A wild life (of sorts) round-up:

For those fellow arachnophobes out there, BBC Breakfast was the show to avoid today (this time for more than just being a rubbish news programme).

It was covering the story of how exotic species of spider are finding their way onto our island and setting up home thanks to the milder weather we’ve been experiencing in recent years.

Quite without warning – at least to begin with – the BBC showed images of the tube web spider, false widow and other eight-legged creatures of doom now inhabiting our shores.

Be warned, this link to the story carries pictures and videos of spiders.

I can handle just about any bug, insect, flying thing, snakes, scorpions and other creatures. But I don’t like spiders.

I’m also not a huge fan of family-friendly pubs either.

And according to the latest issue of the Good Pub Guide, other drinkers are starting to revolt against rowdy kids in their favourite (or even least favourite) watering hole.

Nine in 10 of the 5,000 establishments listed in the guide allow children, prompting some readers to call for a new “no children” logo to help them avoid playschool pubs.

And apparently a loophole in our animal welfare laws means it is now easier than ever to keep primates as household pets.

Tory MP for The Wrekin Mark Pritchard has won support from the RSPCA, which claims as many as 3,000 primates are being kept as pets in the UK, in calling for the loophole to be closed.

He wants ministers to outlaw the breeding, sale or keeping of primates for the domestic pet market.

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