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Old 29.10.2006, 13:03
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Fireworks - Bonfire night

Is there anywhwere local (Zurich) where I can buy fireworks for bonfire night. Is there any planned events or is that too much too ask for?
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Old 29.10.2006, 13:06
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

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Is there anywhwere local (Zurich) where I can buy fireworks for bonfire night. Is there any planned events or is that too much too ask for?
You missed it - it was August the 1st. For a few weeks leading up to August 1st you can buy massive fireworks capable of inflicting serious injury. This year the fireworks were postponed due to dry conditions.
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

What/when is "Bonfire night"?

Of course, you'll find broad sales of fireworks to be coming around again on the Geetar - as New Year's Eve approaches.
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Old 30.10.2006, 10:10
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

I think telandy may be thinking of Mr Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up the English parliament and although there's probably a whole load of sympathy for that nowadays I don't think the Swiss have started to celebrate it yet. (Although Herr Blocher might think it was a good idea)
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Old 30.10.2006, 10:37
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

Guy Fawkes would get my vote if he did it today.
Actually, scrub that - IDGAS.

Please don't let off fireworks unless you're prepared to keep my dog in your house. I can feed her handsomely so that you'll realise that fireworks are not fun for animals.

Go to an official display. Or wait until the new year ones are on
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Old 30.10.2006, 10:49
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

can you imagine having a 'Bin Laden Night' ? its a wonder that Tony Blair hasn't banned Bonfire Night; when you think of it Guy Fawkes was really an early day terrorist who was a lousy failure - well 400 years later the Houses of Parliament are still standing - much to most peoples disappointment !!
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Old 30.10.2006, 10:56
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

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I don't think the Swiss have started to celebrate it yet.
I don't think many people outside of the English-speaking world have even heard of the event. So I doubt there would be any reason for the Swiss to start with it...

Lob - I agree with you about the fireworks thing. You can't wash your car on a Sunday, but you can buy fireworks in sufficent quantity and size to fill the emergency room at a hospital or a vet's surgery
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Old 30.10.2006, 13:50
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

I organised a masive Bommi night 12 years ago for charity. In order to let off fireworks on a bigger scale you need a permit. The night was a great success and we made a lot of money, the headaches involved with permits clearing up used fireworks etc. made it a night not to be repeated.
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P.S Lob fully understand about the dog, we used to flee to Austria to give ours a break from the lead-up and tail end of August 1'st
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Old 30.10.2006, 14:36
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

There's a small fancy-dress store behind Starbucks Bellevue (Schifflande, opposite the Haägen Dazs cafe) and they sell fireworks the whole year through.

Will there be toffee-apples at your party?
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Old 30.10.2006, 14:41
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

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There's a small fancy-dress store behind Starbucks Bellevue (Schifflande, opposite the Haägen Dazs cafe) and they sell fireworks the whole year through.
While they might sell them all year round, does anyone know if it is actually legal to let off fireworks anytime you want?
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Old 30.10.2006, 14:47
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

Mark if you have any kind of gathering which includes letting off fireworks you need a permit. I'm not talking sparklers here.
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

Bonfire night in the UK (and it only applies there, surely, unless our ex-colonies are commiserating ) now consists of listening to ASBO fodder letting off fireworks at random times from September until December...

Thank god for the police state...
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Old 30.10.2006, 15:11
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

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Mark if you have any kind of gathering which includes letting off fireworks you need a permit. I'm not talking sparklers here.
But on Aug 1 and New Year's Eve every man and his dog lets off enormous fireworks, and I'm sure none of them have a permit? Or are there exemptions granted for those special days? Perhaps this is a law which just isn't enforced?

Gbn - I remember celebrating guy fawkes as a child in New Zealand but the public couldn't buy their own fireworks. When we moved to Australia there was no guy fawkes, only the Queen's birthday weekend (which nobody really gave a toss about) and when I first got there we were allowed to buy (very small) fireworks and then they became illegal for the public (I still used to go and buy under the counter "bungers" in chinatown for blowing stuff up though). South Africa - can't remember any guy fawkes there, but I'm sure I'll be corrected on that point.

So maybe it is just the UK? I can imagine that the idea of celebrating it might be popular in Ireland though?
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Old 30.10.2006, 15:17
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

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So maybe it is just the UK? I can imagine that the idea of celebrating it might be popular in Ireland though?
I thought the celebration wasn't the attempted blowing up of the houses of parliament but the fact that Guy Fawks was caught before he could do it and we celebrate this by burning the Guy, all very gruesome really that we celebrate burning someone on a bonfire??!! so people in Ireland etc.. should actually not celebrate it if they wished that he had managed to actually blow parliament up
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Old 30.10.2006, 15:18
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

Well, due to the failure of the Catholic plot to blow up Parliament, it's ignored in Ireland. But Hallowe'en is a big event and fun for most.
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Old 30.10.2006, 15:20
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So maybe it is just the UK? I can imagine that the idea of celebrating it might be popular in Ireland though?
I honestly thought it was just the UK.

However, I can understand the Irish celebrating a failed Catholic plot to stick one in the eye of the English oppressors etc etc yawn...
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

There is a Guy Fawkes Bonfire night organised by the English Speaking Club Baden/Brugg.

http://people.web.psi.ch/maden/esc/esc_programme.html

Apparently its somewhere in the sticks though. You need a car to get to it.
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

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There's a small fancy-dress store behind Starbucks Bellevue (Schifflande, opposite the Haägen Dazs cafe) and they sell fireworks the whole year through.

Will there be toffee-apples at your party?
I'm just bumping this thread to say thanks so much for this information, which I duly searched for before asking the question......

Found the shop no problem at all yesterday, and my apologies to any Brits who are thinking of indulging in a bit of catholic burning this weekend, there were no sparklers left when I left the shop......

Cheers
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

just to say there is a bonfire at the Fish Inn tonight in Zwingen with fire,fireworks,and a guy. starts at 8pm. Just if anyone is interested in celebrating.
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Re: Fireworks - Bonfire night

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There is a Guy Fawkes Bonfire night organised by the English Speaking Club Baden/Brugg.

http://people.web.psi.ch/maden/esc/esc_programme.html

Apparently its somewhere in the sticks though. You need a car to get to it.
It is reachable by train - Dottikon/Dintikon station.

Dintikon is within rocket range (even the cheapest ones) of Dottikon where Blocher's factory make some highly explosive materials.

Might be a spectacular evening. Anyone going ?
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