Why the Brits set fire to everything on November 5th

For those who don’t know, today (November 5th) is the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 which fortunately failed to blow up the British Parliament at the time, although in more recent centuries there have been many who thought it was a shame the plot failed.

Why the Brits set fire to everything on November 5th

Guy Fawkes, I want a word with you…

What really irks some of us is because Guy Fawkes and his cohorts failed to pull off their Plot, we have been plagued ever since by the Brits’ need to gloat over its failure by engaging in barbaric practices. This includes burning stuffed bean bags adorned with images of “The Guy” (i.e. the unfortunate Mr Fawkes) on top of bonfires…

…and letting off noisy fireworks that terrify small children, dogs, cats, horses and wildlife.

At around the same time those not hiding under furniture are expected to tuck into burnt sausages, burgers, baked potatoes etc. cooked on or in bonfires built from a year’s worth of junk and garden crap to further celebrate our Guy’s dismal failure at lighting up anything other than his cigar if he was lucky.

Here, then, is a tribute to our d*ckhead Guy and the chaotic tradition he created… [Read more…]