Remember, remember, the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason,
Should ever be forgot.
It's bonfire night over here in old England (and UK wide). The night we light fires, and set off fireworks to remember and celebrate the deliverance of parliament and King James I, from explosive destruction at the hands of Guy Fawkes, back in 1605.
Some choose to highlight the sectarian overtones of the remembrance, but I always felt that for most people here, we were quietly (maybe even openly), celebrating Guy Fawkes himself. An original anti-hero, challenging the king and the government with his audacious plan to rid us of the lot of them - once and for all.
How many people today wouldn't sympathise (just a little bit) with Guy Fawkes, the plotters, and their ambition?
So tonight, as the fireworks explode around us... and share prices hit the floor again... and inflation rises by another couple of percentage points... and the Euro stumbles at yet another hurdle... and the chairman of a failed bank walks away with another few million in bonus payments... lets raise a glass and remember Guy Fawkes - gawd bless ya guv'ner.