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Remember the 5th of November

5 November 2004

Remember, remember the fifth of November.
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

So here we are on the Fifth of November - Guy Fawkes Night - commemorating once more the foiled attempt to blow up the English Parliament during the official State Opening in 1605, and thereby kill, in one fell swoop, the unpopular King James VI and I and the whole Protestant establishment. Back in those days, homeland security was not what it is today, and underneath London - and directly underneath Parliament - there were a series of cellars that were for rent. One Guido Fawkes rented the cellar directly beneath Parliament's debating chamber, and proceeded to fill it up with barrels of gunpowder. His plot was foiled, however, and while Guy's neck was stretched, he did at least ensure his place in history. Now when the young nyaffs solicit a penny for 'the guy' (which is usually some old clothes filled with crumpled up newspapers with a burst football covered in a Hallowe'en mask for a head, completed with a baseball cap), they are asking you to contribute to their fireworks fund. The poor unfortunate 'guy' is destined for the top of the bonfire, where he is symbolically consumed by the flames of Hell, thus ensuring the Protestant ascendency and the defeat of religious tolerance (by the ensuing state condoned persecution of Catholics). Leaving the history aside, for very few people know why we light bonfires (or rather, attend officially organised and professionally run bonfires) and set off fireworks (or rather, watch officially organised and professionally run fireworks displays), Dundee City Council tend to put on quite a show. Every year the city council has two separate and simultaneous displays, and from my preferred vantage point atop the Law, it is possible to watch both. This is where Liam and I went tonight with Gavin and his charming son Callum. The display was superb, as always, and this time the weather was just perfect - clear, dry and mild. Gavin made me jealous with his D70. I felt inadequate and even more determined to jump on the DSLR bandwagon. I need to learn willpower. All evening I found myself repeating 'wait six months and the 300D will be half the price... wait six months and the 300D will be half the price...', whilst simultaneously telling Liam that he and Linda had better NOT get me the Canon 300D for Christmas, that we really can't afford to buy me a Canon 300D for Christmas, and that while I don't have a CANON 300D, my Fuji is a good little camera.

FujiFilm FinePix S7000Z
3s f/2.9 at 14.0mm iso200 full exif

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Argishti Khachik12-Jan-2005 10:19
Excellent shot my friend. Very well done.
Vinay12-Nov-2004 15:37
Great shot Stewart. Really interesting PAD may I add. Great hearing from you.
Jude Marion07-Nov-2004 19:57
Very cool shot!
Nicely done!
Dominic Kite07-Nov-2004 09:50
The "wait six months" mantra is being repeated in this household too. We've got a car to pay off in the next couple of months which has cost slightly more than I thought (bl**dy HBOS). So bang - topical eh!? - goes the christmas bonus. This aside, the photo is absolutely superb, and wouldn't look out of place on your wall. Nicely done Stu.
Guest 06-Nov-2004 23:42
amazing picture, great shot
Guest 06-Nov-2004 23:10
petesie06-Nov-2004 23:02
This is beautiful, Stewart.
Guest 06-Nov-2004 21:17
super capture&composition Stu.
perfet exposure.
ciao&bravo !
penny roots06-Nov-2004 18:09
Wow , fantastic capture , wonderful composition .
Bill Miller06-Nov-2004 17:49
Lovely capture. You are quite right, six months time the 300D will be half price but then the 400D will be released and you will want that one instead !! At least, that's how my poor gadget-obsessed mind works !
Pepe Zyman06-Nov-2004 17:33
Excellent fireworks image
Lori Rolfe06-Nov-2004 15:43
excellent distance to get a clear shot..... cool! Thanks for the insight into history! :-)
Larry Ahern06-Nov-2004 13:58
The perspective really adds to this shot ... well done!!
northstar3706-Nov-2004 12:47
I watched them all from work last night...
Gavin06-Nov-2004 11:34
This turned out rather well Stu, I like it better than my own. Well done.
laine8206-Nov-2004 06:09
aaaaagh, again :>) really great capture Stu.
jude06-Nov-2004 03:04
I thnk the traffic and house lights really set off the fireworks in this.. beautiful...
Karen Leaf06-Nov-2004 02:16
You may want a 300D but you sure don't 'need' one. (Linda didn't read that, did she??) Outstanding shot Stu, and the history lesson a terrific refresher. I'd forgotten.
Gayle P. Clement06-Nov-2004 01:47
This is beautifully done, Stewart. You caught the fireworks and the puff of smoke so well. I am VERY impressed.
Robin Reid06-Nov-2004 01:28
Great shot Stu, and lets here it for Guy Fawkes!
Leo Charette06-Nov-2004 01:21
Stu this is outstanding, marvelous low light composition. My compliments to you. I wish this were in my portfolio. Now about that 300thingy, humm, are those cracks forming in your camera armour, LOL!
Si Kirk06-Nov-2004 00:39
great photo terrific view.
Zak06-Nov-2004 00:04
great shot!
Guest 06-Nov-2004 00:01
Excellent shot! Great fireworks. Well done. And, thanks for the history lesson. Happy Weekend...
Herb 05-Nov-2004 23:56
Great shot
Elaine (etfitz)05-Nov-2004 23:51
Wonderful fireworks shot!