Well here it is the last day of 2011; because it’s raining I do not have to endure too many sounds of fireworks.
Here there have already, been weeks of fireworks being let off, despite it being illegal to set off fireworks before midnight on the 31st of December.
No one tries to enforce this law, shame as fireworks causes so much injury, and I wish they would stop selling fireworks, better to have big displays.
People here drive to Belgium for fireworks, where there are fewer restrictions, and so heavier fireworks can be bought and smuggled over the border.
Things that are more like mortar bombs and nothing like crackers or bangers or catherine wheels.
My first New Year here on my own in 1982, was very scary, no one told me about fireworks, it sounded like I was in the middle of a war zone, like Beirut.
I wish people pooled their fireworks, and organised more communal displays, but after 30 years I am less hopeful.
Hoping for rain tonight so the streets won’t be too noisy, and our 3 dogs won’t get too upset, although Cyril seems to have started howling already.
I intend to enjoy today,