It's November 5th and the night is full of fire and explosions, but no problems. This is the annual British event called 'Bonfire Night'. So what's the story behind the pyrotechnics? Well, we have to go back to the time of King James 1 in the 17th Century to find out.
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A five minute film telling the story of Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate the 5th of November.
And this is how Rita Cocker remembers this day's celebration in her childhood:
I remember the days we had fun on Guy Fawkes night. Going out with our Guy Fawkes made out of an old pair of tousers and jumper stuffed with newspaper and mask on, putting him in an old pusher and going around asking for "penny for our guy mister" and the money we collected we bought fireworks. One year we didn't have our Guy Fawkes made and I remember putting my little brother who was about 2 at the time in the pusher and telling him "don't move you are our Guy Fawkes" and putting a mask on him, he didn't sit still, but we still got some money. We lived in Dearman Road, Sparkbrook, and pushed our Guy Fawkes around to Montgomery street and there was a factory in that street and we stood outside and waited for the workers to come out. We made sure we had sorry looking little faces on us.
A brief history lesson on the events commemorated on Guy Fawkes Day (Nov 5).
In England, 5 November has variously been called Guy Fawkes Night, Guy Fawkes Day and Bonfire Night; the latter can be traced directly back to the original celebration of 5 November 1605. Bonfires were accompanied by fireworks from the 1650s onwards, and it became the custom to burn an effigy of some hated celebrity, although most modern effigies are of Guy Fawkes. The "guy" is normally created by children, from old clothes, newspapers, and a mask. YOU GUYS!Due to this old tradition of making an effigy of Guy in the manner of a scarecrow, during the 19th century, "guy" came to mean an oddly dressed person, but in American English it lost any pejorative connotation, and was used to refer to any male person. Today, "a guy" is simply "a man" and "guys" can be used both for men and women. The phrase "you guys" is used simply as the plural form of "you".
A film based on the story of Guy Fawkes but translated to the future. It starts like this:
In the near future, Britain is ruled by Norsefire, a totalitarian government. Evey Hammond, a young woman who works at a TV station, is rescued from an attempted rape by members of the secret police by a Guy Fawkes-masked vigilante known as "V". He leads her to a rooftop to watch his destruction of the Old Bailey. Norsefire publicly explains the incident as a planned demolition, but V exposes the lie by taking over a state-run television station the next day. He broadcasts a message urging the people of Britain to rise against the oppressive government on 5 November, (in exactly one year's time) by meeting him outside the Houses of Parliament. Evey then helps V to escape the TV station, but is accidentally knocked out in the process.
This video shows you the full real-time, step-by-step process of folding the mask that V wears. forOrigami was developed from the established Japanese art of paper folding, which merges 'oru' symbolising 'folding', and 'kami' symbolising 'paper'. View Videojug's video on How to fold an origami Guy Fawkes Day mask in easy step-by-step observations. The plan of origami is to construct an object using geometric folds and crease patterns with only one piece of paper and soon you'll be taught How to fold an origami Guy Fawkes Day mask.Origami is special in that it only uses a small number of different folds, but they can be combined in a number of ways to make intricate designs. Become a high quality origami maker by watching other Videojug origami visual aids on how to make animals, boxes, flowers and many more. There's no need for an origami guidebook when you can get all the free guidance needed in one place.Make sure to press clean creases as you practice the steps because you will need to utilise every fold later on in the paper folding process.The voiced instructions are a helpful addition to the visual origami approach. Starting with that unique piece of paper, it's amazing what objects you can complete.Origami can be enjoyed by people of all ages.