Guy Fawkes

Remember when we used to burn Guys on Guy Fawkes?


5th November Guy Fawkes night New Zealand 2016 Fire pit at the beach

This Guy Fawkes our children dug out a fire pit, collected driftwood and built a fire. They purchased giant marshmallows to toast on sticks and we enjoyed watching other families set off fireworks on the beach as we ate them.

I told them stories about the days before political correctness. Of the giant bonfires and of Guy competitions. I told them about putting your guy in a wheelbarrow to wheel around the neighborhood to show others. I told them about putting fireworks in the guy’s pockets so they would go off when he was placed on the bonfire with the others.

I remember?a very happy afternoon spent ?making my guy. Stuffing his clothes with newspaper. Using my Mum’s old stockings to make his legs and arms.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

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The months and months (and months) of fireworks going off is about to recommence

Fireworks hit the shelves this week and are legally allowed to be sold over the four days from Monday to the holiday on Thursday.

And while that will be a cause of celebration for many, some think private sales of fireworks is causing unnecessary danger all year round.

National Risk Reduction Manager Rob Saunders said there were several close calls last year, with five garages and houses catching fire.

The best option in terms of safety was for people to go to public displays, he said.

The SPCA is delivering a similar message, saying it still wants a total ban on private sales of fireworks.

Its chief executive, Ric Odom, said the real danger of private sales was people keeping fireworks and letting them off throughout the year.

“Even though fireworks are only meant to be on sale a few days before Guy Fawkes, people let these things off well before and well after,” he said.

They certainly do. ?Especially when you live in an Asian dominated neighbourhood. ?They have other calendar dates to observe as well, such as Chinese New Year. ? And a fair few fireworks are set off on our own calendar clicking over a year as well. ? Read more »


Wowsers still going for full ban on fireworks

When I was a kid having a birthday 3 days before Guy Fawkes was awesome.

Until the wowsers started their slippery slope of bans.

First they called for the banning of bangers like Tom Thumbs and Double Happies, then they moved on sky rockets.

Now not content with all that they are now looking at a full ban of all fireworks.

Limits should be placed on when fireworks can be used, not just when they are purchased, the Fire Service has told Parliament.

A Parliamentary select committee is considering a 25,000-signature petition calling for a total ban on the private use of fireworks.

The Fire Service’s national advisor on risk management Todd O’Donoghue told the committee this morning that if it did not agree to a ban, there were other measures that could reduce the harms of fireworks.

He said fireworks were being used all year round, not just at Guy Fawkes, and Parliament could introduce restrictions on when they could be set off. ?? Read more »


The fun police are still prowling

Every years some busybody wants to ban fireworks.

Eventually they will win, they will just grind the politicians down.

It is all about foisting their beliefs on the rest of the population, even some of my commenters agree, that we should sit for hours in traffic, struggle to find a carpark to sit at a big display in a park or stadium somewhere for 30 minutes to go wow…instead of having a BBQ, enjoying our backyards or beaches and then celebrating something that is actually our heritage and history.

Imagine if we had people wanting to stop Christmas or Easter or Ramadan.

Why should Guy Fawkes become the preserve of the corporates who can afford the large displays.

Imagine all the kids who will the joy of writing their names in teh air with sparklers.

These wowsers need to get a grip…they always want to remove things because of danger…well, when are they going to start calling for the banning of cars, boats, swimming, rugby, hunting and every other enjoyable past time with a risk attached?

When will they interfering stop, if ever?

Of course the Herald saw this as vitally important so they put their senior reporter ‘Tainted’ Fisher on the job.

This year, it may just be Parliament which torches Guy Fawkes Day.

A ban on the personal sale of fireworks – which went on sale yesterday – is to be considered by a parliamentary select committee this Wednesday, November 5 – Guy Fawkes Day.? Read more »

Get ready for Len’s fireworks inspectors

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Len Brown’s council seems intent on poo-fingering any event that people might have fun at.

The latest imposition of silly rule making twats with clipboards is over Guy Fawkes night next week.

Aucklanders wanting to celebrate Guy Fawkes on November 5 must find a public display or stay in their backyards, the council says.

Fireworks were banned from public places in May this year with the aim of protecting people, animals and property from the risks of fireworks. ?? Read more »

Dirty Politics UK style

There is a lot of talk about ‘Dirty Politics’.

As a long term left wing agtator told me last week over a beer…it wasn’t dirty politics…I was just politics.

Right now in the UK a similar story is unfolding, where the media are hunting after Guido Fawkes aka Paul Staines and his links with PM David Cameron.

Guido operates in many respects just like I do…and just like me he kicks his own team in the slats.

The Prime Minister is the last person you would expect to find honouring rogue political blogger Guido Fawkes, who has just brought down one of his ministers.

But David Cameron appeared as guest of honour via a video link at the 10th anniversary celebrations of the controversial website.

Just three weeks ago, Brooks Newmark resigned as Minister for Civil Society, causing the PM immense embarrassment as it was on the eve of the Conservative Party Conference.

This followed the Tory MP being enticed into sending explicit pictures of himself to a male reporter, posing as an attractive young woman, who was working for Guido Fawkes.

Fawkes then hawked the story around Fleet Street before it was eventually published by the Sunday Mirror.

The dubious journalistic methods employed were so contentious that two newspapers refused to publish the story and the Sunday Mirror, which did, is being investigated by the new press watchdog IPSO.

Yet, in his message broadcast at the dinner, the Prime Minister saw fit to condone such behaviour, praising Fawkes (real name Paul Staines) and his website as ?required reading?.

?Congratulations on ten years of Guido Fawkes,? said Cameron, ?and what better way to celebrate a decade of rejecting the cosy political establishment than by hosting a cocktail reception and a dinner in the heart of Westminster with half the Cabinet and the lobby invited.

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Thomson, John, born 1837 - died 1921. A 'November effigy' being paraded through the street, c.1877. At the time this photograph was taken it was common practice in early November to parade effigies of unpopular public figures as well as Guy Fawkes. In his notes to the photograph, Adolphe Smith refers to the effigy shown as being a 'meaningless monstrosity' created purely for the purposes of entertainment and profit.

Photo: Thomson, John, born 1837 – died 1921.
A ‘November effigy’ being paraded through the street, c.1877. At the time this photograph was taken it was common practice in early November to parade effigies of unpopular public figures as well as Guy Fawkes. In his notes to the photograph, Adolphe Smith refers to the effigy shown as being a ‘meaningless monstrosity’ created purely for the purposes of entertainment and profit.

November Effigies; Street Life in London

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A History of the Anonymous Mask

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Sunday General Debate

How was everyone’s Guy Fawkes night?

And is he?…Thick as Bat shit? And who cares if John Key said he was?

One last question…Exactly how thick is bat shit?


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