Guy Fawkes

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Today is Guy Fawkes Day.  Digging back to my high school English class, I recall that this day celebrates the fact that Mr. Fawkes failed to blow up the English Houses of Parliament in the early 17th century.  He is mocked, I suppose, by setting off lots of fireworks.

They celebrate Guy Fawkes here in New Zealand, so we wandered down to the waterfront to watch the big show.  Getting there about 15 minutes before the appointed time, I had another of many 'I love this place' moments.  Standing near Frank Kitts Park you get a great view to Mt. Victoria and the Hataitai peninsula, and tonight fireworks were being set off from a good half-dozen places along that sweep of land.  Which was pretty magical on its own, but then 9pm rolled around and the main show started with a helicopter towing a firework launching platform, setting off smallish fireworks as it circled the harbour a couple of times.  This then led in to the main fireworks, launched from two barges in the water.  It was a good show as such things go; I loved how the big booms echoed off of the skyscrapers of the city, close behind us.

Afterward Sheila got some ice cream, and we wandered back, enjoying watching the car traffic that we didn't have to be part of.

Incidentally, we signed a rental agreement on a place today.  We don't move in for another month, but we got a townhouse right in Te Aro, just a block or two from Cuba Street and Courtenay Place, and about 10 minutes' walk from my new job.

For now, good night from Wellington, where the fireworks continue.
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