The Wildlife Officers Trying to Get Florida’s Human-Alligator Conflicts Under Control — Longreads Blog

Andrew Revkin’s 1988 story on the rise of human-alligator conflicts in Florida.

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Give way or not to give?

I always try and give way to those drivers who are patient enough to wait. Of course there are times when the other driver has a right of way, so you are legally olbligated to do so. But 9/10 I will always be the one who stops to give way to the other driver. I see it almost everyday when i’m driving,  those with less pateince just pushing their bloody way through and you’re screaming at them cos you cant move anyway or they are so close to scracthing your car up! Idiots! I swear why do some drivers think they own the road!

I always say “thank you” when someone gives me way – I hold my hand up to show my appreciation or sometimes flash my headlights if it’s at nighttime and I do expect this in return. It’s only polite to isnt it?

It really winds me up when other drivers dont thank me in return. I’ve noticed some drivers just turn their noses up, dont look in your direction, just drive straight past you it’s like they think they don’t need too. Thats just down right rude. Where is your ‘driving etiquette?’.

The not so pleasant sound of the underground

So as it’s half term, we decided to have a day out in London as a family. We wanted the girls to experience the underground. We’ve been into London lots of times in the comfort of our own car (much easier by the way). Anyway, if you are a parent yourself you probably know where this is heading? So we had the girls in their pushchairs, we caught the train from our local train station which was fine. It was a bit cramped in the train with the pushchairs, got a few looks from other passengers. but some were so helpful and the girls help entertain the journey. Stepping on and off the train was very tricky as there is quite a big gap from the train and the platform – had to be extra careful not to get the wheels stuck between that gap.

Got to the next train station, our next train was on the platform on the opposite side of the station – got to the steps my partner and I both looked at each other as asked for a lift – NO LIFT. Ok so how we supposed to get up the steps with two pushchairs. Thank god for the very kind and thoughtful people who offered to help my and my husband lift the pushchairs up and down the staircases. Not easy let me tell you!

We found this was the case most of our journey – when we got into the underground you have those monster escalators which are so steep. I have a slight paranoia with escalators! I always dread going on and off them. Imagine me with a pushchair going on one? I was so nervous. I got the front wheels stuck a couple of times coming off, just imagine how catastrophic it could have been if I couldn’t push it away… all those people behind me rushing for the tube… a stuck pushchair…a bruised mum.

We managed to get on the tube however we just stood up most of the journey with the girls in their pushchairs, again very cramped and it wasn’t even rush hour.

It’s very disappointing that us mums and dads are not considered for when we are travelling with our children, especially when we are trying to be green and try to enjoy and let our kids experience the ‘great’ London Underground. Really?.


Newbie in the bloggers world

The Cyber Me
The Cyber Me

Hello there , I thought it would be polite to introduce myself into this extraordinary world of blogging! I finally bit the bullet and just said to my inner voice, “what the heck don’t be afraid just go for it!” And daily life permitting I created an opportunity to a create my first blog.

I wasn’t sure at first what my topic of interest should be do I narrow it down to just one topic or have several. I have seen and read many blogs and they all generally just tend to be geared towards one specific subject. Being a mum of two beautiful girls I would always get directed through social media to such blogs on parenting, or breastfeeding, or get your body back ones! They were all so inspiring and so good to read and I have to actually thank them for making me want to create my own blog and giving me some inspiration. SO THANK YOU to those bloggers and I hope you will all welcome me into your community!

So would you like to know with a little bit more about me? Yes, of course you do! You have no choice anyway as this is my blog! Haha.

Here goes, I’m a 37 year old woman, self employed, have a wonderful husband and I have two beautiful little girls and they are all the centre of my universe.  Everything I do revolves around them and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My thought of the day today is “Accept the love and be grateful”.

So that’s a brief introduction from me to you. Next I’ll be posting a piece which I feel very strongly about.

The purpose behind my blog is to write about day to day stuff , some of what may hopefully interest you and many maybe able to relate too. Current affairs, news, celebrities, my thoughts of the day – anything and every thing really.