Gunpowder, Treason and Plot

On Saturday night it was Guy Fawkes Night, or  Bonfire Night, as it is more commonly known.

Guy Fawkes was a Catholic who led a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and bring down England’s Protestant monarchy. He was caught, imprisoned in the Tower of London, and tortured for four days under personal orders from King James I.

Interestingly over time, Guy Fawkes has become a symbol of equality and social justice.  In recent history, a lot of people have worn masks of him during social, economic or political protests.

If you want to know the origin of this British custom please click here.

Tomorrow I’ll let you know what my family used to do to celebrate this festival.

Horror Movies

Don't look back!

What makes a great horror film?

The Halloween franchise has earned, worldwide, just under 367 million dollars.  That’s a lot of money!!!!

Truth be told, I hate horror films because I always have nightmares and I have to sleep with the light on for about 2 weeks afterwards.  This is not good for the environment or my electricity bill.

Are you a lover or a hater of this genre?

The Tower of London

The Tower of London is the oldest fortress, palace and prison of its type anywhere in Europe. With a long history of executions, murder and torture, ranging from hanging, beheading, to being hung, drawn and quartered, it is the perfect recipe for a haunted history.

It is no surprise that it ranks as one of the most haunted castles in Britain. Hundreds of ghost sightings have been reported in and around The Tower over the years. If you would like to hear 2 minutes of history about the Tower of London then click here.

Does anyone know of a haunted place in Málaga?

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat?
Trick or Treat?

Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children at Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as sweets or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?”

The word “trick” refers to a threat to do mischief on the home owners or their property if no treat is given.  Have you ever played a trick on anyone?

Happy Halloween

Halloween is a holiday celebrated on October the 31st. Although it is thought to be a secular celebration some Christians and pagans believe it has strong religious connections.

The day is often associated with the colours orange and black, and is strongly associated with symbols such as the jack-o’-lantern.

Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes, ghost tours, bonfires, costume parties, visiting haunted attractions, carving jack-o’-lanterns, pranking people, reading scary stories, and watching horror movies

If you want to know how to make a jack-o’- lantern then follow the simple steps here:  Make your own lantern in 15 minutes

Ray of sunshine

What's your ray of sunshine?

In England it’s very common for people to say: What a ray of sunshine! to the parents of new born babies.  The exclamation refers to how wonderful and gorgeous the baby is.

I remember when my mother gave birth to my baby sister, my first words were: What’s that, and why is it screaming?   Obviously, my mother was not happy with me.

Do you have ants in your pants?

Halloween is nearly here and I’m sooooooooooo excited!!!!!! I can hardly speak because I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited, in fact  I have ants in my pants.

James Brown, he always felt good, he always had ants in his pants.

I can dress up as a witch, cast some spells on Real Madrid football players, and go trick and treating.

Yes,  have ants in your pants means: you are very, very, very excited about something.