Friday, 5 November 2010

Remember, Remember the 5th of November...

And a good evening to you from across the Pond after another GREAT DAY in the Mother Country - IT'S THE WEEKEND!!!!! It was another fantastic day in the Smoke, even if Sammy the Bull did NOT work out. That's right, folks - for the first time since July, Sammy did NOT work out 4 times in a week. But hey - we fly 5 weeks from today, so what's a few couple thousand calories not burned among friends?
The work day was good, but the highlight of the day came in the evening. Jenny and I met Yazz in Clapham Common, where we attending fireworks for BONFIRE NIGHT, BABY!!!!! So a little backstory here - Bonfire night (aka Guy Fawkes Night) commemorates the evening that Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament (November 5, 1605). If you've seen "V for Vendetta," you'll remember that Natalie Portman's character opens the film by saying, "Remember, Remember, the 5th of November the gunpowder treason and plot." 400 years later, it's a REALLY big deal.
For some reason, the tradition for this evening now is to hold fireworks displays ALL OVER ENGLAND, and they are MASSIVE!!! I mean, we are talking Boomsday in Knoxville style (no Matt - not Cherrybomb in the bathroom day in Tazewell style). Picture 25 minutes of NON-STOP fireworks, each second almost feeling like the finale of a HUGE show in the states. Of course, the other thing that school children do is create a Guy Fawkes scarecrow, which they throw on a bonfire to mock him in effigy. Now that I think about this, you realize it really is a very bloodthirsty little holiday.
After the show, we tried desperately to get into a few restaurants, but Clapham high street was CHAOS. Consequently, we did the next best (even better) thing - picked up Sainsbury's Indian, 2 bottles of wine, and went back to Yazz's flat! Ther we consumed enough food for the Red Army, washing it all down with 2 bottles of wine under 8 quid. All in all - a PERFECT evening. I mean, food in the oven for 20 minutes vs. 3 in the microwave - WHO KNEW what a difference it could make? Pauline - MAKE ME SUM SAMMICHES!!!!!!

Okay, that's all the news that's fit to print. Chat tomorrow!
Sam and Jenny

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