Monday Bacon: Guy Fawkes Night

It’s 5 November. Time to get out the Guy Fawkes masks and remember the foiled Gunpowder Plot. The day itself was originally a celebration for King James I survival of the attempt on his life. After a couple of hundred years, writers began depicting Fawkes in a more acceptable light, romanticizing the fact that he almost blew up the House of Lords and assassinate the King.

Fawkes’ image is used in the well known movie, “V for Vendetta”, a favorite around our home. He is used often to represent how government can become so big and controlling that the only way to start over is to blow it all up.

Fawkes is one of Oz’s favorite so of course his Halloween costume was such a couple of years ago…

So get out your firewood; your fireworks; and your masks. Remember to vote tomorrow, either way, doesn’t matter. Just vote.

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,

The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,

I know of no reason

Why the Gunpowder Treason

Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,

t’was his intent

To blow up the King and Parli’ment.

Three-score barrels of powder below

To prove old England’s overthrow;

By God’s providence he was catch’d

 With a dark lantern and burning match.

Holla boys, Holla boys,

let the bells ring.

Holloa boys, holloa boys,

God save the King!

And what should we do with him? Burn him!

I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none.

From Macbeth

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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