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Today here in United Kingdom we celebrate Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night with lots of Bonfires and Fireworks all in memory of the fact that a group of Catholics failed to overthrow a Protestant Parliament here.

Basically it’s one of those strange celebrations here where we stick two fingers up at the Catholic Church and Pope which is largely lost on most people here in United Kingdom now. In so much it’s reminder to the Catholics of old that the Protestants ruled the United Kingdom.

This sort of shows in the full traditional English Poem associated with the day which is rarely printed in full lest it offends the sensibilities of Catholics but it is essence of the day in truth about.

So here it is the Guy Fawkes Day Poem in full with the last verse.

Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot ;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
‘Twas his intent.
To blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below.
Poor old England to overthrow.
By God’s providence he was catch’d,
With a dark lantern and burning match

Holloa boys, Holloa boys, let the bells ring
Holloa boys, Holloa boys, God save the King!

Hip hip Hoorah !
Hip hip Hoorah !

A penny loaf to feed ol’Pope,
A farthing cheese to choke him.
A pint of beer to rinse it down,
A faggot of sticks to burn him.
Burn him in a tub of tar,’
Burn him like a blazing star.
Burn his body from his head,
Then we’ll say: ol’Pope is dead.

Of Ancient Fables Part LXXXV

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These are ancient fables by an Ethiopian Slave called Aesop which strangely enough still very fitting in our modern world.

As I like stories even short ones I thought I’d include them here out of fun and as a reminder to our modern world that such stories came first before the advent of Television, Film and Computers. Storytelling is becoming a lost art today which should be kept alive.

This is Aesop’s Fable, The Fox and the Stork:

At one time the Fox and the Stork were on visiting terms and seemed very good friends. So the Fox invited the Stork to dinner, and for a joke put nothing before her but some soup in a very shallow dish. This the Fox could easily lap up, but the Stork could only wet the end of her long bill in it, and left the meal as hungry as when she began. “I am sorry,” said the Fox, “the soup is not to your liking.”

“Pray do not apologise,” said the Stork. “I hope you will return this visit, and come and dine with me soon.” So a day was appointed when the Fox should visit the Stork; but when they were seated at table all that was for their dinner was contained in a very long-necked jar with a narrow mouth, in which the Fox could not insert his snout, so all he could manage to do was to lick the outside of the jar.

“I will not apologise for the dinner,” said the Stork:

“One bad turn deserves another.”

 

Please note: If  want to see my second life journal then go to the Journal of a Spectral Traveller.

Of Ancient Fables Part LXXXIV

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These are ancient fables by an Ethiopian Slave called Aesop which strangely enough still very fitting in our modern world.

As I like stories even short ones I thought I’d include them here out of fun and as a reminder to our modern world that such stories came first before the advent of Television, Film and Computers. Storytelling is becoming a lost art today which should be kept alive.

This is Aesop’s Fable, The Fox, the Cock, and the Dog:

“Good news, good news!” he cried.

“Why, what is that?” said the Cock.

“King Lion has declared a universal truce. No beast may hurt a bird henceforth, but all shall dwell together in brotherly friendship.”

“Why, that is good news,” said the Cock; “and there I see some one coming, with whom we can share the good tidings.” And so saying he craned his neck forward and looked afar off.

“What is it you see?” said the Fox.

“It is only my master’s Dog that is coming towards us. What, going so soon?” he continued, as the Fox began to turn away as soon as he had heard the news. “Will you not stop and congratulate the Dog on the reign of universal peace?”

“I would gladly do so,” said the Fox, “but I fear he may not have heard of King Lion’s decree.”

Cunning often outwits itself

 

Please note: If  want to see my second life journal then go to the Journal of a Spectral Traveller.

Of Ancient Fables Part LXXXIII

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These are ancient fables by an Ethiopian Slave called Aesop which strangely enough still very fitting in our modern world.

As I like stories even short ones I thought I’d include them here out of fun and as a reminder to our modern world that such stories came first before the advent of Television, Film and Computers. Storytelling is becoming a lost art today which should be kept alive.

This is Aesop’s Fable, The Fox Without a Tail:

It happened that a Fox caught its tail in a trap, and in struggling to release himself lost all of it but the stump. At first he was ashamed to show himself among his fellow foxes. But at last he determined to put a bolder face upon his misfortune, and summoned all the foxes to a general meeting to consider a proposal which he had to place before them. When they had assembled together the Fox proposed that they should all do away with their tails. He pointed out how inconvenient a tail was when they were pursued by their enemies, the dogs; how much it was in the way when they desired to sit down and hold a friendly conversation with one another. He failed to see any advantage in carrying about such a useless encumbrance.

“That is all very well,” said one of the older foxes; “but I do not think you would have recommended us to dispense with our chief ornament if you had not happened to lose it yourself.”

Distrust interested advice

 

Please note: If  want to see my second life journal then go to the Journal of a Spectral Traveller.

Of Ancient Fables Part LXXXII

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These are ancient fables by an Ethiopian Slave called Aesop which strangely enough still very fitting in our modern world.

As I like stories even short ones I thought I’d include them here out of fun and as a reminder to our modern world that such stories came first before the advent of Television, Film and Computers. Storytelling is becoming a lost art today which should be kept alive.

This is Aesop’s Fable, The Frog and the Ox:

“Oh Father,” said a little Frog to the big one sitting by the side of a pool, “I have seen such a terrible monster! It was as big as a mountain, with horns on its head, and a long tail, and it had hoofs divided in two.”

“Tush, child, tush,” said the old Frog, “that was only Farmer White’s Ox. It isn’t so big either; he may be a little bit taller than I, but I could easily make myself quite as broad; just you see.” So he blew himself out, and blew himself out, and blew himself out. “Was he as big as that?” asked he.

“Oh, much bigger than that,” said the young Frog.

Again the old one blew himself out, and asked the young one if the Ox was as big as that.

“Bigger, father, bigger,” was the reply.

So the Frog took a deep breath, and blew and blew and blew, and swelled and swelled and swelled. And then he said: “I’m sure the Ox is not as big as this. But at this moment he burst.

Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction

 

 

Please note: If  want to see my second life journal then go to the Journal of a Spectral Traveller.

Of Ancient Fables Part LXXXI

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These are ancient fables by an Ethiopian Slave called Aesop which strangely enough still very fitting in our modern world.

As I like stories even short ones I thought I’d include them here out of fun and as a reminder to our modern world that such stories came first before the advent of Television, Film and Computers. Storytelling is becoming a lost art today which should be kept alive.

This is Aesop’s Fable, The Young Thief and His Mother:

A young Man had been caught in a daring act of theft and had been condemned to be executed for it. He expressed his desire to see his Mother, and to speak with her before he was led to execution, and of course this was granted. When his Mother came to him he said: “I want to whisper to you,” and when she brought her ear near him, he nearly bit it off. All the bystanders were horrified, and asked him what he could mean by such brutal and inhuman conduct. “It is to punish her,” he said. “When I was young I began with stealing little things, and brought them home to Mother. Instead of rebuking and punishing me, she laughed and said: “It will not be noticed.” It is because of her that I am here to-day.”

“He is right, woman,” said the Priest; “the Lord hath said:

Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is
old he will not depart therefrom

 

Please note: If  want to see my second life journal then go to the Journal of a Spectral Traveller.

Of Ancient Fables Part LXXX

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These are ancient fables by an Ethiopian Slave called Aesop which strangely enough still very fitting in our modern world.

As I like stories even short ones I thought I’d include them here out of fun and as a reminder to our modern world that such stories came first before the advent of Television, Film and Computers. Storytelling is becoming a lost art today which should be kept alive.

This is Aesop’s Fable, The Woodman and the Serpent:

One wintry day a Woodman was tramping home from his work when he saw something black lying on the snow. When he came closer he saw it was a Serpent to all appearance dead. But he took it up and put it in his bosom to warm while he hurried home. As soon as he got indoors he put the Serpent down on the hearth before the fire. The children watched it and saw it slowly come to life again. Then one of them stooped down to stroke it, but the Serpent raised its head and put out its fangs and was about to sting the child to death. So the Woodman seized his axe, and with one stroke cut the Serpent in two. “Ah,” said he,

“No gratitude from the wicked.”

 

Please note: If  want to see my second life journal then go to the Journal of a Spectral Traveller.

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