Fireworks and an Election

Congratulations America on your new President Elect Obama.

I wish we could get as many people could get involved or interested in the elections here.  The thought of being able to pack out a football ground here with supporters for any political party is just laughable.  And don’t get me started on the women I know not voting!

On a slightly different subject here in the UK tonight we are celebrating Bonfire Night also known as Guy Fawkes.

Thinking about it a little bizarre, but we celebrate the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot of the 5th November 1605 in which a number of Catholic conspirators the ring leader being Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and the government.  Talk about holding a grudge!

People make ‘guys’ like a stuffed scarecrow sometimes it’s made in the shape of a hated figure (TV Personality, Politican, etc), paraded through the town normally by lit torch and then put it on the top of a massive bonfire and burnt.  At that point lots of fireworks are set off.

I like to think that it’s an excuse in the deepest winter to have a party and to see children enjoying themselves rather than still harking back to something that happened 400 years ago. But some people seem to take it a little too seriously even now!

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5 Comments

  1. I love blogging because you share so many thoughts and ideas. Hey Liz don’t forget your coutry had one of the first female presidents/ prime ministers elected into office. We still have to catch up. But its nice to see things change a bit here in the States. Great pictures.

  2. My brother in law is from the UK and they go to a Guy Fawkes bonfire around here every year. That is the only other time I have heard about this celebration. Have fun.

  3. Rochelle – yeah it’s weird that the UK, India and Pakistan have all had female leaders before the US – still one day soon eh?

    Janet – I’m glad to know your brother in law enjoys bonfire night too 🙂

    Corrine – You are more than welcome to come live here! 🙂

  4. Ooh! Guy Fawkes! I specialized in 17th Century British History in university, and I’m always so fascinated by how that day has remained an opportunity for revelry! No matter what the motivations are today, it sure looks like a lot of fun 🙂

    And thanks Liz for your well wishes on our new President. For the first time in a long time I am proud to be an American, which is quite a nice feeling. And it’s amazing to see how people got involved here…I hope that having Obama in office will improve the US’s tarnished international reputation. As a nation, we’ve been making right arses out of ourselves for quite a while now 😉