Are there crocodiles down the drains?

The sewers and drainage systems are some of the most unpleasant places that you could ever need to go into. It’s one of the reasons why so much fantasy and horror is set in them. They are the underworld, the domain of our waste. Only the decayed and deformed live there. This is a bit unfair to the people that have to work in them. It’s also something of a comfort to them that CCTV Drainage Surveys like that from can be sent down first to make sure what the problem is in terms of blockage or what is splitting the drain liner.

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One of the most common myths that have persisted is that there are alligators or crocodiles thriving in them. To date, no one has found one in the UK, but the legend starts in New York City. There were reports of the alligators roaming around the sewers growing to adult size. The reason this myth began is due to the true fact that over 100 alligators are rescued from people’s homes in the city almost every year. This practise is now illegal and the trade has fallen dramatically. However, there could be some basis for truth.

As the baby alligator grows it becomes unmanageable and the owner either flushes it down the toilet or it seeks refuge in the dampest and warmest place it can find, with a ready food supply of rats. It’s not the first time such a legend has come up. In the late eighteen hundreds, there was a similar tale told about wild pigs living in London sewers. They would come out and menace people on Hampstead Heath. There have been sightings in Florida, but this is due to humans destroying the natural habitat of the reptile. Another case was of a baby alligator found in Paris. It had escaped its owner and now lives, contently, in an Aquarium.

Are there any scientific facts to suggest there might be a colony of living crocodiles and alligators? It seems that New York City would be the last place for it to happen if it did. Alligators love warm climates and weather, it’s why they prefer the swampy conditions and bayous of Louisiana and Florida some 500 miles south. New York is on a longitude higher than Glasgow and Edinburgh. Temperatures can drop well below freezing. If a baby crocodile or alligator did get down into them it wouldn’t be able to survive the cold of a New York winter.

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This is where the fiction writers get hold of the story and start to have fun. Perhaps these are mutant Alligators that have grown to enormous size and decided to go crazy. Maybe they are like Leatherhead in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Things You Can Ship Using a Plastic Card Mailer

Credit cards are an extremely versatile tool used for many daily activities. One less well-known use is as a type of packaging material. Although using these traditional cards gets less popular due to increased card debt, plastic card mailers are still very functional and appropriate in some situations. If you are trying to choose the best way to package your product, this could be helpful information. The following things can be shipped using plastic card mailers.

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How the Eurovision Song contest has evolved.

In the 1950’s the continent of Europe was emerging from the shadows of the most destructive war ever known. Economic deprivation was being relieved by the US Marshal Plan but the scars of the war were still evident. Rubble lined the streets in many areas and the recovery would take some time. What was needed was ways to bring the continent back together and try to heal the divisions. The Fairs Cup and European Football matches was one way, the Formation of the European Coal and Steel community ( the start of the EU) was another. However, it was felt that the Arts was where great strides and cooperation could be made. And so the Eurovision Song contest was duly born.

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As with the European Coal and Steel Community it also began life in 1951. The first contest was held in Salerno in Italy. It’s been going on without fail ever since. The only exception being for the COVID19 outbreak of 2020. It started to be regularly televised from 1956 onwards and it is not only the longest running international song contest it is also one of the longest running televised events. Back in the 1950’s you’d need to have very good reception to pick up the pictures from the continent and a TV aerial repair Cheltenham based operation like would have been as invaluable then as they are know.

The format is very clever. Each country, usually via their state broadcaster, sends a singer or group to perform a song of no longer than 3 minutes. Whichever country is successful gets to host the event the following year. The idea is that the contest allows the country the chance to exhibit themselves as a place of culture and well worth a visit. It also allows for some friendly competition and a chance to share ideas and the shared experience of being European.

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Sadly this has not completely worked out to be true. Even from the beginning it was clear that favorites began to emerge. The UK always gave Ireland 10 or 12 points (giving them victory over the UK at decisive moments on several occasions). Cyprus always gave Greece 12 points and Turkey nothing and in one memorable example the Portuguese song was used to signal the start of a military coup.

The situation became even worse after the fall of the Soviet Union. Now all the East European countries could compete. The competition had to be extended to qualifying shows before the usual Saturday night Grand final. This has made it harder of Europe’s fringe countries like the UK and Ireland as they have no neighbours to vote for them. Also The UK leaving the EU has not helped matters. How the Russian entrant will be received this year is also going to be interesting to watch.

Three Things that you can do to Help Fight Climate Change

The fight against climate change is one of the biggest and most important challenges that the world has faced. To undo the destruction of the planet, everyone must work together to reduce the impact that humans have on it and prevent further climate catastrophe.

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As an individual, there is a lot that you can do – making changes to the way that we live and how we use resources is something that everyone can do. Here are a few things that you can do to make a positive change…

Eat Fresh and Local – Eating fresh, local food is not only better for your health, but it is better for the environment. Eating food that has travelled less of a distance to be with you will not only be fresher but will have a much smaller carbon footprint. You will also be supporting small local businesses and farmers.

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Think About Materials You Use – Natural materials are much better than man made ones – they are more sustainable and easier to recycle, as well as this their production has less of a negative impact on the planet. For example, if you are thinking of building an extension or an outbuilding, look for something like these Timberpride oak garages, and for clothing choose natural materials like cotton.

Think About Travel – Travel can be detrimental to the environment – the fumes from cars for example, add to the greenhouse gases and pollution. Look into electric vehicles and consider where you can leave the car at home and walk or cycle.

Planning your Spring garden

Looking out of the window at your garden at this time of year can be a source of some sadness. Everything looks dormant and grey unless you’ve managed to get some winter flowering growth. It’s not the time to be downhearted. The thought of the spring Garden and the colour that it will bring should help. It’s an excellent time to make a lovely warm cup of tea or coffee and start to plan that spring garden out. Get a catalogue or go online and begin to plan and choose what you’re going to have next year. It’s precisely what the resident of the Park Homes Gloucestershire way properties are doing. Those living the Park Home Life will have their plans in full swing.

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The first thing to look forward to is the coming of the bulbs. Snowdrops and aconites seem to come easier and earlier as we get winters that are less cold or as long. Thanks to climate change, we are faced with a winter of mild to above seasonal average temperatures with strong wind and lots of rain for the future. This means that you can get your spring plants in earlier as the weather might allow early access.

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The best thing is to draw your garden into sections and pick them for each part. If you’re a bit computer savvy, there are plenty of garden design apps and programs that can help you plan it out before you’ve even broken the soil.

What should you include in a business plan?

A business plan is an essential document for any business to have. It can be used as a way to set the objectives and goals for your business that you want to achieve as well as a document that is often asked for when looking for financing for projects or business growth. There are a number of important elements that need to be included in the business plan and you might want to speak to your Gloucester accountants like Randall and Payne to ensure that you have the correct financial figures included in the plan.

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The Different Types of Rubber

We all know what rubber is and we see it and use it all the time in our everyday lives. Initially, humans could only use natural rubber but over the last century, synthetic rubbers are now available. Rubber is highly stretchy and can be moulded into many different shapes making it a very useful material for industrial and manufacturing purposes. There are two main categories – natural and synthetic but now silicone can be considered a third category. Here are some of the different types:

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Things To Look For When Buying Used Heavy Equipment

Purchasing heavy equipment is an investment that can cost you substantial amounts, whether you are buying new equipment or not. Buying used equipment for different purposes, such as construction or farming, means you have to be vigilant to ensure you get what suits your needs. Luckily, Massey Ferguson Tractor Dealer may have whatever you need. However, you need to make serious considerations when buying used heavy equipment to ensure the product you take home is precisely what you needed and wanted.

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