Model Boat Mayhem

Mess Deck: General Section => Chit-Chat => Topic started by: tigertiger on January 25, 2009, 11:57:46 AM

Title: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: tigertiger on January 25, 2009, 11:57:46 AM
Xin Nian Kuai Le.

Well Chinese new year beckons.

Earlier this week I saw one kid of about 10 knocked out by the concussive force of one of these local 'bangers'. He let it off at the foot of a wall, and took the full back blast as well. OK the idiot was only two feet away, but it knocked him out for over a minute.

It is only meal time now (6pm here) and the smaller fireworks eruptions have begun. Some of the Pyro here is very big. There is the constant boom, boom like artillery fire across the skies. The sky is also almost constantly illuminated by flashes.



Wait until midnight. Then all hell breaks loose.
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: Colin Bishop on January 25, 2009, 12:17:11 PM
Not on Mayhem I hope...
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: herrmill on January 25, 2009, 12:38:01 PM
Here in Chongqing the war started a few hours ago.  We're on the 17th floor at my mother-in-law's & had some idiot above us launch a very large roman candle horizontally with the bombs going off just off our balcony.   :o

We're watching the CCTV broadcast with the dancing pandas on unicycles.  Think I'll move out into the hallway beside the elevators come 2345.  {:-{

Chuck

Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: tigertiger on January 25, 2009, 03:00:50 PM
Well it is only 11pm and it is as noisy as a full battle group on exercise in Fallingbostel or BATUS.

If you can imagine that the Lady Finger firecrackers, the size of matchsticks, are as loud as the old westwell 3-2-1 banger. Well you ban imagine what the smarties tubes are like.

Let alone the mortars the size of a 1.5 liter pop bottle.

It is relentless and not even New Year for another hour.
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: John C on January 25, 2009, 03:22:46 PM
Well happy new year to all our Far East counterparts, keep on ducking and have the fire extinguishers at the ready!!

Please, please, please can you send me some small devises that will kill/maim the little so& so's that have thrown eggs at my house for the last 12 years (before anyone asks, no I don't do Victor Meldrew impressions every time I see a human being under the age of 20, and I am actually on good terms with the local youth, helping one of which build a model boat currently).

I promise I won't fire these projectiles at said morons, but just put them in a box marked "please help yourself, hold at arms length" I think they are stupid enough to do the rest!!.

Before you inundate me with lectures, .................I am only joking, but it's a thought that came to mind after reading TT's post of the 10 year old kid being knocked out by a banger.

Victor (AKA John C) {-)
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: Roger in France on January 25, 2009, 03:29:24 PM
Chuck,

They are not real pandas, are they?

Roger in France.
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: herrmill on January 25, 2009, 03:41:11 PM
Like most everything else you find here, they're fakes.  O0

The screaming mimis are flying past now & the reports of mortars in the background combined with the millions of firecrackers going off make me think the Chinese invented "shock & awe"! 

My wife is laughing hysterically at the comedy skit along with the TV audience at something I certainly can't comprehend.  Now where are the keys to the bomb shelter? 
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: tigertiger on January 25, 2009, 03:43:21 PM
15 minutes to go.
WoW
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: Roger in France on January 25, 2009, 03:44:59 PM
How many lives do you loose each year?

Roger in France
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: tigertiger on January 25, 2009, 03:47:54 PM
Official figures like that are probably bad for morale. So not published.

But every couple of years an illegal (aren't 90%of them) fireworks factory/store goes up and kill a couple of hundred.
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: tigertiger on January 25, 2009, 03:48:35 PM
Are you by the elevator Chuck?
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: herrmill on January 25, 2009, 03:51:57 PM
INCOMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: tigertiger on January 25, 2009, 03:52:53 PM

My wife is laughing hysterically at the comedy skit along with the TV audience at something I certainly can't comprehend. 

Ditto
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: herrmill on January 25, 2009, 04:03:51 PM
HOLY SH$#%!!!!!!  Shanghai was never like this at midnite - these Shechuan know how to throw a party!!!!

The astronauts are out now so its getting close to the grand finale!

Don't need any lights on in the house with the fireworks outside.  %%
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: herrmill on January 25, 2009, 04:06:32 PM
Some idiot downstairs just below us set off a huge roman candle / mortar that is going off just off the balcony.  I was out videotaping the action & almost got blown into the glass door!!!!!!!!!!

I need to go change my shorts now.  Will post a short video later once I have a shot or two to calm down...
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: Martin [Admin] on January 25, 2009, 04:15:08 PM
"Some idiot downstairs "

...Sorry that was me here in England! Didn't realise the power of the thing... the instructions were in Chinese!!  :embarrassed:
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: tigertiger on January 25, 2009, 04:25:27 PM


The astronauts are out now so its getting close to the grand finale!

Reference to the National TV show, command performance.


Did you see the astronuaghts were all carrying bunches of flowerers, grown in Space. How cool is that. They know how to upstage NASA.
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: herrmill on January 25, 2009, 04:40:57 PM
Here you go boys! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9quRE1Pc5G4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie69HUR6pZc

Here's the good one from Martin down under.   :-))

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDQSwmzXnR4
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: tigertiger on January 25, 2009, 04:47:56 PM
Cool vid.
Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDQSwmzXnR4&feature=channel that you did really captures the 'shock and awe' LOL

For reference, what floor were you on?
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: herrmill on January 25, 2009, 04:53:46 PM
Not high enough on the 17th.  Sounds as if its died off because they must have run out of ammo. 

10 hours to go & I'm wheels up on my way back to my workshop & new IOM.  Can't wait! 

Enjoy your Ox stew tomorrow with the family.  I'm going to hit the rack now that's quiet.
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: barryfoote on January 25, 2009, 05:19:14 PM
Thanks for the vids guys and a very happy New Year to you all. :-)) :-))
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: kiwi on January 25, 2009, 05:41:51 PM
Chuc Mung Nam Moi

as they say in Viet Nam.

Happy New Year To you all
Asia knows how to celebrate

kiwi
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: Umi_Ryuzuki on January 25, 2009, 06:26:50 PM
Gung Hay Faat Choy!!

Or as my dad used to say, Gong hey fat boy!...  %)
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: Colin H on January 25, 2009, 08:34:12 PM
Elf & Safety eat your heart out.

I thought Bonfire night was bad enough.

Colin H.
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: amdaylight on January 25, 2009, 10:50:55 PM
How did the gate keeper and the cats do, or were they all under a bed somewhere waiting for this to end. The puppy that I have now does not like them at all and she kind of freaks out, the Lhasa that we had before could have cared less, she just went to sleep on the couch till we came back inside ant then looked at us with look "are you idiots done cause  I want to go to sleep!"

Happy New Year
Andre
over yonder in Portland Oregon
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: herrmill on January 26, 2009, 12:02:18 AM
Andre,

Not sure until I see them later this afternoon once I arrive back home.  Ayi had been taking care of them while we've been away, but am certain they were hiding under any cover they could find.

Chuck
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: tigertiger on January 26, 2009, 02:43:57 AM
It started to quieten down, here in Zhengzhou, at about 1.15. But did continue at a lower level all through the night.

Now daylight has arrived it is mostly the firecrackers and arial bombs.  But it still continues almost non stop, and it will do until tommorrow morning.

I would hate to imagine how many megatons of gunpowder will go off in China at New Year.  O0
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: bigfella on January 26, 2009, 06:45:03 AM
Hi TT and Chuck and any other members in China. Happy Chinese New Year. Also today is Australia Day here in Oz and I understand India National day. What a day for celebrations the world over. Most of us Aussies will be having a BBQ and cooking up lamb chops and a lot of amber fluid will be consumed. The supermarket around the corner from me ran out of lamb on Saturday which is no suprise as there has been an ad campaign stating that it is un-Australian not to eat lamb on Australia Day (tongue in cheek of course).

Regards David
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: tigertiger on January 26, 2009, 07:25:46 AM
Have a Good Australia Day.  :-)) {-)
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: tigertiger on January 28, 2009, 02:00:45 PM
Well it is day/night four and the fireworks continue.

Durin the day, about every minute you hear something. But now night has fallen, every few seconds. The echo of one has not died before you hear the next. And the smell of cordite fill the air.

And there are no stick on the rockets either. There is just a mortar for a bag of powder lobbed up in the air. sometimes 200 ft.
The big ones wet off car alarms  8)
Title: Re: Happy Chinese New Year.
Post by: tigertiger on January 30, 2009, 02:30:30 PM
Well it is day/night four and the fireworks continue.

Durin the day, about every minute you hear something. But now night has fallen, every few seconds. The echo of one has not died before you hear the next. And the smell of cordite fill the air.

Day/night 6 now.
Same as above  {-)