Like many big cities around the world, London also displays her might during the New Years Eve by lighting up the dark skies with fireworks. The fireworks on the New Years Eve may not add up to the best when compared to the others around the world. But London has a unique backdrop for these fireworks. If you analyze further, the skyline of the city is the differentiating factor when it comes to fireworks. The amount of money spent or the duration of the fireworks is not what makes the picture drawn on the sky dazzling. The fireworks lighting up the buildings makes all the difference.
This year, London decided to make it a paid event. While London hosted around 5,00,000 onlookers along the River Thames, they decided only to sell tickets for 1,00,000 spectators in designated areas. These selected areas are supposed to be the best vantage points. But why make it a paid event? If London cites the cost of the fireworks for making this a paid event, then aren't they cities around the world where it is free? If London is concerned about security, then this is also a failure! The city is creating a class divide by making this event a paid one.
There is one more disturbing factor. If you scanned the news at the end of last year, the authorities kept urging not to show up for the fireworks if you didn't have a pass already. The plea was suitably coated with fear generating warnings. It almost sounded like the authorities are telling everyone to take care of themselves. Fear is becoming a universal tool. The good guys and the bad guys are using it. As we become older, we become susceptible to fear more easily.
Tags: Musings, London, Fireworks, Fear