Chinese Lanterns Banned at The Bash

The big one! Once again we are at Stourport in June with live bands, catering, an excursion, the AGM etc.....and over 300 Bongos munching grass contentedly on the banks of the River Severn.

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Re: Chinese Lanterns Banned at The Bash

Post by cabte » Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:21 pm

Velocette wrote:If you take a small brown paper bag, puff it up and set it on the floor and light the two top corners, it will take off when it is nearly burned out. No good at night but relatively safe.

Lol we used to do that
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Post by Bongopoet » Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:57 am

cabte wrote:Fireworks can travel a long way and you dont have control on where they go or in what direction.

Also how unreliable they can be. How many times have you heard of a firework coming back down an exploding. Or even not getting the chance to go anywhere and exploding.
The problem with a lot of people is they are all happy to use them till something happens just like the link above, i do feel sorry for them that get hurt but 1 small accident and they all jump on the band wagon.

Lark hill is situated in a town they wont stop others from setting them off.


Such a shame last year we set them off as a mark of respect for a bongo member and good friend that sadly passed away. It was a very emotional time for some people.
Another wonderful way to mark respect is to make paper boats and put little candles in them or set fire to them down the river. It looks beautiful in the dark.
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Re: Chinese Lanterns Banned at The Bash

Post by Diplomat » Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:16 am

It's bad enough that we have no option nowadays other than to have to buy necessities from China.

When it comes to buying frivolities from them, the Chinese must be celebrating the stupidity of our economic suicide by releasing fireworks and lanterns all over their nearby tinder strewn landscape without a thought about the consequences.


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Re: Chinese Lanterns Banned at The Bash

Post by Matt&JoyBongling » Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:57 am

Diplomat wrote:It's bad enough that we have no option nowadays other than to have to buy necessities from China.

When it comes to buying frivolities from them, the Chinese must be celebrating the stupidity of our economic suicide by releasing fireworks and lanterns all over their nearby tinder strewn landscape without a thought about the consequences.


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Maybe they don't all think about the consequences, but the dangers are still there ...

https://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/nati ... damage.htm

They are being banned in Beijing ....
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2011-02/1 ... 904282.htm
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Re: Chinese Lanterns Banned at The Bash

Post by g8dhe » Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:42 pm

Matt&JoyBongling wrote:a site reporting the death of a cow that ate a lantern: [url]http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... s-cow.html[/url
Well its hardly conclusive evidence is it;
After his cow died he went down to the field to investigate and found the remains of the lantern, which looked like it had been "half-eaten".
I would want some think a little more rigorous than that to be convinced it was the cause.
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Re: Chinese Lanterns Banned at The Bash

Post by g8dhe » Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:48 pm

Matt&JoyBongling wrote:They are being banned in Beijing ....
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2011-02/1 ... 904282.htm
Well NO they are not being banned, this is the first line of the article;
Beijing authorities yesterday announced a ban on setting off fireworks and firecrackers near high-rise buildings during next Thursday's Lantern Festival.
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They are Banning fireworks - near high-rise buildings, not Lanterns.
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Re: Chinese Lanterns Banned at The Bash

Post by g8dhe » Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:55 pm

hembramacho wrote:This happened just down the road from us last year:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-w ... -27622894/
Well at least this one is getting close, a three year old is burned at a Fireworks party, however not much info. about how it came to happen, how come the parent looking after the kid didn't suffer any harm?
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Re: Chinese Lanterns Banned at The Bash

Post by g8dhe » Sat Jun 25, 2011 1:00 pm

Suggestion regarding banning things, if we have a proven statistics, running over several years of a device that kills 2500 people each year - thats over 6 people a day - should we ban the device ?
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Post by Matt&JoyBongling » Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:44 pm

g8dhe wrote:
Matt&JoyBongling wrote:They are being banned in Beijing ....
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2011-02/1 ... 904282.htm
Well NO they are not being banned, this is the first line of the article;
Beijing authorities yesterday announced a ban on setting off fireworks and firecrackers near high-rise buildings during next Thursday's Lantern Festival.
They are Banning fireworks - near high-rise buildings, not Lanterns.[/quote]


Hence my response to Diplomat's
Diplomat wrote:When it comes to buying frivolities from them, the Chinese must be celebrating the stupidity of our economic suicide by releasing fireworks and lanterns all over their nearby tinder strewn landscape without a thought about the consequences.
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g8dhe wrote:Suggestion regarding banning things, if we have a proven statistics, running over several years of a device that kills 2500 people each year - thats over 6 people a day - should we ban the device ?
Let us start with banning dihydrogen monoxide - it kills far more people than your device and causes far more damage!
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Re: Chinese Lanterns Banned at The Bash

Post by dandemann8 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:07 pm

:idea: why not ban breathing :!: :!: :!:

Or

Let the tree huggers live on there very own island in the middle of the Atlantic :)
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Re: Chinese Lanterns Banned at The Bash

Post by williefixit » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:41 am

Coincidently - there was a report on BBC Wales X-ray yesterday.

Here's a link to I-Player (it won't be available indefinitely) - it's about 22 minutes in.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... Episode_5/

If anyone has difficult with the Welsh accents - let me know and I'll translate :D
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Re: Chinese Lanterns Banned at The Bash

Post by Diplomat » Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:22 am

There you have it. Need anyone justify them any more?

Apart from the fundamental fire risk, they become gratuitous litter as soon as they are released.


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Re: Chinese Lanterns Banned at The Bash

Post by scanner » Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:44 am

Diplomat wrote:
There you have it. Need anyone justify them any more?

Apart from the fundamental fire risk, they become gratuitous litter as soon as they are released.


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How about a little fireproof address label on them so they know where to send the bill?
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Re: Chinese Lanterns Banned at The Bash

Post by Diplomat » Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:53 am

scanner wrote:
How about a little fireproof address label on them so they know where to send the bill?
Funnily enough, that crossed my mind. However, nobody would fill it in anyway.

If they were traceable, I guess a lawsuit or two would have a sobering effect on the activity. Or how about 'Arson by Negligence'? All claims to be sent to the importers/wholesalers.



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Re: Chinese Lanterns Banned at The Bash

Post by scanner » Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:17 am

Diplomat wrote:
scanner wrote:
How about a little fireproof address label on them so they know where to send the bill?
Funnily enough, that crossed my mind. However, nobody would fill it in anyway.

If they were traceable, I guess a lawsuit or two would have a sobering effect on the activity. Or how about 'Arson by Negligence'? All claims to be sent to the importers/wholesalers.



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But if they are so safe and not a problem, why would anyone not be happy, indeed proud, to add their name and address before sending one off into the wild black yonder? :wink: