Time up on export bar for 500-year-old dictionary

The Catholicon Anglicum It is believed the dictionary was written in the north of England.

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The deadline on an export bar to stop a 500-year-old dictionary from leaving the UK has passed.

The export bar was put in place last year by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, after a Middle English-Latin dictionary dating from 1483 was sold to an overseas buyer at auction for £92,500.

If a matching offer has not been made by a UK organisation, the sale of the Catholicon Anglicum will go ahead.

The manuscript is one of the earliest examples of an English dictionary.

'Outstanding significance'

The Department of Culture Media and Sport said that the Catholicon Anglicum was the only complete one in existence, and represented a crucial milestone in the evolution of the English dictionary.

The only other known copy is held at the British Library, but it has lost leaves in several places.

It is believed the dictionary was written in the north of England, specifically Yorkshire, based on the dialect of the English words present.

Speaking at the time he imposed the bar Mr Vaizey said: "The manuscript is of outstanding significance for the history of the English language, which is fundamental to the identity and life of our nation.

"The Catholicon would make a tremendous addition to any one of our great libraries and I hope it remains here in the UK permanently."

'Rare survival'

If a matching offer has not been found then the manuscript's departure from the UK could only be further deferred until June 16 if the minister decides that a third party has made known its "serious intention" to raise the necessary funds.

Mr Vaizey's decision to defer granting an export licence followed a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA), administered by Arts Council England.

Christopher Wright from the RCEWA said: "This rare survival of a 15th Century English-Latin word list is one of the vital first steps on the road to the English Dictionary as we know it today.

"Its anonymous author, possibly a Yorkshireman on the basis of some dialect words included, provides an invaluable witness to the English language as it existed in the second half of the 15th Century, and can claim an honourable place in the roll of famous lexicographers that stretches through Johnson and Murray into our own age."

The identity of the seller of the dictionary has not been revealed.

Dingo painting

Export bars have been used on a number of occasions in recent years to try and prevent items of interest from leaving the UK.

A famous example of an export bar being used successfully was in February and involved the American singer Kelly Clarkson.

The 31-year-old star bought the former ring of author Jane Austen at auction for £152,450 in 2012. But after Mr Vaizey imposed an export bar the Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire found the cash to keep the heirloom in the country.

Similarly in November 2013, two 18th Century paintings featuring a kangaroo and a dingo and painted by George Stubbs were kept in the UK after initially being subject to export bar.

The paintings are of particular interest as they gave the public their first glimpse of such animals, and were created via Mr Stubbs using spoken accounts of what the animals looked like.

A £1.5m donation from shipping magnate Eyal Ofer enabled the National Maritime Museum to buy the paintings.

Author Jane Austen's ring Pop star Kelly Clarkson bought Jane Austen's ring at auction for £152,450 in 2012.

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  93.  
    09:22: UKIP & the smoking ban
    nigel farage

    UKIP would overturn the smoking ban as one of its election pledges, the party announced yesterday. The Times is carrying the story today saying Nigel Farage's party has promised to "amend the smoking ban to promote choice for ventilated smoking rooms". It has also set out its opposition to plain cigarette packaging.

     
  94.  
    09:11: NHS incidents Norman Smith BBC Assistant Political Editor

    Labour's health spokesman Andy Burnham is writing to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in relation to the new guidelines on "major incidents" issued by the West Midlands NHS region. Mr Burnham is asking whether similar guidance has been issued in trusts in other parts of the country.

     
  95.  
    09:00: Breaking News Norman Smith BBC Assistant Political Editor

    The BBC has seen new guidelines that have been issued to some NHS hospitals over when they can call "major incidents." The new guidelines issued by the West Midlands NHS region include 17 additional criteria, prompting accusations that hospitals are being pressurised not to declare "major incidents". It is understood the new guidelines were drawn up after a spate of hospitals earlier this month announced they were declaring "major incidents" because of pressure on bed spaces.

     
  96.  
    08:51: Social care debate BBC Radio 4

    On the Today programme, Chris Ham, of the King's Fund, says there is a growing consensus that health and social care should be integrated. They are currently funded separately - but councils, which are responsible for social care - are warning they are struggling to cover their costs. Merging the two is a key plank of Labour's health pledges ahead of the election. With the NHS facing funding pressures of its own, Prof Ham warns against "robbing Peter to pay Paul".

    Social care
     
  97.  
    08:43: Calls for MP to be replaced

    The Conservative MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset is facing calls from within his own party to be deselected as a candidate in the general election.

    West Somerset Council's Conservatives group have passed a vote of no confidence in Ian Liddell Grainger.

    In the voting papers obtained by the BBC he was described as "back-stabbing" and using "unethical manoeuvres".

    He is yet to comment but the body in charge of selecting the candidate says it has "every confidence in him".

    Ian Liddell-Grainger MP
     
  98.  
    08:35: Call for stronger parliaments

    More should be done to strengthen parliaments in developing countries. The International Development Committee says a strong parliament "will inevitably ensure greater transparency and better use of state revenues including official development assistance".

    The committee's new report on parliamentary strengthening recommends the Department for International Development puts parliaments at the heart of its governance work.

     
  99.  
    08:30: 'Ethnic kinship' vote fraud warning
    polling station

    The elections watchdog is warning that a lack of campaigning by mainstream political parties in British Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities makes those areas vulnerable to electoral fraud. The Electoral Commission says there is a political "void" in some communities.

    It suggests this void is being filled with "ethnic kinship networks" which could undermine the principle of free choice for voters.

     
  100.  
    @chhcalling 08:25: Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris

    tweets: Went to a restaurant and had some Greek yogurt for breakfast. Alas I couldn't find a German to pay for it.

     

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