This week's book giveaways are in the Jython/Python and Object-Oriented programming forums. We're giving away four copies each of Machine Learning for Business: Using Amazon SageMaker and Jupyter and Object Design Style Guide and have the authors on-line! See this thread and this one for details.
Have to wait till Guy Fawkes Night. We'll be gathering in a park and burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes. (Hey ! You share nearly the same surname) When we have sufficiently instilled the concept of terror into the kids we let them loose 'Trick or Treating'. Actually I remeber having a foreign guest stay once who wasn't familiar with the tradition. She opened the door to ghoulish kids and had such a fright. regards [ October 31, 2003: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
Halloween, fireworks and ghouls, last night here too. Why Halloween ? What's wrong with the 5th of November seeing as it's a 400 year old tradition.
The Plot was foiled in the night between the 4th and 5th of November 1605. Already on the 5th was the first Guy Fawkes night. Down the ages effigies of the Pope and a contemporary politician or two joined the "Guy" on the blazing fire. The name "Guy" seems to have disappeared too from the West , probably still used in France unless it is associated with the brand name Guy Laroche.The origin of the name Guy. The tradition of burning the "Guy" still exists in New Zealand and Canada(Newfoundland). regards [ October 31, 2003: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
Perhaps Newfoundlanders just have a bonfire then ? The effigy is seen by most as a quirky tradition, rather than an expression of hostility towards the Pope.Most English are unsure whether they are celebrating the execution of Guy (Guido Fawkes/ Ffoulkes) or honouring his attempt to overthrow Parliament. But the 36 barrells of gunpowder in the cellar of Parliament are considered to have been so old that they would have been useless. There were 13 conspirators in all some who were later publicly hung, drawn and quartered by the parliament intent on passing anti-Catholic policies. regards [ October 31, 2003: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
Packed three giggly girls to a nearby neighborhood. They were all about 10 or 11. I figured they were old enough so that I could monitor the situation from the car (it was cold!) Turned out I was wrong. They kept dancing around each other so much (hyped up on sugar?) that they were going back to houses they had already been (among other problems). In the end I got out of the car and would point them to the next house. What a night!
Guy Fawkes night has been renamed to Bonfire night ;- The tradition of the guy has virtually disappeared and fire-crackers get evermore sophisticated. The sounds of popping and dull-thuds in the background gave reading of Salam Pax a realism I hadn't anticipated.
regards [ November 07, 2003: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]