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Remember remember.. November 5, 2006

Posted by urbanblue in Day-to-Day.


..The fifth of November. Ah, Guy Fawkes night. I do enjoy the fireworks festivals here in Japan (they’re in July and August). But there’s something very special about a bitterly cold British late-autumn night, baked potatoes, bonfires, sparklers and all the “oohs” and “aahs”. Well actually I hated sparklers because of that TV spot years ago when the little girl picked one up and screamed. But otherwise it is brilliant.

I can remember doing the whole “Penny for the Guy” thing when I was a kid. I think me and my friend Dominic made some monstrosity out of newspapers and his old clothes and went round door to door asking for cash. Do kids still do that? Probably not I imagine. It was kind of dodgy doing it even back then, if not only for the fact that you also had to avoid the kids from Loxford High School lobbing rockets and crackers all over the place. Still, it was fun.

But safety first remember. Keep all your fireworks indoors, supervise your pets when they are holding sparklers and never return to a child once it’s lit. Or something like that. Enjoy your night! 🙂



1. yokohamarama - November 13, 2006

Did you ever try the indoor firework set which was basically crap except for the one that was supposed to be a snake but actually grew into a long ashy turd? Or am I just imagining the whole experience?

2. urbanblue - November 15, 2006

No, we never had those. But you’re not imagining it because I have heard wind of such things. The organised displays were always thousands of times better than anything you did at home or in your garden though. My sister and I spent thirty odd quid once on a box, and spent hours in the garden lighting thousands of little squibs that were about as exciting as a wet weekend in Grimsby. We were ignoring them by the end and getting more excitement watching the tip of our cigarettes burn. There was also a Catherine Wheel that we didn’t attach properly onto the fence, which promply spun off over the fence and onto the nieghbour’s Anderson shelter. That livened things up a bit.

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