Remember, remember!

Hello, everyone! No, this post isn’t going to be some odd, historical post about the Fifth of November (also known as Guy Fawkes day or Bonfire Night) or the Gunpowder Treason. Although it is a cool history lesson…

It all started in England in 1605 when a group of Catholic dudes were like “Ah nah man, this Protestant king dude is trash” and they decided they’d blow up the whole building. Late 4 November 1605, the one dude in charge of the explosives, Guy Fawkes, was caught guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder in the basement of the House of Lords. There were like 12 other dudes involved too, but Fawkes is the most well known due to the fact he got himself caught.

This English Folk Verse resulted-

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

There have also been modern day references to Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, such as the 1988 graphic novel “V for Vendetta” which later became a movie, and the “anonymous mask” (or Guy Fawkes mask; V for Vendetta mask).

Here’s a cool link to a news site in the UK for those of you who would like to read the long version and see what Bonfire Night is all about.

I’d love to be able to go to Alexandra Palace in London to see the fireworks… Someone take me. I went to see if I could buy tickets for a last minute trip… but they’re sold out. Except for tickets for the disabled who won’t have access to the viewing platform… But hey, if you’re disabled and want to go to a killer fireworks show in London… Buy yourself an £11.00 ticket! Maybe next year for me.

Remember, remember the fifth of November!

-E.

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