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Brenda Clough
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Don't believe me, look at the picture. Not for arachnophobes!

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Bishops Finger
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Well, it does all look a bit bizarre, but ISTM that 'Disgusted of Ottawa' needs to recall just who it is Who created spiders......and what useful beasties they are.

IJ

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jedijudy

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Wonder what folks would think of a chapel that just looks like a spider?

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Gee D
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quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
Don't believe me, look at the picture. Not for arachnophobes!

We shall send some blue tongue lizards. They love spiders, and help keep our funnel web spider population down.

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Brenda Clough
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You have to admit it's a creative tool for evangelism. You want to get closer just to see what the heck is going on.

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Lamb Chopped
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[Killing me] Still, they probably should have known better. There are so many people who have totally irrational responses to spiders, I'm not surprised to see the words "demonic" and "blasphemous" popping out.

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Pangolin Guerre
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I have, since childhood, been fascinated by spiders. There is nothing inherently "demonic" about them; that phrasing is merely evidence of human arachnophobia.

Years ago, I stayed in a cabin in which I was able to identify nine different varieties of arachnids... some web-catchers, some hunters out of the cracks. Nature, and God, in all the the wonders...

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Nick Tamen

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
Well, it does all look a bit bizarre, but ISTM that 'Disgusted of Ottawa' needs to recall just who it is Who created spiders......

Indeed.

That said (or that sung), it is hard for me to believe they didn't see the reaction coming.

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I'm also a bit surprised, having grown up in Ottawa. Apparently they were told it went just fine in other cities. I'm curious where...
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HenryT

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The whole spider vs dragon was one of the most successful public events in Ottawa in a long time.

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Brenda Clough
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I would have gone to see it, myself. Clearly it is art.
There is a tradition of large animals in the US but they are usually advertisements. A seafood chain moved into a local office building near here, and celebrated the opening of the restaurant with a gigantic inflatable crab. This seems (from the photo) to be about the same size as the spider. They moored the crab to the side of the office building, and it was visible from the interstate. One must hope that the number of people frightened away were balanced by those who were fascinated and came closer. (It was red and white, which shows you it was a =cooked= crab.)

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Baptist Trainfan
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Here in the Land of Song we've had some rather splendid dragons. Mind you, I haven't seen the babies - only mum, dad and the eggs!
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welsh dragon

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We have been to Nantes and loved it.

Maybe people would have liked the elephant better, he is fun to ride.

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lilBuddha
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quote:
Originally posted by welsh dragon:
We have been to Nantes and loved it.

Maybe people would have liked the elephant better, he is fun to ride.

I read the last line as elephant butter.

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welsh dragon

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No butter, but the giant mechanical elephant can lumber along and carry 50 passengers while squirting jets of water through its trunk.

It is great fun but people on the ground need to keep well clear of the enormous mechanical feet.

Book in advance if you are in the area.

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