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I studied Herpetology as part of my degree, no idea how many snakes I’ve handled; a LOT, from tiny garter snakes to the massive retic that needed 4 of us to lift it.
But one in particular sticks in my mind.
I had to handle our uni’s Rainbow Boa as part of my practical exam.
Our class were assigned one snake and one ‘other’ to handle in the exotics room, and were marked on the method and the information we gave, (I had to handle the plated lizard as well), but when I arrived for the exam, the boa had gone into Ecdysis (shedding) so my tutor told me to get the rat snake out instead, it was notoriously hard to handle snake, always seemed to be grumpy, most people avoided handling it if they could.
But I managed to get it out of the viv successfully and onto the examination table which I was quite chuffed at, as like i said, it was a notorious animal.
I  started to do my presentation about how to handle snakes responsibly and a little about the species (I had to try to remember anything I could about the rat snake as I’d revised for the rainbow boa), It was all going rather well, if I do say so myself, but then as I lifted it up to talk about the reproductive organs, it defecated everywhere, all over me, the table, the floor, it truly was disgusting, but I got extra marks for talking about hygiene ;). 

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I studied Herpetology as part of my degree, no idea how many snakes I’ve handled; a LOT, from tiny garter snakes to the massive retic that needed 4 of us to lift it.

But one in particular sticks in my mind.

I had to handle our uni’s Rainbow Boa as part of my practical exam.

Our class were assigned one snake and one ‘other’ to handle in the exotics room, and were marked on the method and the information we gave, (I had to handle the plated lizard as well), but when I arrived for the exam, the boa had gone into Ecdysis (shedding) so my tutor told me to get the rat snake out instead, it was notoriously hard to handle snake, always seemed to be grumpy, most people avoided handling it if they could.

But I managed to get it out of the viv successfully and onto the examination table which I was quite chuffed at, as like i said, it was a notorious animal.

I  started to do my presentation about how to handle snakes responsibly and a little about the species (I had to try to remember anything I could about the rat snake as I’d revised for the rainbow boa), It was all going rather well, if I do say so myself, but then as I lifted it up to talk about the reproductive organs, it defecated everywhere, all over me, the table, the floor, it truly was disgusting, but I got extra marks for talking about hygiene ;). 

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I worked as a falconers apprentice for a while back in 2004 when I was at University studying my Animal Management and Behaviour degree.
Probably the best job I have ever had.
I used to arrive very early in the morning to prepare the chicken chicks for feeding later on (and say good morning to the secretary bird who used to greet me), that included the very messy job of removing the yoke sack from the chicks, not a particularly pleasant job but it had to be done; and last thing at night take the next batch of chicks out of the freezer to defrost for the next day. Some of the birds of prey were on a rotor and had to be fed at certain times and had to be weighed to determine how many chicks to feed them, especially the owls. Others were every other day, it was very carefully worked out. 
The centre I worked at was open to the public, but as it was winter there were no public displays, but I was taught to use a lure for the falcons, and spent a very interesting afternoon making new jesse’s for a pair of kestrels.
I still know how to tie a falconers knot XD

We also took one of the Harris Hawks for a walk around some woodland, my first time in charge of a bird. It was my job to call her back to the glove when we were ready to leave, it also meant walking a mile or so with her on the glove, and those birds are not light. 

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I worked as a falconers apprentice for a while back in 2004 when I was at University studying my Animal Management and Behaviour degree.

Probably the best job I have ever had.

I used to arrive very early in the morning to prepare the chicken chicks for feeding later on (and say good morning to the secretary bird who used to greet me), that included the very messy job of removing the yoke sack from the chicks, not a particularly pleasant job but it had to be done; and last thing at night take the next batch of chicks out of the freezer to defrost for the next day. Some of the birds of prey were on a rotor and had to be fed at certain times and had to be weighed to determine how many chicks to feed them, especially the owls. Others were every other day, it was very carefully worked out. 

The centre I worked at was open to the public, but as it was winter there were no public displays, but I was taught to use a lure for the falcons, and spent a very interesting afternoon making new jesse’s for a pair of kestrels.

I still know how to tie a falconers knot XD

We also took one of the Harris Hawks for a walk around some woodland, my first time in charge of a bird. It was my job to call her back to the glove when we were ready to leave, it also meant walking a mile or so with her on the glove, and those birds are not light. 

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I went to France in 1995 with my school for a week, somebody made a cock up when booking the tickets for the Eiffel Tower; so on the day we went to Paris, two of us weren’t able to go up. They asked for volunteers and myself and a boy from the school we were sharing the trip with; volunteered to stay behind with the French teacher from his school.
Mr. what ever his name was; bought us ice cream and we sat underneath the Eiffel Tower and ate them.
So it wasn’t as bad as it sounds, even though I would have liked to go to the top.

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I went to France in 1995 with my school for a week, somebody made a cock up when booking the tickets for the Eiffel Tower; so on the day we went to Paris, two of us weren’t able to go up. They asked for volunteers and myself and a boy from the school we were sharing the trip with; volunteered to stay behind with the French teacher from his school.

Mr. what ever his name was; bought us ice cream and we sat underneath the Eiffel Tower and ate them.

So it wasn’t as bad as it sounds, even though I would have liked to go to the top.

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I’ve only been to London 6 times in 30 years, but the best was seeing Big Ben in the snow (January 2004) on a trip with my university.

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I’ve only been to London 6 times in 30 years, but the best was seeing Big Ben in the snow (January 2004) on a trip with my university.

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Some of my most precious memories are of going fishing with my dad. He passed away in 1994 when I was 11, so I am very grateful to have spent those days just the two of us on the banks of various rivers.

One of my favourite fishing memories is standing on a wall by the side of the river Witham as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster flew low over my head and I fell off the wall.

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Some of my most precious memories are of going fishing with my dad. He passed away in 1994 when I was 11, so I am very grateful to have spent those days just the two of us on the banks of various rivers.

One of my favourite fishing memories is standing on a wall by the side of the river Witham as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster flew low over my head and I fell off the wall.

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I love picnics, and even though I’m almost 30, I still take my mum for drives in the country and we always take sandwiches and a flask of hot water, milk, sugar and tea bags.
Most of our picnics happen at RAF Coningsby where I do my plane spotting/photography/filming. But the more memorable ones have been up in the Lincolnshire Wolds or at the coast near Mablethorpe.

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I love picnics, and even though I’m almost 30, I still take my mum for drives in the country and we always take sandwiches and a flask of hot water, milk, sugar and tea bags.

Most of our picnics happen at RAF Coningsby where I do my plane spotting/photography/filming. But the more memorable ones have been up in the Lincolnshire Wolds or at the coast near Mablethorpe.

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My Dad passed away in 1994, and as a memorial to him, I helped plant a Victoria Plum tree in a Butterfly Garden that he helped to build, with a little plaque.
It’s still there, in Chambers Farm Wood, Between Bardney and Wragby in Lincolnshire (England).

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My Dad passed away in 1994, and as a memorial to him, I helped plant a Victoria Plum tree in a Butterfly Garden that he helped to build, with a little plaque.

It’s still there, in Chambers Farm Wood, Between Bardney and Wragby in Lincolnshire (England).

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My two best friends growing up (both boys), both had skateboards and they taught me to skate. I was actually pretty good, BUT, I always had to borrow a spare one from one of my friends :( because for what ever reason I never had my own.
I think my Mum felt that girls and skate boards didn’t go or something, so I had roller boots instead.

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My two best friends growing up (both boys), both had skateboards and they taught me to skate. I was actually pretty good, BUT, I always had to borrow a spare one from one of my friends :( because for what ever reason I never had my own.

I think my Mum felt that girls and skate boards didn’t go or something, so I had roller boots instead.

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One of the most breath taking sunrises I have ever seen was from 34000 feet above the Atlantic (just off the coast of Ireland)coming home from a holiday to New York City, it actually brought tears to my eyes it was that beautiful.

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One of the most breath taking sunrises I have ever seen was from 34000 feet above the Atlantic (just off the coast of Ireland)coming home from a holiday to New York City, it actually brought tears to my eyes it was that beautiful.

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I went to New York in 2006 by myself (I was 23 at the time), on my first day there I went to Madison Square Garden to pick up my New York Rangers ticket and then thought, ‘well I’m in the area, it’s a stunning day, not a cloud in the sky, why not visit the Empire State Building’, which I hadn’t managed on my trip to NYC two years previous.

I had my photo taken by these two employees and I hate having my photo taken, and they were trying to get me to smile. I still have that photo on my freezer in the kitchen and I do smile when I look at it :).

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I went to New York in 2006 by myself (I was 23 at the time), on my first day there I went to Madison Square Garden to pick up my New York Rangers ticket and then thought, ‘well I’m in the area, it’s a stunning day, not a cloud in the sky, why not visit the Empire State Building’, which I hadn’t managed on my trip to NYC two years previous.

I had my photo taken by these two employees and I hate having my photo taken, and they were trying to get me to smile. I still have that photo on my freezer in the kitchen and I do smile when I look at it :).

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