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Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Tynwald Ceremony

The Isle of Man, located off the coast of England in the Irish Sea, was once the property of the Vikings. It was here that they established their custom of holding an open-air court for the settling of disputes and the passing of laws. Today, the Tynwald Ceremony—whose name comes from the Norse Thing vollr, meaning a fenced open parliament—is held at St. John's on Tynwald Hill on July 5, when the chief justice reads a brief summary of every bill that has been passed during the year—first in English, and then in Manx, the old language of the island. More...
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Tynwald is the same root as Þingvellir in Iceland, Dingwall in Central Scotland, Tingwall in the Orkney Islands, Tingwall in Shetland
Several places called Thingwall and Thingwell in the area of the Wirral, Lancashire and Cheshire, just across the sea from the Isle of Man.

Also other 'things' such as Tinganes in the Faroe Islands, and Gulatinget in Norway, Thynghowe in Nottinghamshire, and Dingieshowe in Orkney.

Regional 'things' have a higher level 'All-thing' like the Icelandic parliament, the Alþingi .

So, rampaging around the North Atlantic, killing, pillaging..... and setting up parliaments and law courts everywhere.Whistle Whistle
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Welcome to the Oldest Continuous Parliament in the World

The High Court of Tynwald is the parliament of the Isle of Man and has an unlimited, but not necessarily exclusive, legislative competence. Tynwald is of Norse origin and over 1,000 years old, and is thus the oldest parliament in the world with an unbroken existence.

It has two Branches, the Legislative Council and the House of Keys, which sit separately to consider legislation, but also sit together in Douglas, and annually at St John's, for other parliamentary purposes. Follow the link to Tynwald Day 2014 for more information.
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