A couple of weeks ago, I touched upon advertising in my piece about the old firework companies and their history. However, having been completely blown away by the recent ‘Coke Zero’ advertisement, I would like to know if there has ever been a TV advertisement for fireworks?
I am not referring to adverts which include fireworks as we have featured these on our firework blog a number of times, but an actual firework manufacturer/supplier who has made an advert in the UK?
In the new ‘Coke’ advert (coke has regularly featured fireworks in their advertising campaigns) the scene is a cinema theatre with rows of seats packed with people waiting for their film to start when up pops the man from the concessions stand, chatting about the new taste of ‘Coke Zero’ which they say is as tasty as regular coke and therefore cannot be distinguished because of its usual saccharine after taste. He gives them a bit more ‘schmooz’ and then tells the captive audience that they are all drinking the new tastier Coke Zero as he removes the double up cup to reveal this, the film cuts back to the audience who are revealing to their obvious astonishment that this is the case.
So I got thinking (I know, steady on) may be the firework manufacturers should have a ‘fire-off’ to determine the best in each category but with a team of people who are simply lovers of fireworks and not connected with the industry or any particular brand or product. It’s the only way to get a genuinely unbiased view. What do you think?
Telescopes and fireworks are hardly a synonymous combination, but it’s going to happen this time in celebration of Bernard Lovell’s 100th birthday when music meets science.
Bernard Lovell and Charles Husband were both responsible for the creation of the fantastic Lovell telescope in 1955. At 250ft it was the biggest steerable dish radio telescope of its kind in the World. The telescope originally referred to simply as the 250ft telescope was renamed after Lovell in 1987 and is still at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire.
The event in question will bring together beautiful music and the opportunity to see the sky at night via one of the three biggest and best telescopes available in the World as well as getting to grips with a little learning in the process.
The brilliant Halle Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Bell is to entertain the masses with a special astronomically themed list of compositions from classics like Holst’s Planet Suites, Mozart and John Williams with modern interpretations like the themes to Star Wars, Independence Day, ET, Apollo 13 and Close Encounters.
The event will further include science workshops alongside lectures and hands-on experiments.
The celebrations will conclude with fireworks by the brilliant ‘Walk The Plank’ who were responsible for some spectacular displays like ‘Great Balls of Fire’ at London’s Victoria Park and ‘Ghost Ship’ in Portsmouth’s harbour, a show commissioned in celebration of the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s accession to the throne. They use fireworks, lighting effects and HUGE screens to ensure that everyone attending can take part.
The event is on 31st August and costs £29.50 for tickets plus additional administrative costs if booked online. Children under 11 years can attend for free. Informative, educational and entertaining too – who wouldn’t?