Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Bonfire Night Picture 2008


Kat said...

Did you take that? If so, well done :) I got to see that on Friday night from the aircraft as we flew over London at around 8:30pm.

Bee said...

Very cool, Brian!

Jean Knee said...


Brian o vretanos said...


Thankyou. It's a composite picture of the view from my flat.



Jean Knee:

Good evening!

Tracy said...

Brian Dear,
That must have been one heck of a bonfire!
Ok, you know that you now have to explain to me what "Bonfire Night" is please.
You also should know that I shouldn't be at the bottom of your blog list but, alas, I'm still there.

Chris Wood said...

Quite true, that's an awesome photo!

Brian o vretanos said...


On the 5th of November 1605, An alleged Catholic plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament by detonating gunpowder in tunnels underneath it was foiled. Their leader was Guy Fawkes, and he and his men were executed in a truly dreadful fashion, part of which involved fire. We celebrate these events to this day by burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on bonfires and letting off fireworks.

"Remember, Remember the 5th of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot."

The more idealistic view of this is that we are celebrating an attempt to rob us of our freedoms, such as the freedom to determine the order of our own blog rolls ;-)

Brian o vretanos said...



Tracy said...

Brian Dear,
That sounds horrible!
I mean, don't get me wrong, I love a good bonfire. But you're celebrating people being burned to death. That's a bit....morbid?
Although, I've no room to talk, we celebrate Thanksgiving, the day we came over and gave the Indians illnesses and then kicked them out of their land. But I do love turkey.
I'm not trying to steal the freedome of your blog roll, I just simply want to be moved up, that's all. Please don't start burning effigies of me on your bonfire too!

Tracy said...

I just don't like to be last is all, you see.

Tracy said...

But I do enjoy being 11th!!!!!!

Tracy said...

But seeing as it's an odd number, I also feel the need to be 12th too.:)

Brian o vretanos said...


They didn't actually let them burn to death. After hanging them till they weren't quite dead, removing and burning their guts and genitals, they finally put the (still alive) victims out of their misery by decapitation.

It's what people used to watch before they had the X-factor...

Sully Sullivan said...


That reminds me of when I was in Vegas on 4th of July and my room at the Flamingo overlooked Caesar's. I was sitting there just minding my own business and counting out some cash before I went down to the tables and then the most extravagant fireworks display just began to erupt from Caesar's. There was one part where the sky lit up like in your picture.

Fireworks are the tops.

catscratch said...


Brian o vretanos said...


I'm glad to see that reports of your demise have been greatly exaggerated!