Here's a little piece of British culture that I didn't know anything about before moving here. I had heard of Guy Fawkes only through that grim view of the English future V For Vendetta. And that necessitates taking the story with a rather hearty grain of salt.
But the English really do celebrate the capture of Guy Fawkes, a terrorist who in 1605 plotted to blow up the English Parliament.
And by 'celebrate,' I mean 'burn Fawkes in effigy.'
If you click on the picture above for a bigger view, you will see that there are two bodies visible, one is in a chair on the top. There were a few other bodies on there, as well, but they'd already been consumed by the massive flames by the time I arrived with my camera tripod to record all the fun. I'm not sure why the extra bodies were there, perhaps they were Fawlkes' cohorts or maybe the local scout group were over-zealous in their body-making duties?
It was all a bit gruesome, but since I love things like that, it made my heart grow even fonder of my newly adopted country and culture.
Who would guess that beneath their tweedy, dry exteriors that such blood-thirsty hearts were beating in the chests of the English??