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Just under 2 months till the big night.

 
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On 6 Sep 2010 at 7:49pm efflic wrote:
A little late this month as I have been away charging up the batteries in anticipation for the next 10 weeks.
2 months till Bonfire
there's only 2 months till bonfire
2 months till bonfire
there's only 2 months till bonfire.
Great news for all of us bigoted,racist Lewesians , not such good news for the DFL's .( never mind you've just had your artwave)
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On 6 Sep 2010 at 8:23pm supporter wrote:
saddo
 
 
On 6 Sep 2010 at 8:31pm smoky wrote:
lewes comes a live this time of year can not wait
 
 
On 6 Sep 2010 at 10:43pm art vandelay wrote:
fantastic!
 
 
On 6 Sep 2010 at 10:54pm Hlaew wrote:
yep, bring it on
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 7:45am me wrote:
The seasons started! Outfires all the way to the fifth and beyond I'll be off to collect my white robes and hood from the dry cleaners very soon. Just hate the burnt bits of catholic on my pristine white robes
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 8:41am QOTSA wrote:
Outfires??!!!! WTF
Bonfire Season, the finest time of the year and the chance to really annoy the outsiders, DFL's and bonfire haters. Fantastic!
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 10:44am Londoner wrote:
I wish you lot knew just how boring bonfire is. We came down one year and stayed with friends so we were here for bonfire. It was fantastic. So we came the next year and it didn't seem quite as good because it was the same parade with the same old outfits and the same old bands. We tried one more year and then gave up. The mind numbing tedium, the hanging around for hours, the puerile drunks etc all got to us in the end.
 
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On 7 Sep 2010 at 10:58am Simon wrote:
Thats a real shame Londoner. It won't be the same without you. I urge you to give it another try, after all, its all about the audience is n't it. Maybe try and convince a few more freinds to come with you to swell the numbers.
I'll have a word with a few members of the different societies and see if we can make more of an effort this year.
Sorry for your bad experience.
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 10:58am QOTSA wrote:
And believe me, we're glad that you dont come any more. People like you aren't required. We celebrate for ourselves not anyone else
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 12:02pm Londoner wrote:
I see what you mean QOTSA about celebrating for yourselves and not anyone else.
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 12:36pm Penguin wrote:
Yes, Londoner, many people seem to be under the mistaken impression that our Bonfire celebrations take place for their entertainment. How wrong they are. The best part is when the streets are emptied of spectators and belong to the Bonfire Boys and girls. If people want to watch our celebrations then so be it, it is something we have to put up with every year, but we are certainly not going to change what we do just because you have seen it before. Why not stay in London and see some local traditions there, like changing the guard, trooping the colour, the state opening of parliament etc... oh but hang on, same outfits, same bands, same waiting around, same crowds of annoying tourists.....!
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 1:31pm Commuter wrote:
I can't wait! Bonfire season is the best time of year, I've already dug out my costume and have my sewing box out! it is a shame people like Londoner don't understand bonfire and what it represents. I only joined a society last year but have watched it for years - never gets old for me!
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 3:58pm Londoner wrote:
But this thing is Penguin we don't make this silly fuss about changing the guard and trooping the colour like you lot do about a small town parade and a few fireworks. Ooo, only two months to bonfire! Ooo, I can't wait, only two months minus a day to bonfire! Ooo!
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 4:11pm QOTSA wrote:
You Sir are obviously a cultural vacuum!
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 4:19pm Down and Out wrote:
@ Londoner
Bonfire parades involve at least 4,000 people, of a total Lewes population of 16,000. The population of London is about 8 million. Could you just remind me which London community celebrations actively involve 2 million people? You know, just to get a relative sense of the importance of things?

In any case, as has already been pointed out, it's not for your benefit. If you don't like it, stay away. I'm quite hoping Plod is keen is closing the town this year, given that the 5th is a Friday, and I wouldn't mind if it rained a bit too. You don't notice when you've got a torch and it'll help keep the tourists off the streets.
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 4:28pm 'ere be monsters wrote:
It doesn't sound like Londoner has much in his life to look forward to. Shame really if he had he could be somewhere else looking forward to it!!
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 4:35pm Penguin wrote:
Yes, and thats because you don't take part in any of those events, so there is no personal or community involvement or interest. As for it being a 'small town parade' (although it's not just Lewes, but that aside), it is a far bigger event than any of the three examples I gave of your 'big city' traditions - which might explain why so many Londoners come in their droves to see it. Bonfire permeates Lewes life for many people all year round, both directly and indirectly, and it culminates in the celebrations on the 5th. The people of the town organise it themselves, raise money to finance it themselves, take part in it themselves, make the costumes and put on all the displays themselves, so why shouldn't they get excited about it.
The point I was trying to make in my previous post however, was that traditions, by definition, are the same every year, whether they be in Lewes or London, so to criticise them for being so really only serves to illustrate your own lack of understanding.
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 5:20pm from over the river wrote:
The worst part about comments that you get, similar to those of londoner, is that no-one (from outside of Lewes) ever considers the sense of community that is created at this time of year. Yes there is some noise on a saturday night when the coaches return...but then who doesn't lie in bed and smile every now and then when a bang goes off? The other thing that is even more annoying is that whenever a garden firework display takes in place in Lewes....it is always thought that this is bonfire people. That is annoying. As for outsiders, come if you want to, the town is happy to take your money. If you want to stay away, fine. Enjoy your local Nov 5th bonfire and illegal display in your local borough/hamlet !!!
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 5:36pm me wrote:
"Outfires??!!!! WTF" ?????????????? errrrrmmm ??????????????? I.E. when you visit other society nights. Or TBH when most of the younger members put on stripes get pissed and generally give the societies a bad name.
QOTSA - Either I misread or you don't know what an outfire is. WTF!
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 6:56pm Londoner wrote:
'ere be monsters says It doesn't sound like Londoner has much in his life to look forward to. I think it's more likely to be the other way round. I can't imagine someone who writes 2 months till Bonfire
there's only 2 months till bonfire
2 months till bonfire
there's only 2 months till bonfire
really has much going on in their life.
Anyway, enjoy yourselves.
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 7:16pm 'ere be monsters wrote:
We will, whether you're there or not.
 
 
On 7 Sep 2010 at 11:08pm stan wrote:
what a pointless discussion!
 
 
On 8 Sep 2010 at 8:37am QOTSA wrote:
Re: ME, It's an outmeeting not an outfire!
 
 
On 8 Sep 2010 at 8:53am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Lol @ Simon. And at the attitude of the perpetual spectator, who won't get involved in anything but stands on the sidelines saying it's not exciting enough.
Of course, when you're in it, it's different every year because different things happen during the course of the night, sometimes by design, but often by accident. You wouldn't know that from standing around on same spot of pavement all night.
You don't get to hang around for hours either. Some societies have a very quick turn-round between processions where you're lucky to get time for a wee.
 
 
On 8 Sep 2010 at 1:04pm Ed Can Do wrote:
Having missed the whole thing last year with a broken leg, I'm childishly excited about Bonfire this year and will probably be at an outmeeting every weekend from Burgess Hill onwards. I do agree about the younger members using them as an excuse for a piss-up though, we try to keep ours under control but to be honest, they often outnumber the adults, especially towards the end of the evening when many have sloped off to the village pub. Still, it's all fun and games isn't it.


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