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remember, remember the fifth of november

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So today is the fifth of November:

Remember, remember the fifth of november
Gunpowder, treason and plot

Today is indeed bonfire night, when we remember the foiling of the gunpowder plot in 1605. Guy Fawkes was caught red-handed trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament on the occasion of the State Opening of Parliament, when the King, Commons and Lords would all be in session. He and and his co-conspirators were tortured and then hung, drawn and quartered.

It is said that Fawkes was recruited for two reasons, he had explosives experience, and he was in poverty. So there we have it folks. Live a frugal life so you don’t end up in a badly planned plot to blow up the reigning monarch in a desperate attempt to get some cash together.

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3 comments for “remember, remember the fifth of november”

  1. Ok, I promise I won’t attempt to blow up any reigning monarchs for cash. May I admit to being an ignorant American who didn’t know what the holiday was about before watching V for Vendetta?

    Posted by E.C. | November 6, 2007, 4:31 am
  2. I’m not surprised that it’s not a commonly known holiday elsewhere in the world. We don’t even get the day off work over here for it.

    Posted by plonkee | November 6, 2007, 8:52 am
  3. In Newfoundland it is celebrated as “Bonfire Night”, but it’s not known in the rest of Canada.

    Posted by Monica | November 6, 2007, 1:28 pm

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