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SwissTony Donating Member (240 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-14-11 01:20 PM
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Aussie spiders are migrating to England
Australia's deadly redback spider is making regular appearances in the UK, a British newspaper reports.

The distinctive arachnid, a relative of the black widow, is one of a number of international creepy crawlies being found across England according to The Sun newspaper.

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A dozen redbacks were recently found at a factory at Preston in northwest England.

The Sun provided a stinging summary of the tiny spider: "pea-sized with a red stripe, their bite causes pain, swelling, nausea, chest pain, fever - and has caused 14 deaths in Oz".

<http://www.theage.com.au/national/aussie-spiders-are-mi... >

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This is actually our revenge for the pasting you gave us in the last cricket series Down Under. If you do it again, we're sending over the funnel webs. You have been warned.
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fedsron2us Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 06:43 PM
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1. Much more likely they are the related Latrodectus tredecimguttatus
Edited on Tue Nov-15-11 06:47 PM by fedsron2us
from Southern Europe

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latrodectus_tredecimguttat...

but then you would not expect the Sun to know the difference
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 12:11 PM
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2. I still haven't stopped smiling about that last Tour...
...back-to-back Ashes victories...so sweet!!!

Hugs and kisses from a fan of the Number One Ranked Test Cricket Country in the world....

:evilgrin:

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HiTack Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 07:58 AM
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3. Aussie spiders are migrating to England
Two things:
1. Do you realy expect us to take anything News International prints or broadcasts seriously?
2. Sounds more like the type of anti-immigration clap trap that the Daily Mail publishes, lol.
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SwissTony Donating Member (240 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 04:42 AM
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4. The Age is an Australian newspaper
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 04:57 AM by SwissTony
owned by the Fairfax group. Nothing to do with NI.

The Age is several levels above the DM etc. So, this implied equivalence is ridiculous.

And accidental importation of foreign species is nothing new.

Two points, but three errors. Well done!!!
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