756. POP!


Ruth and Rex Irwin didn’t have much money to go on. But they did have two of the loveliest children under the sun. Every spare penny was spent on the kids. Not that they were spoilt. They weren’t. Ruth and Rex didn’t have enough money to spoil their kids.

It was Guy Fawkes Day. Almost every family in the world (unless you didn’t live in England) had fireworks of some kind or other. How exciting! Ruth and Rex Irwin and their two kids didn’t have any fireworks. It’s not that they disagreed with celebrating Guy Fawkes with a BANG! It’s simply that they couldn’t really afford it. The Livingstone-Miller’s and their two kids had lots of fireworks. They were set to show the neighbourhood just how rich they were.

The evening of Guy Fawkes came. The Livingstone-Miller’s began their display. It was nothing to write home about. The best fireworks were the arguments. Mrs Livingstone-Miller argued with Mr Livingston-Miller. And their two kids argued. And Mrs Livingstone-Miller argued with her son, and Mr Livingston-Miller argued with his daughter. And they lit everything and forgot to look, so busy were they hating each other.

Meanwhile the Irwin family had their dinner and then Mr Rex Irwin pulled out from his pocket a penny-farthing. For those who don’t know, a penny-farthing is not just a bicycle. He obviously didn’t pull a bicycle out of his pocket, silly. A penny-farthing, when it comes to firecrackers, is the tiniest little cracker imaginable. Or is it in fact called a tom-thumb? When it is lit it does more of a POP than a BANG.

“I found it on the street,” said Rex.

The Irwin’s went out onto their veranda. They lit it. It went


The Irwin’s laughed and laughed and laughed. It was the most fun Guy Fawkes celebration in the whole world. It was one that Ruth and Rex Irwin’s kids remembered their whole lives.

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47 thoughts on “756. POP!

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I think these days there’s possibly dozens of names. The most common one in my youth was the Jumping Jack. I think it’s banned now – it would go in a series of bangs and jump around amongst the gathered mob.

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      1. southamptonoldlady

        Yes I remember the Jumping Jack, Sparkler, Catherine Wheel, and all different sorts of Rockets. I remember when Margaret Thatcher abolished the GLC in the 80s, a neighbour bought off some of their fireworks cheap after their displays were cancelled. They were lit in a small garden and were so enormous that all the spectators had to run inside and just watch them from the window.

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  1. Cynthia Jobin

    An especially nice reading….loved the POP sound effect at the end. It reminded me of an American TV show you probably don’t know, The Lawrence Welk Show, in which the famous orchestra leader of the Champagne Music Makers used to stick his finger in his cheek and make a POP sound, similar to the opening of a champagne bottle.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Indeed – I know how to make such a popping sound with the finger in the cheek – although this particular POP I can make with my gorgeous lips without the finger! It’s a particular gift I have, but then, I can’t roll my tongue or whistle well!

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      1. Bruce Goodman Post author

        Further to this – I just got a new weaner heifer today – first night off mother – and her paddock is right next to a Chinese family who apparently go berserk at Guy Fawkes. Oh bugger…



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