Day 309 Mile 309: 5th Nov. Hope and Perspectives. Today is the 5th of November where the UK commemorates Guy Fawkes and his conspirators almost blowing up the houses of parliament in 1605. It is a beutiful clear day with an air temperature of about 3 degrees centigrade. Bonfire Night’s history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plotters, was arrested while guarding the explosives which he and his co-conspirators had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James the First had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.
These days it’s largely an excuse to let of some fireworks and ward off the winter evenings with a little bit of political agitation thrown in. I think these sort of sentiments were best summed up in Alan Moore’s 1982 graphic novel V for Vendetta, David Lloyd’s artwork for which also inspired today’s run. While the book is essentially a work of fiction it feels remarkably close to the bone in the present climate…
While the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well, certainly, there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. They were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic, you turned to the now high chancellor […]. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. […] More than four hundred years ago, a […] citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words; they are perspectives.
Alan Moore – V for Vendetta
I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.
Distance: 2023.1 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!
It could only really be one earworm for today 🙂 The jaded musician in me is amazed that even at this age and stage I get goosebumps and want to cry at around 15 mins through 🙂