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    Quote Originally Posted by neandermagnon View Post
    Yeah I think you're exactly right about that.

    Traditions evolve. For example we have Guy Fawkes this weekend and I was thinking that if it weren't for the distance, I'd go to Lewes and watch them burn giant effigies. So while most places in the UK, Guy Fawkes festivities have kind of evolved away from burning effigies and focused much more on fireworks and some places don't have a bonfire at all, in Lewes, it's gone completely in the other direction. They have fireworks too, but it's their giant effigies that are centre stage. And it's catching on... I read in the papers that a giant effigy of Harvey Weinstein is due to be burned in a town in Kent.
    My dad recalled 'Bonfire Night' being done when he was a kid on Vancouver Island in the '30s, but it died out - it became all about the fire/arson and the significance of Guy Fawkes just sort of vanished. I imagine WWII put an end to it.
    I imagine if it had been kept up, there would be two groups, those who use any excuse to see stuff burn, and those who would nit-pick every detail: "No random figures! No modern figures! No political satire! It's Guy Fawkes himself, or it's not going on our fire!" "Only organic wood! No kerosene, no Ikea cast-offs!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by frimble3 View Post
    My dad recalled 'Bonfire Night' being done when he was a kid on Vancouver Island in the '30s, but it died out - it became all about the fire/arson and the significance of Guy Fawkes just sort of vanished. I imagine WWII put an end to it.
    I imagine if it had been kept up, there would be two groups, those who use any excuse to see stuff burn, and those who would nit-pick every detail: "No random figures! No modern figures! No political satire! It's Guy Fawkes himself, or it's not going on our fire!" "Only organic wood! No kerosene, no Ikea cast-offs!"
    That's really interesting.

    I'm imagining what it might be like if someone in the future tries to immortalise 2017 Guy Fawkes.... "Jack, you are to be the Safety Inspector. We have to fill in the "form" and submit it to you, then you must visit our bonfire site and declare that it's sound and allow us to go ahead. Jane and Jenny, you must print and distribute the "flyers" to call people forth to the festivities, and it must include a warning to keep pets and small children away..." Then Jill says, "but on the flyers we must compete with our rival displays. We must say "we have three firework displays and fairground rides for the teenagers" and they then respond "but Lo, we have better fireworks and live music and two licenced bars..." and then the people of the town of Lewes trump us all with "we have a giant effigy of Trump to burn"
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    After some more thoughts on this, I've decided to keep the "year's round" cycle, but replace the Twelfth Night party (since I still needed a big occasion for the shape-shifting creature to disrupt) with a village winter festival designed as a fund-raiser (repairs for the local church - I thought of that one since it would fit plans I'd had for a later book if it got to be a series). I still want the book set in January, so want something that would fit a winter setting, and would like suggestions on what sort of activities would most likely fit such an event, alongside such things as whether it would be held indoors (where it was warm) or outdoors (maybe involving skating or similar outdoor winter games).

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    A january event in the UK would almost certainly be indoors. its fairly cold and almost 100% chance it will be wet. Villages generally hold these type events in a church hall or community centre etc.

    As a rule it doesnt get cold enough here for skating safely outdoors, and we have a very risk avoidant culture, Outside of people who are keen skaters at indoor rinks, very very few people would have their own skates and the fortitude to use them on a frozen lake etc.

    I like the 12 story idea personally, reminds me of a book i had when i was a tot which had a wee proportion or a very short complete story for every night of the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus_Burned View Post
    A january event in the UK would almost certainly be indoors. its fairly cold and almost 100% chance it will be wet. Villages generally hold these type events in a church hall or community centre etc.

    As a rule it doesnt get cold enough here for skating safely outdoors, and we have a very risk avoidant culture, Outside of people who are keen skaters at indoor rinks, very very few people would have their own skates and the fortitude to use them on a frozen lake etc.

    I like the 12 story idea personally, reminds me of a book i had when i was a tot which had a wee proportion or a very short complete story for every night of the year.
    Thanks. Taking place indoors it is, then.

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