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October 31, 2005

Guy Fawkes

As we all know Guy Fawkes had something of the right idea, we all see stories and have days where we wish for the destruction of the ruling mafiosi of the country. As a TV program has worked out he was, umm, a little heavy handed in his application of the gunpowder:

The civil engineering firm Arup concluded that the blast would have propelled the timber floor upwards so fast that everyone in the chamber would have been killed.

Anyone who did manage to survive would have been finished off by the subsequent fireball, flying timber fragments or the impact of falling back to the ground.

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I think that was the idea.

Posted by: Rod the Brit | Oct 31, 2005 9:09:37 AM

Nowadays it would have to be Semtex or anfo. Could Messrs Arup do us a quick calculation on the quantity so we can start sourcing it.

Posted by: Peter Spence | Oct 31, 2005 12:38:38 PM

Um, well, yes.

Posted by: Chris harper | Oct 31, 2005 1:12:43 PM

What I love about the story is how the conspirators got caught in the rain, and retreated to a country house, where in order to dry their gunpowder, they spread it out IN FRONT OF THE FIRE.

It's amazing they survived their own conspiracy long enough to be caught.

Posted by: auntymarianne | Oct 31, 2005 2:22:59 PM