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I went to the place and saw the thing!


I went to Canterbury today to see the Magna Carta! It had its 800th birthday last month, as I posted at the time.

Canterbury’s copy is one of the four surviving original copies from 1215, but that wasn’t the one on display. The four Big Guys are going to the British Library. The one I saw was from Faversham in Kent and is a later issue from 1300.

Another one of this edition turned up recently in a Victorian photo album in Sandwich. It’s probably worth £10M, so do check that junk in the attic before you toss it.

This one is displayed in a darkened room in a glass case draped in black cloth. If you want to see it, you ask the boy, and he gently raises the cloth and lets you peek under it for a moment. Hence the shitty out of focus picture.

I found this process awfully funny, for some reason.

Then we went to Canterbury’s city museum, which was beyond awesome. The building was as cool as anything in it (it was the Poor Priests Hospital, built in 1373). But it was dark and none of my pictures came out, sadly.

A long and enjoyable day. My dogs are barkin’.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 9, 2015, 1:34 am

Cool, history!

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 9, 2015, 3:16 am

We’re about due for a new version here in the states.

Let’s start with these:

The government shall not force citizens to buy a commercial product

The government will not give the rights, privileges, and benefits of citizenship to non-citizens

The government cannot seize property or restrict its use without due compensation (see EPA wetlands)

All citizens shall pay income taxes regardless of the source of the income, even if from the government itself.

Comment from mojo
Time: July 9, 2015, 5:54 am

Did you look for loose change while you were in there?

Always check couches, too.

Comment from dissent555
Time: July 9, 2015, 1:16 pm

C’mon, Some Veg.

That’s just crazy talk!

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 9, 2015, 2:04 pm

🎶 You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one🎶

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: July 9, 2015, 4:35 pm

Ah poop, we were in Maidstone yesterday and drove through Canterbury! We didn’t stop cause we had had up to HERE with the stack shit.

Comment from Stark Ðickflüßiᵹ
Time: July 9, 2015, 11:33 pm

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 9, 2015, 2:04 pm

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one

Mark David Chapman, cleanup on aisle three. Mark David Chapman, cleanup on aisle three.

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