Chriss, you should know this! The name of this building, and it's location?
Tower of London minus the Ravens
Tower of London...London England???
Great one! You both are right on!
Guy Faulks building, There is a Guy Faulks Day in England, but I do not know the whole story. There is something about a plan to blow up the gov't.
The legend of the ravens at the Tower is quite good but they've clipped the wings of the birds so they never fly away!
Guy Fawkes day is always celebrated on November 5th. He was part of the Gunpowder Plot intended to blow up Parliament and King James I. He ended up in the Tower.
And he never left
Thanks! I was never sure if he was a good or bad guy. Now I know.
Remember remember the fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder, treason Should ever be forgot...
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent To blow up the King and Parli'ment. Three-score barrels of powder below To prove old England's overthrow;
By God's providence he was catch'd With a dark lantern and burning match. Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring. Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
Did you write this?
No I did not--it's a piece of doggerel that I came across on the Net.
I'll bet Jasper wrote it!
No that the truth has come out....I am the ghost writer for SSSSS
There is also a Keeper of the Ravens. They (the ravens, not their keepers) always appear on the left side of this picture of the White Tower. They usually hang around the area when some of Henry VIII's wives or adversaries Iost their heads. I think what SS said about the clipping their wings was because of a rogue raven a few years back. The White Tower, BTW, was the first fortress William the Conqueror built on landing in England in 1066. He then built bunches of them all over strategic parts of the country, especially borders with Wales and Scotland. For anyone who has been to London and not visited the Tower, it is my favorite site in the city.
Wait, looking at the photo again, the ravens are mostly at the 180 degree point from where this was taken, because between the Tudor parts of the Tower (very obviously different architecture) and the White Tower are where most of the ravens hang out.
Many years ago I was taken by some Ministry of Defence officials to Henry VIII's wine cellar underneath what is currently MOD building in Whitehall. Like the WW era Cabinet War Rooms it has a charm that only age and historical significance can bring. PLus, unlike the war rooms you can drink a hearty wine and pretend to have multiple wives (though not at the same time!)
Prof. and all, it is always where I take my "First time" London guests. Usually when they open, so I can be ahead of the crowds, and go directly to the "Crown Jewels" first!
I know Veterans Day has just passed, but this is one of my favorite pictures with two returning British Soldiers, just back from Iraq. This is at the Tower.
Great photo Jerry. Did you try to make the guys with the big furry hats smile? I did and it did not work!
"You break me up"! No, I could not get them to laugh at all.
Am working up an appetite on this site! By the way I was staying on that trip at Grosvenor House, and rode the Big Red Bus to The Tower. Nice and easy trip, and you can buy your admission ticket to The Tower of London on the bus, (You just have to buy it before it stops at The Tower). My buddy, Dave, could not get them to laugh, either.
I even tried the bored and confused Yank on them which did not work at all. But then they're chosen for their stoic nature to be sure.
Think, this is spot they did a lot of "Chopping"!
The guillotine? Or as my kitchen training asked it to be called "Le Mandolin"
I've always wondered why we celebrate a terrorist (i.e. Guy Faulks) on the 5 November?! Must be some weird Brit thing.
I am very surprised that you didn't get a Beefeater in one of your pics?
The idea, rather strange (and I'm not a Brit), is the spoiling of Guy Fawkes' plot. 9/11 is probably not that different in concept.
That is what had me confused as well.
Can you solve SS question about the drawing? I have no clue!
Jerry, i can't see the question on the posts.
It a drawing of the "Plotters", posted at 1:28 PM today.
The plotting began at a pub named The Duck and Drake -- so very British! First to answer question:
What did Guy Fawkes say his name was when questioned?
Hint: Some of our less reputable insiders might use a similar type of name when checking into a Marriott to avoid their real identity being discovered...:)
Is it still around?
I have been to a lot of pubs in London, and been on a great "Pub Walk", but don't remember seeing or hearing about this pub.
From Spain, Fawkes went to Brussels. Here he met Thomas Wintour (Winter). In his signed confession after his arrest, though it was signed under the duress of torture, Fawkes claimed that it was in Brussels that Wintour told him of his intention to kill James I. By May 1604, Fawkes had met up with Thomas Wintour, Christopher Wright, Robert Catesby, John Wright and Thomas Percy. They are said to have taken an oath at the Duck and Drake inn in the Strand in London that was to lead to the Gunpowder Plot. The Jesuit priest, John Gerard, sanctified the oath in another room at the inn. The pub is no longer there though there is one in Leedsby the same name
Those are the plotters, and sorry for the resolution--use Google images and it will pop up.
Memories may fade but we do not and never will celebrate John Wilkes Booth or his co conspirators. Must be a Brit thing? As you said.
I disagree, SS. In our own way, we 'celebrate' 9/11 -- not as something good, but as something to be remembered. The first time I went to NYC after 9/11, I walked from Midtown to the site, and it was not unlike pilgrimages I've done in Europe. So the point is not to celebrate an event but rather to remember it. After all, Pearl Harbor Day?ProfChiara
"Remember the Alamo!",
I think I am watching too much James Bond today, and now it's time to head to the Marriott, Union Station, for some bird!
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