An Ode to New Year’s Fireworks

31 December 2020

On this final day of the extraordinary year that was 2020, we’d like to share a poem that Helen penned about New Year’s fireworks.

Wishing you a Happy New Year and a healthy and happy 2021!

8 thoughts on “An Ode to New Year’s Fireworks”

  1. I get your point. Maybe verse 4 is a little bit over-cynical IMHO. Fireworks do bring joy – especially to younger people. But I do agree that they should be silent and the expenditure limited. Certainly Chinese lanterns should be banned.
    Am I forgiven? 🙂

    1. Yes, you’re forgiven, Duncan, although I have to confess fireworks never brought any joy to me when I was young. I didn’t see the point back then and I still don’t now. Thanks for the heads up about Chinese lanterns. I hadn’t even considered what a pointless menace they are. I’ve just done a quick search and found this article about them:

      This paragraph from the article is horrendous: “This very real problem of sky lanterns was highlighted back in January when one was thought to be the cause of a devasting fire that ripped through a zoo in Germany in the early hours on New Year’s Day. The fire led to the death of over 30 animals including orangutans, gorillas, a chimpanzee, monkeys, birds and bats. Although illegal in Germany, the UK doesn’t have a nationwide ban on Chinese lanterns but that could be set to change. Aside from them being a fire hazard, they can also cause injury or death to wildlife, with some animals either ingesting parts of them or getting tangled/trapped in them. Once ingested, any sharp parts of the frame can tear or puncture an animals throat or stomach, leading to a painful death.”

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