Guy Fawkes

The End Of A British Tradition?

Guy Fawkes was a member of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605, a terrorist basically, one of a group of plotters who decided to blow up the government of King James I & VI, not because they were against government oppression; they wanted to be in charge. […]

Hallowfawkes Week

I’m getting scary fatigue and there are still several days to go… Thanks to the confusion that now reigns between Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes Night, we seem to have one week here in Central London when fireworks go off non-stop and the streets are full of people in peculiar fancy dress that’s neither one event […]

Is Guy Fawkes Back?

After years of being swamped by bland colour-branded shopping-friendly Halloween, could Guy Fawkes night possibly be making a comeback? The recent protests against the city bankers have seen a return of Guy Fawkes masks, but specifically, the masks sported by the villain/ hero of Alan Moore’s graphic novel ‘V For Vendetta’. Which is interesting, because […]

‘Lack Of Merchandising’ Destroys Guy Fawkes

Fancy a bit of Catholic-baiting tonight? This is the time to head for Lewes, where you’ll get a chance to chuck fireworks at priests in the ritual that celebrates not just the treasonous Catholic attempt at dynamiting Parliament but also the burning of Protestant martyrs. It’s a bonkers evening, with burning tar barrels tossed into […]