Friday, September 5, 2008

Learning about snakes

When we turned up at the snake zoo near the beach, two days before they go to short schedules for the quiet season, we discovered we were the only people there for the 5:00 show. The woman doing the presentation, who we'd seen each time we went, was wonderful: she took one look at the small children, the two adults with them, and re-scripted her spiel in real time to play to the little ones. A tremendous job!

This was brought home to us even more a couple of weeks ago, when we went to a festival near home, where there was a "professional" who has his own tv show, also talking about snakes: there were a bunch of small children crowded around, no bigger kids, and he still kept to his original script. And it was completely inappropriate: we had to walk off with the children after a few minutes.

Yours, in praise of real professionals,

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