There are at least two stories on any one page: the one the reader generates in the reading of it and the one in the writer generates in the writing. This is the writer’s version. Hive insects have queens whose only function is to produce the next generation. Humans have formalised this process for many animals in zoos, on farms, and in our own homes, and so we have brood mares, stud cats – or dogs or goats or horses or bulls – and ‘breeding stock’ of all kinds. We also breed our royalty so that both our kings and … Continue reading The Spider and the Wire Wool Madness: what’s that all about then?