I'm old enough to remember when the only time you would hear fireworks going off was on November the 5th - bonfire night.
These days it seems to be a year round thing with people letting off fireworks for various foreign religious festivals and even private parties. For some reason most of these new firework displays don't take place until sometime after 10pm - which is annoying enough.
But by far the most annoying is the recent tradition of letting fireworks at midnight of New Year's Eve. I think it started with the millennium because I really can't recall that the sound of explosive detonations ushered in the new year before that 1999 event - and at the time I thought that was OK. After all, a new millennium is quite an event, but a new year isn't.
It went on last night for more than an hour after midnight last night. There was the usual cacophony of explosions from the strike of twelve, but it actually seemed as if some people waited until there was a quiet moment before they set off their own.
It used to bother me when the kids were younger, but they were up till late with the rest of us seeing in the new year - we had a modest little party with a few close friends. Even so, it still bothers me that this is happening today even though it isn't keeping me or my kids up.
The thing is, it symbolises the lack of consideration that now exists in Britain today - a perfect representation of the "I'll do what I want and sod the rest of you" society that doesn't care that what they do may bother someone else.
I hate it.