….wild is the wind…creative freedom is the seed….
The first time I went to Bonfire night in England was in Surrey. It was an interesting experience in a property on grounds that had its own private lake and the nearest neighbor (was like in the Australian outback) a good walk away and converted some old building from a Brewery. I should add that the Brewery in question in Surrey was Tudor or Jacobian (I don’t remember the details) and the one in Australia was just an old Watering tower of the old VB (Victorian Bitters).
However when I asked what the whole Guy Fawkes thing was about, I was told,”Oh, we are celebrating the fact that someone “made a jolly good attempt” at a Republic for England.”
I said,”Well, I think we only celebrate in Asia when we succeed….you can’t just celebrate for “trying”…hahahha.”
In the middle of this “witty repartee”, someone screamed,” C’mon, lets throw some petrol on this thing. We are not going to win the biggest bonfire of Surrey….partly because last year the next door neighbor cheated and we didn’t use any petrol.”
Whereupon a disgusted eco-conscious voice said,”No way, I am leaving if any of you create any more unnecessary CO this evening! This is barbaric ! Make sure the fire burns down properly to CO2 !”
Then one of their “different” Tory neighbor (visiting to spy) mumbled: “Well, now you see why that Guy couldn’t get the job done! I’m surprised they didn’t run a Health & Safety and fined Parliament for reckless endangerment and failing to meet duty of care to spectators. ”
I thought it was a funny joke for a Tory. 🙂
…so…for some ridiculous reasons, for years I just ran around thinking that Guy Fawkes REALLY was about a failed attempt at a republic!
So Imagine my shock tonight in 2012 when I was told, it was NOT about the “attempt”….it was to celebrate that some royal lived!!!!!!! I was really shocked! I even said,”Are you sure? Seriously? Is this some sort of North England variation ?”
My new friend at the church thought I was joking, so I took out the phone and wiki-ed it..OMG! Those Champagne Socialist in Surrey LIED to me!!!!Damn Southern Pommes!!!! hahahhahaa. Oh, they are Horrible! hahahhahhaa. I found this Profoundly FUNNY!
This is how Wiki described it: “Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.”
OH Well..here are the pretty pictures from 2012 Bonfire Night with people lighting fireworks, even a Big Chinese Fire Cracker and kids swirling Sparklers! Have fun!
Bonfire Night 2012 was held in the Local church ground where I have my art studio and what I like about it is that there is a community here and people look after one another in a way that Big Society tried to artificially create. Unless Parliament decides to actively and sustainably invest in education, community and promoting diversity, there are more and more intelligent, educated ordinary English citizens falling through the cracks of the social safety nets. Regardless of one’s personal religious points of view, there is no way of denying that a genuine community built around some faith; be it christian, hindu, muslim, buddhist or whatever are and had always been one of those Culturally Sustainable Building blocks of civilisations when it works on a grass-root level. I think my points are serious food-for-thoughts for those whose policies are being Facetious (allegedly “serving” in Westminister, usually commuting from Surrey or other Home Counties) with people’s daily wellbeing and the overall budgets for education across the land. This time around …..in 2012……if you mess it up…..I don’t think you can blame it on some prat called James!!!
I am tired of the inertia of the BIg Society but in a way I’m not sure the Randian fantasies of New Labour really did what it said on the package either…..Time to really rethink…..what is a real community?
How about a bit of Ubuntu?
When Voww.tv filmed Desmond Tutu in the United Nations, I saw the way he explained the idea of Ubuntu, is not as esoteric or far-fetched as I thought. Though perhaps the problem with the world is that we are treating one another like a family (an extremely dysfunctional The Simpsons kind).
I think the community at the church are doing a good job of LIVING Tutu’s ideas articulated here: