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Squibling

Introduction
Issued in 2001 the model is from Hay-on-Wye, a small Welsh town with 39 used book shops and a Literary Festival that Hazle attends. A population of 1500 swells by 100,000 for the annual 10 day event! Started in Autumn 2009, this Limited Painting was partly inspired by the Victorian illustration below.

 Chattels in Market Street, Hay-on-Wye. From the 1500s, the narrow lane makes it hard to photograph the full building.

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Hazle Ceramics
Squibling
Limited Painting of 30
on Hay on Wye

Firework History
Sometime in the Sung dynasty from 960-1279 AD, a cook in China found a mix of sulphur, saltpetre and charcoal was both highly flammable and also explosive if confined within a small space. This knowledge gradually spread west and was used in Europe during the 1300s to invent the gun! From the 1800s on, vividly-coloured fireworks utilised potassium chlorate and various metallic salts. For all the spectacular effects achieved today, the pyrotechnic understanding of physics has to be extensive.

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 Fireworks by F D Bedford, The Book of Shops 1899. The expression “damp squib” is from a dud firework.

Halloween, aka the Gaelic Samhain, is the end of the year’s “lighter half”. Masks and lanterns warded off evil spirits. 

 Handel wrote his Royal Fireworks music following this river Thames display in honour of King George II in 1749.

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