Once again, this is a last-minute response to the ‘100 Word Challenge’ – this time the one here. (Have a look at the other responses, via the links.) Once again, I struggled – until I recalled New Year’s Eve, 1999. As you will see, the brief was to write 103 words, including the phrase I have typed in bold.
There had already been one or two flashes and bangs – and then, as midnight struck at the end of that memorable New Year’s Eve, the sky was lit by a display of pyrotechnics the like of which I have never known, before of since. The noise was deafening, and unrelenting for a full twenty minutes.
Now, everyone likes a celebration, but in the days that followed, many of us began to think. Supposing the same amount of money that had been spent on that amazing, but brief, spectacle had been used to fund children’s hospitals and other noble causes? Was money wisely spent?