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Pyrotechnics are a showstopper, guaranteed to excite audiences and incite awe. The most outstanding fire spectacle is the legendary creature flaunting its fiery quirk. To bring the legendary creature to life, it takes a team of skilled designers, architects and most importantly, pyrotechnicians.
In 2012 Disney unleashed a life-size, flying, fire-breathing dragon, which circled above a crowd of astonished spectators at Florida Walt Disney World. The all-singing, all-dancing dragon was created in commemoration of the expansion of Fantasyland and was let loose for one night at the celebrations.
Two years later the Magic Kingdom went under rejuvenation. This time, a fire-breathing dragon was constructed, and became a permanent feature at the Festival of Fantasy Parade. Without the flying capabilities of the 2012 model, this Steampunk inspired Maleficent dragon parades around the complex at 25ft tall, majestically blowing fire.
Disney World is not the only theme park to feature a fire-breathing dragon. At the Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter exhibits a growling, fire-breathing Ukranian Ironbelly dragon. Dominating Diagon Alley, the 40ft creation perches on the top of Gringotts Bank attracting crowds who hope to see the dragon spring to life.
One man who appreciates the excellence of a man-made, fire-breathing dragon is father of two, science fanatic, Jacob Strickling. On his Youtube channel ‘Make Science Fun’, Jacob constructs a fire-breathing dragon by dismantling a remote control car and a toy dragon. Through the addition of a smoke machine and a bottle of flammable gas, the 5-minute video shows the birth of ‘Draggy’, the fire-breathing dragon.
Published date: 24th May 2016
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According to a recent survey carried out by the Environment Agency and the AA, nearly half of drivers aged 65 and over would be willing to drive through a flood, putting themselves and their vehicle at risk, rather than turn around and find a different route.
Most of us are familiar with the warm orange glow of street lighting. The lamps are lit with sodium bulbs, which work by passing an electric current through a tube containing solid sodium. The reaction produces large amounts of heat and light.
This office is definitely not one for claustrophobics. Danish creative director Jonas Hallberg has renovated an old trailer into his own shabby-chic mobile office, meaning he can work wherever he likes.