Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Remember, Remember

It's very interesting that people over on the British mainland complain about the long memories of people in Northern Ireland when historical battles are remembered and celebrated. Especially when such commemorations are associated with bonfires and other cultural festivals. Such events are seen as merely sectarian triumphalism or raking up the past.

(Photo by Bernie.)

Yet today is the day when many will attend bonfires and other cultural festivals in England and parts of the Commonwealth to recall an even older historical event. Interesting indeed, considering that the Boyne was fought in 1690, while the victory against Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators was 85 years earlier, in 1605.

Remember, Remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

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