” Remeber , remeber the 5 th of November,
gunpowder,treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
’twas his intent
to blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below,
Poor old England to overthrow:
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, make the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
Hip hip hoorah!
A penny loaf to feed the Pope.
A farthing o’ cheese to choke him.
A pint of beer to rinse it down.
A faggot of sticks to burn him.
Burn him in a tub of tar.
Burn him like a blazing star.
Burn his body from his head.
Then we’ll say ol’ Pope is dead.
Hip hip hoorah!
Hip hip hoorah! ”
Guy Fawkes Night is here!!! Yaaaay! This is the one night I would really really miss if I ever succeeded in my dream of moving to the USA. How can you not love the smoky smell of gunpowder in the air? That and fireworks actually turn me on lol. Basically, 200 years or so ago some conspirators tried to blow up the state opening of parliament and kill the king. This poor Guy Fawkes dude was caught in the cellar guarding a bunch of barrels of gunpowder (HA! busted!!). While I know certain people who would argue that these are the only people who ever got into the houses of parliament with good intentions, us Britons commemorate the event to this day every 5th of November with bonfires, fireworks, toffee apples, hot dogs and sparklers… Flames and pyro on a cold winter’s night. What’s not to love!
Of course it’s also the busiest night of the year for the fire brigade coping with bonfire disasters and firework accidents. It’s one of the few times in the year that you can actually buy fireworks in stores over here, so folk go a little nuts.
Sadly these days the bonfires are kind of disappearing and along with them the scarecrow like models of Guy Fawkes that kids would make to be burned on top of the fire, and the holiday is becoming more and more all about the fireworks. Still, going to the local display is one of our things… so KM was a little grumpy when I missed it this year. Next year for sure.