Sparks in the Park 2013, Cardiff Firework Show on 02/11/2013



In the evening of the first Saturday of November a 30-minute long cascade of fireworks tore up the Cardiff sky. The annual celebration of the Guy Fawkes Night in Cardiff’s Bute Park took off and supported by the firework display, bonfire, food stalls and funfair was at that night the largest festival in Wales.

Guy Fawkes Night 2013

“Sparks in the Park”, as the event was called took place for the 33rd time and drew to the Bute Park crowds eager to experience the thrill of the show and spend some of their time with friends while  eating sausages and drinking. I hadn’t know anything about it before, but it happened that I was fortunately nearby when the first explosion, followed by the cloud of sharp smell of powder disturbed the park.

Sparks glimmering against the black canvas of the night brought to my mind the painting of James Whistler, whom work I covered in the previous post. The painting is called “Nocturne in Black and Gold”.

The display that could awaken the dead from their graves

The impression when going through the audience was one-off. I’ve seen how different people in different way experienced the display. The exhilaration of girls when the sky blew up, the joyful shouts of kids when the sky blew up, and the cogitation of the man when the sky blew up all occurring in one place, in one time.

20131102_190248For me the experience was miraculous and it was very easy to lose yourself in the show. All visual effects of the explosions melded with the smell of burnt powder, and the music of Avicii “Wake me up” made the festival seem deliriously, almost like daydreaming. It was the feeling, which must have shared the people of New York, when they were visiting Coney Island and Luna Park in XX century. It was the feeling of Fritzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and its glimmering lights of Manhattan. That was this kind of entertainment which makes you feel that your life is fine. That you are fine.

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The storm in Cardiff caused two accidents on night 27/10/2013

20131028_054510 The weather tonight started finally looking like it was described by our tutors and older students. The storm and wind of 80 km/h left its signs on the all city’s streets.

I found the first resemblance of the heavy weather just in front of my house. The vast river of water effectively blocked me from reaching my house, and because the time was 5 am on Saturday I couldn’t let myself wait until the waters will lay off. I grabbed the shelves left by students nearby and made usage of what I’ve learnt in our boat building project.

After reaching the residence my curiosity took control over me and I decided to look how the other houses look like.

Under the bridge on Lowther Road, a big lake was formed and devoured a Opel Astra to the height of the seats. When I arrived the driver has already managed to leave the vehicle and a wrecker was endeavouring pulling the car out.

The policeman who was keeping an eye on the action told me that there was another accident that night, which occurred on the other side of the city.

The next big lake I found that night was at the end of Salisbury Road, just before the entrance to Senghennydd Court. The late walkers who came across reacted surprisingly on the lake. After short assessment of the situation they firmly strode to the waters with boots and socks on feet regardless they were foreign travellers, students coming back from parties, or suffering from insomnia old people.

In order to get rid of the waters the city opened additional hatches which managed very quickly to dry the place, leaving piles of leaves and dirt on the streets.

You can see the effects of one of these hatches on my video.

The last night reminds that autumn is coming to Cardiff with its heavy rains and wild winds. But after all, we should remember that every cloud has also a silver lining.



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