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Citizen soldiers who lay down their lives so we can live in freedom were in the news last week as we remembered D-day (and Patience Strong’s tribute); linked to Michael Yon’s first and second reports on The Queen’s Royal Lancers in the desert in southern Iraq; and recalled the courageous contributions of Gurkhas. For our tomorrow they gave their today, and we can never say thank you enough.

“The world is not a cake” refers to the idea that an economy can only provide dessert for a limited number of people. In contrast Anglo-Americans see the economy as a living, growing organism that can nurture lots of people. Kenyan economist James Shikwati supports this view, and offers ideas which sound startling until you remember that Adam Smith had them several hundred years ago, and that successful economies are based on them.

We seemed to be culturally challenged last week, covering only Darcey Bussell’s retirement from the Royal Ballet and British design breakthroughs. But take a look at the Calendar for June's wonderful events.

Lord Pearson's Bill, Implications for Withdrawal from the EU, received its second reading in the House of Lords. This is significant since the Bill would establish a parliamentary committee of enquiry to investigate the EU's effect on Britain's economy and security. We wrote about the danger posed by the EU arrest warrant to innocent and free people. That the EU intends to destroy ancient British rights such as trial by jury, presumption of innocence, and habeas corpus has not yet generated much interest in Parliament. That it has not is a devastating criticism of current MPs.

Looking toward Magna Carta’s anniversary, we have been writing about the life of the Knight, a strange and compelling story of romantic ideals and grim realities, including children taken as hostages and murder most foul. This week we will finish the series with the unexpected intervention of the knights in the establishment and desperate defence of the great charter of liberties.

Treading where angels have long feared to go, we wrote about the British in Palestine. We were surprised to discover that the British expected Transjordan (now Jordan) would become the Arab Palestine.

We also looked at synergistic energy, Munros, and country shows. The latter are what Americans call county or state fairs, with lots of farm animals and farmers, horses and dogs and food and fun. They are places where the often overlooked art of animal husbandry can be seen. We love them.

Thanks for visiting. May your week be good.