It’s snake season, and we’ve seen a few down in Agulhas in the last couple of weeks. The one I saw this weekend was only a baby though, and with fishing net in hand (we were off to the beach), I did a quick catch and release.
Here’s the catch (as it were):


…which shows the colour and beautiful patterning along this little Puff Adder’s back.

And here’s the release bit.


I’d love to have got some proper close up shots, but even though this little guy was only ±30cm long, he could still pack a punch. Sometimes, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Especially when you are 50km from the nearest hospital.

More weekend photos (from camera and phone) here.

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CSKA Moscow-Supporting Firefighter’s “Day Made” By Fire at Rivals’ Stadium

A fire at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, home to local football sides Spartak Moscow and Torpedo Moscow, as well as the Russian national team has delighted Moscow fireman Nikolai Alexanderov.

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Sources at the scene quote Alexanderov as smiling broadly as he and his colleagues fought the blaze which had taken hold on the northwestern side of the stadium.

“This is a great experience for me! The best day ever! I joined the Moscow Fire Brigade simply because I love helping with putting fires out. Houses and minor arson attacks are one thing, but these big fires at buildings of national significance are what I really enjoy. Add to that the fact that I am a lifelong CSKA fan and this stadium is the home of our bitterest rivals Spartak Moscow, and it is on fire.
Together, this combination, it is what is officially called a Daymaker.”

The cause of the fire was, at the time of writing, unclear. But that mattered little to Nikolai, who was smiling broadly and singing the official CSKA club song as he trained his hosepipe on the blaze.

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Good Intentions

I came home, switched the computer on, got the camera with all its lovely photos on ready. Kids to bed, quick dinner and then…

I gave up. Maybe it was the two hours of fun in the sun in Struisbaai beach this morning. Maybe it was the beer with dinner.

Either way. Tomorrow.

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How Many Late ’90s Premier League Stars Can You Name?

Buzzfeed quizzes aren’t really my thing, but this one, spotted on Facebook (obvs) was quite fun. If you are a fan of football (or more specifically, if you were a fan of Premier League football in the late ’90s) you might enjoy it too:

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What? I’m not helping you.

I managed full marks, but there were a couple that I had to close my eyes and hope for the best.

How’s your Scandinavian Liverpool Central Defender Knowledge from 18 years ago? Let me know.

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Incoming stolen quota photo opportunity from


Very pretty – one of my favourite building on the London skyline. I did some of my Masters degree right underneath it. Interestingly, when it was built in the early 1960’s, as part of the British Government’s new microwave communications network, the UK was in the middle of the Cold War. The (then) Post Office Tower was designed as a cylinder, rather than a block simply because it had been noted that a greater number of cylindrical buildings survived the nuclear blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was hoped that if (or when) the Ruskies bombed London, the tower might survive, and with it, the all important communications network.

It may well have survived that, if it had ever happened, but it infamously fell foul of Twinkle, the giant kitten.

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Yes. Kittens were huge (literally) in popular culture, even before the internet was around. And if Brian reads this before the end of the day, he’s got a lovely Feline Friday tie-in opportunity with his post from yesterday.

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