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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Remember Remember the 5th of November. Gunpowder, Treason and Plot.

Sadly in this part of the world, us Brits barely remember Bonfire Night at all. I believe Dubai Country Club (the Brittest establishment in Dubai for many many years) is having a celebration this coming weekend. But nobody we know is doing anything tonight. I guess we could have got some bangers and/or sparklers, but only by devious means since the sale of these things to Joe Public is banned on safety grounds in the UAE. Quite right too.

It's a bit crap that we've forgotten about Bonfire Night. I used to lurve Bonfire Night in England. It was a bit anarchic - the idea that
a) the whole thing celebrates a bungled terrorist attack that was meant to blow up the Houses of Parliament, and...
b) Josiah Public would be allowed to construct a huge fire in his back garden, set fire to it, burn an effigy of Guido Fawkes (good ole English name) and ignite a bunch of highly dangerous explosives...
is just insane! We saw crazier stuff than this in Spain though.

In our latter years in England, we used to go to organised celebrations. The best I can remember were when we lived in Liverpool. They used to have a summer rockfest in Sefton Park, in south Liverpool, called 'Larks in the Park'. For Bonfire Night, they had a thing called 'Larks in the Dark', and that was your bonfire, fireworks and laser show, all done from a pontoon floating in the lake with accompanying soundtrack. It was BRILLIANT. And the year that the boathouse containing all the fireworks caught fire and exploded was the best one ever!

Heh heh heh.

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