English Ed

Talking to myself
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2010-04-26 11:07:52 (UTC)

We all want some figgy pudding!

We all want some figgy pudding
We all want some figgy pudding
We all want some figgy pudding
and a cup of good cheer.

We wont go until we've got some
We wont go until we've got some
We wont go until we've got some
so bring some out here.

Oliver Cromwell disliked a lot of things. Charles the first, for
example. And the pope. And alcohol. And fun of any kind. What
he had against figgy puding, though, is a mystery.
The figgy pudding riots of 1664 we terrible. Many an English
rebel was killed, parliament was besieged, and the Coldstream
Guards were pelted with figs, as well as the usual cobbles and
rotten fruit. The riots were eventually put down, but figgy
pudding was eaten in secret for many years.
Eventually Cromwell went the way of all flesh, and the ban was
lifted, but the event was commemorated in song, so next time you
are singing 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas', remember those
brave English martyrs who died for the right to eat stodgy, bowel
loosening desserts.


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