I recently had the great pleasure of visiting my old friend Birket Foster (www.mbfoster.com) in Ottawa. He is a wonderful host for this amazing city, and it feels like he missed out on a career as its ambassador! The timing of our visit coincided with the 17th annual fireworks festival held in Gatineau, just across the river in Québec. The evening for which we got tickets was the presentation by the Chinese delegation... what a treat! The fireworks, coordinated with a beautiful piece of classical music, were simply breathtaking – a masterful 20-minute coordinated explosion of colours and patterns that delighted eyes and ears while providing that satisfying percussive thump when the sound of an exploding shell finally reaches the stands. As you know, the Chinese invented gunpowder - so there is a strong expectation of great things from them when putting on such a display... and they did not disappoint. In fact, they..