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New Year fireworks

(62 Posts)
SESthebrave Tue 01-Jan-13 00:13:31

AIBU to think that in these times of austerity, the fireworks in London were a bit much?
I know we want to show London off to the rest of the world but I'm sure we could have saved a few million and only had fireworks for 5 mins instead of 10mins?

I know, I'm a killjoy aren't I?

kim147 Tue 01-Jan-13 00:15:19

I never get excited by fireworks. But YANBU - austeritty and all that.

chicaguapa Tue 01-Jan-13 00:20:07

Someone can certainly afford them in our road. Perhaps whoever it is would like to come and get DC back to sleep. hmm

Who pays for the London fireworks then?

I tucking. Lobe fireworks. I lobed em i do

LynetteScavo Tue 01-Jan-13 00:25:53

Who pays for the London fireworks?

And who actually looks at them?

Most people are either drunk or asleep or watching Jools Holland.

KittyFane1 Tue 01-Jan-13 00:26:25

I love them. They must cost a fortune.

Bingdweller Tue 01-Jan-13 00:27:28

The edinburgh ones were fantastical and extravagant too. Loved em!

JaquelineHyOnChristmasSpirit Tue 01-Jan-13 00:29:17

I loved them they were amazing and worth every penny.

AgentZigzagHasABigYuleLog Tue 01-Jan-13 00:31:52

They're keeping the economy going making and letting off all those fireworks grin

I bet all the tourism in London can easily cover the bill for them with all the cash it brings in.

SpeedyMarie Tue 01-Jan-13 00:31:53

I do love them, must get round to going one year, but the end bit is always way cool ott, looks like a frigging nuclear bomb going off.

AfterEightMintyy Tue 01-Jan-13 00:33:48

Yabu a proper killjoy. They were magnificent and worth every penny!

whistlestopcafe Tue 01-Jan-13 00:35:18

Tourism. They will probably recoup the cost (optimistic).

AgentZigzagHasABigYuleLog Tue 01-Jan-13 00:36:29

We were wondering how much they cost. I reckoned about 50k and DH thought 200k, maybe between the two?

Got to set them all up and do all the techy bits to set them off, which'd cost a fair bit.

AgentZigzagHasABigYuleLog Tue 01-Jan-13 00:38:01

It's good to send out a message that we're not too down on our luck, get investors thinking we're worth putting their cash into.

Especially with the adverts we've had for London with all the stuff going on this year and last.

Doingakatereddy Tue 01-Jan-13 00:38:40

In the words of Peppa Pig blah blah blah

Uk has one of the biggest budget deficits in Europe, Govt spending has not reduced enough to eliminate additional borrowing & 2013 will see publication if comprehensive spending reviews that make for a worrying future.

A couple thousand on fireworks to cheer us up & on into New Year isn't really a problem for me

Pooka Tue 01-Jan-13 00:39:31

Same thread more or less last year.

I thought they were brilliant.

Had similar grousing about Olympics and cost.

Again, I thought they were awesome.

This year the fireworks were fantastic - though think I preferred last year's because I was so blown away by the scale of them. I think, if I recall correctly, that the actual cost last year was minimal because the fireworks themselves we paid for by the stagin company (excellent pr for them and a landmark event to be involved with). I wouldn't be surprised if the same applied this time round.

Anyway - all in all a success and feel good factor (in this house certainly).

hugoagogo Tue 01-Jan-13 00:39:35

When I am queen, fireworks will only be for november 5th and then organised displays only.

EnjoyResponsibly Tue 01-Jan-13 00:39:48

If they made you feel good they're worth every penny.

My town lit up and sounded like artillery fire. I hate NYE, but it brings a tear to my eye when there's a spontaneous blast of frivolousness.

Welcome 2013, lets see what you've got smile wine

Bogeyface Tue 01-Jan-13 00:41:44

I am always a bit "well how much did that cost?" but even I loved them!

They were the celebration of the best year that we have had in living memory, and I think it was a fitting end to2012 for the UK.

Pooka Tue 01-Jan-13 00:42:12

I reckon if you wanted to replicate similar display in your south bank sized garden you'd be looking at at millions rather than thousands. But you'd be paying for the fireworks and the staging and presumably wouldn't be offsetting any actual costs against an enormous tourism boost as well as just the sheer numbers of extra people in your garden buying stuff, unlike London.

NewAndSparklyMe Tue 01-Jan-13 00:42:15

Ah, shurrup. Who cares how much it all costs. It's all one night of seeing the New Year in style, innit?! What are we supposed to do, stay inside tooting the party poppers to the tune of "All By Myself" and say "knickers" to the world as we're not doing it this year, we're too skint?!
It's New Year. Suck it up and enjoy it. grin The rest of the year you can all gang up and be misery guts if you so wish.

WTActualF Tue 01-Jan-13 00:43:51

I love them. We live in Scotland but love to watch the London ones on tv. Three or four years ago they lasted 23 mins, this year only 11. That's austerity for yousmile

AgentZigzagHasABigYuleLog Tue 01-Jan-13 00:49:41

Per person watching them they're probably the cheapest fireworks going.

SoleSource Tue 01-Jan-13 00:50:10

Oh ffs

Lovecat Tue 01-Jan-13 00:56:20

I loved them & don't begrudge the cost.

However I'm waiting for our neighbour to start any minute with his fucking ackack attack bangers. He always does it, every bloody year, at 1am. Dunno if his clock's slow or he follow some bizarre religion that means the day starts an hour later but JESUS! They're not even pretty, just noisy. Our neighbour across the road is a WW2 veteran and he said to me it sounded just like an aerial bombardment last year angry

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