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6 November 2018

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  1. Marvelly tweeted that at 8:19 pm so may have been a bit premature.

    It doesn’t get dark until about 9;30 here. I saw a few bits going off in the far distance (I can see Waverley and the St Clair hill across and up the harbour from here) but sleep was more attractive.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 6, 2018

      I commented in General Chat. I was expecting a night of panicking shrieks from the pooks in the stream but it was a very quiet night. Last year Guy Fawkes night was quiet too. I expect there were some large displays over Wellington and Porirua Harbours but meh, seen one, seen ’em all.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 6, 2018

        Much the same here I think, Sir Gerald. Took Gemma out for a pee about 9:30 and it was dark and quiet. She is the one usually panicking and hiding downstairs.

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  2. robertguyton

     /  November 6, 2018

    Not a sound from my end of Riverton. Might be waiting for the weekend. Our dog, Sparky, used to high-tail into the laundry and cower under the wash-tubs all night, eyes wide. Not good.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 6, 2018

      Quiet here too. What was it like last year down there? My impression is that fewer people bother fireworks with each year. Seem to be the case round here.

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      • robertguyton

         /  November 6, 2018

        Last year’s Guy Fawkes produced some sound and fury, but not a lot. This year, blessedly quiet.

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  3. High Flying Duck

     /  November 6, 2018

    They’ve banned most of the interesting fireworks these days – the big skyrockets were always the best ones.
    We went with the neighbours and did a Warehouse box at a nearby park. There were a few fireworks elsewhere, but no-where near what there used to be.
    Probably saving them up for the next few weeks to ensure no-one gets a decent night’s sleep before Christmas..
    the dog was insistent so came along. No fear of the lights or bangs, so all good there.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 6, 2018

      Well … back in my day, blowing shit up with mighty cannons and biffing double-happys was all the rage in our neighbourhood. I’d have a bloody fit if I saw kids doing that now because kids are so much more stupid these days 😉

      You’re right. The skyrockets were always where it was at. Our street sometimes had a bonfire on a vacant lot owned the builder next door, & he had a hose handy and a couple of buckets of water on hand. It was a social event – quite well-attended.

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      • Griff.

         /  November 6, 2018

        Make a gun
        Double happy had as much power as a .22.

        Brothers friend made one A Gun for thunder bungers that could put a 1/2 inch ball bearing though four by two .Just before my time as they got banned about 1972.

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        • High Flying Duck

           /  November 6, 2018

          I read that, and suddenly I’m not so unhappy about the banned fireworks any more.
          McGuyver has a lot to answer for!

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          • Griff.

             /  November 6, 2018

            Was it dangerous?
            As hell.
            Was it fun
            Shite yeah.
            We had freedoms that modern kids can not comprehend.
            Would I want it back to how it was?
            No
            Though Darwin’s law did manged to delete some worthy candidates.

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            • High Flying Duck

               /  November 6, 2018

              Agree with all of that. Childhood was a blast…but I’m glad it isn’t quite so free and easy these days. Getting through unscathed was more by good luck than good decision making.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  November 6, 2018

        I well remember the epic penny skyrocket battles we used to have at North Head, and the double-happy & tom thumb bombardments in the tunnels…but you’re right. Kids are so much stupider today 🙂

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  4. High Flying Duck

     /  November 6, 2018

    And for the Wowsers view of Fireworks, this takes some beating:

    There’s other damage nobody talks about. That’s what fireworks do to the environment, and those who live in it.

    If you recycle, support banning plastic bags, limit your car use to necessary journeys, care about animals, and reduce your household waste as much as possible, there’s no way you can support Guy Fawkes displays. Here’s why:

    Fireworks pollute the air…
    When fireworks explode in the sky, they release many of the dangerous chemicals society is concerned about cleaning up from the environment.

    Copper, barium, strontium and perchlorates hang around in the air long after the bright sparks have dissipated — an American study once found that residues from these sorts of chemicals can still be found in nearby lakes 20 to 80 days after large commercial fireworks celebrations.

    What goes up must come down
    all unburned pieces of metal, cardboard, chemicals, colourants, and other inorganic materials fall back onto the ground. Those materials might get deposited into the soil we walk on or be washed away by rain and into our waterways.

    Their fumes are worse than traffic fumes
    Studies have found
    that the fumes left over from fireworks are more toxic to humans than car fumes. It’s even suggested that Guy Fawkes Night in a city like London is worse on its citizens’ health than a riding a bike around on a bad day in Beijing.

    Fireworks disturb birds
    When fireworks displays are set off close to roosting and nesting birds (which means much of New Zealand’s landscape), they disturb our flying wildlife.

    Large displays are coming out of your rates
    It costs thousands of dollars per minute to put on the large, commercial fireworks displays we’ll see in cities across New Zealand tonight.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12152726

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  5. Blazer

     /  November 6, 2018

    trying to blow up Parliament….probably something worth celebrating.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 6, 2018

      The nuns in Primary School used to ask us not to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day because Fawkes was a Catholic.

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  November 6, 2018

        Is there any greater sin?

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        • Gezza

           /  November 6, 2018

          Yes, there’s is one unforgiveable sin: blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. Once you’ve done that you’re screwed. No heaven for you.

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          • High Flying Duck

             /  November 6, 2018

            Jesus H Christ! Really?

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            • Gezza

               /  November 6, 2018

              Tell me about it ! By the time I got around to reading these it was too fracking late ! 😡
              . . . . . . . . .
              Matthew 12:30-32: “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, people will be forgiven every sin and blasphemy. But the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”

              Mark 3:28-30: “Truly I tell you, all sins and blasphemes will be forgiven for the sons of men. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin. He said this because they [the Pharisees] were saying, ‘He has an evil spirit’.”

              Luke 12:8-10: “I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.”
              . . . . . . . . .
              Bloody Catholics, they expect you to just bloody listen to them rather read your own bloody Bible ! >:D

            • High Flying Duck

               /  November 6, 2018

              I learned from this biblical tome:

  6. The Consultant

     /  November 6, 2018

    Halloween’s a lot more fun anyway.

    I wonder if firework displays will become the norm for Matariki?

    Barry Humphrey’s character, Dame Edna, used to introduce an elderly, shuffling, mournful sidekick all dressed in shabby grey – “Madge” I think it was – as her New Zealand cousin.

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  November 6, 2018

      Halloween seems to be getting bigger as Guy Fawkes falls away. The South Africans seem to embrace it with a fervour.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 6, 2018

      Madge was her friend, not a relly. She’d usually say: “This is my friend Madge. She’s from New Zealand,”

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  November 6, 2018

        She was sad and funny at the same time – like most NZ’ers.

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  7. robertguyton

     /  November 7, 2018

    For the Eeyores at Your NZ

    “As predicted by the ANZ Bank’s dire business confidence surveys, today’s unemployment data revealed that unemployment has fallen to a disastrous level of 3.9 percent, its lowest rate since the global financial crisis a decade ago.
    This bleak news follows the catastrophic GDP data showing the economy grew at 1.0 percent in the June quarter and the even more calamitous $5.5 billion government budget surplus for the year to June.
    “This confirms all our worst fears that predicted the economy and the country are going down faster than Donald Trump,” said ANZ Bank economist Philip Dorkin. “We were totally confident that our Business Outlook Survey showing the lowest business confidence since the GFC would deliver the recession all we bankers wanted. Investor confidence was at rock bottom, so this is hardly the result we wanted.”
    Ha!
    https://thestandard.org.nz/too-many-jobs-being-created/

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