Bonfire Night

Tonight is Bonfire Night in the UK.  This is when we lights fires and set off fireworks to commemorate Guy Fawkes’ thwarted attempt to blow up parliament in 1605 as part of the Gunpowder Plot.  Subsequent generations have often felt a twinge of regret that he didn’t succeed.

because it takes place on a Monday which is a school night, a lot of the displays have been taking place over the weekend which means Bonfire Night seems to have lasted half of the week.

In contrast with past years, most of the action is in the hands of professional displays.  In my childhood, you stood at one end a field to watch a couple of roman candles from one hundred feet away.

But this weekend, I’ve been able to watch sophisticated rockets blasted a couple of hundred feet in the air from race courses, rugby clubs and cricket clubs without having to leave the house.    

The fireworks code.