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2010 ..COMES IN WITH A BANG; The world rings in a new decade.. but what do we call it?

Byline: CLAIRE BRENNAN

THE skies above our capital were ablaze with colour last night as Guinness kicked off Ireland's New Year in style.

A breathtaking firework display at St James Gate marked the end of 2009 - and the 250th anniversary of the black stuff.

The event broadcast live on RTE featured a 42metre recreation of Arthur Guinness's famous signature.

He signed a 9000-year lease on the brewery back in 1769.

But the New Year celebrations were already underway across the world.

Welcoming in a new decade, more than a million revellers watched volleys of fireworks light up Australia's Sydney Harbour.

The awesome show illuminated the city with criss-crossing explosions of crimson, purple and blue. More than a billion TV viewers tuned in as 11,000 shells and 25,000 shooting comets were fired into the night sky in a display based on the stars of the Southern Cross constellation.

Islands in the Pacific were the first on the international dateline to welcome 2010, with the tiny nation of Kiribati followed by the Chatham Islands, Fiji and Tonga.

New Zealand waved goodbye to the Noughties with dance parties, bands and fireworks in its main cities.

But the fun was soured in the Philippines, where hundreds were injured by firecrackers and celebratory gunfire. Many Filipinos believe noisy celebrations drive off evil.

Meanwhile, experts were wondering what to call the new decade after the Noughties.

Suggestions so far include the tens, teens, tenties and even the tenners. There are plenty of ideas but what will stick? David Crystal, honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Bangor, says: "The teens and the teenies have been suggested but the problem is that those words have become associated with teenagers in the last fifty years and so there is pressure against using the same word.

"Tennies is a possibility because it has not been used before and it is a novelty. But that is more likely to become more popular towards the end of the decade and certainly not before 2013."

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CHICAGO Traders celebrate as markets close yesterday EDINBURGH Revellers at Hogmanay last night DUBLIN Fireworks over the Guinness Brewery SYDNEY Fireworks light up the sky over the opera house
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Date:Jan 1, 2010
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