It was November 5th, and we had never heard of Guy Fawkes before. As we sat in the grandstand of the Weston Super Mare Rugby Football Club, watching fireworks getting launched into the cloud deck 100 feet over our head, we learned the story.
Guy was a Catholic, in an England still in the grips of religious war. Guy formed a gang, and plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament - and King James - in what's known as the Gunpowder Plot.
The plot was betrayed, and Parliament saved. Guy and company were hung, drawn, and quartered. It was such a jolly good time that ever since Brits build enormous great bonfires, and burn "The Guy" in effigy. In this enlightened age of Tolerance, the Pope is (mostly) mo longer burned as well.
Naturally, adult beverages are enjoyed. So build a fire, open a beverage, and join in the jolly good fun. Even if fireworks aren't being launched into the rain.
Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot.