Remember, Remember…

guy fawkes the american londoner

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…The 5th of November. That’s the rhyme that the English use to get schoolchildren to remember that great precedent-setting event of Great Brrritish history: the foiling of a terrorist plot. That’s right. Guy Fawkes celebrates the war on terror, four hundred years old and still going strong.

Okay, okay. It doesn’t just celebrate the foiling of a terrorist plot.

It also celebrates burning Catholics.

So, get your marshmallows out. The fam and I made it out to a community celebration on Saturday to watch some fireworks lit off and what can I say? It was festive, as a lot of these celebrations are nowadays — no longer indelibly connected with morbid origins, they’re now just about getting together with your neighbour, reconnecting and lighting off some pyrotechnic displays, a bit like on the 4th of July, which, by the by, this is the closest the British have to, with mulled wine and flasks of coffee instead of brewskies and hot dogs.

If you’re still confused about what Guy Fawkes Day actually celebrates, have a look at the video below. It’s wildly hilarious and explains the occasion quite concisely while raising some interesting points of comparison with our contemporary political climate.

Enjoy that? Good. As you know from my last post, I’m doing Movember again this year. I’ve already raised £30 because of some very generous donations so far, but I’d like to hit £100 this week. Please click on the link below and donate a fiver to raising awareness of men’s health issues and to the greatness of my tache (it will be great by the end of the month, I tell you). Thanks!

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    We still acknowledge Columbus Day here, which, considering all that it represents, is quite an abomination. And today, Iran has declared this day, “Grand Death to America Day.” So, lots of us have our quirky celebrations, eh?

    1. Yeah, funny enough, as I was writing it, I did start to wonder about it. But, as I say, I think meanings change over time. Still not really sure about Columbus Day, but was James I or his actions any less loathsome? Yet, no one really questions it here. I think the meaning of things changes over time. Maybe it’s time to change the meaning of some of our more questionable commemorations in America? I hope that ‘Grand Death to America Day’ doesn’t mean an end to the newly moderate tone coming from Iran. Thanks for stopping by!

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