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Barrage Packs

Posted by Lizzie Neville on October 02, 2013 0 Comments
Over the last few years barrage packs have been a welcome addition to the firework community.  They have provided a simple selection of pre-packed fireworks without the multiple fountains often found in selection boxes.  And whilst there is nothing wrong with selection boxes and fountains for anyone in a rush...

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Counting Down the Days

Posted by Mark Neville on October 01, 2013 0 Comments
That’s it!  We’ve reached the 1st October and that is my interpretation of ‘firework season officially opened’.  Although still predominantly a Bonfire Night / New Year’s Eve calendar event, fireworks are slowly being used more and more as a celebration.  Frequently we are asked to design self-fire displays for weddings,...

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Catherine Wheels – They don’t have to be torture!

Posted by Mark Neville on September 30, 2013 0 Comments
Now here’s a piece of interesting trivia.  The Catherine Wheel firework is named after the instrument of torture on which, legend has it, St. Catherine was due to be martyred, but which miraculously flew into pieces when she touched it.  Now I’ve had my ups and downs with wheels over...

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Some Good Old Favourites

Posted by Mark Neville on September 29, 2013 0 Comments
Times change, and so do fireworks!  As some of you will know, I’ve been a ‘firework fanatic’ for over 50 years and I’ve seen some pretty decent pyro in that time.  My childhood memories of whirlygigs and aeroplanes that had no guaranteed direction of flight were great fun, as were...

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Garden Fireworks don’t have to be Naff!

Posted by Mark Neville on September 27, 2013 0 Comments
  Cool and clear this evening so it was just about perfect for a little bit of Cat 2.  With a light breeze running front to back to take away any smoke I couldn’t really have asked for better. So how did they perform?  Did they live up to my...

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Is there such a thing as a quiet firework?

Posted by Mark Neville on September 26, 2013 0 Comments
You might have thought so tonight as AccuWeather let me down and I had to pass up on a bit of Cat 2 this evening.  But seriously, and on this topic, I’ve had three or four requests for quiet / low noise fireworks this week which is rather unusual and...

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My kids want 2 Cats and I Want Cat2

Posted by Mark Neville on September 25, 2013 0 Comments
Easy enough mistake to make!  Both my kids are wanting a Cat each.  I come through the door and it’s the first thing I get asked and after a day in the shop and I say “Yes of course” thinking they want a little pre BFN Cat 2 fireworks display. ...

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How much stock is enough?

Posted by Mark Neville on September 24, 2013 0 Comments
Every year when we sit down in February to plan for the coming year the first question is ‘how much stock is enough’?  I have spreadsheets of stocks and sales going back years.  I analyse new item sales versus old favourites’ sales, short duration fireworks versus long duration fireworks, low...

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Faster than a Ready-to-Cook microwave meal!

Posted by Mark Neville on September 23, 2013 0 Comments
Over the years I’ve had a lot of new, (and repeat customers), coming into the shop and saying “Mark, I’ve got £50 or £100 or £300 to spend and I don’t know what to get, so can you give me some advice or recommendations”. To me, this is like ‘manna...

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Specialised Storage - The rise of the 1.3G Firework

Posted by Mark Neville on September 22, 2013 0 Comments
Changes to regulations come at the firework industry on a regular basis but the biggest change for me in recent years was the reduction of flash powder for some of our popular consumer fireworks.  As a generalisation, 1.4G fireworks tend to have no or less ‘flash powder’ than those classified...

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