By Charlotte Sleigh
Ants are legion: at the present there are 11,006 species of ant recognized; they dwell all around the global other than the polar icecaps; and the mixed weight of the ant inhabitants has been anticipated to make up part the mass of all bugs alive today.
When we come across them outdoor, ants fascinate us; chanced on in our kitchen cabinets, they elicit horror and disgust. Charlotte Sleigh's Ant elucidates the cultural purposes in the back of our various reactions to those notable bugs, and considers the range of responses that people have expressed at various instances and somewhere else to their complicated, miniature societies. Ants have figured as myth miniature armies, as versions of fine habit, as infiltrating communists and as creatures at the borderline among the geographical regions of the natural and the laptop: in 1977 British Telecom employed ant specialists to aid remedy issues of their colossal info network.
This is the 1st booklet to check ants in those and plenty of different such guises, and in so doing opens up broader matters concerning the heritage of technology and humans' kin with the flora and fauna. it will likely be of curiosity to a person who likes common background or cultural reports, or who has ever rushed out and purchased a can of Raid™.
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His fiction has been adapted for film, television, radio, and theatre. He lives with his family on the central coast of New South Wales. qxPETER 2/9/02 3:19 PM Page 47 every writer knows that although coincidence may be Fiction’s dire enemy, it is Real Life’s ardent lover. If I didn’t know this the summer I turned nineteen, I certainly understood that news editors adored the poignant coincidence. One Sunday morning that summer I was following sharks up the West Coast Highway, well outside my territory, with the two-way radio crackling in the office Ford Anglia and the sun glinting off the white dunes and sandy verges, off the roadside bottles and approaching car windscreens and the glassy Indian Ocean itself.
Ant (Animal) by Charlotte Sleigh