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The Reel Life: Rubber ducky edition

25 May 2017

Residents of the town of Steeple Aston in Oxfordshire were distressed about a number of deep potholes in the street that the local government had not filled, so they decided to draw attention to the potholes in a creative fashion by filling them with rubber ducks.

The highly visible, yellow rubber ducks had the added benefit of illustrating the location of the potholes to drivers, as well as shaming the authorities for "ducking the issue."

Despite the old political adage that there's no liberal or conservative way to fill a pothole, there's clearly many ways for local governments of all political stripes to not fill potholes, and Steeple Aston isn't the first town where citizens have had to get creative. In 2015, an irritated resident of Manchester went around town with spray paint drawing naughty bits around potholes, thus forcing the city council to fill them immediately to avoid embarrassment. In Portland, Oregon, a group of local anarchists clued into the fact that people might like your political movement more if they think you're doing something constructive and formed Portland Anarchist Road Care (PARC). The black-masked anarchists go around filling potholes themselves, and have basically told the city that if they think potholes should be filled by trained professionals to meet regulations, they can send the professionals out to the potholes before PARC gets to them.

While we admit that our first instinct in dealing with potholes is to decide it's too dangerous to drive anywhere and we should clearly just stay home and play online slots, it's inspiring to see neighbors coming together to find peaceful and creative ways of embarrassing their local officials.

Get in the fast lane, Grandma, this bingo game is ready to roll!

Everything's coming up roses at Slotland this month with the debut of its new Full Bloom slot game. Full Bloom is a floral fantasy with surreal exotic flowers. It has a bonus Pick Me game where players can win instant prizes, up to 5,000 coins.

Slotland always gives players a freebie to try new games. This time, they've got a $12 freebie, and they're also running a free contest with a $2,500 prize.

Full Bloom has a low betting range — only 30 cents, up to a maximum of $6 per spin so players can have a lot of fun without risking much money. Unlike penny slots, though, Full Bloom features a Bonus Game triggered by Honey Bee scatters, where players choose from a selection of flowers to reveal instant bonus prizes.

"Full Bloom has 15 fixed paylines. You don't have to decide how many lines to bet on, just how much to bet per line: 30, 60, 120, 240 or a max bet of 600 coins," explained Slotland's manager, Michael Hilary. "You can bet as little as 30 cents, and the maximum bet is only $6, so you can have lots of fun for without risking much money."

"Sometimes I like to play for higher stakes," said one regular player. "When I've got lots of money in my account, I might place a few big bets in a game like Olympus or Alice in Wonderland or one of the other deluxe games tied to the big site-wide progressive jackpot. But usually I prefer to place small bets, so I think I'll be playing Full Bloom a lot!"

"I don't know where they got these crazy space-age flowers," said another player. "There sure isn't anything like these growing in my garden!"

Players who play Full Bloom the most this month will win a total of $2,500. The top player will get $250 and 40 other players also be in the money.

Full Bloom introductory casino bonuses
$12 Freebie
All players that have made at least one prior deposit are eligible.
15x wagering requirement, no max cash out. Valid for Full Bloom only.

100% Deposit Bonus
Bonus code: TRYME100
17x wagering requirement; valid for Full Bloom only.

70% Deposit Bonus
Bonus code: MATCHME
12x wagering requirement; may be claimed up to twice per day; valid for all slots and progressive jackpot games.

30% Deposit Bonus
Bonus code: ALLGAMES
10x wagering requirement; may be used up to three times per day; valid for all games.

These bonuses are valid from 24-30 May 2017 only.

$2,500 Full Bloom Contest
40 players will win a total of $2,500. $250 will go to the top player.
Wagering requirement: 10x; max cash out 4x bonus amount.
Prizes awarded for game play from 24-30 May 2017.

Full Bloom is available only at Slotland and its partner Win A Day Casino.

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