The following took place on Thursday 16 October 2008, 00:22:
“You know there are poisonous spiders in the UK now?” I pointed out. “Including the False Widow Spider.”
“This isn’t a False Widow Spider, it’s a Stupid Spider,” said Mum.
“Why? What does it do?”
“It jumps into people’s hot baths.”
She put it down on my desk and went away, leaving it to scuttle behind a pile of Ty Beanie Babies.
Maybe I should give it some hot chocolate and bunny slippers now that it’s all soapy clean.
Actually, when you’re researching spiders on the internet, it’s a bad time for a cat to sneak quietly under the desk and brush against your feet.