Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bonfire Night and Passenger Concert, Saturday




Passenger was originally a Brit folk/rock band formed in 2003.

When they split up in 2007, lead singer Mike Rosenberg continued his career as a solo artist under the name of Passenger, busking his way around Europe and appearing at fringe festivals.

Then suddenly this year he exploded onto the scene with three chart topping songs in quick succession,   Let her Go, The Wrong Direction and Holes.

Having written over 200 songs, Passenger is receiving the critical acclaim that eluded the band for so long. 

Enjoy his music, this weekend as part of our Season's Change month, where you can win 500L for being the Best in Winter Wear / Guy Fawkes.

Also... Bonfire night in the UK, so join us for some wonderful fireworks as we lag out the region in the name of entertainment!


Penny for the Guido?
And now a potted history of how Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night might have come into tradition...



Back in 1605 (GMT), Guido Fawkes  wanted to protest on how Catholics were treated.  Too little wine, not enough unleavened bread etc.

Guido later became known as Guy in a brand refresh to help sell more rockets.
Anyway, Fawkes decided that they would blow up the Houses of Parliament, (visit HOP in London here) in particular the House of Lords, by smuggling in hundreds of gunpowder kegs into the cellar and detonating them on 5th November as the King (James I) was opening Parliament.

Unfortunately for Guy, one of his gang ran off at the gums and blabbered about this heinous plot.  Word soon spread and they were caught in the act.

The King was quite annoyed about it all and as a slap on the wrist for doing such a thing, they decided to chop bits of him off and wave them around, hang him for a couple of minutes so not quite dead, disembowel him and do other unmentionable things to embarrass him.

This gruesome method of torture "hanged, drawn and quartered",  was reserved exclusively for traitors. Petty crime (such as stealing some bread), resulted in minor punishment, such as having limbs severed or being boiled in oil.

Here in the UK, on the 5th November (or the closest Saturday to it), we celebrate this bit of horrible history with a firework display (Guy loved to partaay) and huge bonfires burning an effigy of Guy.

If you're stuck for a costume this weekend, grab a Guy Fawkes mask from the Freebie Shops in London City.

Come and warm your chestnuts on the fire!


It all happens here from 1pm SL  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/126/111/23

London City events are sponsored by DX Exchange - Linden Dollars at Best Rates.

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