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November 04, 2010

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Not being familiar with this particular celebration all I can think of when I hear the words "Bonfire Night" is Bridget Jones sliding down the fireman's pole in Lewisham.

Sorry. :-)

Also known as Guy Fawkes Night? I'm amazed you haven't heard of this. You use the word guy all the time!

Guy Fawkes, (born April 1570 - died 31 January 1606), belonged to a group of Catholic restorationists from England who planned the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Their purpose was to displace Protestant rule by blowing up the Houses of Parliament while King James I and the entire Protestant, and even most of the Catholic, aristocracy and nobility were inside.

Fawkes was captured just before he was to execute the explosion in the famous Gunpowder Plot that intended to blow up the British parliament building on the 5th of November, 1605. He was tortured for days but refused to reveal his conspirators, naming only those who were dead or already arrested. After his lengthy torture he signed the confession statement. Fawkes was condemned to the traitor's death to be hung until unconscious then disemboweled while still alive for his part in the Gunpowder Plot. Fawkes, weakened by his torture, was the last to climb the ladder to the gallows, from which he jumped, breaking his neck in the fall thus avoiding the more gruesome part of his sentence.

Also used as the basis of the movie has entitled, "V for Vendetta".

I think Cranmer blog summed today up best


"Gratitude to God for deliverance is no longer part of the national psyche: there has been no full-frontal invasion attempt by a foreign power for 70 years, and so our security and liberty are taken for granted by generations who have never experienced the threat of oppression.

The exercise of democracy has become a quaint tradition which many are content to see compromised and diminished, and in which millions no longer bother to participate at all.

The Protestants of the 16th and 17th centuries knew what it was to contend for liberty from the oppression of Rome: and so they also knew how to celebrate and commemorate that deliverance with the sort of flame by God's grace in England which they trusted might never be put out"

As a catholic I'll be lauding his demise and the demise of any terrorist who attempts to subvert demoocracy tonight, as every year.

Libertarians here however see him as something of a hero

"Guy Fawkes. the only man to ever enter Parliament with honest intentions" is the old saying

Still I guess the good things about blogs is that I can share this with my American friends - your media takes no interest in the world beyond its borders in the way ours does in yours I guess. All the more power to my elbow!


Great comment to support the post, A. And it IS a shame about our media.

Alison - thank you. I had no idea!

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