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Fireworks in London

All this evening, fireworks have been going off all around (well, all around Ealing and thereabouts, anyway). It seems that, this being the weekend between Halloween and Guy Fawkes' Day, it's a doubly good reason for fireworks.

Some of these look like organised displays, but others probably aren't. Unlike in Australia, anyone can buy fireworks here and set them off, which is why you get bottle rockets whizzing horizontally across parks and almost knocking people over and such; and apparently the casualty departments of hospitals are doing a roaring trade as well.

One thing that I found slightly surprising: the English really get into Halloween (which I thought was an American thing, at least in its modern incarnation). There were carved pumpkins everywhere, and I saw a number of people dressed up for the occasion. (And not just little children in pumpkin suits either; there was one woman walking down Oxford St., attired in green face paint and a witch's hat. Not the sort of thing you see in Australia much.)

There are 4 comments on "Fireworks in London":

Posted by: cos Sun Nov 3 06:25:09 2002

Interesting. Growing up half-English in Australia, Halloween wasn't something I/we were particularly worried about celebrating, and when an overseas friend asked me just the other day if it was celebrated much in England or Europe, I said "no, I don't think so."

I stand corrected...

Posted by: nikki http:// Sun Nov 3 18:24:44 2002

I'm English and I've never known anyone here celebrate Halloween much.. I'm not in London though.

Posted by: Luke Tue Nov 5 00:10:21 2002

Well, when I was living there, I was trick or treated, so they must.

I really hope nobody digs up the basement of my old place...

Posted by: kef Wed Nov 6 04:22:05 2002

I got trick or treated for the first time ever! (Australia) Unfortunately I was completely unprepared and didn't have anything. I ended up wearing my black contacts for the day, but I don't think any of the students noticed. I didn't think England celebrated it, I know Germany doesn't (in the areas I know of).

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