Tuesday, 5 June 2012


A conversation with a pond-dipper's mother this afternoon, as I gently moved a three-spined stickleback with my fingers.

Mother: Do they bite?

Marsh tit: No, not like the Garra rufa that are used for pedicures in spas.

Mother: They've stopped doing that now, because of people with AIDS and that.

Marsh tit (perplexed): Really?

Mother: Yeah, they reckon you can catch HMV.

Marsh tit (unsure whether the epidemiological or the orthographic was the grosser inaccuracy): Crumbs.

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