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That would a cool title, Remembrancer.

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Probably sell it back to the city for use in next year's rent payment...

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The British love their ceremony, that is for sure.

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I would look on the Thames river for some of it.

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“Good number.”.. I meant article. What would those Kings and Queens of today do without traditions.. Ha!

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And, JW:

Since this stuff is most definitely *not* stored electronically, does the Queen (who presumably has, in practical terms, unlimited storage capabilities) a building full of junk coughed up by the peasantry over the last 1,000 years???

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Ok. This is officially the best damn story I've ever read. I read the whole goddamn thing and I thought it was hysterical.

It is far too long to post here but I think it's awesome. You may decide for yourself based on your opinion of me whether that sounds promising or not.

Here's a brief part of it. Link at the bottom.

Earlier this October, at a ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice, London paid its rent to the Queen. The ceremony proceeded much as it had for the past eight centuries. The city handed over a knife, an axe, six oversized horseshoes, and 61 nails to Barbara Janet Fontaine, the Queen’s Remembrancer, the oldest judicial position in England. The job was created in the 12th century to keep track of all that was owed to the crown.

In this case, the Remembrancer has presided over the rent owed on two pieces of property for a very long time—since 1235 in one case, and at least 1211 in the other. Every year, in this Ceremony of Quit Rents, the crown extracts its price from the city for a forge and a piece of moorland.

No one knows exactly where these two pieces of land are located anymore, but for hundreds of years the city has been paying rent on them. The rate, however, has not changed—the same objects have been presented for hundreds of years.

The rent on the Moors is a billhook—a knife-like tool used in agriculture—and an axe. The billhook is supposed to be dull: one early instruction said it should “bend in green cheese,” Copley News Service reported in 1972. About three centuries after this rent was first recorded, though, the standard had changed: the billhook should be in such a condition that it could strike a one-year-old hazel stick and make “little or no mark.”

The axe, on the other hand, is supposed to be sharp. The current version of the ceremony tests both: First, the city representative uses the billhook to hack away at a pile of sticks. After that tool is proved ineffective, the axe gets its turn—and swipes cleanly through the same wood. “Good service,” the Remembrancer says.

The article describes many bizarre tributes paid - all of which probably made sense at the time, given the payer's trade and abilities.

One landholder keeps his place only on the condition that, if the monarch shows up, he must “ride his horse into the sea, until the water reached the saddle girths, to meet his sovereign,” the Southam News Service reported. Another has to fight anyone the king wants him to. Possibly the best quit-rent ever conceived is this one: “three glasses of port on New Year’s Eve for the ghost of the King’s grandmother.”

w ww.atlasobscura. com/articles/london-is-still-paying-rent-to-the-queen-on-a-property-leased-in-1211

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Nah..I think it's the old math method you use.. the one that just kills trees.

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Well shit, I allowed myself to believe from the brief I read that it was on paper.

*silly Mr Va*. Must have been all that pussy last night...

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He really should have upgraded his system through the years.

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