On this day in history

there was the Gunpowder Plot in London in 1605. Centuries later, school children get the story drummed into them and learn to recite “Remember, Remember, 5of November, gunpowder, treason and plot.” in class. If you want to dive deeper into the history of the Gunpowder Plot, I can certainly recommend this short film: https://youtu.be/hWZIbnkkI9U

In the evening we celebrate Bonfire Night, burn the chief plotter Guy Fawkes as an effigy on top of the bonfire, watch fireworks light up the sky, eat & drink and recite “Remember,….etc.”.

Bonfire Night was a night (in the British calendar) British children looked forward to – up there with Christmas (Eve) and New Year’s Eve. The massive fire, the fireworks and hot dogs & co were always worth the wait.

Arran (aka Thoughty2 YouTuber) felt exactly like many millions of kids (myself included) both before and after him; his history class was dead boring. Some teacher, droning on about a group of men, who wanted to blow up the parliament and a King – big deal!

Fast forward a bit that same Arran, the one who once hated history with a passion, writes a book about, guess what, the history of Britain. It is written with historical precision down to the minutest detail, making you wonder where the hell he dug those titbits up from.

Arran’s hallmark of perfectly crafted (witty) prose with a fantastic mix of formal and slang English truly brings British history to life. If only our history teachers could talk history like Arran! Get his book “Stick a flag in it: 1,000 years of bizarre history from Britain and beyond” (https://amzn.to/2JEg4YR)* & relive British history as if you were actually there.

If you are still not quite sure if Thoughty2 English is for you, why not check out one of his videos? This is a link to his most recent gem: “Meet the man who could eat absolutely everything” – https://youtu.be/CVXsj1sz-Qk . WARNING: DON’T watch and EAT at the same time!!!!

Gunpowder plot (Schießpulerverschwörung), to drum sth into sb (jdm etw einpauken), to recite sth (etw vortragen), treason (Verrat), bonfire (Freudenfeuer), plotter (Verschwörer), effigy (Puppe /bildhafte Darstellung einer verhassten Person), fireworks (Feuerwerk), to look forward to sth (sich auf etw freuen), to be worth it (sich lohnen), to drone on (lange und langweilig reden), to blow sth up (etw in die Luft sprengen), big deal (sarcastic-Auch schon was), to fast-forward (vorspulen), hallmark (Kennzeichen), witty (geistreich), to relive (etw im Geiste noch einmal erleben), gem (Juwel)

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