remember, remember the 5th of November…

I love Guy Fawkes Night! I’m not sure whether it’s the pyromaniac in me, or the fond memories of family picnics, the childhood thrill of staying up waaay past bedtime, or what.. but it’s probably my favourite day of hte year. Well, after my birthday. and Christmas. And… well, it’s definitely up there.

Fireworks have been around for at least 2,000 years.  I’ve always believed that fireworks were invented by a Chinese cook, who was working in an outdoor kitchen.  For some reason [which varies every time the tale is told] he mixed sulphur and saltpetre with charcoal from his kitchen fire, and compressed the mixture in a bamboo tube. Of course, powder exploded and he had the world’s first firework. I’m not sure if he was the first to do it, but I guess he was the first to write the recipe down…

I think fireworks for weddings are a great idea! Anthony and his team at firework.co.nz have a heap of experience with wedding pyrotechnics, and are the people to talk to about indoor, outdoor, or even underwater fireworks. [They’re the guys who light the fuse for Opera in the Park, etc.

They also have some very cool confetti cannons and other non-pyro effects, which don’t require a special licence, and a massively fun to play with [as well as creating an amazing visual display, even in full sun.

From our family’s stash of stupid Guy Fawke’s jokes:

How many safety inspectors does it take to light the fireworks?
4.  One to light the match and three to hold the fire extinguisher

How many OSH inspectors does it take to start the bonfire?
23.  One to strike the match and twenty two to fill in the paper work.

How many Mafia hitmen does it take to light the bonfire?
3.  One to set fire to the effigy, one to watch his back, and one to shoot any witnesses.

How many aerospace engineers does it take to light the kindling sticks?
0.  It’s not rocket science.

How many fish does it take to set the Guy Fawkes bonfire burning?
Surrealist.

It goes without saying that if you’re doing a DIY fireworks display, don’t blow up anything you care about, or set anyone you love on fire, eh.

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