Our first talk for the new season was given by Gordon. His chosen subject was about the Hanse cities and the Hanse League. Gordon had put in an enormous amount of work on this (and study !). Whilst we have all heard of the Hanse cities, we heard alot more which proved to be very interesing. It was interesting to know that that there are dozens of Hanse cities mainly all over Europe. The Hanse was very successful with no trade barriers, no headquarters,no officials, no rules and no parliament. It seems that there could be lesson there for us today !