Skip to main content

Excessive Spending on Fireworks - A Re-Think?

It can be both interesting and disappointing to hear from news media about cities vying to have the most impressive fireworks on New Year’s Eve. When you reflect quickly about it, the end of a calendar year is just an administrative measure, a daily turn of the Earth as a planet and an excuse for crowding up again.
A lot of taxpayer money is literally burned up in oversized sparkles in the sky that seriously remind both humans and animals of the excesses of warfare, with the added thunderous boom, flashes of aggression and the competitive passion of who and what can come up with the largest, the most spectacular, the highest and the most colourful. The huge effort to maintain personal and public security, optimal logistical processes and executing clean up matters is often not recognised enough, compared to the brief consumption and gratification fulfilled from fleeting and temporal burn up of chemicals in the surrounding environment. 
A great city’s reputation, character and viability does not depend upon a single night of exploding lights. The long term attractiveness of a city is more significantly determined by other long term values and features.
Public funds spent in this manner can encourage the over charging of commercial rates for accommodation, food and transport. The hype of churned up excitement waiting for huge fireworks displays can quickly turn into the reality of not being able to go home efficiently after midnight, of falling into the stupor of excesses in drinking and unruly behaviour, or of a further determination of the real costs of attending such events.
Still, every individual at least one point in life, feels the urge of attending, such tribal gatherings of sharing wonder with and marvelling at such celebrations.
If we think for ourselves - and not get caught up in such annual literally fiery outbursts - why is it not possible to utilise the effort, funding and passion for organising community fireworks instead to enable more positive aspects and outcomes of our human intellect and potential?
Every New Year’s Eve, the new world ahead for us can consider festivities of other kinds.
Instead of polluting the immediate environment with smoke and smell, we can infuse that special evening with mass gatherings to share other things. Instead of burning chemicals, we can celebrate mass efforts in reaffirming our core values of helping each other, of showing practical steps to further help our disadvantaged in society and to emphasise the features of a more vibrant city or national lifestyle in improving education, health and wealth. 
Watching huge firework displays can be so passive on the part of a viewer - it can be boring when repeated year after year. We need to get the public involved with personal participation with a purpose, beyond the temporary Yays, shouts and group cheers occurring during spectacular fireworks. 
Fireworks thrive on the short term visual, instant gratification and consumption of what does not last. We as individuals, community and as a shared culture deserve better than this. Do firework displays help resolve long standing issues for a community - they do not, but make us momentarily forget about them, like drugs and alcohol. In the clear vivid reality of the next morning, nothing has really changed.


Popular posts from this blog

Chung Ling Alumni Association Petaling Jaya Klang Valley

Telephone Contact:  +603 7957 0318

85 Degrees Bakery Cafe Hurstville NSW

There are several outlets of this bakery cafe for several years now in Australia.  Did they coem from the USA?

Each franchised outlet is in a busy area, often in suburbs so-called by a diverse Asian demographic.   The one in Hurstville is rather roomy and lots of baked stuff on its shelves.   The base of Sydney operations is in Chester Hill, a suburb south-west of the Sydney city centre.

Some of the cake creations would be viewed as rather leaning on the East Asian dimension  - Strawberry Angel (with chocolate base and top) and Mango Cheese ( with yoghurt).   However, to counter this perspective, there are also Death by Chocolate, US Cheesecake, Coffee Brulee and Blueberry Marble options.    

The pastries are definitely filled with ingredients more suited to perhaps Anime loving fans and non-mainstream cultures - for example, garlic, pork, tuna, green tea, red bean, shallots, pork floss, coconut, Hokkaido butter cream and Boroh or pineapple buns.   Sung seems to be a variation emphasised…

Penang - Lor Mee

Lor mee is another of those street foods that are not commonly available in Western societies, but are easily found in southern China, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The dish is iconic of the Teochew Province in China and has been mainly brought to equatorial climes by immigrants over the last few centuries. It combines snippets of ingredients in a thick savoury sauce. Above, the lor mee with roast pork and sliced hard boiled egg accompaniments at the Fong Sheng Cafe, along Lorong Selamat in Georgetown, Penang - the place was introduced by May Wah and Henry Quah.

The cafe harks back to the seventies or eighties - and maybe earlier - what caught my eye were (above) freshly blended fruit and/or vegetable juices and (below) metal and plastic contraptions of the food trade.

Hot and cold drinks are easily on offer from the cafe (above and below) at very reasonable prices.

Another version of the dish (below) taken whilst Bob Lee was enjoying them in another cafe or coffee shop in Georgetown…