What binds men in the Netherlands together? Regardless of background, culture or class, it’s that time of year when the usually placid Dutch lions, regress into cavemen and gather around devices that flame, hiss, whizz and bang and say fire!

Whether aged 14 or 54, there seems to be a universal obsession with fireworks in this country. Watching the news just now, reports are already coming in of people who’ve lost fingers, injured eyes, and even worse a cat that had a lit firework stuck up its bum and exploded, unbelievable.

When out and about today in the Netherlands, watch out for idiots throwing fireworks around. Have a fun and safe happy new year.