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Fawkes

Guy. 1570--1606, English conspirator, executed for his part in the Gunpowder Plot to blow up King James I and the Houses of Parliament (1605). Effigies of him (guys) are burnt in Britain on Guy Fawkes Day (Nov. 5)
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Fawkes, an archaeological illustrator, depicts the day-to-day duties of her work on-site in Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey.
In a poll conducted by the BBC in 2002 Guy Fawkes surprisingly enough attained 30th position of the most famous 100 Britons.
Fawkes' wondrous machine consisted of a wide platform on which was centered an upright boiler with the fire door facing forward where the fuel, coal or cordwood was carried in a short, tapering bow.
"We want it to be better than ever and as Guy Fawkes night falls on a Monday, we are considering whether we should hold our display on the Sunday instead so more people have a chance to enjoy it."
Paisley Sheriff Court heard that Fawkes, of Moss Road, Bridge of Weir, then ran head first at a glass partition, leading to her being injured.
In the 400 years since Fawkes was arrested beneath Parliament, the plot has often been reduced to myth and a jolly caper.
The murderous plot was foiled when a midnight search found Guy Fawkes guarding 35 barrels of gunpowder in the bowels of Parliament.
Fawkes was a member of a local group of Roman Catholic activists led by Robert Catesby who planned to blow up the Protestant-controlled House of Parliament in London in the 1600s.
Average drop in visibility each year in the United Kingdom during Guy Fawkes Night
The light from its flickering candle must have illuminated the barrels of gunpowder with which the Roman Catholic conspirators (among them Fawkes, Robert Catesby, Robert and Thomas Wintour, John Wright and Thomas Percy, a distant relative of the 9th Earl of Northumberland) planned to blow up James I, the Protestant king of England, and his government.
Fawkes told king only was the did work In the disarray that followed the blast, English Catholics would leap into action and install James's daughter, the nine-year-old Princess Elizabeth, upon the throne as the puppet of a Catholic government.