Sunday, November 05, 2006

Guy Fawkes Night

All plans out of the window

I had been planning on bringing you some pictures from the organised bonfire and fireworks display in Cleadon Village tonight but somehow things conspired against me. I was all set to take the kids up to Oakleigh Gardens and take the camera to record some video footage as well as some stills, got the two of them dressed, wrapped up nice and warm left the house , got them in the car and got to the end of the street, no more than about 15 yards! It was while we set off that I heard a strange sound originating in the driver's side front wheel, and I instinctively knew that something was wrong, the wheel was making a terrible grinding type of noise so we turned the corner real slow and found a place to pull in next to the kerb. Grabbing a torch, I got of the car to examine the front wheel and found the tyre to be completely flat. A nail was embedded in the tread, perfectly repairable, but the time was 7.06 p.m. hence, I made the decision to cancel. The kids weren't too happy, the wife wasn't too happy, but what could I do? The event was due to start at 7.30 p.m.

If I had decided there and then to change the wheel, we would not have got to Cleadon Village before 8.00 p.m. and the show would have been over! The nail must have embedded itself in the tyre earlier in the day when we had been down to Asda to buy this week's groceries, the car felt o.k. driving home and parking outside of our door, however, all of the air must have left it whilst I was indoor this afternoon!

Never mind, I'll change the wheel on Sunday morning, get the puncture fixed, and be on the road in time to record some of the fireworks display at South Shields beach in the evening.

I like the tradition of Guy Fawkes night, the marking of a Catholic plot to destroy the King and Parliament, and at the same time do away with the protestant traditions of Great Britain, it's a celebration of the salvation of our democracy, yet, today, so many people are trying to destroy this custom of ours, it is so sad!

Could be worse, of course, at least we have a few real bonfire nights in South Tyneside, rather than a non-fire night like - this.

The world's gone mad Curly. 'Bonfire Night': the film. Soundtrack available from all major retailers.
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