New Year pyrotechnics

Inside the firework storm

Inside the fireworks

This New Year’s Eve we watched London’s fireworks from the Embankment. We’ve seen them on TV before, and oohed and aahed through a plasma screen, but we thought we’d like to experience the noise, vibrations and crowds first hand.

It took an hour and a half to get to Westminster, where we walked with the crowds to the Blue section. We arrived just before 9pm. We waited for three hours for the fireworks to start. They lasted eleven minutes. We sang Auld Lang Syne for three minutes and started the two-hour journey back to my parents’ house. Six and a half hours of travelling and waiting for an eleven-minute show and a three-minute singsong . Was it worth it?


The view from the Embankment isn’t as good as the one on TV, but nothing beats the anticipation, the smell of fireworks, and Gabriella’s eleven minutes of enthusiastic screaming in our ears. It felt as if we were inside the fireworks.

In addition, the kids and I learnt Morse Code while we were waiting. We practised by tapping on Ian. He said that to us it was Morse Code, but to him it felt like being hit.

Here’s the BBC’s version of the fireworks. Happy new year.

(For those that wonder how we learnt Morse Code in three hours, these photos show how. And it took a lot less than three hours.)

Standard Morse code list

Standard Morse code list

Morse Code visual mnemonic

Morse Code visual mnemonic

About Natalie Gotts

I've been a management consultant, a nutritional therapist, a Journey practitioner and a mother. I've sold ostriches in China and personal safety devices in Hong Kong. Whatever I've done, and wherever I've been, I've written about it.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to New Year pyrotechnics

  1. Ian Gotts says:

    We used the morse code on the way to the airport. We have 2 cars and no mobile phones. Natalie managed to tell Max who was in the other car which terminal we were going to by opening and closing her hand in morse code. How cool is that?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s