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  1. Interesting facts about fireworks

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    We've searched the net and have found some interesting facts about fireworks. Did you know that The Walt Disney Company is said to be the world’s largest consumer of fireworks?  Here's more interesting reading....

      1. The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China. They were invented more than 2000 years ago in China.
      2. China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world. 90% of all fireworks originate from here.
      3. In 1240 the Arabs acquired knowledge of gunpowder. A Syrian named Hasan al-Rammah wrote of fireworks using terms that suggested he derived his knowledge from Chinese sources.
      4. The first recorded fireworks in England were at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486.
      5. Dreaming about fireworks means that you like to be the centre of attention and are showing off to others. It also symbolizes enthusiasm and exhilaration.

    fireworks scare off evil spirits

      1. The fireworks were used to accompany many festivities, scare off evil spirits and promote prosperity.
      2. The largest chocolate firework was measuring 3m high and 1.5m in diameter and containing 60kg of Swiss Cailler chocolates. The firework was released in Zurich on New Year's Eve 2002.
      3. Fireworks are not fun for animals. Always keep dogs and cats inside the house when fireworks are being let off. Stay calm and make sure they have somewhere to hide.
      4. The biggest occasion for fireworks in the UK is Guy Fawkes Night (5th November). It is a celebration of the failing of the Gunpowder Plot on 5 November 1605, an attempt to kill King James I at the Houses of Parliament.
      5. The largest firework rocket is 13kg and was produced and launched in Portugal in 2010.
      6. Queen Elizabeth was so fascinated with fireworks that she created an honorary title, "Fire Master of England" for the individual who created the best fireworks.
      7. The word for firework in Japanese, 'hanabi', which actually means "fire-flower".
      8. Amédée-François Frézier published a "Treatise on Fireworks" in 1706, covering the recreational and ceremonial uses of fireworks. The book became a standard text for fireworks makers.

    shells and rockets

      1. A rocket can reach speeds of 150mph, however the shell can reach as high as 200 metres.
      2. A sparkler burns at a temperature over 15 times the boiling point of water. Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blowtorch. When your sparkler goes out, put it in a bucket of water.
      3. France uses fireworks to celebrate Bastille Day and celebrate storming the prison of Bastille.
      4. The record for the largest firework display consisted of 66,326 fireworks and was achieved in Portugal in 2006.
      5. Static electricity in synthetic clothing can set off firecrackers. People making firecrackers wear only cotton clothing while making firecrackers.
      6. Italy was the first country to truly master and experiment with fireworks in Europe. They were the first to use shells for firecrackers to be loaded into canons and shot into the air.
      7. Half of all firework injuries are to children under the age of 16.

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    1. The biggest annual fireworks display event in Europe is the International Festival concert held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in which a million fireworks are set off in less than an hour.
    2. At first fireworks were only orange and white. In the Middle Ages new colours were achieved by adding different salts. The hardest colour to create is blue.
    3. Sparklers can be used to make funny pictures. All you need is a totally dark setting, a sparkler to draw with and a camera recording a long exposure.
    4. A record breaking 56,000 firework rockets were launched simultaneously in a spectacular opening to the Plymouth, UK Fireworks Championships by Scientist Roy Lowry.
    5. A string of firecrackers that went on and on lasting 22 hours marked the New Years day celebrations in Hong Kong in 1996.
  2. Simple Bonfire night food ideas

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    We've got lots of delicious, warming Bonfire Night food ideas for you to whip up on the 5th November.

    You’ll want to make all of these comforting foods. Bonfire Night (also known as Guy Fawkes Night) falls on the 5th of November every year and is the perfect excuse to whip up some mouth-watering, warming treats the whole family enjoy when huddled around the fire watching fireworks in your garden.

    PULLED PORK AND WINTER SLAW IN ROLLS

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    Make mounds of pulled pork and serve in brioche buns with apple sauce and winter slaw (a dried type of coleslaw)...simply delicious


    SWEET POTATO FRIES

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    If you've never tried sweet potato before then these will get you in the wintery mood and they're very moorish.  Treat like a normal potato and cut into chips then cook via fry, oven or air fryer.  Try adding a little chilli powder or paprika and finish off with a sticky barbecue sauce...so very yummy!


    BAKED POTATOES COOKED ON THE BONFIRE

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    Start them off in a microwave for around 7-8 minutes each then wrap in foil to finish off on the bonfire or fire up the BBQ (lets be honest - we haven't had many chances this summer so there's no reason why not this Bonfire Night).  Top them with a drizzle of olive oil or butter or try adding some sour cream and chives for a slightly healthier option.


    BAKED SWEET POTATOES

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    Using the same idea as the jacket spud (above) - baked sweet potato goes really really well with pulled pork and apple sauce...YUM!


    HOT DOGS

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    You cannot go wrong with these easy finger foods to munch around the bonfire.  You could even use the fire itself to help char the sausage - tasty.  Works equally well with hot dog sausages or normal ones.  If you're feeling elaborate - use some pulled pork on top and always remember the fried onions...a must!


    WARMING BOWLS OF CHILLI

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    Keeping it simple - you can't go wrong with a chilli.

    Serve in mugs to help warm those cold hands and fill hungry tums while you gather around the bonfire


    HOMEMADE GARLIC BREAD

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    There's nothing more wonderful than warm crusty bread and these garlic breads are simple to make.

    Take a long baguette - make diagonal cuts down and fill the cuts with homemade garlic butter (a chunk of butter, crushed clove of garlic and some parsley)

    Wrap in foil and cook in the oven, BBQ or even on the bonfire

    You can even add a bit of cheese to melt onto the baguette towards the end to make these super delicious.


    VIBRANT WINTER SLAW

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    Take red cabbage, carrot and other veggie favourites such as courgette, apple etc and chop up and leave to rest for the mix to slightly pickle. 

    Perfect as it is but you can add mayonaise or salad dressing to give it some extra zing!


    HAVE YOU TRIED A SMORE?

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    Take any favourite biscuit then create a sandwich with chocolate and melted marshmallows until it oozes out of the sides...great fun!


    STEAMING MUGS OF HOT CHOCOLATE

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    You cannot leave out the hot chocolate on Bonfire night.

    Top with squirty whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and mini marshmallows...come on - it only comes around once a year so why not?