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Miserable Killjoys Are Already At It..

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Seems it's that time of year again when all the miserable buggers crawl out of the woodwork calling for a blanket ban on fireworks.

It's a couple of days a year FFS.

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I assume they've gone up in price; ten years ago I used to hear them all through the summer.

I have no problem with a couple of days a year.

Or we could just ban everything; they'll be banning plastic bags next.

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I'd like to see them used for licenced displays only. I don't know where the OP lives but round here (Ilford, London) November turns into the Somme bombardment each night. It begins the week before Bonfire Night, and just keeps going for weeks and weeks - mainly due to Diwali being this time of year. People also tend not to stick to the cutoff time for using them too...

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I assume they've gone up in price; ten years ago I used to hear them all through the summer.

I have no problem with a couple of days a year.

Or we could just ban everything; they'll be banning plastic bags next.

Too right, they're like hospitals, people die in them.

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I'd like to see them used for licenced displays only. I don't know where the OP lives but round here (Ilford, London) November turns into the Somme bombardment each night. It begins the week before Bonfire Night, and just keeps going for weeks and weeks - mainly due to Diwali being this time of year. People also tend not to stick to the cutoff time for using them too...

I'm all for keeping it to Guy Fawkes Night, but I'd rather light a few quids worth of fireworks myself than watch a million pound public display, each to his own.

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Too much in a short space of timet scares the bejesus out of any living thing within a mile of the cities,towns and suburbs. Fireworks are great, but sky bombs and bangs beyond 100 db`s are just f in crazy

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I'd like to see them used for licenced displays only. I don't know where the OP lives but round here (Ilford, London) November turns into the Somme bombardment each night. It begins the week before Bonfire Night, and just keeps going for weeks and weeks - mainly due to Diwali being this time of year. People also tend not to stick to the cutoff time for using them too...

I'm not one of those who revels in high population density as you know so it's probably no surprise that I choose to live somewhere semi rural.

But to be honest, even when I've lived in city centres I used to enjoy the odd firework lighting up the night sky.

I also find organised events far louder and more intrusive than the odd rocket here or there. I find it odd that people who hate fireworks are in favour of more organised events.

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I always found Guy Fawkes night to be my favourite religious festival of the year. A few bangs and it's all over so quickly. You don't have to go to church and when else can one carry out religious persecution of a minority with impunity?

In fact Guy Fawkes was born in York and was radicalised by his uncle in a village fairly near where I live called Scotton. Indeed there is a pub there called the Guy Fawkes Arms. (Edit:I've often thought it would be a suitably rebellious place and event for an hpc meet up)

It annoys me intensely that the Yank inspired Hallowe'en is muscling in on its territory and that of All Fools which was a night of mischief still going strong in the north east just a couple of decades ago.

Guy Fawkes once attended St Peters school York next to the Cathedral. Apparently his Alma Mater does have a Bonfire on November 5th but no Guy, as it is considered bad form to burn Old Boys of the school even in effigy.

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I'm all for keeping it to Guy Fawkes Night, but I'd rather light a few quids worth of fireworks myself than watch a million pound public display, each to his own.

That's how I feel Bruce.

I can't think of anything more boring than watching a professional firework display.

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That's how I feel Bruce.

I can't think of anything more boring than watching a professional firework display.

your enjoyment is someone elses offended...thats the way of the PC tiny minds these days.

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your enjoyment is someone elses offended...thats the way of the PC tiny minds these days.

I think it's the slightly selfish attitude of "millions enjoy it but I find it a personal inconvenience therefore I want it banned".

It's a bit intolerant.

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Perhaps if it were only a few people enjoying it, it would be a bit more tolerable for the anti's?

What I really hate are the really selfish people who fly over my house. All those pollutants pumped into the stratosphere where it does most harm, they block out the sun and the noise from that little object is just unbelievable - it goes so far and affects so many and should not be allowed.

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I wouldn't mind people letting them off at home as long as it wasn't continually for 3 weeks every year. I think its pretty inconsiderate, and quite unnerving for animals.

Cardboard and ash on your car roof and empty rockets littered around. Do people not realise this stuff falls out of the sky, it has to fall somewhere.

If you cant keep the shit in your own garden, and keep the noise down to 1 night a year, and tidy up afterwards, then I personally think its inconsiderate of others.

People might think they have the right to do it, but others have the right not to have to listen to it and deal with the mess.

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I'm not one of those who revels in high population density as you know so it's probably no surprise that I choose to live somewhere semi rural.

But to be honest, even when I've lived in city centres I used to enjoy the odd firework lighting up the night sky.

I also find organised events far louder and more intrusive than the odd rocket here or there. I find it odd that people who hate fireworks are in favour of more organised events.

Probably because they have a set start and end time ?

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I'm not one of those who revels in high population density as you know so it's probably no surprise that I choose to live somewhere semi rural.

But to be honest, even when I've lived in city centres I used to enjoy the odd firework lighting up the night sky.

I also find organised events far louder and more intrusive than the odd rocket here or there. I find it odd that people who hate fireworks are in favour of more organised events.

I don't hate fireworks at all. But I do hate them every night non stop for about 4 weeks. And its not just people doing their own displays - you get the twats who think its fun to let off a banger at 2am and wake everyone up, then do it again a 3am.

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It's one of the few UK days with a level of general fun either organised or spontaneous. Like most everything else it gets increasingly regimented/monetised etc.

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Used to love it as a kid - bonfire in the garden, rockets launched from milk bottles, the old man lighting Roman candles and cursing when the Catherine wheel he'd nailed to a fencepost wouldn't whizz round properly. And sparklers!

Much more fun than big organised displays, spectacular though they are.

Anyone could buy fireworks then - I seem to remember bangers for a few pennies that bad boys like my brother would relish lighting in the street. (Maybe it's just as well the Williams of this world can't spend their pocket money like that any more...)

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As Mrs Bear. I used to enjoy the personal firework displays we had. All the street did them but it was on Nov 5. Not all year round.

Used to attend the Lewes bonfire when I lived down that way. I espcially liked the exploding Pope.

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The best display I went to was in Carshalton Park in the 1970's. One of the very first fireworks went astray and set off a firework 'sign' which spelled out 'THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT'. Then that set the nearby 200-year old tree on fire.

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