Winds as cold as -4C (25F) will bring last month’s record mild spell to a shivering halt with Bonfire Night expected to be the chilliest this century. After the record mild spell, the mercury will plummet by 12C (53F) with Britain going from hotter than Spain to colder than Sweden. Temperatures are expected to hit to -4C in Scotland and the North by Wednesday, with cold winds and rain forecast across much of the UK. It would make it the coldest November 5 since daily records were kept in 1999. Read more >>
The cartoon by Paul Thomas from the Daily Express combines two news stories: the record low temperatures forecast for Bonfire Night, and soaring UK energy bills. A young boy is asking for a 'Penny for the Guy' (an old Guy Fawkes Day custom), while beside him an old lady has a sign asking for a 'Penny for the heating bill'. The Guy is an effigy of Guy Fawkes, an English Catholic who was a member of the failed Gunpowder Plot to blow up parliament in 1605. The Guy is traditionally burnt of top of a bonfire on November 5th to commemorate the event. See here for an earlier Paul Thomas cartoon on the same theme.
When I was a young boy back in the sixties, it was common practice among children to make a Guy and go round the streets asking for 'a penny for the Guy' (we used to push ours round in an old pram). The money would then be used to buy fireworks. However, in these days of health and safety, the custom has almost completely disappeared.