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Fed Up Cyclist Attaches Air Horn To Bike To Get Pedestrians To Move Out Of The Way

bike lane2Sometimes pedestrians wander from designated pavements into the bike lane, and one cyclist was so fed up of having to slow down while they moved that he came up with an alternative solution: an air horn.  In a hierarchy of road occupants, car drivers sigh at cyclists, and cyclists sigh at stray pedestrians. Unlike this

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Sometimes pedestrians wander from designated pavements into the bike lane, and one cyclist was so fed up of having to slow down while they moved that he came up with an alternative solution: an air horn. 

In a hierarchy of road occupants, car drivers sigh at cyclists, and cyclists sigh at stray pedestrians. Unlike this cyclist however, most of them just accept that they have to share the road.

After showing viewers a glimpse of his everyday walker-filled struggles, the frustrated cyclist captured the responses unsuspecting members of the public gave when he put his new attention seeking airhorn to use.

Check out the video here:

Admittedly, the air horn did seem to have a lot more authority than an innocent, twinkling bell. The pedestrians seemed much more willing to move when it sounded like a huge truck was coming up rapidly behind them.

Sharing the video online, the creative man wrote:

I am fed up with people walking in the Cycle lane in London. It’s like they don’t even care that is there. I decided to make my presence more known by investing in an air horn. These are my results.

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Despite its success at getting pedestrians to move, the use of the air horn did have its issues. One surprised man nearly leapt into the main road in fright, while another, more aggressive member of the public actually pushed the cyclist off his bike after a short dose of the gas powered notification system.

Though, those issues probably wouldn’t have occurred if the pedestrians hadn’t been in the bike line in the first place.

The video received mixed opinions from viewers, with some sticking up for the pedestrians who, at some points in the video, didn’t have much choice but to be in the cyclist’s way.

One defensive viewer wrote:

You’re honking at them for crossing a street that REQUIRES them to walk through the bike lane? Cmon dude.

Another added:

i get if they are just walking in the lane, but when they’re just crossing the street?

For other viewers however, the video was a delightful source of entertainment:

I want more videos like this.

I’m sure there is a lot of scope for more videos like this, given the host of rivalries that seem to exit between various modes of transport.

There’s cars in the bike lane:

If you drive in the bike lane, just know, you’re tacky and I hate you.

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People thinking that cars won’t hurt them:

Why do people think it’s okay to walk in the middle of the road ?

And even scooters fighting for a place on the road:

I know how dangerous riding with cars can be. I’ve ridden the scooter too. They’re fun and convenient, and crazy dangerous if you’re not in a bike lane or wearing a helmet.

As annoying as it must be for cyclists to have people meandering in their lane, at least the situation has produced this entertainingly questionable video showing one alternative method of getting people’s attention.

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Puppies Steal The Show At Chilean Military Parade

Puppy Parade BNo parade is complete without puppies; the softer and cuddlier the better. And Chile have absolutely the right idea.

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No parade is complete without puppies; the softer and cuddlier the better. And it appears Chile have absolutely the right idea on this front.

A precious bunch of golden retriever pups have marched in Chile’s annual military parade; proudly celebrating the country’s 208th Independence Day. One day, these babies will grow big and strong enough to serve as police dogs, but for now the only crimes they are solving are the midday blues.

Curled up cosily in the neon green pouches of police trainers, these balls of fluff were closely followed by rows and rows of adult golden retrievers; looking dignified as they marched beside uniformed men.

The grown up goldies were even wearing little booties – as well as big, beaming smiles – just in case this pooch parade wasn’t already reaching dangerous levels of cuteness.

These dogs belong to the Canine Unit of the national police force of Chile, known as the Carabineros de Chile. The nine new puppies are the latest recruits, and appeared quite curious about all the goings on as they peeked out of their pouches.

The parade itself took place at the Bernardo O’Higgins Park in Santiago, Chile, with over 9,500 Chilean troupes in attendance.

This year, the puppies truly stole the show, with people all over the globe longing to give them a pat.

Those who have watched footage of the parade have more or less melted into think air at the sight of their sleepy little faces and paddy paws.

One person squealed:

That looks like Peace on Earth. We’d all be happy if we had a dog in our arms or by our side.

Another cooed:

Golden retriever police dogs.., I would immediately plead guilty so I could play with the doggie!

Others took the opportunity to praise the remarkable role of dogs who devote valuable walkies time to serving their country.

One person commented:

Those police dogs are true professionals. They help fighting crime, drug traffickers, and most importantly, they are corruption and bribe proof. They thrive on love, recognition, a decent retirement age and a welcoming home when they retire (I have seen their work in Chile).

Another said:

There is something so beautiful about this video. Dogs are man’s best friend. Side by side to serve and protect!

This is the best sort of parade. We salute you, good boys!

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Guy Dressed As Forrest Gump Raises £50k For Charity Running Round America Five Times

gump runThe film Forrest Gump gave us a lot of catchphrases, one of the most memorable being ‘run Forrest, run!’ Taking inspiration from the movie, one man did just that by recreating Forrest’s route, raising £50k for charity as he did so. Rob Pope set out to follow Forrest’s famous path across the United States to

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The film Forrest Gump gave us a lot of catchphrases, one of the most memorable being ‘run Forrest, run!’ Taking inspiration from the movie, one man did just that by recreating Forrest’s route, raising £50k for charity as he did so.

Rob Pope set out to follow Forrest’s famous path across the United States to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund and Peace Direct, running day in, day out as he crossed the states five times in 15,607 miles, becoming the first person to cross the US on foot four times in one year.

The determined Liverpudlian took on the enormous challenge after being inspired by his mother, who told Rob before she died to ‘do one thing in your life that makes a difference’.

Take a look at Rob’s story and donate here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLAGd8H8QoM&feature=youtu.be

While Forrest changed some people’s lives along his route, like inspiring the creations of the smiley face t-shirt and the slogan ‘sh*t happens’, he was simply running because he felt like it.

Rob also felt like running – I don’t think you’d volunteer to take on a challenge like that if you didn’t – but took the opportunity to make a difference in the world while he was at it.

Speaking to UNILAD, Rob explained:

The Forrest idea came about in the process of planning as I’d wanted to do as well as possible for my two charities, the World Wildlife Fund and Peace Direct.

In the film, when Forrest runs over the Mississippi for the fourth time, he gets chased by reporters who ask him why he is running. He’s asked if he’s running for world peace, the homeless, women’s rights, the environment or animals.

My two charities encompass all of these things and they blow me away and provide a great source of motivation every time I read about their work. I just want to help how I can.

He later told UNILAD:

I figured I’d just run as fast as I could for as long as I could.

Understandably, there were days during Rob’s incredible mission where he woke up and really didn’t feel like running 40 miles. I’m sure most of us feel that way all the time. He admitted that he wasn’t a morning person and actually felt like quitting every day.

However, Rob, who is a veterinarian by trade, was driven by his end goal of doing something memorable, which spurred him on even when he felt injured, tired, hungry or cold.

He explained:

I made things better by removing the element of choice from the equation. I became my own tough boss, and so once I knew I had to do it then it wasn’t a problem.

Look for your own inner motivation, you’ll always find something.

Take a look at some clips and pictures from Rob’s incredible accomplishment:

Rob followed Forrest’s route from ocean to ocean, and made the feat even more authentic by wearing similar outfits to the ones seen in the movie.

The inspirational man had Forrest’s classic Bubba Gump Shrimp hat and even avoided stopping for a haircut or shave throughout the journey, turning himself into the much-loved movie character himself.

Rob explained how people recognised him as Forrest, saying:

People saw the hat and saw the beard, and then they thought ‘guy running, beard, hat, it must be Forrest Gump’.

I saw a little kid in LA who was just coming out of school, he pointed at the cap and he was just like ‘oh my God you’re actually Forrest Gump!’

Rob has had to put more than just his muscles in to the 15,000 mile journey, and admitted himself and his partner Nadine invested their life savings in the run, giving up their house deposit for the good of raising money for charity.

The marathon runner explained that the sacrifices made were outweighed by the highlights of his journey, many of which came in the form of friendly, supportive people who ‘renewed [Rob’s] faith in humanity.’

Rob said:

There were so many special people that I met. Not even in person, I had really big online fans, and the comments that they gave me were just really inspiring.

I’ve learnt that we don’t need to make America great again. It’s alright as it is.

If you want to achieve something big you’ve got to make sacrifices, haven’t you? Just accept them.

Rob spoke to the BBC about some of the kind things people did for him along the way, like donating food and offering him a place to sleep.

The runner recalled:

I knocked on one house in Tennessee and asked the guy if I could camp in his back garden for the night. When he asked if I had any weapons I told him I carried nothing other than the razor sharp British wit – to which he responded, ‘I carry plenty,’ and pulled a carving knife out from behind his back.

But instead of using it, he invited me in, cooked me chilli and let me stay in his camping trailer.

American kindness at its finest!

Rob shared pictures of his progress online, holding up signs which recorded his distance and added how much further he had to go using the hashtag ‘#RunRoblaRun’.

At 2,000 miles, Rob impressively stated he wasn’t tired yet, and so wouldn’t be going home. He said there were roughly 200 miles to go until he hit the ocean, but if you’ve seen Forrest Gump, you’ll know that’s no excuse for stopping.

Speaking about what would happen when he made it to the coast, Rob said:

After that, it’s anyone’s guess.

Rob’s mammoth journey took him over 400 days, and he made sure to finish it with a bang. While I’m sure anyone would consider dropping to their knees after running for so long, Rob dropped down on to one and proposed to his girlfriend.

When he completed the run in March this year, he shared a picture of his final total on Twitter and put the incredible distance in to perspective, writing:

15,000 miles. 2500 x height of #Everest, a 15th of the way to the #moon, 4 x as long as the #Amazon and #GreatWall of China, 5.5 x the distance from #LA to #NYC…or…this run, consisting of 400 days of rubber on tarmac. 37.5 miles a day.

Rob has been nominated for a 2018 Pride of Britain award for his achievements, which he announced on Twitter:

An incredible honour! Chuffed to announce that I’ve been nominated for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year as part of the @PrideOfBritain Awards!

You’d think jogging across America multiple times would be enough to put anyone off running for a while, but as well as juggling fatherhood and planning his wedding, Rob is intending to take part in a 152 mile race across the Sahara Desert.

The impressive runner even took part in the London Marathon in the midst of his American adventure, when he took a break (if you could call it that) and flew home to witness the birth of his daughter.

At the marathon he once again channelled his inner Forrest and dressed as the character to complete the race while continuing to raise money for Peace Direct and WWF.

Rob finished the marathon in a stunning 2 hours and 36 minutes and smashed the world record for the fastest runner dressed as a film character while he was at it.

Credit where credit is due – Rob is an incredible man.

Take a look at an interview taken with Rob taken just after he completed the London Marathon:

The Liverpudlian has so far raised about £50,000 for charity, but his minimum goal is £100,000. While that is a jaw dropping amount of money to give to charity, Rob is dreaming big and asked ‘why can’t we get a million?’

He continued:

There’s people in the world who are having a hellish time, and animals as well, so if I can do something here that people will recognise and see, then we can go and do the good work where it’s really needed.

For someone who took on Forrest’s iconic 15,000 mile run and succeeded, I don’t think he’ll be giving up on his £1 million goal before he reaches it!

Rob took a story of fiction and made it real life; he overcame the days when that next 40 miles seemed impossible and proved to everyone that you can always achieve your goals with enough determination.

Rob is truly incredible – take a look at his website and donate here.

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Footage From David Attenborough’s New Series ‘Dynasties’ Released

dynasties1Get ready to hear the soothing tones of David Attenborough narrating some incredible wildlife scenes, because footage from his new series Dynasties has been released.  The upcoming BBC series will air later this year, with five episodes packed full of dramatic and intense stories about some of the most endangered animals on earth. Attenborough will talk

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Get ready to hear the soothing tones of David Attenborough narrating some incredible wildlife scenes, because footage from his new series Dynasties has been released. 

The upcoming BBC series will air later this year, with five episodes packed full of dramatic and intense stories about some of the most endangered animals on earth.

Attenborough will talk us through stunning scenes of lions, hunting dogs, chimpanzees, tigers and emperor penguins, with each episode focusing on the ‘leader’ of the group as they fight to hold on to the top spot while protecting their family, territory and dynasty.

The BBC shared some awesome new scenes of the wildlife-filled documentary on Facebook today in honour of World Animal Day.

Take a look here:

Dynasties: First Look | New David Attenborough Series

This #WorldAnimalDay, we’re giving you an exclusive first look at David Attenborough’s new series.#Dynasties – coming soon to BBC One.

Posted by BBC One on Thursday, 4 October 2018

Dynasties has been in the works for four years, with production team working in amongst the incredible animals in an attempt to tell their stories.

The BBC Director of Content, Charlotte Moore, spoke about her hopes for the upcoming series:

The wonderful David Attenborough will inspire audiences once again when he brings the natural world to life on BBC One with Dynasty.

Four years in the making, capturing extraordinary family dynamics and behaviour, I hope these intimate animal dramas will connect with audiences just as Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II did.

Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual Tom McDonald added:

Dynasty is such a distinctive series, with a completely unique approach to bringing the audience into the lives of these iconic animals.

I’m thrilled that Sir David will be bringing his extraordinary storytelling to this incredibly ambitious, landmark project – a gripping portrait of our planet at a tipping point for the animals, their habitats and our world.

Executive producer of Dynasties Mike Gunton has said he thinks the new series is even more gripping than Planet Earth II – which sets very high expectations for the show.

He said:

After making Planet Earth II it’s very exciting to now have the chance to show another, and I think even more intense and gripping, perspective on the lives of our planets most impressive, yet vulnerable creatures.

Viewers of Dynasties will watch the lives of the animals in focus unfold in incredible detail, giving us a rare insight into their incidents, successes and workings within the family.

The clip released today hints that the show will involve some inevitable emotional moments as well as awe-inspiring action.

The scenes were met with a lot of excited comments from viewers, who, like the majority of us, can’t wait for the show’s release.

One Attenborough fan wrote:

Oooo… I shall look forward to that!…Absolute LOVE David Attenborough programs

While another is already mentally preparing themselves for the pain that will no doubt occur:

I won’t be able to watch any of it I can’t bare to see them in pain.

A third viewer added:

genuinely don’t think I’ve ever been as excited by any programme ever.

Attenborough’s documentaries never fail to leave us open-mouthed in shock and awe, and Dynasties is looking to be no different!

Awesome.

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