Guy Fawkes Night

Today in England (and possibly in other parts of the country) is Guy Fawkes Night. It happens every 5th November and celebrates the discovery of a Papist plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament several hundred years ago. Effigies of the ring leader of the plot, Guy Fawkes, are burned and fireworks set off. Some may say that it is a shame that Mr Fawkes did not succeed in blowing up Parliament, but that would be too cynical a view of things. Fawkes was hankering for a return to the old ways and the old religion, and wanted a Catholic England in 1605 when he stored his gunpowder in a cellar under the House of Commons and thought that by blowing up Parliament he would achieve his wishes.  Continue reading