As Britain celebrates the 800th anniversary
of its signing, his book ‘The Making and Legacy of the Great Charter,’ (2014)
examines the revolutionary political concessions extracted from a reluctant
King by nobles in the 13th century. The document questioned the absolute power
of monarchs for the first time and placed legal limits on how it was exercised.
Ever wondered where Habeas Corpus comes from?
Art Historian Caroline Campbell, took us on
an inspirational journey across the rich pictorial textures and monuments of 15th
century Italian medieval and Renaissance Art. An expert on this critical epoch
of European cultural and political history, Dr Campbell has curated and written
about the incredible art and architecture produced during this seminal period
for two London Museums. She also analysed how these works of art have been
viewed through the ages, helping readers to understand their timeless
significance and unremitting transcendental appeal.
Edward Lucas gave us a comprehensive
insight into the dangers behind everyday use of the global information
superhighway, otherwise known as the internet, the growing sophistication of cyber-criminals, and
our vulnerability to pranksters, and more seriously, to identity thieves, and
those intent on harming society whether hardened criminals, terrorists or
paedophiles. In an absorbing talk covering
key aspects of his new book ‘Cyberphobia’, he examined issues of identity, the
ease with which it can be faked, privacy and trust. Mr Lucas argues that unlike
road traffic which is heavily regulated and controlled, the Internet’s freedom
a vital part of its appeal and value, is countered by a darker side that can
wreck lives and compromise our political, legal and economic systems.
Adolfo Canepa’s memoirs, ‘Serving My
Gibraltar’ formed the basis of his talk examining some of the critical
political developments in Gibraltar, during his extensive and meritorious career
in public life. Mr Canepa witnessed and participated in momentous events of the
Rock’s history. The Brussels Agreement, the opening of the frontier, the
dockyard closure, negotiations with UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, all
happened during his time. Currently
Speaker of the Gibraltar Parliament, Mr Canepa held key Ministerial portfolios
in successive AACR administrations between 1972 and 1988. A life-long political
associate and close collaborator of the legendary Sir Joshua Hassan, Mr Canepa
became Chief Minister in 1987 upon the latter’s retirement from politics. Mr
Canepa is living history of the Rock, and old school politician noted for his
uprightness and integrity.
Gastronomy also featured heavily with husband-and-wife
team, the Israeli couple Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer, talking about their
Mediterranean and Middle Eastern culinary influences. Owners of the fashionable
Honey & Co restaurant in London, they discussed their cooking style and
recipes contained in their highly acclaimed food books. Their dishes are based
on the food they enjoyed at home and with friends growing up in Israel.