Anyone who has followed this blog for the last year or so perhaps recalls the Advent Calendar of Oddments 2012. Unfortunately, due to a combination of my laziness and my having used most available material in last year’s effort, there will be no 2013 edition. Instead I’ve gratuitously reblogged myself so those who haven’t seen these before can enjoy them, and those who have can perhaps have another look or whatever.
This is not to say I have no Christmas themed oddments whatsoever this year, just fewer, and I shall post them sporadically throughout the month!
I was just wondering about Guy Fawkes Day. Do the British celebrate because he was caught and it didn't happen or do they celebrate because he tried and it's in honor of him trying to kill the King?
We celebrate his failure although for most people I’m sure the historical significance of the event has been forgotten!
Shortly after the event in 1605 the government issued the ‘Observance of 5th November Act’ which called for a public thanksgiving for the failure of the plot. Over time this has developed from having strong anti-Catholic overtones to today, when friends and families gather, light a bonfire, watch fireworks displays and eat warm food! Sometimes we burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes too!
Hello! I just HAVE to say that I absolutely love this blog to pieces. It's one of the few sites I visit multiple times every day to see if anything new has been posted! So a very big thank you and I hope that you keep up the good work for a very, very, very long time to come! I just wanted to ask you if you have any similair sites (Tumblr or other) you can recommend?
Thank you very much for the kind words! I feel I am practically inactive on Tumblr these days so apologies if there’s rarely anything new when you keep checking back!
As for similar sites, there are a few I recommend: