Guy Fawkes


‘Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!’

It’s/Bonfire night and the fireworks have been a not-so-subtle reminder for the past week that this day was coming up. And although the noise can get annoying at times, standing on our balcony and watching the gorgeous colours light up the sky across the horizon makes it all worthwhile. With our view, we can see nearly all of London from the Eye all the way over to the O2 and beyond. And there have been at least 5 fireworks displays going simultaneously at any given time all night tonight.

Tonight is also a little bitter sweet, as it’s the night before Joe heads back to the states and I stay here for a few more weeks before heading back myself. Sure, I may like my “me” time alone, but that’s only for a bit each day. The flat is going to be rather quiet and lonely, but I’m sure I’ll find plenty to keep myself busy.

Gunpowder Plot Conspirators

But enough of that. Back to the interesting stuff! Guy Fawkes and bonfire night. For all my Yankee friends who have no clue who that is, let me explain a bit. Guy Fawkes was a member of the Gunpowder Plot in Great Britain who was arrested on 5 November 1605 whilst guarding a set of explosives the plotters had put under the House of Lords. If detonated, it likely would have killed King James I, amongst others. To celebrate his survival, and Guy’s capture, people throughout the city lit bonfires. Hence, Fireworks to represent the gunpowder and possible explosion, and bonfires for the celebration. The best modernised take on the story would be the film V for Vendetta.

There are even some traditional dishes they make to celebrate the evening, just as we do for the Fourth of July. We chose to make a dish calledToad in the Hole.┬áIf you want more on that, you can check it out here. Until next time…