Have you bought any fireworks lately? I bought some last year for the first time in about a decade, and was disappointed to find that the old favourite Standard had long been taken over, and the modern variety just felt somehow rather tacky. The designs on the cases were cheap and nasty, there seemed too much emphasis on enormous and very small varieties, and when you actually let them off, lots fizzed for just a few seconds. It felt a far cry from the solid, gunpowder-scented roman candles, traffic lights and catherine wheels of yore, and the let-down got me wondering whether there might be a shop snugged away somewhere that does nicer ones (for home use) than the bog-standard Black Cat brand. Does anyone know of one? If so we'd be terribly grateful if you'd share - and we'll include it in our November Secret Snob, perhaps as the launching point for the MCH's Campaign for Proper Crackers.