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Fly Agaric

Amanita muscaria

My former graphic assistant, David Williams, got married today. Whilst sipping champagne I spotted this little beauty from the window of the hotel where the reception was being held. It’s a bright red and white-spotted fungi called Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria often found growing near Silver Birch. Although poisonous, deaths are actually pretty rare so let’s not get hysterical. In fact it’s actually more of a hallucinogenic as it contains the alkaloid muscimol. Not that I tried it, note no bite marks, plus the mix of champagne and beer did for me.