Remember, remember

We're coming up fast on 5 November, that strangest of anniversaries when in the UK we have a tendency to let off fireworks and build bonfires. (And burn effigies, but we try to play that bit down.) What seems particularly strange is that it's in celebration of the failure of an attempt to blow up parliament - in most countries it would surely be a celebration of success that would be remembered.

I wonder if it's a lack of an independence date to celebrate. After the Norman invasion we drifted into independence rather than having a particular point to mark. It's somehow not the same.

I don't suppose I will be going to a display on 5 November as I've a choir practice to run - but if anyone in the Swindon area fancies a good evening of flashes and bangs I can recommend this one.

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