HONG KONG IN THE NEWS – NO FIREWORKS THIS YEAR

Annually, a huge fireworks display usually takes placed for National Day on 1st October in Hong Kong but this year, it has been cancelled due to the throngs of protesters who have set up camp in the City.

The Peoples Republic of China was founded in 1949 and has celebrated annually with a number of parades, festivals and of course fireworks so it is a shame that this year, the skies will remain dark.

The protesters who are fighting for a full democracy have been blocking roads in and out of the City, thus affecting the transport services and the government has asked the crowds to leave and allow the way for emergency vehicles and transport services to resume.

The government, in an attempt to pacify the protesters, has told riot police to leave them alone but they are also preventing images being shared about their grievances as they completely blocked access to Instagram in mainland China adding further indignation to the already tense situation.

The situation in Hong Kong came to a head on the back of Beijing’s decision to reject open nominations for candidates to become Hong Kong’s leader in favour of their using a committee of ‘like minded individuals’ who will hand-pick the candidates on the ‘patriotism they show to China’ which basically is short for ‘someone who will do as they are told!’ This added to the antagonism in the area where the people remain fearful that they will ever have a democracy.

17th Asian Games Fireworks Display

Friday 19th September 2014 saw the 17th Asian Games get underway in Incheon, South Korea – only the third Korean city to host the Asian Games.

The Asian Games 2014 is officially known as the XVII Asiad and will run from 19th September to 4th October 2014 inclusive. The games will have 36 separate sporting disciplines across 49 venues with 9429 competitors.

The slogan for the games is ‘diversity shines here’ reflecting the significance of this fantastic event which draws in athletes from a wide range of countries with diverse cultural, historical and religious backgrounds.

The mascots are three spotted seals who’s names translate as wind, dance and light.

The representative for the Olympic council of Asia, Chief Sheikh Al-Hahad Al Sabah told the executive board that he ‘hopes that over the 16 days our athletes and countries representatives will participate with goodwill and appropriate behaviour.

Friday’s opening ceremony was a very traditional affair with few of the more elaborate theatrics as seen in the Olympics. The games’ ‘flame of hope’ was lit by Korea actress Li Yeong Ae.

The fireworks were as expected absolutely beautiful from the footage we have been fortunate enough to check out. Here is a short clip of some of the fireworks on the night:

Ferris Fling Catherine Wheel Fountain

If you have ever seen or fired the wonderful Krazy Klock then you are simply going to love the new addition to the range. A stunning little novelty fountain from Brothers Pyrotechnics.

The Ferris Fling is a fabulous little Catherine wheel/fountain combination which is low on noise and high on effects, and will give even the most discerning fireworks lover something to check out.

Lasting an impressive 1 minute and 40 seconds it removes the usual ‘wheel’ issues like not spinning or falling off the tree by being a standalone item which you light and walk away from.

With three Catherine wheels and 4 fountain elements it starts off with red flames spinning out of the sides and then progresses onto a huge fountain of beautiful silver sparks at the same time then it glows until the beautiful gold and purple sparks begin. The effects continue into green sparks and then a beautiful amber fountain before all of the colours come into play together. It ends with spinners changing to a glowing lilac.

Simply excellent value for money with this long-lasting, high effect novelty item which I guarantee will be something of a talking point for weeks after the display.

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