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'Bonfire Night' 🔥 Sunday 5th November



"Remember, remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder treason and plot. We see no reason Why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! Guy Fawkes, guy, t'was his intent To blow up king and parliament. Three score barrels were laid below To prove old England's overthrow. By God's mercy he was catch'd With a darkened lantern and burning match. So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring. Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

And what shall we do with him? Burn him!"


With the 5th November fast approaching, we chose 'Bonfire Night' as our theme for this week's 'CST Friendship Group' session.


We asked members to come along with stories of their best ever 'Bonfire Night'. We also asked them to wear their favourite hat and scarf, for a short time at least.



Next we asked, 'Who likes fireworks and Bonfire Night'? Who hates the noise and shuts the curtains? What are the things people like and dislike about the occasion?


- The colours and bangs

- The excitement of the crowd and shared experience

- The smell of burning wood and cordite

- The food and drink

- The celebration of an annual occasion based in reminiscence


- The noise

- The remains of spent fireworks

- Unwanted fires

- Injuries

- Inevitably, it will rain!



A reminder that 'Classic FM' plays a 'Pet Classics' show to calm your animals during the fireworks from 5-9 pm on Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th November. It's a lovely show to enjoy if you're not that into 'Bonfire Night'.





ROUND 1. IDIOMS ABOUT FIRE AND FIREWORKS

Next we completed the following phrases together ...


No smoke without - FIRE


Flash in the - PAN


Bang out of - ORDER


Fire in your - BELLY


Candle in the - WIND


Sky at - NIGHT


It's not rocket - SCIENCE


Light the blue touch - PAPER


Burn the candle at both - ENDS


Baptism of - FIRE


My ears are - BURNING


Fire and - BRIMSTONE


Put that in your pipe and - SMOKE IT


Out of the frying pan, into the - FIRE


All smoke and - MIRRORS


Money burns a hole in - YOUR POCKET


Go up in - SMOKE/FLAMES


Set the world on - FIRE


Smoke like a - CHIMNEY


Pocket - ROCKET


Blaze a - TRAIL


Playing with - FIRE




Song break ...



'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes', The Platters - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64NTy-rhnr8



What did this song advertise in the 1970s? (Clue. The advert tagline started with "Boom, boom, boom, boom ...")



LYRICS


They asked me how I knew My true love was true I of course replied, something here inside Cannot be denied


They said some day you'll find All who love are blind When your heart's on fire, you must realise Smoke gets in your eyes


So I chaffed them and I gaily laughed To think they could doubt my love Yet today my love has flown away I am without my love


Now laughing friends deride Tears I cannot hide, hide So I smile and say, when a lovely flame dies Smoke gets in your eyes



ROUND 2. HISTORY


​In which country did fireworks originate 2000 years ago?



​Which 'Maid Of Orleans' was burned at the stake in 1431?


​Which king was Guido Fawkes trying to overthrow in 'The Gunpowder Plot' in 1605?

(FACTOID: Guido Fawkes was from York.)


​What were the gunpowder plotters trying to achieve?


(FACTOID: There were 36 barrels of gunpowder!)



​Since 1605 what is done ceremonially on each 'State Opening of The Houses of Parliament' by the 'Yeomen Of The Guard'?


​Where and when did the Great Fire of London start?


(FACTOID: Only six people died!)


​What did we used to say, when asking for money for making a Guido Fawkes for the bonfire?


(How much would we ask for these days?)


​What year did Windsor Castle burn? (It was HM Queen Elizabeth's "Annus horribilis")


​Which French cathedral burnt in April 2019? (Can anyone see Jesus in the flames?)


​On New Year's Eve, in which harbour city do we first see (on BBC 1) broadcast a magnificent fireworks display?


​What is the technical name for the art of making or displaying fireworks called? Also, which landmark is pictured here?


​Which company is the biggest purchaser of fireworks in the world?



Song break ...



'When You Wish Upon A Star', Cliff Edwards, Disney Studio Chorus - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2zzXBg3FcI


Which Disney film featured this song and which character sang it?




LYRICS



When you wish upon a star

Makes no difference who you are

Anything your heart desires

Will come to you


If your heart is in your dream

No request is too extreme

When you wish upon a star

As dreamers do


Like a bolt out of the blue

Fate steps in and sees you through

When you wish upon a star

Your dreams come true



ROUND 3. BONFIRE NIGHT



Next, we thought about things that remind us of 'Bonfire Night', these being:


- Preparation

- Foods

- Vintage fireworks

- Enjoyment








What might you need to prepare to enjoy a 'Fireworks Display'?



- Building a ...

- Checking for ...

- Getting the right clothes ready. What would you wear?

- Making sure the footwear is weatherproof. Name the ones shown?

- Buying a box of home fireworks (do members remember 'Standard Fireworks'?) How much would a box of home fireworks cost these days?

- Booking a display (who would rather go to a display?). How much would a ticket set you back?

- Why are lanterns being banned in many countries?



Are there any other things you might do by way of preparation?








Name these 'Bonfire Night Foods'?

- A savoury sausage snack (What is the name of the sausage put inside?) - A baked vegetable served with butter and salt and pepper

- A roasted nut

- A fruit dipped in sweet sticky stuff

- A ginger cake (very popular in Yorkshire)

- A hot alcoholic beverage

- A baked sweet



Can anyone think of any other firework favourite foods and drinks?






Complete the names of these old firework favourites?



- 'Sp******' (In terms of accident statistics, this is the most dangerous of all common fireworks. They burn at an extremely high heat: 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit!)

- 'Ro****' (You might have put these in a milk bottle dug into the ground before lighting them)

- 'Ca******* Wh***' (You would have nailed this to the fence)

- 'Ba*****' (You might have thrown these into neighbours gardens to frighten them - very naughty!)

- 'Ro*** Ca****' (They would burn high and fire out one or more high stars)

- 'Ja** I* T** B**' (This would shower different colours and make bangs)

- ''Ch***** Fi**********' (You might see these in China town)

- 'C***' (You would have had a toy gun to use these with)

- 'Ju***** Ja***' (These would spark and crackle and jump around the garden)




Can anyone think of any more vintage fireworks?




How much do you think a typical 'Round Table Fireworks Display' costs, in terms of a 15-20 event? (Bearing in mind major displays can cost £2000,000.)




Song break ...



'Great Balls Of Fire', Jerry Lee Lewis - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMwq_D-DWsU



In the 1957 hit single 'Great Balls Of Fire' by Jerry Lee Lewis, what does too much love do to a man? ...



(FACTOID... Apparently 'Great Balls Of Fire' is a Southern American expression of surprise. Scarlett O'Hara says, "Great Balls of Fire! It's Rhett!" in the 1939 film 'Gone With The Wind'. However, it is thought it was included in this song for lewd reasons. Ahem!)




LYRICS



You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain

Too much love drives a man insane

You broke my will, but what a thrill

Goodness gracious great balls of fire


I laughed at love when I thought it was funny

But you came along and you moved me honey

I've changed my mind, this love is fine

Goodness gracious great balls of fire


Kiss me baby, woo, it feels good

Hold me baby, ooh, yeah, you gonna love me like a lover should

You're fine, so kind, I'm gonna tell this world that you're mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!


I chew my nails, I twiddle my thumbs

I'm really nervous but it sure is fun

Come on baby, you drive me crazy

Goodness gracious great balls of fire


Ohhh, kiss me baby, woo-oooooo, feels good, yeah

Let me love you like a lover should.

You're fine. So kind.

I gonna tell this world that you're mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!


I chew my nails and I twiddle my thumbs

I'm real nervous but it sure is fun

Come on baby, you drive me crazy





Ad break. 'Edgar The Dragon' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xGW_M0O4xI


Before watching, which store produced this advert?





ROUND 4. TV & MOVIES


​In which 1939 movie did Atlanta burn?

Name these two characters?


(Factoid. The set of 'King Kong' was burned down as the setting for the 'Burning Of Atlanta'?)


​In which 1940 movie did Danvers set fire to Manderley?

Who wrote the book?



​Name the children's TV programme which focused on a fire station?


Can anyone think of their names?


Intro - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6YE4PCRNwc



Who wrote this series?


Where was he born & baptised?


Titles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js7T-VTL91k



​Can anyone name these three stars of the 1974 movie 'Towering Inferno'?


​In which 1988 movie did Lieutenant Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) say "Nothing to see here."?


Sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKnX5wci404


​What British military vehicles were used in the 2002 firefighter strikes?


& What was the exercise guru on GMTV's real name?


​Name the children's TV character?


T or F. London's Fire Chief asked for his name to be changed to 'Firefighter ***', to recognise the role of female firefighters?


(NB. Channel 4 launched 40 years ago.)


​Which 1991 movie saw this chap shoot an arrow in Nottingham Castle to save his brother?

Who played the part?

Here is the movie song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0pdQU87dc8


​What was the name of the bird in 'Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets'?


What type of bird was he? What was his special power?


​What was the name of the wizard in 'Lord Of The Rings', who was a fireworks specialist?


Here is one of his displays - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0XiuLj-pHA


​Who starred as Ethan Hunt in the 'Mission Impossible' movie series?

How long was it before secret mission messages would self destruct?


Titles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7alss3sDJdg&t=5s



​In the TV drama series 'London's Burning', what colour was the 'Watch'?


Titles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3QuwtfKMXc


Song break ...



'Boom Bang A Bang', Lulu - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ew43u2gS0Y In which year did Lulu win the Eurovision Song Contest?

(FACTOID: Lulu's real name is Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie.)



LYRICS



Come closer, come closer and listen The beat of my heart keeps on missing I notice it most when we're kissing Come closer and love me tonight That's right Come closer and cuddle me tight My heart goes Boom bang-a-bang, boom bang-a-bang When you are near Boom bang-a-bang, boom bang-a-bang Loud in my ear Pounding away, pounding away Won't you be mine? Boom bang-a-bang-bang all the time It's such a lovely feeling When I'm in your arms Don't go away I wanna stay my whole life through Boom bang-a-bang-bang Close to you Your smile is so warm and inviting The thought of your kiss is exciting So hold me and don't keep me waiting Come closer and love me tonight That's right Come closer and cuddle me tight My heart goes Boom bang-a-bang, boom bang-a-bang When you are near Boom bang-a-bang, boom bang-a-bang Loud in my ear Pounding away, pounding away Won't you be mine? Boom bang-a-bang-bang all the time It's such a lovely feeling When I'm in your arms Now you are near I wanna hear your heartbeat too Boom bang-a-bang-bang I love you It's such a lovely feeling When I'm in your arms Now you are near I wanna hear your heartbeat too Boom bang-a-bang-bang Boom bang-a-bang-bang Boom bang-a-bang-bang I love you





ROUND 5. FIREWORK SAFETY CODE


Fill in the gaps ...


We asked what 'R.O.S.P.A.' stands for?



  • Don’t drink A****** if setting off fireworks.

  • Keep fireworks in a closed B**.

  • Follow the instructions on each firework, using a T****.

  • Light them at arm’s length, using a T****.

  • Stand well B***.

  • Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still E******.

  • Never put fireworks in your P***** or T**** them.

  • Always supervise C******* around fireworks.

  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear G*****.

  • Never give sparklers to a child under F***.

  • Keep P*** indoors.

  • All fireworks should end by **PM.




Here is a reminder never to use fireworks when intoxicated ...






Does the phrase 'A Damp Squib' refer to a failed firework or a disappointment, or both? Or is it a sea creature?





OTHER OCCASIONS WHEN WE USE FIREWORKS




- N.Y.E.

- C.N.Y. - I.D.

- B.D.

- D.

- W.



Can you think of any more?




A new occasion for fireworks is a 'Gender Reveal Party'.


What colour fireworks, or confetti bombs, would be for boys and girls?





What do people think about 'Drone Shows' as a replacement for fireworks displays? It's much kinder on the environment for sure. Here is the 'Guinness Book Of Records' biggest display of 1,002 drones in October 2020 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdOTV2RH9IY





ROUND 6. MUSIC ROUND



Ask members to choose one or two to play ...


​Who composed the 'Music For The Royal Fireworks' in 1749?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuG1t2smdCQ


​Which two unusual 'musical' instruments give 'The 1812 Overture' by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky extra dramatic impact?


(Listen carefully, from about 11.24 of this track - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BbT0E990IQ )



​Who starred in the 1965 movie 'She', which was about an immortal woman who stays young by bathing in a blue flame?


'Eternal Flame', by The Bangles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSoOFn3wQV4&list=RDuWqP7WWU62U&index=13


​Johnny Cash sang about a 'Ring Of Fire' in 1963. Which horror character does a ring of fire protect you from?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfCOJLRk2D4


​Who had the 1968 hit 'Fire' that starts with the line "I am the God of Hellfire, and I bring you Fire"?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en1uwIzI3SE



​Who was the lead singer of The Doors?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMCl9eOBlsY


​In which John Travolta movie did the 1976 song 'Disco Inferno' by The Trampps feature?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPV6kpNnr3c


​Which boy band, with Lulu, had a hit with a cover of this song in 1993? (See later)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzB6CbM1U2g




​Which world leader did US President Donald Trump refer to as 'Little Rocket Man'?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtVBCG6ThDk



​Which star was Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind' about?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK1XlMsTgmM


​In this song, who is a junkie?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyMm4rJemtI





Singalong ....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40Od45DjCA4



LYRICS


Help me escape this feeling of insecurity I need you so much but I don't think you really need me But if we all stand up in the name of love And state the case of what we're dreaming of I've got to say I only dream of you But like a thief in the night You took away the love that I knew

Relight my fire Your love is my only desire Relight my fire 'Cos I need your love

Turn back the times till the days when our love was new Do you remember? No matter what was happening I was there with you But if we all stand up for what we believe And maybe live within our possibilities The world would be wild for the dream So baby don't turn away Listen to what I gotta say

Relight my fire Your love is my only desire Relight my fire 'Cos I need your love

Relight my fire Your love is my only desire Relight my fire 'Cos I need your love

You gotta be strong enough to walk on through the night (yeah) There's a new day on the other side (yeah) You've got to have hope in your soul Just keep on walking, woah, woah, yeah

Strong enough to walk on through the night There's a new day on the other side You've got to have hope in you soul Keep on walking

Relight my fire Your love is my only desire Relight my fire 'Cos I need your love

Relight my fire Your love is my only desire Relight my fire 'Cos I need your love

Relight my fire Your love is my only desire Relight my fire 'Cos I need your love







FINAL SINGALONG We then tried to sing together 'London's Burning'. This song is traditionally sung in a 'Round'. One verse starts, then on the next line another group starts the same verse... And so on! London's burning, London's burning. Fetch the engines, fetch the engines. Fire fire, Fire Fire! Pour on water, pour on water. London's burning, London's burning. Fetch the engines, fetch the engines. Fire fire, Fire Fire! Pour on water, pour on water. London's burning, London's burning. Fetch the engines, fetch the engines. Fire fire, Fire Fire! Pour on water, pour on water. Pour on water, pour on water. Pour on water, pour on water.

This children's nursery rhyme is also about a fire... Ladybird, ladybird fly away home, Your house is on fire and your children are gone, All except one, And her name is Ann, And she hid under the baking pan.



SMOKING


We asked if anyone still smokes cigarettes, cigars or a pipe, who had given up in earlier life, did anyone vape now?


We asked members to name some famous cigarette brands?


We asked what was the best selling brand of matches? We asked if anyone collected cigarette coupons, or anything else for that matter (e.g. beer mats, football cards, stamps etc)? We asked if anyone had collected 'Green Shield Stamps'? And asked people to guess at which store 'Greenshield Stamps' had transformed into? We asked if anyone uses candles at home, during a power cut, to scent the room or provide a relaxing ambience? We asked people to state what occasions you might see candles lit?



'Chopsticks' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jruN-ZTIdak

We asked, 'Which flamboyant musician always played his piano with a candelabra on top of it?



REFRESHMENTS



We ended our session with hot dogs, fried onions and sauces and other refreshments.





Round 1.


'Esso Blue'




Round 2.


China

Joan Of Arc

King James 1st

They wanted a Catholic King on the throne

They search the cellars of the Houses Of Parliament for explosives

Pudding Lane (In a bakery) on 2nd September 1666 (It lasted four days)

"Penny For The Guy!"

1992 - Three of her children's marriages also fell apart

Notre Dame in Paris

Sydney ('Sydney Harbour Bridge')

Pyrotechnics / 'London Eye'

'Disney'


'Pinocchio' / Jiminy Cricket




Round 3.


Building a bonfire

Checking for hedgehogs

Hats, scarves & gloves etc

Wellington Boots

£50 in Tesco, for a standard household box

About £12 per adult & £8 per child

Because animals ingest the remains which often include metal frames


Hot Dogs

Jacket Potatoes

Roasted Chestnuts

Toffee Apples

Parkin

Mulled Wine

Toasted Marshmallows


Sparklers

Rockets

Catherine Wheel

Bangers

Roman Candle

Jack In The Box

Chinese Firecrackers

Cap Gun

Jumping Jacks


£6,000


"Drive a man insane!"


John Lewis/Waitrose



Round 4.


'Gone With The Wind' / Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) & Scarlett O'Hara (Vivian Leigh)

'Rebecca' / Daphne DuMaurier

'Trumpton' / "Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub"

Roald Dahl / Cardiff (Llandaff) & 'Norwegian Church' (Cardiff Bay)

Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway & Paul Newman

'Green Goddess' / Diana Moran

'Fireman Sam' / True

'Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves' / Kevin Costner

Fawks / Phoenix / Healing tears

Gandalf

Tom Cruise / 5 seconds

'Blue Watch'


1969




Round 5.


'Royal Society For The Prevention Of Accidents'

  • Don’t drink ALCOHOL if setting off fireworks.

  • Keep fireworks in a closed BOX.

  • Follow the instructions on each firework, using a TORCH.

  • Light them at arm’s length, using a TAPER.

  • Stand well BACK.

  • Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still EXPLODE.

  • Never put fireworks in your POCKET or THROW them.

  • Always supervise CHILDREN around fireworks.

  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear GLOVES.

  • Never give sparklers to a child under FIVE.

  • Keep PETS indoors.

  • All fireworks should end by 11PM.


Both. A 'SKWIB' was an early firework if which damp would not explode. First recorded in 'The London Morning Post' 1837



- New Year's Eve

- Chinese New Year - Independence Day (USA)

- Bastille Day (France)

- Diwali (Hindu)

- Weddings & Celebrations


Blue for boy, Pink for girl




Round 6.


Handel

Cannons and church bells

Ursula Andress

Dracula

'The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown'

Jim Morrison

'Saturday Night Fever'

'Take That'

Jim Jong-Un (North Korea)

Marilyn Monroe, whose real name was Norma Jean Mortenson

Major Tom




Round 7.


Park Drive', 'Capstan', 'Regal', 'Superkings', 'Silk Cut', 'John Player', 'Marlborough' etc 'Swan'

'Argos'

Birthdays, Easter, Christmas (Advent Candle), Halloween (Inside A Hollowed Out Pumpkin) etc

Liberace








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