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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Nanny Bans Burning Clocks

Here in Brighton there is a gemusing little festival (going "all the way back" to 1995) held on the 21st of December, to mark the winter solstice, known as "Burning The Clocks".

As per Burning The Clocks:
"People gather to make paper and willow lanterns to carry through their city and burn on the beach as a token for the end of the year. No lantern is better for its purpose than any other, all are unique to the maker and precious, but all are given up to be burnt to greet the lengthening days. 

Burning the Clocks combines a family solstice parade with a high quality fire show and fireworks for the whole city. The lantern makers invest their lanterns with their wishes, hopes, and fears and then pass them into the fire."
Anyhoo, as loyal readers have already doubtless guessed, Nanny cannot possibly allow anything involving a group of people and naked flames to go ahead without sticking her bony old nose into it.

Thus it should come as no surprise at all to learn that this year candles will be replaced with electric lights.

For why?

Health and safety concerns.

The Argus reports that the lights will replace about 400 candles during the lantern procession that travels through the city before a bonfire takes place on the beach.

A spokeswoman said health and safety was a factor although there had been no serious incidents to prompt any changes.

Before the lanterns are thrown on the bonfire at the end, the LED lights will be taken out.

Ironically in neighbouring Lewes, on 5 November, street processions of burning torches are perfectly permissible even though there are numerous injuries each year!

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  1. The residents would do well to completely ignore this little diktat from nanny and take their own candles.

    1. Tonk.2:53 PM

      Very well said!

      There must be an orifice or two where residents can ram the candles, just to make sure they are completely out: in the name of 'Elf'n'Safety of course.

  2. Archroy8:01 PM

    Here's an example of how councils work, from the invaluable Spiked website:

    "I met an animal-rights campaigner in Swindon who had been running the same stall in the same position for 30 years. As not many people run the same stall in the same place for 30 years, her experience provides a good barometer of the changing state of regulation in the UK.

    "For 20 of those years running the stall, she did not encounter any regulation at all. And then about 10 years ago, the police started coming up to her saying that her posters were very distressing, that she needed to tone them down, and that they should only feature fluffy bunnies. About seven years ago, the council also started to intervene, telling her she needed a license to take collections from people. Five years ago, the council announced that she now needed a license to hand out leaflets. And then about three years ago, council officials said that they needed to risk assess her stall every month."

  3. Lord of Atlantis12:20 PM

    Why, oh why can't people grow some backbone in this country, and tell these jumped up elf'n'safety and political correctness fascists to "Bog Off!" ? Presumably, if they did, they would be prosecuted for obstruction, breach of the piece, offensive and / or threatening behaviour or some other trumped up charge, backed up by a "justice" system that is totally out of touch with ordinary people.