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Ten years ago today I created the 308th post for Greenford 365. To mark the blog’s anniversary I will attempt to post a photo every day throughout 2022.
The Fifth of November is the date with which fireworks are associated in the UK but tonight Greenford was almost quiet when compared with noisy, explosive Divali. It is probably explained by the change in demographic, there are now more households with members of Indian descent in the area, but it may be that those who once regarded Guy Fawkes night to be an important and fun part of their culture are less likely to mark it. They may be unwilling, at a time of financial uncertainty, to spend money on fireworks, or are concerned at the impact it has on their pets, or simply don’t like them. I don’t often hear the event referred to as “Guy Fawkes Night” and I can’t remember the last time I saw children asking for “a penny for the Guy” so that they could buy fireworks, so it may be that we are less keen to celebrate the anniversary of the torture and execution of a Catholic for attempting to assassinate a Protestant monarch. More recently it has been referred to as Bonfire Night, but even that is out of favour. Our few remaining hedgehogs are likely to find themselves hibernating in them before they are lit and the environmental impact is a negative one.
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