Saturday, June 15, 2013

Quote (s) du jour

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As a nation we take these things for granted. On a recent trip to Lincoln, ostensibly to visit the magnificent medieval cathedral, I found myself alone in a room in the nearby castle where one of only four original copies of the 1215 Magna Carta is kept. There was no queue to get in, no crush of people jostling for a view.

Yet in 1939, when this very document was put on show for just six months in the British Pavilion at the World Fair in New York, an estimated 14 million people went to see it. When war broke out, it stayed in America, locked away in Fort Knox for safe-keeping.
-Philip Johnston

Note: The Magna Carta was signed on this day, June 15th, 1215. It wasn't until 1219 before Starbucks introduced the first "Grande" and "Venti" Cartas. -Proof


  1. Thank you for that reminder. I need to go there and see it too (I been meaning to go see Salisbury and Lincoln cathedrals).