Photographer's Note

A break from the TE meeting in Amsterdam before Bonfire Night (November 5th) gets too far behind us.......

This guy is a member of aspiring group of young men who are developing their repetoire of fire juggling, twirling and blowing skills......they were hired by a local football club to 'warm up' the crowd before the fireworks.

Their new trick this year was to create the 'human catherine wheel' wire mesh filled twirling poi which shot combustable material for 40 yards in each direction.....really spectacular when the floodlights were suddenly turned off. I think the performer here is Simon Ratzker - some of you may remember some images of him last year holding fire between his teeth.....this year the wind was kinder and his nose hairs weren't singed. This is the first time I've seen him do this and I'm sure it is him because the height of the figure would indicate he is on stilts...which he was for the whole show.

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