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Remembering Bonfire Night

I’ll never forget my first Bonfire Night in the UK. Fireworks. Beer. Heavy rain. A big bonfire burning the effigy of a guy. All in remembrance of one Guy Fawkes.

Who? This guy.

George Cruikshank's illustration of Guy Fawkes, published in William Harrison Ainsworth's 1840 novel. Thank you, Wikipedia.

Guy Fawkes is best known as the brains behind the Gunpowder Plot, a failed plot by a small group of English Catholics to assassinate the Protestant King James, by blowing up Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder. The king was tipped off, foiling their plan on Nov. 5, 1605 and Fawkes was tortured and executed. He should not to be confused with this guy:

Yes, I did mistakenly think that it was Grey Fox Night that we were celebrating. Not so far fetched – we do have a Groundhog Day, now don’t we?

For me the 5th of November will always be Grey Fox Night.