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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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November 5th is Guy Fawkes Day. Guy Fawkes plotted to blow up the British Parliament a few hundred years ago. He was caught and executed, but the British are still angry with him. The long-standing grudge has become an excuse to run around and throw loud fireworks that aren't very visually impressive at one another, and to set stuff - particularly, effigies of Guy Fawkes - on fire. Since he happened to be an extremist Catholic, sometimes the Pope is burnt in effigy too. Yow.
Nifty. I really like the pub shot.
Our hosts were particularly proud of finding that pub. They haven't lived in the area all that long and they claim it's the best place they've found to get a Guinness. It was very, very nice.
Very nice pics. I too especially like the pub shot at the end. =)
Heh. That was the "We're finally warm!" celebration. Even though it was about a twenty minute walk from the park, the pub started to fill up very quickly before we were done with the first round, so we took off shortly afterwards to go drink at our hosts' flat.
We have Guy Fawkes down here in the colonies too.
Apart from the obvious "Any excuse for fireworks" I've always found Guy Fawkes to be less about burning the Guy and revenging the Crown against his horrible actions and more a "Don't look while I wonder what could have been", but that may be my generation and its republican (i.e. removing the Crown as Head of State) leanings.
My impression here is that even now there's a bit of anti-Catholic sentiment to the whole affair. I can see how it might have acquired an ironic flavor of opposition to the monarchy as well. I didn't notice that here - I probably didn't talk to enough people, though. Too busy jumping every time someone lit off a firework just down the block from where I was standing. :-P
What a cool fucking tradition! Go Brits! I will try and remember it next year, so as to have another excuse to drink, and this time with explosive devices!
-Andrzej Valentyn Kujawski
I'm not angry with him :) In fact I've never met a fellow Brit who was! I doubt the idiots who throw fireworks at each other have even heard of him! Once upon a time people here actually kept this firework thing to Nov 5th only, now it seems to start a couple of weeks before and go on for god knows how long afterwards. Which my cat does NOT appreciate.
Heh. I kinda figured. It makes a good cover story, though. In spite of the idiots, it's nice to have a celebration at the start of the cold months that involves building bonfires, roasting potatoes, and sipping brandy from flasks. It's a good idea. The loud fireworks, not so much. They've been starting as soon as it gets dark and not stopping until around midnight since Halloween. I've heard they last for most of the month. o_O
They certainly do! Just ask my cat. (She blames me for it though - just like I create thunderstorms too!).