Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
Pretty much everyone in Britain learned the above rhyme when they were at school.
I’ve never been the biggest fan of Bonfire Night, probably because I’ve never been keen on standing outside in the cold while people set off fireworks. I always thought old Guy Fawkes and his crew could have picked a warmer time of the year to try and blow up the Houses of Parliament.
I’ve never really liked fireworks much either. Correction, I like them when I am watching them from relatively far away, or from a window. And don’t get me started on sparklers. I have been petrified of holding one ever since I was six years old and was scared by the public information film that warned of the dangers of them. The little girl’s scream as her hand gets burned after she picks up a burnt out one still haunts me. Come to think of it, all the firework safety adverts I saw growing up nearly put me off them for life. Even the one with Hale and Pace as their “The Management” characters was pretty disturbing.
One thing that I have noticed, is how some of the fireworks available to the public seem more big and powerful than the ones my parents used to get when I was younger. They’re almost like display ones and have a price to match. What happened to the boxes that had a catherine wheel, a couple of roman candles, a traffic light (my personal favourite) and a few other ones that looked pretty when lit and didn’t end in an enormous bang? Why do so many of the rockets these days scream loudly when they go off? And does anyone else think that bangers are the most pointless firework of all (unless you want to scare every animal and human within a two mile radius witless of course)?
I have been holding some sort of firework display though, on Animal Crossing New Leaf.
If you are celebrating tonight, hope you’re having a fun and safe one.