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Old January 1st, 2015, 02:10 AM   #29681
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So, Keoki, what's the future like?
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Old January 1st, 2015, 02:16 AM   #29682
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Quite cold. -15 Celsius in my city right now (5 F in American language). And it's one of the warmest temperatures in Romania right now.
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Old January 1st, 2015, 02:55 AM   #29683
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Loads and loads of fireworks

(in the street where I live there are 2 people that - beside their usual jobs - sell fireworks to people this time of year, and a lot of stuff they don't sell they blast it into the air themselves. It was almost 2,5 hours of the most luxurious fireworks )
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Old January 1st, 2015, 03:32 AM   #29684
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Drove 534km today with friends. We visited several 4 locations between flood control infrastructure works, land-reclaimed beach, windmill park (ancient) and small old village. We then went to Rotterdam for the "National Firework Event" - it was underwhelming.
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Old January 1st, 2015, 10:44 AM   #29685
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It's a long tradition in Hungary that in new year's eve there is a 3 hours long comedy in the radio (from 9PM to midnight). I am used to listen it every year. In the 80's it was always brilliant, in the 90's and 2000's still good.
But last night... It was horrible. All the jokes were about how evil the current opposition is, how evil the US and EU are. The greatest "joke" was that Goodfriend* is not a good friend. Oh, well...
One of the leading Hungarian comedians spoke 15 minutes. all of his "jokes" were about Americans, how stupid and fat they all are. Another well known comedian talks about how crazy the Americans are that they think everyone is a talib, and about how he himself does not use internet, suggesting that right people don't use it so taxing internet is nice. Funny, funny, funny...
One artist tried to have some jokes about the current government but his production was officially banned.

*André Goodfriend is the current de facto US ambassador in Hungary.
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Old January 1st, 2015, 10:54 AM   #29686
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Happy New Year And Lithuania switched to euros as Estonia did 2011 and Latvia in 2014. That means that all Baltic States are with the same currency now
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Old January 1st, 2015, 12:05 PM   #29687
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I spent new year's eve in bed with an aching back and fever. Happy new year 😦
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Old January 1st, 2015, 12:07 PM   #29688
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Get well soon

How common is it in your country to have citizens lighting up their own fireworks? In the Netherlands it is very common, in my street there was a group who pooled money together (likely in excess of € 1,000) and purchased professional fireworks. They had boxes that went on for like 7 or 8 minutes. It took them 2 hours to light up all their fireworks.
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Old January 1st, 2015, 12:20 PM   #29689
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In ASEAN countries ,other than Singapore, it's pretty common. So much so the Chinese new years and hari raya you can see the skies light up.
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Old January 1st, 2015, 02:48 PM   #29690
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happy new year to everyone!

i took part in new year's eve's comedy in local theatre here, after that little party. fireworks? my friend is mad about it, yesterday i watched midnight fireworks with him here and commented that if he had 10000€ for fireworks, he would probably suffer the heart attack (caused by happiness), and after that he would be seriously burnt by fireworks
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Old January 1st, 2015, 05:42 PM   #29691
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I don't even have to go out, there're fireworks on my street every year; it was -12°C anyway.

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Old January 1st, 2015, 06:30 PM   #29692
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It's a long tradition in Hungary that in new year's eve there is a 3 hours long comedy in the radio (from 9PM to midnight). I am used to listen it every year. In the 80's it was always brilliant, in the 90's and 2000's still good.
But last night... It was horrible. All the jokes were about how evil the current opposition is, how evil the US and EU are. The greatest "joke" was that Goodfriend* is not a good friend. Oh, well...
One of the leading Hungarian comedians spoke 15 minutes. all of his "jokes" were about Americans, how stupid and fat they all are. Another well known comedian talks about how crazy the Americans are that they think everyone is a talib, and about how he himself does not use internet, suggesting that right people don't use it so taxing internet is nice. Funny, funny, funny...
One artist tried to have some jokes about the current government but his production was officially banned.

*André Goodfriend is the current de facto US ambassador in Hungary.
No offense but that sounds like something you might get in China, or something you might have gotten in Hungary before 1989....
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Old January 1st, 2015, 06:31 PM   #29693
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Happy New Year And Lithuania switched to euros as Estonia did 2011 and Latvia in 2014. That means that all Baltic States are with the same currency now
Uniformity forever!
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Old January 1st, 2015, 06:34 PM   #29694
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How common is it in your country to have citizens lighting up their own fireworks? In the Netherlands it is very common, in my street there was a group who pooled money together (likely in excess of € 1,000) and purchased professional fireworks. They had boxes that went on for like 7 or 8 minutes. It took them 2 hours to light up all their fireworks.
I think it's illegal in many states here. Which doesn't stop it.

And - sadly - I heard on the radio yesterday that police were warning the public of the danger of shooting guns into the air at midnight on New Year's.

Perhaps those Hungarian comedians are right.*

On the other hand, we don't have people going around setting cars on fire.

*Or more likely, any human population, no matter where, has its share of idiots.

EDIT: For the record, I heard fewer fireworks than usual, and no guns. Haven't seen any burned-out cars yet, but I haven't been out. :-)
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Old January 1st, 2015, 06:59 PM   #29695
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No offense but that sounds like something you might get in China, or something you might have gotten in Hungary before 1989....
I think the world is getting too black or white. We celebrate the independence day of Slovakia today and it has always been usual to play a Slovak anthem in radio as the midnight occurs. This year, the European anthem played in Bratislava leaving out Slovak one and of course it brought up numerous discussions in media.

I must sadly state, the people have been never so black or white. Half of people blindly adored it, telling the Slovak anthem is shitty and every one who did not agreed was sent to Russia while the other half has freaked out that EU is the new USSR in blue colour and that everyone is linked to White House, Mossad, Soros etc. etc. etc.

There was literally no common sense opinion. I like European anthem, I don't agree with Putin, but still think that Slovak anthem would be adequate (even followed by European one). I am not being contributed neither by US Embassy nor Putin.

Knowing that young generations listen to Justin Bieber, read tabloids and believe everything it states, we are getting in serious trouble. Oh yes, I sound like an old man and I am too pessimist considering we have the first day of new year.

So happy new year to everyone
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Old January 1st, 2015, 07:18 PM   #29696
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No offense but that sounds like something you might get in China, or something you might have gotten in Hungary before 1989....
Absolutely. And I must say I'm very sad about it.
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Old January 1st, 2015, 09:40 PM   #29697
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Uniformity forever!
I don't think each US state has an own currency...
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Haven't seen any burned-out cars yet, but I haven't been out. :-)
Down by 12% to only 940 vehicles this year!
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30653784
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Old January 2nd, 2015, 03:12 AM   #29699
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I don't think each US state has an own currency...
Neither does each region or province of Italy.

When the European Union is a single nation-state, that comparison will be relevant.
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Down by 12% to only 940 vehicles this year!
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30653784
L'exception française....
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