Day 310~366

Firstly Olá Brazil!  Not sure what’s going on but have had 48 visitors from there today so far which engendered one of those ‘stats spike’ notifications. You’d have thought one of them would say hi, but they didn’t, came and went like ghosts through a graveyard. WordPress has some strange goings on sometimes.

 

Anyway, back to us, just you and me 🙂

Today is Nov 5th Guy Fawkes night for us Brits, for any of my Brazilian pals, or followers from other lands, you may not know of this tradition, so I’ll give you a quick run down on it.

On the 5th November 1605 a bunch of Catholics plotted to assassinate the protestant King James 1st and replace him with a Catholic head of state.   They stuck a heap of explosives under The House of Lords, and Guy Fawkes was set to guard them.  Someone betrayed them all and Guy was caught along with the others, and they all were tortured,  hung, and chopped into pieces.Londoners were encouraged to celebrate the King’s escape from assassination by lighting bonfires and an act of parliament designated each 5 November as a day of thanksgiving for “the joyful day of deliverance”, and remained in force until 1859.    So We have celebrated this event 🙄 ever since, with bonfires, an effigy of Guy Fawkes, (known as ‘The Guy”) which is put on top of the bonfire and burnt as well.  We set off fireworks and have baked potatoes, sausages and parkin. I mean, that’s 411 years we’ve been turning a botched terrorist attack into one of the most fun days of the year, funny lot us Brits. 🙂

Anyway I’ve been taking photo’s for The Sunday Challenge which is all about Bonfire night and I’ll include them here.

It rained cats and dogs today and I didn’t think it would be any good for doing fireworks.

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But I thought at least I’d get chance to have a traditional bonfire night baked potato dinner, and my photo for the challenge was to be a sparkler stuck in a baked potato, that worked quite well as the rain stopped tonight.

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the dinner was yummy, baked potato with a bacon, onion,cheese mash filling 🙂 a sausage and some beans. It was lush!

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I did my crystal ball shot earlier on, in the middle of the rain the sun peeped out and illuminated the view from my bedroom window, looked fab against the grey sky, so I captured it in the orb.

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Saturday night is Movie night in our house, and tonight we are doing more recent history, Irish this time, about a chap called Michael Collins starring Liam Neeson. Phil’s choice so it’ll probably be grim and not have a happy ending. But I’ll have learned something new so that’s the payoff. 🙂

Have a great weekend wordy peeps 🙂

 

 

 

11 comments

  • I have seen ‘Michael Collins’, and enjoyed it as a (rather dry) history of part of ‘The Troubles’. I think I prefer Ken Loach’s film, ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ (also dry) though. None are as good as ‘The Informer’, or ‘Odd man Out’, or ’71’. (I really recommend ’71 to Phil)
    Anyway, too wet here for fireworks. Julie went to her daughter’s to take them to a display, but cancelled attending the event, due to torrential rain.
    I enjoyed the reflections in the ball shot. Very sharp.
    (Considering another camera. Maybe a Panasonic G80 M, or an Olympus OMD E5 Mk II. Exciting to explore, if nothing else…)
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • Phil’s going to check out the ken loach movie, we have done 71, it was quite gobsmacking. The stuff that goes on that we don’t really know about, and then with movies we do.

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  • Enjoy Michael Collins…our last hero. I visited MBeal na Blath recently…you might understand when you see the movie. Good enough movie if I remember. Haven’t seen Wind That Shakes the Barley that your friend Pete mentions but I know my friend Keith had a small part in it ..I had tosay that as its one of my few claims to fame!…I wonder how you excited the Brazilians…?

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    • Me and the Brazilians, we’re like 👌 😊 the movie made me want to visit Ireland even more than I already did. Fuck me though, how bloody bad is English history. 😟 we call out other nations, but really, I’m despairing of us.

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  • hey .thanks for the history lesson, you know we dont know this kind of thing over here. so i love reading about your”holidays” and such.and your food looked mighty good too 🙂 awesome photos as always .X

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  • Probably they noticed in a forum and shared a link with a particular post… I found that happened with me with people from Slovakia I think. xD
    In any case I am sure those Brazilian saw so much beauty with you. ^^

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