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Ellen Hawley…Ive said it before and Ill say it again .. “She is one hell of a writer” … a fascinating delve into the history of ‘Bonfire Night’…Well worth a read … I love how Ellen weaves Humour around the macabre

Notes from the U.K.

November 5 is Guy Fawkes Night, when people across most of Britain (we’ll get into the most part eventually) light bonfires and burn a long-dead Catholic plotter in effigy.

The only time I went to a Guy Fawkes Night bonfire, all we burned were some potatoes (and we did’t burn them well enough, if memory serves), but we did at least light a fair-size fire. In other places, they go all out, shooting off fireworks, tossing the effigy into the fire, and (according to what I read) chanting bloodthirsty rhymes. (I’m not really sure if anyone chants it on the spot, but I’ve heard people quote a line or two, so the rhymes do circulate.)

All this dates back to 1605, when a plot to overthrow James I (of England) and VI (of Scotland; same person; same name; it must’ve been confusing for him) failed.

James was the son…

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5 thoughts on “Guy Fawkes Night: Who, what, when, where, and why

  1. Ellen Hawley says:

    Thanks for the reblog–not to mention the compliment. I appreciate them both.

  2. Dear Pat, You have been in my thoughts. I have missed you and was worried, dear friend. I send my best best best wishes to you and your beautiful family. ❤

    1. steelcityman says:

      Thanks Carol, your words mean such a lot to me … Ive been ill with a couple of lengthy stays in hospital … the last one was over the Christmas holiday !!! … Sepsis, Heart Failure and all complicated with diabetes … it’s left me very weak but I’m slowly recovering and will be back blogging and vlogging soon. Once again, Carol, thank you for your kind words

      1. I am so glad to hear that you are recovering, dear friend. I send you love and healing thoughts and eagerly await your return. ❤

  3. I was so grateful to see that you visited my blog today, dear friend. I have missed you and was worried. I send my best wishes to you and your lovely family. ❤

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