Saturday, November 5, 2011

Bonfire Night, Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes day, I am not sure what people really know about it. Its's a historical event not a movie or what is going on in current events. To me it's what as a kid something we did every year. We went to a bonfire and burned our Guy Fawkes dolls we made in school. It is the 'The Gunpowder Plot' to blow up the house of Lords. Another event in my childhood I still do. I was the kid who wanted to see the bad stuff in history and was often disappointed. I saw no beheadings, no burnings at Smithfield and no wars live and in colour. School trips can let you down.
Growing up in England school trips were so fun to historical sites. The down part was no I didn't see Anne Boleyn beheaded, Lord Nelson win a war or any other of the fun gory stuff. I still love History anyway. So I burn Guy Fawkes he didn't take down the Empire known as Great Britain. I am glad he didn't.
 So no matter what the political people are doing, the image in use is Guy Fawkes, learn the history first. Then let me rule the world with Princess. Sadly no fireworks here in Arizona, but at least it I have cool weather for a change. Lets all repeat the poem we learned in school:

Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot ;
I know of 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, let the bells ring
Holloa boys, Holloa boys, God save the King!

Hip hip Hoorah !
Hip hip Hoorah !

A penny loaf to feed ol'Pope,
A farthing 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 dea

To learn more

My Guy Fawkes burning:

So what did you do tonight? Cheers!


  1. Oh what a cool celebration!
    Let's see...on the 5th...hmmm...well it wasn't as fun as burning something party-style! :D

  2. LOL sadly I can't do a massive bonfire and no fireworks. Someday home and loads of fun.