A brief diversion from the Stone Age now to have a look at Guy Fawkes, which I assume I must have written on November 5th, in advance of the evening’s festivities. The problem this time - bearing in mind that I obviously didn’t write this myself and am just copying it from another more “official” source - isn’t so much about the facts not checking out, so much as there’s way too much opinion masquerading as truth. We know we’re in trouble when it starts out with a sentence about “the great Queen Elizabeth.” It should be for me to work out whether or not she was great, surely? I suppose you might say that “great” refers to her relative importance, the relative size of her achievements or the length of her reign, rather than an opinion about how brilliant and lovely she was. But I’d say you’re lying to yourself. The author’s clearly trying to steer me down a dark psychological pathway that ends with brainwashed kids. Then we continue with a (largely false) story about Robert Carey’s attempts to curry favour with the poor, idiotic Scottish King James I, who is so easily impressed with him, he makes him Earl of Monmouth. Culminating in this beauty: “King James was not a pleasant man. Not only was he of ungainly appearance, he was also untrustworthy and deceitful.” Don’t mince words, mate. Tell me what you really think. Just to examine this for a second - it seems the perceived attributes of King James depend on which country you were born in. According to this article, in Scotland, he was generally perceived as pleasing to look at and to listen to, but in England, he was described as being hunchbacked and ugly. And he couldn’t speak properly because his tongue was too big for his mouth. Oh and he was dirty. And a homosexual. Maybe even a paedophile. And he drank so much he was constantly throwing up. Which meant he really, really, really stank. So he actually got off lightly in my book. And sadly, that’s where it ends. I spend so long blabbing on about King James, I never even get as far as talking about Guy Fawkes. Not one mention. But if I had mentioned him, presumably the text would have been on his side? Since James was so ugly and awful. Someone had to kill him, right? And that hero was, presumably, Guy Fawkes. So, let me get this right. On Guy Fawkes Night, we burn effigies of him because we want to punish him eternally for trying to kill a King we didn’t even like? Not sure I understand. We should be celebrating him, right? Or mourning his execution at the hands of the ugly, smelly, lying King? Has anyone actually ever thought this through? Of course, in real life, we didn’t burn him. Although by the sound of what was supposed to happen at his execution, burning to death might actually have been preferable. Fortunately for Fawkes, by some quirk of fate (if you believe the stories), he slipped and broke his neck on the way up to the scaffold, avoiding the worst of it. So did I learn anything? No, but probably for the best, if what I was supposed to learn was this messed up. Thankfully, in the real world, Bonfire Night is a completely sane experience and not messed up at all. I haven’t been to a bonfire for years.
Guy Fawkes
People in the Old Stone Age Guy Fawkes People in the Old Stone Age: 2 People in the Old Stone Age: 3 The New Stone Age People of the Bronze Age The Story of Nelson: 1 The Story of Nelson: 2 The Story of Nelson: 3 Florence Nightingale The Story of Nelson: 4 The Story of Nelson: 5 The Story of Nelson: 6 The Story of Nelson: 7 Christopher Columbus: 1 Christopher Columbus: 2 The Soldier Napoleon Bonaparte Napoleon’s Mother The Queen of Spain The French Revolution The Surrender of Toulon Upon Return From Italy The Armed Revolt Josephine de Beauharnais The Thin Young Man The Little Corporal The Most Famous Man in France A Proposal About Egypt Master of France Weary of War Hero of the People Emperor at 34 Danger Across the Sea Wherever Wood Can Float An Empire in Decline
TERM 1 Sept-Dec 1979
TOPIC 1 Sept-Dec 1979
FAIRBURN The place where I wrote all this rubbish
WAEN SHEPHERD Who was this strange little boy?
SCIENCE 1 Sept 1979 - Mar 1980
GEOGRAPHY 1 Sept 1979 - Feb 1981
Clarke Hall The place and time where it all began… September 1679?
The Forgotten World John and Mick fall foul of some extreme potholing
Bonfire Night Waen’s first time at the annual village fireworks display
String Orchestra A visit from the North Yorkshire County Council Orchestra
A brief diversion from the Stone Age now to have a look at Guy Fawkes, which I assume I must have written on November 5th, in advance of the evening’s festivities. The problem this time - bearing in mind that I obviously didn’t write this myself and am just copying it from another more “official” source - isn’t so much about the facts not checking out, so much as there’s way too much opinion masquerading as truth. We know we’re in trouble when it starts out with a sentence about “the great Queen Elizabeth.” It should be for me to work out whether or not she was great, surely? I suppose you might say that “great” refers to her relative importance, the relative size of her achievements or the length of her reign, rather than an opinion about how brilliant and lovely she was. But I’d say you’re lying to yourself. The author’s clearly trying to steer me down a dark psychological pathway that ends with brainwashed kids. Then we continue with a (largely false) story about Robert Carey’s attempts to curry favour with the poor, idiotic Scottish King James I, who is so easily impressed with him, he makes him Earl of Monmouth. Culminating in this beauty: “King James was not a pleasant man. Not only was he of ungainly appearance, he was also untrustworthy and deceitful.” Don’t mince words, mate. Tell me what you really think. Just to examine this for a second - it seems the perceived attributes of King James depend on which country you were born in. According to this article, in Scotland, he was generally perceived as pleasing to look at and to listen to, but in England, he was described as being hunchbacked and ugly. And he couldn’t speak properly because his tongue was too big for his mouth. Oh and he was dirty. And a homosexual. Maybe even a paedophile. And he drank so much he was constantly throwing up. Which meant he really, really, really stank. So he actually got off lightly in my book. And sadly, that’s where it ends. I spend so long blabbing on about King James, I never even get as far as talking about Guy Fawkes. Not one mention. But if I had mentioned him, presumably the text would have been on his side? Since James was so ugly and awful. Someone had to kill him, right? And that hero was, presumably, Guy Fawkes. So, let me get this right. On Guy Fawkes Night, we burn effigies of him because we want to punish him eternally for trying to kill a King we didn’t even like? Not sure I understand. We should be celebrating him, right? Or mourning his execution at the hands of the ugly, smelly, lying King? Has anyone actually ever thought this through? Of course, in real life, we didn’t burn him. Although by the sound of what was supposed to happen at his execution, burning to death might actually have been preferable. Fortunately for Fawkes, by some quirk of fate (if you believe the stories), he slipped and broke his neck on the way up to the scaffold, avoiding the worst of it. So did I learn anything? No, but probably for the best, if what I was supposed to learn was this messed up. Thankfully, in the real world, Bonfire Night is a completely sane experience and not messed up at all. I haven’t been to a bonfire for years.
TERM 1 Sept-Dec 1979
TOPIC 1 Sept-Dec 1979
FAIRBURN The place where I wrote all this rubbish
WAEN SHEPHERD Who was this strange little boy?
SCIENCE 1 Sept 1979 - Mar 1980
GEOGRAPHY 1 Sept 1979 - Feb 1981
Clarke Hall The place and time where it all began… September 1679?
Bonfire Night Waen’s first time at the annual village fireworks display
Guy Fawkes