Monthly Archives: April 2015

Camley Street Natural Park

IMG_1492Having passed through the King’s Cross development quite frequently over the past few years to meet clients, I know that the changes there have been immense – what was formerly an extremely run down area of the city is being transformed, with renovations of many of the old Victorian structures, new buildings going up at speed, and the creation of a significant number of new public spaces.

The biggest of these is Granary Square, bounded by the canal to the south and by Lewis Cubitt’s Goods Yard complex to the North (now the University of the Arts in London), and with 1080 ‘dancing’ fountains in its centre. It’s a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the sun with a coffee. Continue reading

Magna Carta – did she die in vain?

Cotton Augustus II. 106To the British Library for their excellent Magna Carta – Law, Liberty, Legacy Exhbition*

Although 800 years old, the two copies of the Magna Carta in the exhibition aren’t, in themselves, impressive. One was damaged by fire in the 1700s, then brutally ‘restored’ by an incompetent Victorian, so is completely unreadable. The other is a piece of parchment about 60x40cm covered in small dense text – no seals, no illuminated letters, no pictures (see above).

And a great deal of the content is unimpressive as well – the removal of fish weirs from the Thames and the Medway, a clause saying that no town will be forced to build bridges over rivers, and a great deal about inheritance rights. So what is it that gives Magna Carta its reputation as a cornerstone of freedom and democracy? Continue reading