Wednesday, 6 November 2013

A likely candidate for International Mining's Hall of Fame?

Around 10,000 people descended on Falmouth Cricket ground last night to celebrate an event that took place over 400 years ago. The annual 5th of November bonfire night was just one of thousands taking place in towns and villages all over the UK (and many other countries too) to mark the anniversary of the thwarted attempt by Catholic conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. One of the conspirators was Guy Fawkes, chosen because of his explosives and mining experience. It was Fawkes who was found in the cellars of Parliament, and named his co-conspirators only after extreme torture under the orders of King James I.
It's a shame that the forthcoming Mining Hall of Fame does not have an explosives category, as surely Guy Fawkes would be honoured? At least we can say that he is probably the only person ever to have entered the Houses of Parliament with honest intentions!

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