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25 April, 2007

Droit de seigneur

Several British towns have a tradition whereby eminent dignitaries are declared 'freemen of the borough'.  It's usually merely honorary, though technically some carry obscure mediaeval rights such as a right to drive sheep through the town centre every third Thursday whilst wearing a satin hat and carrying a piglet.  Or something.

It seems my own institution is no different:

The Council has use of the Common Seal of the University....
Poor seal.

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