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  Weekender 2006 / 7  


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Guy Fawkes


This November 5th is Guy Fawkes' Night and it will be celebrated by people across the UK. It's the 400th anniversary of Guy Fawke's failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament, King James I and the entire English government. Luckily, the plot failed but why do we continue to celebrate such a violent event 400 years after the actual attempt? The BBC Learning English team put their heads together to find out as they get ready for a fun weekend.

You can download the script and try our quiz in the Extras section below to practise some of the language used in the programme.

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Words and expressions from the programme

to be discriminated against
to be treated unfairly because of your religion, race, sexuality or a disability, for example

a plot
a secret plan by a group of people to do something that is harmful and illegal, usually to a government

a bonfire
a large outdoor fire that's built for pleasure or to burn unwanted things

an effigy
a model or dummy that's made to look like someone or to represent someone

small containers filled with explosives that produce bright colourful patterns and loud noises when they are lit

a type of firework that produces a particularly loud noise

a small type of firework which produces lots of small sparks and can be held by children in their hands

toffee apples
slightly sour tasting apples which are dipped in hot toffee and left to get hard before being eaten

jacket potatoes
potatoes that are roasted in their washed skin, often on an open fire

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