• Neato
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    2328 days ago

    You can definitely borrow some of our 4th of July. We have way too much as it is.

    • @alcoholicorn@lemmy.ml
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      828 days ago

      Do they even have fireworks in the UK? I feel like you’d have some ridiculous restrictions.

      Then again, I’m sure Mexicans would feel that way about the US.

      • ᴇᴍᴘᴇʀᴏʀ 帝OP
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        2228 days ago

        Do they even have fireworks in the UK?

        We do but we save them for Bonfire Night (and the weeks before and after) to commemorate the time someone nearly blew up Parliament.

        • @lengau@midwest.social
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          727 days ago

          Not just any someone. A religious extremist who was unhappy that the country was both insufficiently theocratic and the wrong form of theocracy.

            • @lengau@midwest.social
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              427 days ago

              Nope, he was a Catholic extremist who was angry both that the UK was Anglican rather than Catholic and that it was secularising.

            • @undergroundoverground@lemmy.world
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              427 days ago

              All they said is true.

              However, its important to note that he was heavily entrapped into doing it.

              Also, in those days, everyone would’ve been a religious extremist by todays standards. The protestant would have been just as extreme as the catholics, as they were during the British civil war which was far closer to a war of religion than parliament vs the King. Its just that they won that war, is all. So, they chilled out a bit…well, after the vile shit they did in Ireland of course.

              The rest of British history, including guy fawkes, makes infinitely more sense when the British civil War is viewed, correctly, as a war of religion.

        • gregorum
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          28 days ago

          are you even allowed irony in the UK? I feel like you’d have some ridiculous restrictions.

          • Echo Dot
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            You’re not allowed to set them off after a certain time on most dates except certain exceptions that exist for certain dates. You’re not allowed to set them off in public at any time, without authorization.

            That’s the grand total of the restrictions as far as I’m aware. So no not really ridiculous.

        • @captainlezbian@lemmy.world
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          328 days ago

          Oh, they’re lovely in early July, try some on the fourth. Maybe even do a Bastille day encore. There’s always a reason to blow something up

      • BenGFHC
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        628 days ago

        Yes we do, mostly for Guy Fawks night. Remember remember the 5th of November.

        • @ConsistentAlgae@reddthat.com
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          628 days ago

          The gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.

          Sorry can’t read it without finishing it…

      • Skua
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        628 days ago

        For normal-sized fireworks, you’ve just got to be at least 18 years old to buy them and not set them off between the hours of 11pm and 7am. There are much tighter restrictions for anything bigger. There’s typically a lot of them set off on the 5th of November, but otherwise it’s rare to see them

      • @perviouslyiner@lemmy.world
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        427 days ago

        "You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:

        • 15 October to 10 November
        • 26 to 31 December
        • 3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year

        At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops."

      • Onii-Chan
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        Can’t be more ridiculous than it is here in Australia. Can’t buy or set off fireworks without the relevant permit/license full stop (generally limited to public events and film production), but if you purchase an adapter for your 12 gauge, along with a pack of primers, you can legally fire them from your shotgun on private property… but you’d obviously need a firearms license first.

        I have a shotgun. I have the fireworks, primers, and adapter. I have never had a chance to use them.

        Australia is such a fucking boring country to live in. No wonder we all drink so much.

        • @alcoholicorn@lemmy.ml
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          227 days ago

          Isn’t aus-delenda-est a giant tinderbox though?

          I mean sure it’s silly to ban mortars or M-100s or deep-fryers instead of putting out public information as to what happens if you don’t follow safety, but there’s a difference in stakes between a lost hand or burnt down garage and starting a bushfire.

          • Onii-Chan
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            While the general ban on fireworks makes sense in a country as dry as ours, it’s just tiring seeing the rest of the world get to enjoy yet another thing we miss out on here. Airsoft, fireworks, cheaper alcohol, cheaper fuel, economic complexity, product variety, modern internet infrastructure, logical speed limit tolerances, drinking on the beach (legitimately illegal in fucking Australia), the right to not be treated like a goddamn child by the government, no blanket bans/sweeping law reforms based on the actions of one person, nicotine vaping not requiring a doctor’s prescription, over the counter medications that actually work and aren’t just weak and ineffective versions the rest of the world can purchase, and just so much more.

            You just never know when something you enjoy will be banned, restricted, or taxed to death in this country, and I hate it more and more the older I get. Australia is a great country to live in if you’re 77 and retired. Our leaders are wondering why so many young people are leaving for better, more free countries… maybe the fact that we’re the most overregulated nanny state, Murdoch-controlled, American-without-any-of-the-fun-parts wannabe first world nation has something to do with it. If I wasn’t already in my early-30’s, I’d be leaving too.