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No Fireworks Sign, Disaster imminent

q4 - No Fireworks at the Old Summer Palace

The last thing you want to see no matter where you are, least of all when you are in China!

This sign is a summer palace somewhere in the huge country of China. The owners of the place clearly have something against the use of fireworks. Shocking. Well not everyone can like them I suppose, but to put up a sign prohibiting their use. Its a step too far.

Other than the fact that is telling us that we cannot use fireworks it is a cool sign. It also shows clearly what the Chinese idea of a firework is, in this case, a firecracker. Which got us thinking. Imagine the worst was to happen in this country and fireworks were to be banned or forbidden in certain places. What kind of signage would be used? Since firecrackers are already banned here it would be pretty pointless to use the same sign as the Chinese.

We have to presume it would be a red circle with a red line through whatever is inside it, but what would be inside it? a fountain? Perhaps not, as this could be confused with the traditional “no wizards” sign.

How about a sparkler then? Well, again this could be confused with a magic wand and with today’s obsessive love of Harry Potter it could be a dangerous road to go down. A Catherine Wheel would be no good as it might very well be mistaken for “no wheeled transport” which may cause no end of embarrassing pedestrian based misunderstandings. I see no option other than some kind of “no rockets” sign, which may imply airborne fireworks only are disallowed.

So great people of Great Britain (and anywhere else in the world) what would you do? Tasked with the job of designing the signing that would cast despair into the hearts of millions, how would you do it?

Answers on a postcard, please.

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Bin Yang Firecracker Dragon Festival

Dance of Fire and Thunder

In the Bin Yang region of Nanning, Guangxi, China, they celebrate each Chinese New Year with a famous festival.

Held on the 11th day of the Chinese New Year (also known as the Lunar New Year, or in China, just “The New Year”) Bin Yang is the central attraction of the whole province bringing in half a million locals and visitors to the region to join in the celebrations which include parades, floats (very American), lantern festival and of course the dragon dance in firecrackers.

This local festival has a centuries-old history attached to it with its beginnings in the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279), the development into something closer to what we see today happened during the Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644) and finding its place in history and in the cultural calendars of China in the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911). In other words, it did not happen overnight. This is a festival that has grown and developed over the centuries to become what it is today and is steeped in history and culture. This is what has made the Bin Yang Firecracker Dragon Festival so intense and famous across China.

Now let’s see some firecracker dragon dancing!

Singapore Chingay 2010 - Firecracker Dragon of Binyang

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Firecracker roll

Do not try this at home people.And turn the volume down a bit before playing.

Of course in the UK firecrackers are not legal for sale to the general public. If they were they would probably be the most popular form of firework going.

The idea with a roll of firecrackers is to roll them out. The clue is in the name. These guys or “hillbillies” to give them their proper name, decided to tape the roll together, thus reducing the overall duration and giving a more spectacular spectacle.

Firecrackers come in all shapes and sizes and in the past have featured some amusing and unusual artwork – firecracker artwork

They also look pretty cool when watched in slow motion – slow mo firecrackers

And if you ever wondered what 10.5 million looked like going off at the same time (we did) – 10.5 million firecrackers

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