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HOT OFF THE PRESS

Many of you may know already but Guy Fawkes, the main conspirator in the Gunpowder Plot was actually from our own fair County, Yorkshire. In fact, from what would at the time have been the ‘City Centre’ of the North of England, York from just off the High Street and he and his family lived there for much of his early life.

It has just been announced in the National Press that there are plans afoot to produce a £20 million film about Guy and the Gunpowder Plot.

The film is being created to appeal to the 18-25-year-old audience and will take a format similar to the Pirates of the Caribbean with some of the darker side of the story being compared to the film Se7en.

The brilliant Orlando Bloom, famous for his portrayal of Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean stories and Legolas Greenleaf in Lord of the Rings, has been approached about the role but there is no firm information at this time but we believe he would be absolutely perfect for it.

The filming will take place for the most part in and around the City of York and the studio/production teams will be based at the local University Campus.

ELSA Productions are the team responsible for bringing this project together and they have backing from all over the World, including some investment from the UAE as one backer has already put £8 million in the pot to kick off the funding. ELSA are unique in the way they approach funding for film production as they are hoping for investments and have created a little ‘montage’ for their prospective backers

The film about Guy Fawkes, including all the mystery and intrigue surrounding the actions of Guy, Robert Catesby and the other conspirators of 1605 still captures the imagination and remains a human interest story where hopefully, you will be able to see the rationale behind taking the radical steps that they did, to rid the country of a King who to all intents and purposes, was permitting the persecution and killing of those wanting to remain faithful to Catholicism irrespective of the changes in the ruler of the country.

As and when more information becomes available, we will let you know.

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Are We Alone

Some Of Our Customers Travel Further Than Others

Over the past few decades it seems that whenever we have a celebration, be it New Year’s Eve, Bonfire Night, Independence Day or any other fireworks show, it seems we have uninvited spectators. Google “UFO fireworks” and you will find over 70,000 videos of strange lights, symmetrical formations of unexplained objects hovering above the bigger displays, aerial vehicles that defy our current level of flight capability have been filmed thousands of times.

Although a lot of these images have been attributed to sky lanterns, military aircraft testing, weather balloons, atmospheric anomalies, not all can be explained and remain to this day a mystery.

As technology moves forward, just about everyone now carries a camera phone which can also capture high-quality video, so there is no surprise that reports of these unknown strange events are on the increase. Whether you believe or not, the facts remain the same.

Recently the NASA Curiosity rover exploring Mars found irrefutable evidence that Mars once supported some form of life. Deposits of sulphur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, carbon, oxidisation, liquid water, all the building blocks of life have been discovered along with a suggestion that Mars once had an atmosphere similar to ours here on earth some 4 billion years ago.

With an approximate 400 billion stars in our galaxy and 18,000 planets suspected of sustaining some form of life the chances of us being alone are slim. When you look a little further out you would find an estimated 125 billion galaxies in our universe, consider the laws of averages and most people would have to agree that we are not alone.
Professor Stephen Hawking eminent physicist, cosmologist and possibly the world’s best-known living scientist agrees that the figures stack up and the chances of us being the only intelligent race in the universe would be thousands of billions to one against.

So what is it about fireworks which appear to intrigue our would-be visitors? Well, I would say it is the same thing that fascinates us, humans. Since fireworks where accidentally discovered by a Chinese monk named Li Tian some two thousand years ago, we have marvelled at the spectacle of a few chemicals, mixed in very specific ratios to make the skies above bloom with colour and light, being used throughout history at some of the most memorable occasions.

If you have ever been lucky enough to fire a big show, the adrenaline buzz of being around all the pyro is somewhat addictive and explains why we as a race are happy to jump out of aeroplanes with a piece of silk to slow our descent, why people race across the globe in boats putting themselves in mortal danger just for the buzz of being the best, the fastest, the highest. We as a race crave the buzz that fireworks give us, which explains why fireworks are usually named to reflect this. Bomb, adrenaline, buzz, devastation, appear across the world in thousands of firework company’s stock lists.

As for the question “are we alone” only time will tell.

Anyone wanting a quick adrenaline fix, just give us a call, with the largest selection of fireworks and rockets in the UK we have something for everyone be it quiet pretty colours or massive loud bursts of noise.

Here are a few videos, make up your own mind.

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Moscow Fireworks 9th May 2012

Firework (Victory Day in Moscow)

Bright lights lit up the sky over Moscow on Wednesday 9th May as guns fired several rounds of shots into the night sky in celebration of the 67th anniversary over the fascist dictatorship of Nazi Germany in the country. The bright salutes marked the end of the long drawn and devastating war. Hundreds of people thronged to the streets to cheer each salute in tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for their country’s liberty between the invasion in the summer of 1941, until the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.

Around 14,000 troops were on hand for the ceremony which also featured displays of Russian missiles and other military hardware. A minute’s silence was also observed at 19:00 Moscow time which was introduced in 1965 and has continued to be an integral part of the celebrations since. The country lost 27 million of its residents during WWII, most of which were civilians. Compared to the USA, which recorded losses of around 2 million in total, there really is no comparison.

The fireworks later in the evening were nothing short of spectacular when over 4500 rockets were launched from 14 sites across the capital using 70 specialist firing systems.

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