Lewes Bonfire Night Blog - Lewes Bonfire Celebrations
October 7, 2013 at 21:50 by v
Welcome to my very own Lewes Bonfire Night Blog page on my rebuilt website, many of you will recognize my style, content etc from my old bonfire night website. This website and my bonfire night Twitter, YouTube and Flickr accounts took ten months of planning and motivation before I decided to take the plunge under increasing pressure from my son.
It took a further eight weeks for all the main background stuff to code and main content to be added, but I think it has been well worth all the blue rookies being thrown out of the pram!
Even though my #LewesBonfire Night Celebrations website, bonfire night Twitter, YouTube and Flickr accounts are now up and running, I am still on the look out for more additions and I am hoping to tidy up the navigation and the site as well. For the latest News, Gossip etc on the Lewes Bonfire, Sussex Bonfires and other general items, Take a look at my Twitter feed @veefourvendetta
“A Stranger Is A Friend Whom You Are Waiting To Meet”
The 2013 Sussex bonfire night season is now well under way for many by the time you read this, and a very interesting one it has been as well. Many a Bonfire Society having had a good bonfire night last year celebrating the failure of the Gunpowder Plot, and there has been a couple of new kids appear on the Sussex Bonfire block recently as well, Namely “Shoreham, Seaford, Hawkhurst, Winchelsea and Northiam”
There were a lot of events last year marking Guy Fawkes ill fated plan and good on him to, because what else would we be doing at this time of year if the plan had never been conceived.
See my 2013 Bonfire Event Date Page for a list of bonfire night events, or the Calendar of Bonfire related dates and Events, if you would like to support in fundraising or just fancy warming up for the big one.
01/11/13 . . Well what can I say, The 2013 Sussex Bonfire Season is well upon us now and the big build up to the Lewes Bonfire is now here, the anticipation, trepidation, gossip, gutter press media scaremongering, adjustments to the new bonfire costume, polishing the costume for the Fifth, buying in your red flares, “red” rookies and Chinese crackers.
So unless you are involved you will never understand the Lewes Bonfire. Liken it to the last days at school before Christmas and the magical build up to Christmas Eve, its the same for a Lewes Bonfire Boye or Belle now, looking forward to the build up to Lewes Badge Night and beyond. “BURN HIM!”
The above video describes the feeling for me and my wife and many others in Lewes on the 4th and 5th of November, without the anniversaries, birthdays, celebrations, freedom, song, dance and remembrance, Life Would Be Null.
First Line=Italian, Second Line=English Translation. At the bottom is my Lewes Bonfire variation as near as I can damn get it! . You will need to listen to it a few times and follow my version to feel what I feel.
Libiamo Ne’lieti Calici (Brindisi) . . “Drinking Song : From La Traviata : The Fallen Woman” Or “The Lewes Bonfire”
Libiamo, libiamo ne’lieti calic, che la bellezza infiora,
Let’s drink, let’s drink from this merry chalice, that beauty so truly enhances,
E la fuggevol ora s’inebrii a voluttà.
And the brief moment will be happily inebriated with voluptuousness.
Libiam ne’dolci fremiti che suscita l’amore,
Let’s drink for the ecstatic feeling that love arouses,
poiché quell’ochio al core onnipotente va.
because this eye aims straight to the almighty heart.
Libiamo, amore, amor fra i calici più caldi baci avrà.
Let’s drink, my love, and the love among the chalices will make the kisses hotter.
Ah! Libiam, amor, fra’ calici più caldi baci avrà.
The chalices will make the kisses hotter.
Tra voi tra voi saprò dividere il tempo mio giocondo.
With you all, I can share my happiest times.
Tutto è follia, follia nel mondo ciò che non è piacer.
Everything in life which is not pleasure is foolish.
Godiam, fugace e rapido e’il gaudio dell’amore e’un fior che nasce e muore ne più si può goder.
Let’s enjoy ourselves for the delight of love is fleeting and quick, It’s like a flower that blooms and dies and we can no longer enjoy it.
Godiamo, c’invita, c’invita un fervido accento lusinghier!
So enjoy; A keen and flattering voice invites us!
Godiamo, la tazza, la tazza e il cantico la notte abbella e il riso, in questo paradiso ne scopra il nuovo dì.
Be happy; The wine and singing beautify both the night and the laughter, Let the new day find us in this paradise.
La vita è nel tripudio,
Life means celebration,
Quando non s’ami ancora,
Only if one hasn’t known love,
Nol dite a chi l’ignora,
Don’t tell someone who doesn’t know,
E’il mio destin così…
But this is my fate…
Godiamo, la tazza, la tazza e il cantico, la notte abbella e il riso, in questo paradiso ne scopra il nuovo dì.
Be happy; The wine and singing, beautify both the night and the laughter, Let the new day find us in this paradise.
LEWES BONFIRE NIGHT (Brindisi)
Oh, Please – oh please drink from my clear joyfull pint glass,
so resplendent with all its magical beauty.
Oh, please – just drink to the spirit of pure bonfire,
which will enchant our fleeting moment.
Oh, please – just drink to the thrilling sweetness,
brought to us by our remembrance.
For always deep in my heart – I will irresistibly,
be pierced to the Brave Lewes Martyrs.
Oh, Please – that drink of a pint of Harveys,
shall always warm the kisses of my true love.
I shall divide my heart-with all my gaiety-
and my love among you all.
That everything in our short life – is but a folly -
except for the grand ole lewes bonfire.
Let us be joyful, for love is – but – a
fleeting and a much short-lived joy.
A firework which blossoms and fades,
Whose beauty is soon lost forever.
Be joyful, from a caressing voice
will invite us warmly to the joy.
Ah! – be carefree-for the beer and song,
with laughter, will embellish the night.
This new day thats abreaking, will find us still
in this happy paradise.
But life, is only a pleasure
for those – who know how to love,
Speak not of love to one, who knows not what it is,
Such as is my destiny – to always love the bonfire.
Be carefree, for the beer and song,
With laughter, will embellish this bonfire night.
The new day, abreaking, will find us still -
Forever Remembering The Fallen.
I hate to say it, but 2013 was a shite year all round for the common man and 2014 will be going the same way, we are getting squeezed from every angle, and preached a load of crap, is it any wonder we had riots in the Summer of 2011, those at the top should practise what they preach during their stupid austerity measures, if I went bust in 1976 as the UK did, I would be punished for running a business at a loss.
How about all MPs taking at least a 25% pay cut on their nett take home pay for starters, 100% cut on all expenses apart from staff, office, travel and clothing, and rejecting the MPs disgusting request for a £10,000 – £20,000 pay rise, If those at the top showed the same painful austerity measures as the elderly/disabled couples that have lived in a two up two down house all their lives, having to pay a Bedroom Tax on one spare room for their grandchildren to sleep over in, I might buy it.
But it still leaves one question, which is, How many bedrooms does 10 downing Street have, also how many bedrooms do the official residence have, and how many do the personal residence have ? Also this country is now becoming more corrupt than Sicily and its Mafia (Jobs, Cash In Brown Envelopes For The Boys And All That) Its the media and the police I`m looking at here!
So quite a few interesting events or anniversaries already this year worthy of a possible tableux, setpiece or effigy, for example, The Horse Meat Imbroglio, Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger) resignation, The resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien because of allegations of “inappropriate acts” to fellow priests, No wonder lightning struck the Vatican ! . . (Read More Here) King Richard III remains found, The Chris Huhne/Vicky Pryce speeding ticket farce.
The death of Bruce Reynolds, the mastermind behind The Great Train Robbery which was 50 years ago this year, The disgusting British Gas Company revealing £606m profit just months after raising customer prices during one of the coldest winters on record, Veterans of the The Arctic convoys of World War II which ended 70 years ago in 1943, finally getting their Arctic Star Medals for their bravery.
Pink Floyd playing at the Lewes Town Hall, 45 years ago this year as a fund raising event for the Lewes Football Club (Lewes FC) or Rooks as known locally, The Falklands Sovereignty Referendum, The United Kingdom losing its excellent credit rating, maybe George Osborne needs to go online and type in Wonga! The disgusting need for Food Banks in the UK and even then, some cannot afford to cook the food that is given to them.
The Liberal Democrats Lord Rennard sexual harassment allegations with the Nick Clegg cover up, The Highways Agency stating it was “Well prepared” for the Snow, The fiasco of the new well thought out NHS 111 number, The will he be kicked out or not saga of Abu Qatada, The 50th Anniversary of JFK,s assassination, The 70th Anniversary of the bouncing bomb “Dambusters”, The 60th anniversary of the first known successful ascent of Everest.
The MPs disgusting request for a £10,000 – £20,000 pay rise, when the rest of us are being forced to cut back during their stupid ill founded Austerity measures, The 150th Anniversary of the Football Association (FA) The thought that whatever you do on Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Twitter, Apple and etc was safe and secure, think again because welcome to the NSA Prism Program which has enabled “backdoor” access to all the servers of the above major technology companies, Freedom Of Speech Is No More and woe betide you if your name is Edward Snowden !
The 50th Anniversary of Dr Who, The 50th Anniversary of when the Beatles recorded their first LP, Please Please Me, in February 1963, The 600th Anniversary of when Henry IV, King of England, died 1413, in the Jerusalem Chamber, Westminster Abbey, The 60th Anniversary of the Beeching report which saw the Reshaping of British Railways, and was published in 1963. Its implementation saw track reduced from 18,214 miles in 1961 to 12,098 in 1969, and the number of railway stations from 7,025 in 1961 to 3,002 in 1969.
The 300th Anniversary of when Gibraltar was ceded to Britain by Spain under Treaty of Utrecht 1713, The 50th Anniversary of “The Beatles” first No 1 single, From Me To You in 1963, The 500th Anniversary of the death of James IV, the King of Scots (born 1473) killed at Flodden 1513, along with the archbishop of St Andrews, the bishop of the Isles, nine earls and fourteen lords.
The 50th Anniversary of when John F. Kennedy, President of the United States was shot dead in Dallas Texas 1963 (born 1917). He had been elected in 1961 as the Democrat candidate and at 43 was the second youngest president after Theodore Roosevelt, and the first Catholic. Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of Kennedy, was shot dead by Jack Ruby in Dallas Texas 1963, The 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
The Mumford and Sons Festival in Lewes, Our super hot summer heatwave, The Royal Birth on 22nd July, The London Underground’s 150th Anniversary on 9th January, The Stupid Gibraltar Row, The Fracking Fiasco In Balcombe, The scary Syrian Holocaust, The Disgusting Tory Bedroom Tax that is putting thousands of poor into unrecoverable debt, The Kenyan Westgate Siege, The death of Mr Bonfire “Keith Austin”
The 100th Anniversary of Britain’s biggest ever coal mining disaster, in which the explosion at 1950ft (Nearly Half A Mile) underground at the Universal colliery in Senghenydd, South Wales, which killed 439 men and boys, Eight of which were just 14 years old, The United States Government Shutdown Lol, England qualifying for the Football World Cup. The Vatican sacking the `Bishop Of Bling` Tebartz van Elst. . . . Make Your Choice !
So pop along if your conscience wants to, but we are not inviting you, and please remember “Volenti Non Fit Injuria”, “Let Us Be” and “Lest We Forget”.
See You At The Lewes Bonfire.
“Who are you to judge the life I live?
I know I’m not perfect, And I don’t live to be.
But before you start pointing fingers . .
Make sure you hands are clean !” : Bob Marley
Lest We Forget
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