In NL as in many other countries its the tradtion to let of fireworks at new Years. Offically they are only sold on 29 30 and 31st dec although because a Sunday fall into those days this year they were allowed to start selling them on Friday. The law says you must be 16 for light fireworks and 18 for the more powerful kind and they may only be let off on dec31 between 6pm and 2am on Jan 1st. Of course no one keeps to the rules. Its amazing, the Dutch who are so calm about everything and so boring that their birthday parties are duller than most funerals suddenly become mad pyromaniacs throwing mini bombs all over the place and not just teenagers or kids, the parents join in as well. The teenagers all wander about with great big shopping bags full of explosives and set them off anywhere they please, its a nightmare. It never used to be like this but over the years its just become more and more aggressive its like a week of total lunacy takes over them and I will admit to being affected by it. Remy was so shell shocked that he would refuse to walk and just wet himself when it all got too much or when there was a huge bang. Murphy just barks if they get too close but last night when we walked some kids cycled twards us and started lobbing big bangers into the road then he got worried and started really struggeling to get home. I have phoned the council and the police but they are not that interested until someone actually blows a hand off. Anyway from today I will be taking Murphy out every eveing, driving down to the industrial estate and walking along the verges past the factories and businesses who are all closed up for the weekend. I'll be doing that at 10pm in the dark on my own while OH sits with Basil making sure he isnt flying into the bars of his cage in fright. This isnt normal.. The upshot of it is I HATE new year I become a seething raging fury driven monster ready to rip a new a-hole for anyone who comes near with a firework . I dont like myself at this time but I hate the firework flingers less. Just a heads up in case you wonder why I wont be saying happy new year.