I'm one of those people who can't understand why the Government still allows people to waste their money celebrating a failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London more than 400 years ago.
Everything about it is wrong.
I'm not completely against fireworks; I just prefer them in the right place at the right time and ignited by the right people.
The best time is major celebrations like New Year's Eve.
And I will accept that community events like the Lights Over Marlborough fundraiser in Blenheim on Saturday night also fall into my approved category.
Where's the sun gone, I asked in an email to one of my daily contacts.
Wednesday, it was, when the mist was low on the Wither Hills and the temperature at 8am was almost low enough for us to put the heating on.
"You need to grab a flight," he replied. "Always sunny above the clouds."
Ah, a man with a bright outlook.
I tried to get above the clouds the other weekend, but it just didn't work. It was going to be one of those weekends.
Loved that picture of Tim Crawford on the front of Saturday Express.
Not many blokes would lie in Seymour Square holding an orange poppy to pose for a picture. He did and didn't mind a bit.
Tim is one of the original committee of the annual Garden Marlborough festival, which celebrated is 20th anniversary during the past four days.
You'd have to live in a bubble not to notice it was on. Apart from all the publicity and the posters and banners, there were bus loads of keen gardens going in all directions around the region, and the centre of Blenheim was taken over yesterday for the fete in Seymour Square.
Things were looking dodgy for a while on the weather front, and people on the Thursday tours got a bit damp and blown around, but as we know the skies (mostly) cleared and the weekend was great.
The media is full of stereotypes. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to avoid them.
Express beer writer Geoff Griggs raised this point in his column yesterday about the Government's proposal to lower the legal alcohol limits for drink-driving. Both TV channels had illustrated their stories with shots of people drinking beer. No wine, no spirits, no RTDs, just beer.
This has always annoyed Geoff. He regularly emails me when newspapers - including the Express - publish beer-related pictures on stories that have a negative alcohol connotation.
And he's right. I started looking and realised the pictures were always of beer-drinkers and yet we all know wine and spirits have just as big an affect, and sometimes more, than beer.
He's not saying beer-drinkers are not at fault. He's saying beer is not the only alcohol at fault and that not all beer drinkers are swillers who come out of the pub drunk and cause problems.
Robinson Construction is one of the success stories of Marlborough.
It was started by husband and wife team Ian and Shirley Robinson as a small home building outfit and has developed into one of the bigger construction companies in the region, involved in mainly commercial and civic projects but also still tackling some domestic work.
The company celebrated its 50th anniversary on Friday night, which was followed on Saturday by managing director Phil Robinson's 50th birthday.
The company was started by his parents just a few days before he was born. The company developed as he was growing up, getting involved in bigger housing projects and subdivision developments. Some of the streets along the base of the Wither Hills came from those projects, such as Solway Dr. One of its first commercial projects was the Redwood Tavern after they joined forces with other investors.
Phil was 20 and just finished his training as a quantity surveyor in Wellington when his father was killed in a road crash near the intersection of State Highway 6 and Bells Rd in July 1984. He and his mother decided they would carry on the company, at least to finish a major renovation project for legal firm Gascoigne Wicks.
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