is for the next 3 days
and i cant wait for it to be over.
(tbh this journal is mostly for british and irish watchers so if youre american you're probably not going to 'get' most of this)
look , people who know what im talking about , i get it if you wana celebrate and have orange order parades . i get if you dont and the parades just give you a headache .
i get it all and i get all sides of the argument
but what i REALLY dont get is why the bonfires? why the riots afterwards? why ruin your own damn town?
ugh i hate turning on the BBC UK news and seeing the " riots in *insert random Northern Irish town here* " because its giving us a bad image for the rest of the world .
its bad enough that we have to deal with a few idiots wrecking some peoples fun and generally giving the country a bad name with tourists and other countries
but to now know that i will be forever associated with rioting on the 12th because im from belfast upsets me
and i really REALLY cant stand bonfires.
i dont care the reasoning behind them ok? i dont care why youre doing it its a bad idea.
you see that big blue and orange/brown thing in the back?
ive driven past it , its at least 5 stories tall. its TOWERING over the houses that are at most 30 feet away.
and thats not even its final size
you CANNOT control a blaze that size.
every year im waiting for someone to get killed by one of these things collapsing inwards and spewing molten ash out over the people partying in its shadow .
because seriously its the only way were going to get restrictions on these things
and it sickens me that that is what its going to take to make people see that they arent safe.
i feel bad for the fire department this time of year. they have to risk their lives because people wont be told.
i dont care for the parades one way or another (or really any celebrations that arent christmas, halloween easter or my birthday) . ive never gone to see them because A. i hate the noise and B. because i hate crowds . but i dont begrudge other people wanting to see and participate in them. its part of their culture and as ive said before im not about to piss on other peoples heritage
Bonfires on the other hand are not heritage and i have no problem telling you what a tit youre being for making one this size.
its not a competition some one is going to be killed.