Oh lordy, trick or treaters. The little geeks have already got £1.20 off me and it’s not 6:30 yet. I deplore this American idea of dressing children up as corpses and having them go begging from door to door. What’s wrong with the great old British tradition of encouraging children to commit arson and play with explosives? On the subject of which: Guy’s the daddy!
The makers of a television programme built a full-sized replica of the 17th century House of Lords before following Fawkes's meticulous plans and detonating 36 barrels of explosive beneath it.
The programme, which cost £1 million to make, shows that the massacre would have succeeded with half of the amount of gunpowder that was in place in November 1605.
The programme-makers, working at the Spadeadam RAF base on the Scottish border, used 720 tons of concrete to recreate the undercroft where the Catholic plotters' gunpowder was hidden with a full Lords chamber built above.
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.