GUY FAWKES PYROTECHNICS

Depending which side you were on, a person was either labelled a freedom fighter or a terrorist. In that regard, we have just been paying annual homage to Guy Fawkes with the usual pyrotechnic displays, officially centred on a bonfire with an effigy on it, called a ‘Guy’. No prizes for guessing why. These days what are we celebrating?

The French don’t ritually burn Jeanne D’Arc – who died at the stake – every year. But, we ritually ignite a long forgotten character who had every intention of blowing up the mother of all parliament’s together with all who sat in her chamber, including the king.

Nowadays, November the 5th is just an excuse to brighten up dark nights with a bonfire, buy and let off a few bangers sparklers and any other gunpowder designs in a firework. Who understands or bothers with;

“Please to remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot”.

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0 thoughts on “GUY FAWKES PYROTECHNICS

  1. Yeah, we are celebrating the burning of a bloke who failed in a mission that at the time, half the country, if they had known, would have wished it a success. Now there’s a paradox.
    I don’t blame him for the entrance to Lidl being blocked with a Big Issue seller, a poppy seller who was dressed suspiciously like a member of the BNP and two lads with a pile of rags meekly mumbling “penny for the guy” so they could buy some bangers and frighten the shit out of my two cats. In the end I donated to the “me” fund and kept my hand in my pocket.

  2. There’s more to the rhyme:

    The traditional version

    Please to remember the fifth of November gunpowder treason and plot
    I see 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…
    The version as reproduced from the Tower of London archive

    Remember, remember the fifth of November,
    gunpowder, treason and plot,
    I see 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, make the bells ring.
    Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
    Hip hip hoorah!

    We are, of course, celebrating the thwarting and capture of Guy Fawkes, not his intentions. Otherwise we would be burning an effigy of the king/queen…. 😉

  3. :)).

    Thanks for the two versions of the rhyme. I think they are fascinating.

    We don’t include in this ritual homage the other members of the gunpowder plot group. Whilst Fawkes is historically said to have been the ringleader, he was not working on his own. Perhaps it is down to economics, one guy is cheaper and represent the lot. It doesn’t seem to though. Funny that those parallels coincide with present day events.

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