Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, ’twas his intent
To blow up the King and Parli’ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s mercy he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Hulloa boys, Hulloa boys, let the bells ring.
Hulloa boys, hulloa boys, God save the King!

–Traditional English nursery rhyme

November 5 is Guy Fawkes Day, the day that the English remember one of their most notorious villains or one of their most celebrated heroes, depending on their mood.

On this day in 1605 Fawkes, a disgruntled English Catholic rebel, attempted to take down the entire English government—king, ministers, parliament and all—by blowing up the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament.

Fawkes was discovered and promptly executed, but he is remembered—in typically dry English humor—as the last man to enter parliament with honest intentions.

As we approach a U.S. presidential election with two very unappealing candidates, pour yourself a drink and offer a toast across the Atlantic.

8 Responses
    1. Lady Gaga

      You crazy maaaaaan??? :O
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  1. sternhead

    Among the quintillions of habitable worlds in the universe, is there another where a mask has been crafted in the like of some villain, by chance to bear an eery resemblance to the illustrious Fawkes mask?  Or not by chance?

    1. Heathen Minded

      Sternhead, I really am not sure how a person fighting religious oppression became cast as a villain…  one mans freedom fighter truly is another’s terrorist. Guess it is always to be a matter of perspective isn’t it?


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