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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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Bonfire Night

LynneLynne TeachHomePosts: 9,748 mod
Today we celebrated a virtual bonfire night in Second Life.

http://www.learnenglish.de/culture/bonfirenight.html




The fact is, many people question whether we should continue the tradition, and there are calls to ban fireworks.

Every year over 1,000 people are injured, and 10 people lose their sight due to fireworks. This year 4 people have died in firework related accidents. 2 people who were setting up a fireworks display at a wedding, and more recently 2 in a fire at a fireworks factory.



Basically fireworks are gunpowder: miraculously no one died at this explosion:-



And to be fair, it's not just in the UK that there's a problem (contains some swearing, which in the circumstances is perfectly understandable) :-



@itachi‌ - In the UK we don't celebrate Thanksgiving.

Comments

  • teosshteossh Posts: 15 ✭✭
    Playing with fireworks can be dangerous because some people often put their safety and other people’s in jeopardy.
    I love Disney fireworks show. They are spectacular and magical. Well, it is Disney after all - where the Magic begins! :D
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,783 mod
    In Nepal they are banning them because of the danger, and they are trying to in India too for the same reason @Lynne. In France, for a long time, they just use fireworks at organised public displays. I think this is a much better idea. Leave explosives to the experts.
  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,748 mod
    As long as they don't ban sparklers.

    The nice thing about the "virtual" display yesterday is no one got hurt, not even when one of them rezzed on top of the bonfire. :smile:
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    Here in christmas people throw some kind of fireworks. They make a lot of noise and you can't sleep. Many people and children get hurt as well.
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0
    edited November 2014
    It's not only dangerous on our safety, whereas, it's an acoustic pollution.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,497 mod
    But, but, but, I thought it is a "bonfire" night as in "Gathering around a bonfire"? :)
    That's safer and more romantic, isn't it?
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,783 mod
    Bonus correction @Houshous38‌: It's not only dangerous for our safety, but in addition it's an acoustic pollution.
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