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One Thousandth Blog Entry ... on Guy Fawkes Day!

I started blogging almost five years ago and today is my one thousandth blog entry … today also happens to be Guy Fawkes day, or Bonfire night as I knew it growing up in Liverpool many years ago.  When I started blogging I wanted to share my passion  for the staffing industry, for the sales profession and talk about personal development (I certainly didn’t start my working life with the thought I would own my own business).

Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the British parliament, and the day is celebrated with fireworks. I can remember the fun as a young boy, a raging bonfire and my dad setting off the little box of fireworks in our back yard.  It was no comparison to the Canada day fireworks here in Ottawa on July 1st … but to a young lad growing up in working class Liverpool in the 60s (that was a long time ago!) it was an exciting night.

You might not see fireworks from this blog … but occasionally you might see the passion shine through as I get excited about a specific issue.  Generally though I try to keep the topics positive and uplifting, rather than a rant. 

Thanks for reading my blog, I hope that you get the occasional nugget here.

Below is a little more information about Guy Fawkes Day …

Celebrated in Britain annually on November 5th. The event is accompanied by firework displays, the lighting of bonfires and the ceremonial effigy-burning of one Guy Fawkes. The origin of this celebration stems from the conspiracy known as “The Gunpowder Plot,” intended to take place on November 5th 1605 (the day set for the opening of Parliament). The object of The Gunpowder Plot was to blow up English Parliament along with the ruling monarch, King James I. It was hoped that such a disaster would initiate a great uprising of English Catholics, who were distressed by the increased severity of penal laws against the practice of their religion.  Guy Fawkes, who was in the cellar of the parliament with the 36 barrels of gunpowder when the authorities stormed it in the early hours of November 5th, was caught, tortured and executed.

Also known as “Firework Night” and “Bonfire Night,” November 5th was designated by King James I (via an Act of Parliament) as a day of thanksgiving for “the joyful day of deliverance.” This Act remained in force until 1859. On the very night of the thwarted Gunpowder Plot, it is said that the populace of London celebrated the defeat by lighting fires and engaging in street festivities. It would appear that similar celebrations took place on each anniversary and, over the years, became a tradition.

Guy Fawkes Night is not solely a British celebration. The celebration of Guy Fawkes and his failed plot remains a tradition in such places as Newfoundland and some areas of New Zealand, in addition to the British Isles.