Friday, November 5, 2010

Fireworks and Fun ★


so tonight was 'Guy Fawkes Night' here in the UK, also known as 'Bonfire Night'

if you've never heard if Bonfire Night or have and just don't understand what it's all about...

allow me to give you a little explanation ★

"Guy Fawkes Night originates from 'the Gunpowder Plot' of 1605, a failed conspiracy by a group of provincial English Catholics to assassinate the Protestant King James I of England (also known as King James VI of Scotland) and replace him with a Catholic head of state. 

The survival of the King was first celebrated on 5 November 1605, after Guy Fawkes, who was left in charge of the barrels of gunpowder placed underneath the House of Lords, was discovered and arrested."

so there you have it, in Britain today we still celebrate this old tradition by holding big firework displays and having bonfires to remember the failed attempt to blow up Parliament in London.

another custom that goes with the firework displays is for people to make little effigies known as 'Guys' to burn on the bonfires. children normally made the 'Guys' to try and raise some money to buy fireworks hence the phrase' penny for the Guy' and traditionally these effigies would represent Guy Fawkes but nowadays most kids just make really crappy 'Guys' out of old tracksuits and plastic masks, then sit with them outside supermarkets hoping to get a few quid from passers by.

there's also a few old rhymes that go with Bonfire night, the most famous one is actually quite long but part of the old rhyme goes like this... 

"Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
the Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
i see no reason, 
why the Gunpowder Treason,
should ever be forgot..."

anyway, since it was Bonfire night i popped out to Ramsey in the North of the Island for the annual Fireworks display set off from the little island in the middle of the lake in Mooragh Park. and as per usual... it didn't disappoint!


i didn't have my camera with me but i managed to grab a few snaps on my phone (which has a rubbish camera), and although they aren't brilliant (or anywhere near remotely good) i tried my best! it was VERY cold and my hands were pretty numb so... yeah!



the park was packed and people were gathered all around the edges of the lake waving glo-sticks (i got a red one... thanks dad) and torches waiting for the display to begin.


the turnout was spectacular and so were the fireworks! it was a great night. we left the house early and since i only live about ten minutes away from Ramsey we got some fish and chips first and sat by the park eating them, it was super dee duper... 


i'm really glad i got to go tonight since i missed last years display! after the charity fashion show last November i got a really bad cold and spent my Bonfire night in bed! so this year was a real treat!

i guess Bonfire night is just another seemingly crazy English custom and tradition but hey... i could say the same about customs and traditions all over the world so don't knock mine and i won't knock yours... deal!

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in other news...

i had another meeting this afternoon concerning the new 'project', this time i had to take the team along... the team consisting of myself, Quinn, Chris (aka Meg) and Nathan

however... Nathan was busy with a filming thing for college so it was just me, Quinneh and Megan for the meeting times.

it was nice though, i had a great afternoon and the meeting went really well, as i said before... stay tuned!

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i also got a lovely message off a Spanish girl today as well, her name is Judit and she left a comment on here saying how much she liked the post with all the 'Gorjuss' paintings and how she too is a Mika fan... in that case she was already 'muy bueno y estupendo' in my eyes but then i checked out her blog as well.

 it's really cute with a great vibe to it and although i only caught the gist of the posts since my Spanish is a little rusty (well it has been about 4 years since i last studied it full time) i really loved her pictures as well. 


she seems like a really super girl anyways and i'm grateful for her comment and forbecoming a follower of my blog, 
muchas gracias Judit, tanto gusto, ¡eres muy amable!

if you'd like to check out her blog then just follow this link - Juditsite

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and that's it i guess, it's been a long day and i am verrrrry tired so i think i'll call it a night and go and curl up in bed with a cup of tea to watch some 'Fringe' ... you know, for a change!

that's all folks...

◕‿◕ ★ xX

2 comments :

  1. Wooow thank you so so so SO much Jade, you made my day! I'm delighted to hear (well, read) that you liked my pictures.
    You seem to be a super nice girl, really, thank you, you made me feel so happy :D
    Your Spanish is pretty good, hehe!

    Many hugs :)

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  2. I almost forgot, those pictures are really good to have been taken with a mobile phone! I wish mine had such a good camera...
    Well, thank you again, sweet dreams!

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