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The Good, the Bad and the Oily

The Deepwater Horizon tragedy and BP’s Tony Hayward will probably be remembered as two of the world’s worst man-made environmental and PR disasters of the 21st century — and we’re only 10 years in! The pollution and damage to the Gulf coast goes beyond the tar balls washing up onto the beaches. The livelihoods of coastal dwellers are being destroyed and likely will not soon recover as sea life, spawning grounds, bird and fish migratory routes are all being affected. Who wants to swim in

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Scenes of a Mermaid Parade II

It’s not just mermaids at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. It’s a sea-related theme so anything goes in terms of costumes and floats. Many of the costumes are home made and quite ingenious in the use of materials or the humor of the theme. There’s also a car parade with enthusiasts showing off their horsepower. Check out more costumes and parade sights in the slide shows

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Scenes of a Mermaid Parade

For expats who live near the coast, summer means sun, sand, and surf and nothing exemplifies this more than the Coney Island Mermaid Parade in Brooklyn, NY. A Saturday event that happens around the Summer Solstice — this year the Mermaid Parade was on June 19th. The Mermaid Parade started in 1983 as an arts parade that celebrates all things sea-related. For a fee, anyone can march in the parade — and many do, showing off homemade costumes and floats.

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Games People Play

Schools and the park playgrounds are probably the first and best places to learn how to play. Playtime is universal and some children’s games have changed very little over the years. Hide and seek, tag, hopscotch, jump rope, red light/green light, red rover: these and other games don’t need a lot of equipment just a congregation of kids and a sunny day. So, what happens now that you’re all grown

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