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“Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot.” I first became aware of Guy Fawkes while reading Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta, probably how many people outside of Great Britain became familiar with him. Guy Fawkes was one of many conspirators who sought to blow up the Houses of Parliament and was arrested on November 5, 1605. In commemoration of foiling the plot Great Britain started celebrating Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night. Earlier celebrations, and some current, involve burning effigies of disliked public figures. Though the years Bonfire…

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Hyde Park in London may be my favorite city park in the world, especially the Kensington Gardens. Part of this may stem from my love of J.M. Barrie’s character Peter Pan. The first ever Peter Pan story shows an infant Peter hiding from his future adulthood in the gardens and befriending the magical creates who live there. While his story changes over time, the gardens are always the ‘birthplace’ of Peter Pan. For this reason J.M. Barrie commissioned a statue that still resides in the gardens and is modeled after the real life inspiration for Peter, Peter Llewelyn Davies. During…

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Welcome to the Nerdy Travels preview! Later this year Nerdy Jane will launch Nerdy Travels, a website dedicated to showing you the nerdy places to visit in Europe and how to make the most of your travels. Until then I will be bringing you some articles on personal nerdy stories from my previous travels and living in Great Britain. I figure I start this off with a location I stumbled into one day during lunch. It seems the majority of films and television shows are now partially filmed in London. Two years ago I was walking around Bishopsgate when I…

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