Guy Fawkes Day, fifth of November.

As a boy, my English husband always celebrated Guy Fawkes night with family and sometimes friends in his back garden (yard). His dad would set off the fireworks, then light an enormous bonfire they had built. Sometimes they had an effigy of Guy Fawkes to toss on the bonfire. They all stood around and sang:

 

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

Marilyn Holdsworth describes gunpowder plot

Members of Gunpowder Plot

Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords.

Marilyn Holdsworth shows Westminster Palace as it was in 1605

Houses of Parliament in 1605

The Gunpowder Plot was not just about blowing up Parliament as many believe. It was an attempt to kill King James I of England, his wife and elder son, much of his court and most of his government by detonating gunpowder beneath the Houses of Parliament. The King’s younger children were to be abducted the same day and one declared as monarch by the plotters, hopefully starting a great rebellion, one in which a Catholic minority would rise up, form a new government around the child ruler and seize back control of an increasingly Protestant England.

Indie Authors Who Have Inspired Me, Vickie McKeehan

VIKIE MCKEEHAN:

There are many top-notch indie authors and most of them go out of their way to help their struggling fellow authors.

Vickie McKeehan is one of the most helpful award-winning authors I know. She has helped me with social networking, interviewed me and blogged about my books. Many of her blogs are devoted to helping oimagethers.

Vickie writes romantic suspense. She’s the author of three distinctive, very different series of books, The Evil Trilogy, the Pelican Pointe series, and the Skye Cree novels. She’s working on her 13th book, Sea Glass Cottage  the seventh story in the Pelican Pointe series. She has already selected a great looking cover.

Vickie loves the outdoors, loves to play video games, and enjoys watching football with the hubby. She’s convinced the best food on earth is French fries. Whenever she’s writing she keeps two things on hand. Chocolate and Cheetos.

Vickie is a member of Romance Writers of America.

Vickie posts copiously to social networks. She has more than 12,500 likes on her Facebook page and she has earned every one of them. I have been captivated by her Pelican Point series and I have reviewed two of them. My review of Hidden Moon Bay is as follows:
5 STARS Vickie McKeehan grabbed my attention on page one of her novel, Hidden Moon Bay, as she described timagehe brutal murder attempt on Emile Reed.
I remained glued to the pages for the rest of the story as Emile flees for her life from Chicago to a remote coastal town in central California, changing her identity to Hayden Ryan on the way.
As the main witness to a multi million dollar fraud, the perpetrators want her dead. She tries to lose herself as a nobody in the small community but she meets a good looking cop who suspects she has a “past”. This causes stress in their amorous relationship.
For an entertaining adventure and love story, I highly recommend Hidden Moon Bay. Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Moon-Bay-Vickie-McKeehan/dp/0615723055/ref=sr_1_3_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366498102&sr=1-3&keywords=vickie+mckeehan

I strongly recommend Vickie’s books for an entertaining read.
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Scotland stays in UK in decisive vote.

The call for secession came as no surprise. Scotland has always yearned for independence. Edward I of England known as the “Hammer of the Scots” tried to defeat them in the wars of Scottish Independence in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. William Wallace, now a national hero, led the Scots to victory against English troops at the battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. He was later captured and executed as a traitor. He is immortalized in the movie Braveheart. Somehow, the Scots prevailed and remained an independent country.

Marilynholdsworth-Coronation Chair with Stone of Scone

Coronation chair with Stone of Scone

Edward, however, captured the Stone of Scone, the symbolic sign of Scottish royal power. He removed it to Westminster Abby where it remained in the coronation chair until 1996 when it was returned to Scotland. When James VI of Scotland succeeded Elizabeth I of England and became James I, in 1603, he and his successors ruled both kingdoms. The two countries were merged in 1707 to become the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Scotland is a small country with an area a little bit smaller than South Carolina but with twice the coastline. Since it is surrounded by water on three sides it does not suffer the temperature extremes seen in land masses.The Scots speak Gaelic in some parts and they claim to speak English, but they have many words of their own that they substitute, such as bairn for child. Unique to the country are tartan kilts worn by men, the Highland Games and the haggis. The Scots gave us golf and Scotch whiskey. Indulging in the former causes a need for the latter. Some of Scotland’s famous people include Alexander Graham Bell, David Livingstone, John Paul Jones, Robert Burns, Thomas Carlyle, Andrew Carnegie and Adam Smith to name a few. Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, 1776, is the foundation of today’s capitalistic economics.

Scotland has it’s own parliament and currency and a good income from North Sea oil but a break with England would require it to add some important functions, primarily: defense, foreign relations, taxation and banking support from either London or the European Union. They would also need a head of state. It seems ironic that the British Royal Family is at their summer home at Balmoral Castle during the referendum. One wonders what would become of that castle, in the event of independence. The Union Jack of Great Britain would need to be changed to exclude the cross of St. Andrew.

The September 18, 2014 referendum has been won by those who wish to preserve the union with Britain by a vote of 55% to 45%. The turnout was above 80% in many areas. The argument is settled for now, but things will change if London does not deliver the promises it made to the Scottish people as an incentive to remain with the union.