November 6th, 2021

Remember, Remember

I set fire to the pile of brambles in the lower field. It was my nod towards it being November 5th. It was a still, golden afternoon and the smoke went straight up- more or less- which was a relief because I've been a little worried about weather conditions around bonfires ever since a guy lit one next to a motorway and the blowing smoke caused a multiple pile up and deaths...

I skimmed a headline yesterday in one of the rags that aim to breed disaffection among the backward-looking classes which was deploring the fact (which is probably not even a fact) that primary school children don't know the story behind bonfire night. But why should they? It's a deplorable story- whichever side you take. Forget the treason and torture. Let them rather think of Guy Fawkes as the man behind the smiley mask who makes mischief for our rulers wherever he goes.

We British are the myth makers of the world. Fancy us getting that poor sap Guy Fawkes accepted as a universal icon of anarchy! But we've done it so many times before. I could make a list of British cultural icons that have become world-historical icons- and it would run for pages- beginning with King Arthur- and continuing through Henry VIII, Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter to Princess Di and the bloody Windsors....