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September 2019



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November brings a lot of specific things to observe round our way. For the 38th successive year I forgot it was the Lord Mayor's Show, so I missed the London copy of Magna Carta being paraded through the streets in a special coach.

I did see, though, these two November sights:

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The first is someone giving money to the British Legion in aid of former servicemen and women, and getting a remembrance poppy in return. The second is a (very wet) Bonfire Night celebration, and a very large bonfire on which the guy has just gone up in smoke.

Under the cut I went today (which will be yesterday tomorrow, so there), to the Remembrance Sunday service at our war memorial. It's always a little chaotic, involving closing the main road, and shoppers and dog walkers getting entanged in the service. Plus people push around the way they'd never dream of doing in church. But it's my one observance of the year, and I wouldn't skip it. A highly pointed sermon this year, 100 years since the start of the First World War, about nationalism, and how every nation who went into that war had a narrative that they were doing the right thing. So beware of all our narratives, when they clash.

My photos are fine evidence that being short and on your own at these things means you get a lousy view, but seeing isn't really the point. You can, however, see the war memorial, the parade sargent, the band, and some of the wreaths that were laid. Honestly.

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I've always wanted to see a Bonfire Night, wet or not and at just under five feet tall, our crowd photos look eerily similar.
I like to go to this Bonfire Night, which is small and personal (at my own primary school, which I left twentymumble years ago). Not so keen on the message of the original night, but nobody much seems bothered about making an anti Catholic statement now.
You need stilts, or some kind of box...
Pffft, only a tall person would think so. Though I do get fed up with people who arrive late and plant themselves right in the little line of vision I've eked out...
being short and on your own at these things means you get a lousy view

I'm 4'11" (less than 1.5 meters) and completely understand! Thank you for sharing these events with us.
Heh, sounds like there are quite a few of us about on this community. We should get privileges at the front of the line.
I really like the effect of the bonfire through the brolly.
Thanks! Me too - it highlights just how bright the flames are without a dazzle.
The bonfire is impressive. I'm glad you had better weather for the Remembrance Day Service. Sounds like a very good sermon, too.
It's a fine fiery construction for a primary school event!

And yes, the rector was really quite pointed today. We're not infested with UKIP here, but they keep pushing. That thing about everyone's narratives making sense to them individually but creating conflict against others was really well put.
I find it always very interesting how the difference in history, particularly when the same historic events are concerned, are reflected on a nation's culture later on.