Headmaster Eats A Tarantula.

Hi,

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We have a damp morning here today, but we are getting used to it now, so that’s OK.

If we cannot go out so much in such weather, there is always tropical stuff to watch on the television…or a good book to get totally lost in.

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Things can be weird though, have you ever thought that real life is becoming more like television every day!

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St Olave’s Grammar School is in Orpington, south-east London, and it is attended by about 950 students.

The school also needed to find the money to buy £1,500 worth of suitable equipment for their new drama and sports hall.

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This mainly boys’ school recently greeted the arrival of a new Headmaster at the beginning of the month.

His name is Aydin Onac.

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Mr Onac decided to stick his toe straight into the academic water, by offering to take on the challenge of raising the needed money, and also get to know everyone at the same time.

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So, after some furious thinking and a bit of brainstorming, the new Headmaster came up with what seemed like a very good idea…he would eat a tarantula if the schoolchildren could come up with the required monies through sponsorship.

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Of course they were so fascinated by the whole idea that they quickly did so, and then there was a huge amount of interest from them all with regard to whether tarantulas were poisonous to eat, and wanting to know if their new headmaster was afraid of doing it.

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The parents had divided feelings about the whole thing.

Some wondered if eating a spider was a moral thing to do, others were enthusiastic about it.

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The worriers were placated to find that the tarantula would be eaten dead, not alive, in the manner that some such unlucky creatures are said to be consumed on ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’.

In fact, one of the more enthusiastic parents actually managed to source an ethical online company who supply creepy delicacies to the world.

The company is called ‘Edible‘ and if you want to order any spiders, grubs or scorpions, you could then serve some very exotic starters for your next dinner party.

They would certainly be a conversation piece!

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When D Day arrived….or should I say T Day….it was on a Friday morning about a week ago.

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Mr Onac was then publicly presented with his historic meal.

The spider was a black one with hairy legs and great big fangs.

It had been oven baked, and was crispy.

The intrepid fellow removed the fangs as well as he could, before he ate it’s head.

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The creature was very dry and he needed to use lots of water to manage to get it swallowed.

Apparently it was salty in taste, as well as very crunchy.

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You have to admire the man’s tenacity.

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The boys were all highly impressed and no doubt their headmaster is regarded as a total local hero.

It definitely started his new job with a bang….or should I say a ‘crunch’.

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Urghhhh,

Yuk and double yukety-yuk-yuk-yuk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Go and eat your food in peace today, and remember that it could always be a lot worse.

J,x.

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BBC film of eating tarantulas in Cambodia.

A last thought on the subject of spiders.

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Foreign travel has a lot to answer for too.

A highly poisonous Black Widow spider was found in August, inside a pick-up truck which had been imported from the US.

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The vehicle’s new owner was sharp eyed enough to spot it, so he captured it in a plastic box.

It was then taken to the local police station in Durham and was later identified as one of the most poisonous arachnids in the world.

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The vehicle was declared to be safe and totally spider-free after a thorough and comprehensive examination.

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It is now living a happy life in Bristol Zoo.

Everybody say Ahhhh!

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x.

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