The Fifth of November. I can't believe I spent twenty-odd years thinking of it as Just Another Day, when across the ocean, it's the excuse for all manner of incendiary wildness - think July 4, Thanksgiving and Columbus Day all rolled into one, with bonfires instead of marching bands, baked potato instead of turkey, and a cellarful of conspirators instead of a boatload of very lost explorers.
But then I watched V For Vendetta - my choice for the best movie of the past however-many years, and one that I now religously worship once a year, on... the Fifth of November.
So Happy Guy Fawkes Day to all my UK readers, and to the rest of the world... you don't know what you're missing.
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