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Monday 29 December 2014

Kevin Myers: It's an unlucky person who doesn't like spiders 

The story of the hour is surely the appearance this week at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London of a full length golden cape made from the silk of Madagascan Golden Orb spiders. Over the course of five years, 24 she-spiders were captured at a time, and coaxed of their silk by teams of 80 silkers. The little beasts were then freed and replaced by fresh captives, and so on, in endless relays, as fresh spiders were lassoed and duly milked of their steely extrusions. In all, over a million spiders toiled to make the cape.

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