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« on: February 05, 2009, 01:39 AM »
Greetings All,
One of the advantages of not devoting so much of me spare time to posting at this 'ere great INF means I had time to catch up on some reading. A snippet I came across:

George Orwell’s diary entry for August 9, 1938
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Caught a large snake in the herbaceous border beside the drive. About 2’ 6” long, grey colour, black markings on belly but none on back except, on back of neck, a mark resembling an arrow head (...) all down the back. Not certain whether an adder, as these I think usually have a sort of broad arrow mark (^) all down the back. Did not care to handle it too recklessly, so only picked it up by extreme tip of tail. Held thus it could nearly turn far enough to bite my hand, but not quite. ... The people here normally kill all snakes. As usual, the tongue referred to as “fangs”.
From Peter Davison's Complete Works

Any ideas?
Cheers!
Technopat

Ps.
Not sure which is the more reckless: picking up an unidentified snake or snarfing unidentified shrooms...
Technopat's disclaimer: If this posting seems over the top and/or gets your goat (Sp. anyone?), please accept my apologies and don't take it personally - it's just my instinctive tendency to put my foot in it whenever/wherever possible. See also:
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/index.php/topic,266