary Committee which is now formulating a new version-which will be a form of Constitution for the UK. And further still did you know that there is a competition for a Preamble to this document to which everyone can enter and submit their ideas on how the contents should be. The competition is on the Parliament UK website and one just writes a paragraph or two of about 300 words and submits it. All submissions are there on the website page. The closing date is this month, so if you want to submit please hurry and have a look.
I saw a copy of the Magna Carta in Lincoln Castle a decade ago. All the copies will be at an exhibition in regard to anniversary this year, of its writing,(800years)which will be held at the British Library.

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their new possessions. It seemed so silly, such destructive conversations. But now competition
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reshape of the body in the need to out do one’s friends in competition for attention from the
opposite sex, whether male or female. But one’s peers are also the judge for behaviour.
Few individuals step outside their role, which may have been dictated by a TV programme,
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In the 21st century, in the western Europe at least, most people are healthy than before,
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which is more advanced than the previous hundred years. Individuals should look better,
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analyse and understand. This maybe true in regard to some individuals, but competition
demands a stereotyping of features in regard to all roles. Thus their is a strategy of
uniformity and an indepentant viewpoint is submerged. Individuals are few in a world which
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