Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli'ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's overthrow;
By God's providence he was catch'd
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
There is also a Keeper of the Ravens. They (the ravens, not their keepers) always appear on the left side of this picture of the White Tower. They usually hang around the area when some of Henry VIII's wives or adversaries Iost their heads. I think what SS said about the clipping their wings was because of a rogue raven a few years back. The White Tower, BTW, was the first fortress William the Conqueror built on landing in England in 1066. He then built bunches of them all over strategic parts of the country, especially borders with Wales and Scotland. For anyone who has been to London and not visited the Tower, it is my favorite site in the city.
Many years ago I was taken by some Ministry of Defence officials to Henry VIII's wine cellar underneath what is currently MOD building in Whitehall. Like the WW era Cabinet War Rooms it has a charm that only age and historical significance can bring. PLus, unlike the war rooms you can drink a hearty wine and pretend to have multiple wives (though not at the same time!)
Prof. and all, it is always where I take my "First time" London guests. Usually when they open, so I can be ahead of the crowds, and go directly to the "Crown Jewels" first!
I know Veterans Day has just passed, but this is one of my favorite pictures with two returning British Soldiers, just back from Iraq. This is at the Tower.
"You break me up"! No, I could not get them to laugh at all.
Am working up an appetite on this site! By the way I was staying on that trip at Grosvenor House, and rode the Big Red Bus to The Tower. Nice and easy trip, and you can buy your admission ticket to The Tower of London on the bus, (You just have to buy it before it stops at The Tower). My buddy, Dave, could not get them to laugh, either.
The plotting began at a pub named The Duck and Drake -- so very British! First to answer question:
What did Guy Fawkes say his name was when questioned?
Hint: Some of our less reputable insiders might use a similar type of name when checking into a Marriott to avoid their real identity being discovered...:)
From Spain, Fawkes went to Brussels. Here he met Thomas Wintour (Winter). In his signed confession after his arrest, though it was signed under the duress of torture, Fawkes claimed that it was in Brussels that Wintour told him of his intention to kill James I. By May 1604, Fawkes had met up with Thomas Wintour, Christopher Wright, Robert Catesby, John Wright and Thomas Percy. They are said to have taken an oath at the Duck and Drake inn in the Strand in London that was to lead to the Gunpowder Plot. The Jesuit priest, John Gerard, sanctified the oath in another room at the inn. The pub is no longer there though there is one in Leedsby the same name
I disagree, SS. In our own way, we 'celebrate' 9/11 -- not as something good, but as something to be remembered. The first time I went to NYC after 9/11, I walked from Midtown to the site, and it was not unlike pilgrimages I've done in Europe. So the point is not to celebrate an event but rather to remember it. After all, Pearl Harbor Day?
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