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.


Holidays, lots of food sport and television.

What could be  new years resolutions?

Little news in the media, just films and Dr. Who,

Gavin and Stacey. And now the Sales.

I have just been reading a book on the Normans

and the lifestyle to be found in the 11th century.

The great cathedrals,   it was then that the first survey of people

was carried out., the first of many.  Reading history

books gives insight into how things developed in

time.  Man’s ability is illustrated in technological

developments some might say.  While the same

ability others might say can be seen in  human

nature.  Nine hundred years is not that long, in the  span

of human history.  The calendar, has changed during

that time, the means of work, and the   population growth

as been huge.  Maybe humans might reach the

planets, live on the moon?

Can’t help thinking that there will not be another

900 years of history to look back on.

Fear and dispute, control and power

and  competition are too greater  a threat. 

Sorry, these are the stuff of dreams everyone is told

to admire and seem to have always been admired.