Happy Guy Fawkes Night — as they say, the only man to enter Parliament with honest intentions… I was once told, and I believed (to use the rather useful Socratic locution) that I was distantly related to a couple of Gunpowder Plotters. My grandmother’s maiden name was Winter — the name of two of the conspirators — and hers was a Catholic family. But this page has persuaded me that, sadly, this fact is probably not a true one.

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