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  • Tiana's story reminds me of our recent travels in Canada where we were scared of bears, even though we wanted to see one. Don't be silly people would say, you have snakes in your country, they are much worse than our bears. But snakes don't climb up trees after you, they don't hunt you down to get at your food. In Australia more people are killed by horses or bees than snakes, or crocodiles, or spiders or sharks, and yet we have some of the deadliest snakes in the world. We rarely see them and then they are mostly trying to get out of our way. I quite like snakes but I still get that surge of fear every time I see one.

    Then a Canadian told us a story of a New Zealander who said he was afraid of beers. The Canadian thought that this was very strange to be afraid of beer but eventually realised that the New Zealander was saying bear not beer and it all began to make sense. New Zealand doesn't have snakes.
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