16 May 2011


Today the BBC offered an apology before uploading a video clip on the news channel. After being bludgeoned with homicidal world leaders, crazed sex offenders, dead people, boring politicians and boring sports persons who seem to need no apology to exist and be held up to public scrutiny, Aunty apologised for showing a clip about a tarantula.

Here is an insect whose self survival instincts include the clever ability to spin silk out of its feet if its in danger of falling and whose inconvenient, but non-fatal, bite has improved the human art world by contributing to the invention of a lively dance, the tarantella.

Why apologise?

And if you do manage to get bitten, which seems a very difficult feat, here is the treatment:

Not Quite Figure and Ground in Venice

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