Guy Fawkes Day, Parkin Cake Day

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November 5, 2013


★~ Today’s Quote:  “I once said that the most difficult things to design are the simplest. For instance, to improve the form of a scalpel or a needle is extremely difficult, if not impossible. To improve the appearance of a threshing machine is easy. There are so many components on which one can work.” Robert Loewy

★~ Guy Fawkes Day:

Guy Fawkes mask

Tonight celebrates across England, Scotland, Wales and Ulster to commemorate the failed gunpowder plot by Guy Fawkes to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.

The failed plot is celebrated by the burning of effigies of Guy Fawkes on the top of bonfires, and fireworks are lit along with the reciting the poem, “Remember, remember, the fifth of November, Gunpowder Treason and Plot.” In recent years, “Guy Fawkes masks” — with rounded, mirthful eye holes and pointy facial hair — have also become a part of the ritual.

In Ottery St Mary, teams of stalwart men carry flaming tar barrels on their shoulders down the length of the town’s High Street. When one man’s 50-pound barrel gets too hot to handle, another man takes over – then another, and then another, until the flames die out and the barrel crumbles into ashes.

 ★~ Parkin Cake Day: 

parkin cake

As well as burning effigy of Guy Fawkes, the bonfires are used to cook potatoes wrapped in foil and to heat up soup for the crowds that come to watch the fireworks

The traditional cake eaten on bonfire night is Parkin Cake, a sticky cake containing a mix of oatmeal, ginger, treacle and syrup.

Another traditional food served on Guy Fawkes day is  Bangers and Mash

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1872 – Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the presidential election. She was found guilty of the crime of voting while being a woman. When the judge asked Anthony if she had anything to say, she responded, “May it please your honor, I will never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty” — and she never did. She did use that penalty, and the publicity it brought, as a springboard for the demands of female suffrage.

♥~ 1935 – Parker Brothers introduced the board game Monopoly.

♥~ 1983 –  Billy Joel was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Uptown Girl’, his only UK No.1 stayed at the top of the chars for five weeks. A No.3 hit in the US, the song was written about his relationship with his girlfriend then-wife, supermodel Christie Brinkley.

★~ Born Today:


♥~ 1913 – Vivien Leigh,  Lady Olivier was a British stage and film actress. She won two Best Actress Academy Awards for her performances as “southern belles”: Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind and BBlanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951

♥~ 1941 – Art Garfunkel, Singer: duo: Simon and Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound, I Am a Rock, Mrs. Robinson

♥~ 1949 – Raymond Loewy, an industrial designer who achieved fame for the magnitude of his design efforts across a variety of industries. He was recognized for this by Time magazine and featured on its cover on October 31, 1949. Todays Google doodle honors him.

♥~ 1943 –  Sam Shepard, Actor, playwright

♥~ 1963 – Tatum O’Neal Academy Award-winning actress: Paper Moon [1973]; Bad News Bears, Little Darlings.

★~ Good to Know:


You know the superstitions. Do you know how in the world people came up with them?


I’m still playing catch up from last week.  I need to be in fine form, fit as a fiddle and ready to bring on the holidays for both my furry campers, and friends and family by the end of the month. Roughly put, the Halloween witches flying on the ceiling are not invited to Thanksgiving dinner. Spending yesterday on the couch dipping homemade chocolate chips cookies in milk whilst watching 6 episodes of Homeland (I watched most of them hiding behind my computer screen) with my teen did nothing to dwindle the pile of laundry in my basement or fill the fridge. Suffice to say today has been a better day towards making ends meet, but El Morno is about  7 hours late. You do, however, have time to whip up some bangers and mash and/or roast some potatoes.  I did not plan for bangers and mash (maybe later in the week) so we’re having pork chops for dinner and in the interest of warding off the plague for another week, I’ll steam some broccoli.  If we have any potatoes, I’ll roast them.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your Tuesday! It’s a wet, fall day in Chicago and the colors are a hue of gold, red , and orange on my street. I need to get out there with my camera.

Odd Loves Company!



* Blaming this post on Mercury in Retrograde. Saxophone Day and Marooned without a campus day are on November 6th. I am one day ahead of myself. I moved them to the correct day.

10 thoughts on “Guy Fawkes Day, Parkin Cake Day

  1. Yum…bangers and mash!! I am off to make cookies. Going to see son number two this weekend and he is always up for some baked goodies. Monster cookies to use of some of those leftover baby M & M packages left from trick or treat. It may take awhile to get these made.
    Don’t you love Homeland? I am working my way through a calmer series now (after my Breaking Bad, Sopranos and The Wire binge watching) with catching up on this year’s episodes of The Good Wife.

    • Mom and cookies!Does not get much better than that. I’ve never made monster cookies but they sound very good.
      This was the first day I had every watched homeland and was mostly lost but enjoyed the characters. Although the main character (women) made me very anxious.

  2. The facts are wrong! I have absolutely NO sense of direction and never have had. I spend so much time lost. thank God for GPS or I’d never get where I’m supposed to be!
    I got lost in my own bed one night!

    • We know that about ourselves. No sense of direction. Maybe you should eat crackers in bed so you can follow the crumbs and find your way out.

  3. Domer and I are blessed with good innate senses of direction. Makes for enjoyable traveling, to say the least!

    I played sax in high school as a secondary instrument (my primary was clarinet). I often wonder why I didn’t choose flute/piccolo. Who knows? There’s still time to learn, right?

    I empathize with playing catchup. Seems as if I spend half my days doing just that. However, the witches and spiders and pumpkins have been packed away, and the horn of plenty will be showing up soon.

    Domer and I used to play Monopoly in marathon sessions, leaving the board “as-is” for days at a time. Neither of us wanted to cry “Uncle!”

    • Two instruments is so impressive. There is always time to learn to play the piccolo.
      I finished packing up the Halloween decorations and will ease the Thanksgiving stuff out slowly but surely.
      Cole loves to play Monopoly on the I-pad. I’m not much of a fan of board games and have never finished a game of Monopoly. I would have guessed Domer for a chess guy.

  4. I always wanted to play Sax. Just one or two songs. No big aspirations. Still time, I guess.
    I can read a map. The GPS in my car frequently confuses me. My kids accuse me of not following the directions. I’m sure that is not the problem.
    Left-overs for dinner so I’ll have to try Bangers and Mash another time. I’ll pass the recipe on to my sister.
    Catching up can be hell, but I’ve learned most of it isn’t going to run away from you, so might as well take your time.
    Have a good one.

    • Mike you must trust your GPS. Unless you GPS is Apple maps and then do not pass go before you switch to google maps.
      True about catching up, I just feel so out of sync.
      Enroll in a music class, learn to play a song or two on the Saz! Go for it.

  5. More rain expected today. Still a good thing except for Mosquitos.
    Bangers & Mash can be had at a couple pubs nearby. Need to take advantage. The cake, too!
    I could listen to some Billy Joel about now.
    Keep chipping away & you’ll get caught up.
    Good day!

    • Your right, slowly but surely the loose ends are coming together. I have never had Bangers and Mash but would probably like it.
      Mosquitos in November? Surely not.

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