Friday, November 5, 2010


November 5 begins festivities for Guy Fawkes Day in England. Also known as Bonfire Night, it celebrates the anniversary of the failed Gunpowder Plot of November 5, 1605 led by none other than Guy Fawkes. He and a group of English Catholics sought to blow up the king and members of Parliament for repressing Roman Catholics in England.

Bonfire and fireworks will light up the British sky and an effigy of Fawkes will be burnt because a bunch of English Catholics left a charge of gunpowder beneath the House of Lords to get Protestant King James I overthrown and replaced with a Catholic head of state. The king survived, Fawkes was arrested and children through the English ages have begged for a "penny for the guy", to buy fireworks.

Enjoy your day, your night, and your bangers and mash, Great Britain.

Gerrie Ferris Finger