Remember, remember the Fifth of November

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  1. Anonymous says:

    There is another connection between the 5th of November and the American Revolution. In Colonial Boston, the holiday was called Pope's Day and it was an effigy of the Pope that was carried through the streets and burned in effigy. Since there were traditionally parades and demonstrations that day, early revolutionary leaders James Otis and Sam Adams used the day as an excuse to hold protests against the Crown. In doing so, they were linking the Tyranny of Rome (which all good Puritains abhorred) with the Tyranny of the British Government. (Whether Sam Adams was aware of the irony that he was attacking the same Parliment the Guy Fawkes tried to blow up, I don't know)–kurt wilcken

  2. Adriane Nash says:

    And in 1975 my mother gave birth to her only child.I've always appreciated being born on Guy Fawkes Day.

  3. mike weber says:

    In one of the "Tommy Hambledon" spy stories by "Manning Coles" (some of the wittiest espionage/crime fiction ever from England – one story was klnocked off for a Steed/Peel "Avengers" episode which Steranko subsequently knocked off for a "SHIELD" story), Hambledon kakes the remark that Guy Fawkes was the only person who ever thought of a truly funny joke about Parliament, and it didn't come off.

  4. Marilee J. Layman says:

    I didn't know you knew Mike Ford! We have an index to all his funny and thoughtful writing on Making Light. Hmmm, I suppose that's "Patrick and Teresa" have, although it was Jim who put it together. I hear they're still working out literary rights. He didn't leave a will.So all you authors and artists out there, make sure you leave a literary will! Neil has a post with sample will.

  5. Elayne Riggs says:

    My husband's old hometown is said to have the best Bonfire Night in the UK. So much so that they now actively discourage non-locals from attending because it gets so crowded.