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Re: Happy Guy Fawkes Day to the English Persons Here. by Sophie-Louise on 6 November 2007 1:44am
 
me and some friends went to a good display tonight and took some fantastic photos of the fireworks, there was also a funfair and we went on the ghost train twice! WOOP! then i returned to my student accommodation to find the drunkards burning anything they could find and throwing rockets around! idiots!! i retreated to the warmth and safety of my room, the boring t totaller i am.... ahhhh students, what would we do without them?...

probably live in peace but there you are... :D

i love bonfire night but i always worry about my jack russel terrier. it terrifies him and he's getting on a bit now :(
 
Re: Happy Guy Fawkes Day to the English Persons Here. by tucsonmike on 6 November 2007 1:56am
 
We are saving our pennies to go out next week.
 
Re: Happy Guy Fawkes Day to the English Persons Here. by geordiegirl on 6 November 2007 8:11pm
 
Mrsthing, I'm not sure many DO remember the significance: it's a big excuse for a childrens party usually (sorry about your drunken cohorts, Sophie).As Sue says,Local authorities encourage people to go to a big communal display & these are good. There are still too many accidents with idiots letting off dangerous fireworks: legislation isn't tough enough to ban sale of 'unlicensed' ones.
Elina, your country has it about right- learning from the mistakes of others.
It's just dawned on me that 6th November (day Parliament officially re-opens for business) is the day after Guy Fawkes night, but I'd like to bet currently Not A Lot Of People Know That.
What's your state, Mrsthing?
 
Re: Happy Guy Fawkes Day to the English Persons Here. by mrsthing on 9 November 2007 3:01am
 
I live in Connecticut (you don't pronounce the second c), which used to be proud of being the birthplace of our current president, but not anymore. Signs used to say, "Welcome to Connecticut, birthplace of George W. Bush". Now they say, "Welcome to Connecticut. It's not our fault!"

Not really. That's just a local joke.
 
Re: Happy Guy Fawkes Day to the English Persons Here. by tucsonmike on 9 November 2007 5:35am
 
ROFL! I will have to send you my essay, Why Connecticut is a Border State.
 
Re: Happy Guy Fawkes Day to the English Persons Here. by mrsthing on 10 November 2007 2:21am
 
Sounds funny! But border of what? We were staunchly blue in the last election. At least we're smart enough not to make the same mistake twice. But with only 5 electoral votes, we don't count for much.
 
Re: Happy Guy Fawkes Day to the English Persons Here. by geordiegirl on 10 November 2007 4:32pm
 
It's the electoral (or, as my political colleagues occasionally say it, Elecrtical) college which is at fault here. I do like the Birthplace sign. I'm not sure there's currently any UK equivalent, in the 1980s various local authorities called themselves People's Republic of (Islington comes to mind) but Margaret Thatcher's a long time gone, thank-goodness.
 
Re: Happy Guy Fawkes Day to the English Persons Here. by mrsthing on 10 November 2007 5:50pm
 
Texas periodically threatens to secede; there's a tiny town in northern New Hampshire that still considers itself a sovereign republic, though legally they still belong to the US; and there's a town near me that's always threatening to secede. I consider it a symptom of life in a prosperous country.

I bitch and moan about What's Wrong With the US a lot, but when I read about what's going on in Myanmar, Pakistan, China, the Middle East, Sudan, etc., I think we've got it pretty good. I've never had a bomb fall near my house. I've never had to live under martial law or religious extremists with absolute power. Yes, we have our problems, but it's still a pretty nice country. If we could just get over ourselves, and if we'd pay more attention to our internal problems instead of trying to fix everyone else's, we'd be a lot better off.
 
Re: Happy Guy Fawkes Day to the English Persons Here. by mrsthing on 10 November 2007 5:51pm
 
Uh...sorry to go all political on you. I'm in a bit of a bad mood this morning.
 
Re: Happy Guy Fawkes Day to the English Persons Here. by tucsonmike on 10 November 2007 8:20pm
 
Red Sox/Yankees border, Mrsthing...
Some think Texas should secede under one condition. Bush goes with it.

You are so right about the fact Americans can be sooooo self centered. After 9/11 I am not, but I am becoming a minority.

Most Americans MEAN well, that is the ironic part. We genuinely WANT to do good.

 
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