Happy Guy Fawkes Day to all you UK chaps

Nov 5th, 2008, 01:12 AM
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Happy Guy Fawkes Day to all you UK chaps

Here's hoping that you have a blast great time today

I hear that today is barrels lots of fun.

Enjoy it but don't hang around stay too long.
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Nov 5th, 2008, 01:34 AM
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I won't be drawn (and quartered) on this.

Still in recent reading I note that the conspiritors not only had bad gunpowder (it seems to need constant milling to retain its quality) but while running away (well riding slowly) they managed to get it all wet. So they then laid it out in front of a fire to dry out. Amazingly a spark lept out and blew the face off at least one of the team.

Fortunatly the IRA seemed to also lack the multiple brain cells required to do real damage .. he drones on
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Nov 5th, 2008, 02:01 AM
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Guy Fawkes was innocent. OK?

At the very least, in modern Britain he'd have got away with the "we couldn't possibly have been that stupid, so that proves we must have been just playing about" defence today's fundamentalist loonies successfully pull in court.

And as for the judicial process he was subjected to. You'd have thought England had reverted to Catholicism already, it was such a travesty of a fair trial.
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Nov 5th, 2008, 02:36 AM
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Pah. They went all through this in the various TV documentaries for the 400th anniversary. "Decayed" gunpowder meant not smooth-running enough for guns, not that it wouldn't explode; there was a conspiracy, he was found with the stuff, and if it had gone off there would have been mayhem. The powers that be might have known about it a lot earlier than they let on, of course.

It's not so happy for pets, of course, but no doubt the flannerpooch is inured to loud noises.
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Nov 5th, 2008, 02:54 AM
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In my day Guy Fawkes night was just that, ONE night. Now we have 3 weeks of continous sounds of mortar fire. Our dog is a gibbering wreck and I have been known to drop the dinner on the kitchen floor.
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Nov 5th, 2008, 03:57 AM
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Today is my annual dress like a protestant day.

I am wearing a pullover, cords and a horrible protestant hat.
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Nov 5th, 2008, 04:12 AM
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I had my November the 5th on November 2nd.

Harlow has very few reedeming features, but the council firework display is one of them.

There was a chinese theme this year with rings. And more rings inside rings. And eliptical rings (if that's not an oxymoron). And clever whizzy ones that were like Catherine Wheels, but in the air. (I think they must have been quite expensive as there was only one lot of those).

Happy Guy Fawkes!
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Nov 5th, 2008, 04:15 AM
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So far it looks as though it might be a dry evening
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Nov 5th, 2008, 04:22 AM
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Guy Fawkes - the only man ever to enter Parliament with honourable intent
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Nov 5th, 2008, 04:42 AM
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One night! In part of East Sussex we have been celebrating since September. Although, not exactly the 'gun powered plot' rather the burning of protestant martyrs in Lewis.

www.lewesbonfirecouncil.org.uk/
http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/479/B...ode.4648676.jp
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Nov 5th, 2008, 04:54 AM
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<<< rather the burning of protestant martyrs in Lewis. >>>

I thought it to commemorate the memory of Protestant martyrs and therefore it's Catholics that get burnt in effigy these days
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Nov 5th, 2008, 05:03 AM
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Correct, that what i said, it's to clebrate the burning of protestent matyers in Lewis and Mayfield 450 years ago. This year Lewis is burning Sarah Palin (in effigy of course). More information on the history

http://mayfieldbonfire.co.uk/
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Nov 5th, 2008, 05:21 AM
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I find it amazing that people in my own country of Scotland celebrate such and English event, the countries were not united at that time.
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Nov 5th, 2008, 05:26 AM
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Eh?

They were trying to blow up James 6th of Scotland who also just happened to be James 1st of England.
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Nov 5th, 2008, 05:35 AM
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and Scots are suppossed to get upset at the demise of Royalty?
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Nov 5th, 2008, 05:46 AM
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As with the likes of Christmas and Easter most people don't care about the origins of the festival - it's just another excuse for rampant commercialism. It's a wonder you can't buy "happy Bonfire night" cards!

This year, for the first time in many years we have bought a box of fireworks (very small and with no bangs) for a small family get together with our 3 year old grandson. Treacle toffee, parkin and roast chestnuts are at the ready.
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Nov 5th, 2008, 05:54 AM
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"and Scots are suppossed to get upset at the demise of Royalty?"

If James had been killed, you can be sure the unprovoked murder of the Scottish king by the filthy English would be yet another whinge to add to the list.
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Nov 5th, 2008, 05:58 AM
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and the list just gets bigger and bigger.
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Nov 5th, 2008, 06:43 AM
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And why, I wonder, is Jed sending good wishes only to chaps? Surely ladies enjoy a bang too. Perhaps I should rephrase that.
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Nov 5th, 2008, 08:28 AM
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I consider 'chaps' in the same way as 'guys'. In the US, it has come to include both sexes.

Patrick, should I say 'chappettes' or 'chippies'? What is the proper term?
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