Last weekend, SOS Aloha was heavy with Jane Austen. Today we are going to the opposite end of British Culture with Six Degrees of Separation.
1. November 5 is Bonfire Night - a tradition from 1605 when the Gunpowder Plot failed to blow up Parliament. The bonfires lit across the country celebrated the monarch's safety.
2. Parliament is the UK's legislative body with two chambers - House of Lords and House of Commons.
3. The House of Lords was reformed in 1999 to reduce the hereditary seats. One lord who lost his seat was Christopher Haden Guest, 5th Baron Haden Guest.
(Guest is a screenwriter, musician, and comedian. He appeared in The Princess Bride, A Few Good Men, and This is Spinal Tap).
|Count Rugen in THE PRINCESS BRIDE|
4. Christopher Haden Guest is married to Jaime Lee Curtis.
(Her father, Tony Curtis, served on a submarine tender in Tokyo Bay. He witnessed the end of WWII when the Japanese surrendered aboard the USS Missouri. Mighty Mo is moored in Pearl Harbor).
5. Jaime Lee Curtis starred in A Fish Called Wanda with John Cleese.
|A FISH CALLED WANDA|
6. John Cleese gained famed from MONTY PYTHON.
(Hubby loved him in Fawlty Towers, filmed in Torquay, where my English granny lived).
7. Nothing is sacred to MONTY PYTHON. During their TV series, Monty Python's Flying Circus, the comedy team spoofed the general election of ridiculous candidates.
8. The general election fills the House of Commons, the second chamber of Parliament, which was saved when the Gunpowder Plot was foiled.
|Parliament is still intact 405 years later!|
OK, that was eight degrees but didn't you learn something? In honor of the British culture other than Jane Austen, I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about Britain - what do you love about it?
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, November 12, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 13.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about Bonfire Night, log onto its website at www.bonefirenight.net.