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(12th March 1998 Daily Telegraph)

Miller's tale of creepy crawlies

ARACHNOPHOBES at Cazenove should stay well clear of Christopher Miller, a 30-year-old Indian equities salesman who returned on Monday from a week's holiday in the southern Mexican resort of Oaxaca.

Waking up on his first morning, he noticed a bloody eruption on his right thigh and rushed to the doctor. "It is common to be bitten by spiders around here," said the doc, proudly showing off his spider scars. "It has probably laid eggs, so do not scratch."

Miller's suspicions were raised when, on the following night, he spotted a tarantula scampering across the patio floor. The tropical disease specialists in London will have a good poke tomorrow. Spiders lay up to 1,000 eggs and Miller has been advised to let them hatch or risk complications.

His Caz training has enabled him to take it in his stride: "At the end of the day, spiders have to lay eggs somewhere," he says stoically. "I don't know whether I am a father or a mother," he tells me, adding generously: "Do you fancy being one of the godfathers?"

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