This evening, I cycled round to Glasgow Green to observe the fireworks display. Anyone from Alpha Centauri flying over Britain on the night of November 5th woulkd think the country is either at war or subject to some form of terrorist attack as the sky is illuminated with many thousands of firework displays and bonfires to celebrate a failed attempt in 1605 to blow up the English House of Parliament by a group of Roman Catholic conspirators in protest against the Protestant orthodoxy at the time. The attack on Parliament was thwarted in the nick of time and the conspiritors tortured on the Rack to obtain confessions.

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