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Guy Fawkes

November 10, 2009
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Bonfire night (or Guy Fawkes Day) began in 1605 when a bunch of Catholics planned to blow up Parliament. It was a conspiracy FAIL! Guy Fawkes was caught red-handed in the cellar of Parliament House with 36 barrels of gunpowder. He was tortured and executed. And to remind everyone this kind of behaviour stinks, the English celebrate November 5th with drinking, fireworks, and of course, the burning of the Guy – woo party time!
November 5th also happens to be my birthday and I was looking forward to watching a Guy burn but unfortunately it was never meant to be. It’s illegal to start fires in parks which tends to rule out burning effigies in London. What happens instead are fireworks. Lots and lots of fireworks. This year you could have seen firework displays around London, four nights in a row. This is really fab and everything but, how unthoughtful was Guy Fawkes to attempt to destroy Parliament House in November? I mean it’s only one month out from freaking Winter. I went to a Saturday night display at Blackheath  and almost froze my tits off. I was wearing jeans with tights underneath, two pairs of thermal ski socks, boots, scarf, coat, gloves and ear muffs with mulled wine coursing through my body (and I was still cold).  Couldn’t Mr-Smarty-Arse-Fawkes make his anti-government stuff up in July? What a bastard! But, I didn’t even notice the temperature once the display began. Yeah most the pop music at the beginning was naff but the fireworks were bloody brilliant. Definitely up there with the Sydney New Years fireworks. So it was well worth the pain because the half hour-long display was so gorgeous and exciting with one helluva climax!
For more reading on Guy Fawkes and Bonfire night click here and here.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Trish Shaw permalink
    November 10, 2009 1:18 pm

    And, strangely, people here celebrate the failure of Guy Fawkes’s plot. When I was a kid I always thought we were commemorating the attempt to destroy a corrupt parliament of self-appointed aristocrats.
    This country still needs a decent revolution!

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