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Tonight in the UK is Night. We 'celebrate' the fact that some chap called Guy Fawkes failed to blow up and was tortured then hung, drawn and quartered for his pains.

Having learned about a sanitised version of this in primary school, I still to this day fail to see why we celebrate the fact that someone 'T do something.

Is it in the English psyche to laud ? Is that the reason why this 'festival' of whizz-bangs takes place? Why so many people in this country appear to outsiders to have the get-up-and-go of week-old dishwater? Don't get me on this tonight. It will only end in fretful tears.

This time last year we suffered an attempted attack on the house where a firework was pushed or launched itself through the letterbox. A random attack or a mistake as a result of a badly aimed firework we will never know, but it was enough to unnerve me for a long time afterwards.

Proof of why I have always been wary of ground floor entry doors. Never had this problem when I was living several floors up in an apartment block...

Posted at 22:33 GMT on 5 November 2014.

Suspiciously quiet outside.

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melody23 wrote on November 5, 2014, 6:04 PM

I am so glad I am not working in the hospital tonight, so many people come in with burns from handling fireworks while drunk, or even just mishandling them while sober. The type of burn you get from a firework is a terribly severe one, I don't know why people take the chance.

Feisty56 wrote on November 5, 2014, 10:54 PM

Now I better understand the Anonymous Million Man March in London tonight. I had forgotten what Guy Fawkes day was in celebration of.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on November 6, 2014, 1:50 PM

That is totally scary! No wonder you were unnerved. I would be, too.

WordChazer wrote on November 6, 2014, 3:42 PM

I'm no use with matches when the gas hob won't work, never mind actually lighting an explosive device with one. The kind of fireworks I like are the ones I can see and not hear, such as the New Year display at Disneyland, where the bangs are drowned out by music.

WordChazer wrote on November 6, 2014, 3:43 PM

Oodles of V-Vendetta masks if I recall. Commonly known as the Guy Fawkes mask.

WordChazer wrote on November 6, 2014, 3:45 PM

Don't want to go through that again, thankyouverymuch. I have had a few experiences in my life that I found once was once too much, and that was definitely one of them.

Lemark wrote on November 8, 2014, 4:24 PM

This 'celebration' was institutionalized by the people who caught and slaughtered the poor Guy. It was their intention to remember the failure of the opposition and their victory. And then it became tradition. And then it became marketing material.

By the way - Guy was caught because of the treason. So you are actually celebrating a failure, a treason and a slaughter.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 2:38 AM

I wouldn't want to work on a night like that, either! Bad enough just working an ordinary day, as the holidays approach....