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  •  I still have not been able to figure out (3+ / 0-)
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    Susan from 29, coquiero, Aunt Pat

    Why PBS needed to excise some bits from the BBC version of Downton Abbey. Admittedly, I don't watch much on PBS and don't know what lofty standards need to be upheld ;-)

    Given the other crap that passes for prime time network television, the BBC version seems very tame to me.

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:28:15 PM PST

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    •  Part of it was because we could not possibly (3+ / 0-)
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      understand the complexity of the laws of British inheritance laws. You know, the "entail."

      Only in the darkness can you see the stars - Martin Luther King, Jr

      by Susan Grigsby on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:31:03 PM PST

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      •  That's what I heard, but I'm not buying it (2+ / 0-)
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        Aunt Pat, Gary J

        If it's that arcane, modern Brits wouldn't get it either.

        Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

        by cassandracarolina on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:32:37 PM PST

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        •  Less complex now (1+ / 0-)
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          Since F.E. Smith (Earl of Birkenhead, but he was only a recently ennobled lawyer/politician) reformed English land law, in the mid 1920s, it is only moderately incomprehensible. I am sure I understood the subject when I studied it at the College of Law, Guildford in the 1970s.

          There is no man alive who is sufficiently good to rule the life of the man next door to him. Sir Rhys Hopkin Morris, M.P.

          by Gary J on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 05:55:50 AM PST

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      •  They do make your head spin, see my links in (2+ / 0-)
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        cassandracarolina, Aunt Pat

        another comment about the "peerage", etc.
        But then if you study it a bit, it explains a lot about our recent history: empires, colonialism, even slavery; all driven by the mechanisms of primogenture, acquisition and greed.
        The Spanish had their "Hidalgos" (Brits and the other Europeans too) who went out to conquer those parts of the world not possesed by their older brothers.

        "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans!!. . Willkommen im Vierten Reich! Sie haben keine Bedeutung mehr.

        by Bluefin on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:01:34 PM PST

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