This man, Guy Fawkes, was born in York before converting to catholicism (after the death of his father). He left his home country of England to fight in the 80 Years’ War in Spain. Fawkes then tried to gain support for a Catholic rebellion against England, and although he failed, the attempted rebellion lead him to meet a man who would heavily influence and alter the rest of his life.
He returned to England with this man, Thomas Wintour, who then introduced him to Robert Catesby. Catesby was planning to assassinate King James I to restore a catholic monarch, and decided to put Fawkes in charge of a large store of gunpowder in a rented undercroft beneath the House of Lords. An anonymous letter tipped off the Lords, and the authorities searched Westminster Palace until they found Fawkes on the 5th of November.
Guy Fawkes was then tortured until he spoke, and was scheduled for execution on January 31. On the day of his hanging, he jumped from the scaffolding where he was to be hung and broke his neck.
Since the fifth of November, 1605, there has been a celebration to commemorate Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot.
Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I see of no reason why gunpowder and treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
'Twas his intent,
To blow up the King and Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below.
Poor old England to overthrow.
In honor of the recent Homestuck update, let’s talk about this motherfucker Jake English.
I believe the only identifying factors that make Jake English ‘English’ is his interesting way of speaking (‘Leave your bookish malarkey in a dusty old library somewhere. I have an adventure to get on with!’), and his last name. English lives in the Pacific on an island, for fuck’s sake. What is this.
English hasn’t really accomplished much in his life, other than having a crush on a dead alien, creating the bunny that Jade gave to John, breaking the hearts of two of his best friends, technically causing the entire Trickster problem (without him, Jane would not have cracked), befriending a crazy Cherub who then gives English the uROBuROS code and declares him a ‘patron manbro’, and generally ruining most things.
But we still love him..?
Nah, really though, Jake English may be more dense and oblivious than a brick, but he’s still got some stuff going for him.
WOAH, IT’S NATASHA BEDINGFIELD
This well-known artist was born in Sussex. When she was a teenager, Bedingfield and her two siblings formed a dance/electronic group called The DNA Algorithm. This is where Bedingfield developed her wide range of music, and her songwriting abilities.
She later put these talents to use writing very popular songs such as ‘Unwritten’, ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’ and ‘I Wanna Have Your Babies’, which never get stuck in your head for weeks at a time..
She did do plenty of good with her fame, and started to appear in the oddest places. She sang on a single for Stand Up to Cancer with other famous artists, and on the Ellen DeGeneres show. She also appeared in Nicki Minaj’s album Pink Friday, and on the Rascall Flatt album Nothing Like This. Bedingfield also joined with Avon as a celebrity judge for Avon Voicesin 2010.
This creepy fuck, known as Harold Shipman or ‘Dr. Death’, was one of the most prolific serial killers. He was born in Nottingham, England back in 1946, where he watched his mother die of lung cancer. Afterwards, he pursued a medical degree, and became a GP in Yorkshire. He was detected when someone noticed how many of his patients tended to die (and leave him large sums of money in their wills). Shipman has over 250 deaths attributed to himself, though he was only convicted for 15.
Damn Britain, you scary
This musician actually got her start on MySpace when a friend posted a demo and some record label happened to notice it.
Wow, Adele. Way to turn up out of the blue uninvited and make the rest of us look bad. Lucky bitch.
This man is one of my favorite people in general for numerous reasons. He totally owns the silly walk, goddamn that facial hair, I am british and his comedy appeals to me on an emotional level..
well, not just that. He’s done some pretty crazy shit, notably writing the sketches for almost every episode of Monty Python, starting his own show, Fawlty Towers (where you may or may not get a large garden gnome forcibly inserted up your arse), and getting married a few times before retiring to Santa Barbara. The dude still helps the acting classes at UCSB.
JOHN CHEESE, EVERYONE
(almost not a typo. His father changed their last name to Cleese after he joined the military and didn’t want to get laughed at.)
I seem to be going on a Prime Minister kick, but so be it..
This dude apparently has a Nobel Prize in Literature. and he was an artist.
(and he did other stuff to. like help defeat the Nazis and help the people of England remember what a ‘stiff British upper lip’ really means when being bombed like there’s no tomorrow)