This weekends Sunday was spent on two of the greatest pleasures of life: Explosives and alcohol (and that’s the official story I’ll stick to).
Around midday Sunday a bunch of Swedish and Danish people, including myself went to the Auchentoshan Distillery (I won’t even try to learn you how to pronounce it) on the outskirts of Glasgow – considered one of the world’s finest whisky distillers in the world. A well arranged guided tour, followed by the long waited tasting session rounded of a great couple of hours spent.
Later at night, it was time for the great Glasgow Fireworks in the remembrance of Guy Fawkes. - Or more likely: His failure. Back in 1605 this chap, Guy Fawkes thought it would be a jolly good idea to blow up the King and both houses of parliament by blowing up Westminster Palace during the opening session of parliament. However, like all villains as seen in James Bond and Superman movies, Guy Fawkes was probably caught while monologing and enjoying the scene of the crime. He was tortured and hanged in January of 1606.
So, Guy Fawkes Night is the remembrance of his and his companions failed attempt to change England for good (however, I have a slight feeling that the Scottish, Irish and Welsh people are more celebrating the attempt, rather than the actual failure). And how do they celebrate the (failed?) attempt: By blowing up lots and lots of fireworks and having a huge party on the Glasgow Green along with over a fifth of the city’s inhabitants.
Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
You can read more about Guy Fawkes failed attempt here.
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