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ST PIERRE SNAKE INVASION

ST PIERRE SNAKE INVASION

Old May 19th 2007, 2:49 pm
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Carolyn Blevins
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Volcanic activity on the 'bald mountain' towering over St Pierre,
Martinique, was usually so inconsequential that no one took seriously
the fresh steaming vent holes and earth tremors during April, 1902. By
early May, however, ash began to rain down continuously, and the
nauseating stench of sulphur filled the air. Their homes on the
mountainside made uninhabitable, more than 100 fer-de-lance snakes
slithered down and invaded the mulatto quarter of St Pierre. The 6-ft
long serpents killed 50 people and innumerable animals before they were
finally destroyed by the town's giant street cats. But the annihilation
had only begun. On May 5, a landslide of boiling mud spilled into the
sea, followed by a tsunami that killed hundreds and, three days later,
May 8, Mt Pelee finally exploded, sending a murderous avalanche of
white-hot lava straight toward the town. Within three minutes St Pierre
was completely obliterated. Of its 30,000 population, there were only
two survivors.
 
Old May 19th 2007, 6:21 pm
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Frank F. Matthews
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Sounds as though they had a bad week this week. I'm surprised the media
missed all the fun.

Carolyn Blevins wrote:

> Volcanic activity on the 'bald mountain' towering over St Pierre,
> Martinique, was usually so inconsequential that no one took seriously
> the fresh steaming vent holes and earth tremors during April, 1902. By
> early May, however, ash began to rain down continuously, and the
> nauseating stench of sulphur filled the air. Their homes on the
> mountainside made uninhabitable, more than 100 fer-de-lance snakes
> slithered down and invaded the mulatto quarter of St Pierre. The 6-ft
> long serpents killed 50 people and innumerable animals before they were
> finally destroyed by the town's giant street cats. But the annihilation
> had only begun. On May 5, a landslide of boiling mud spilled into the
> sea, followed by a tsunami that killed hundreds and, three days later,
> May 8, Mt Pelee finally exploded, sending a murderous avalanche of
> white-hot lava straight toward the town. Within three minutes St Pierre
> was completely obliterated. Of its 30,000 population, there were only
> two survivors.
 
Old May 19th 2007, 9:12 pm
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J Carnaghie
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Story is from 1902.
Cheers,
John from LALALand

Frank F. Matthews wrote:
> Sounds as though they had a bad week this week. I'm surprised the media
> missed all the fun.
>
> Carolyn Blevins wrote:
>
>> Volcanic activity on the 'bald mountain' towering over St Pierre,
>> Martinique, was usually so inconsequential that no one took seriously
>> the fresh steaming vent holes and earth tremors during April, 1902. By
>> early May, however, ash began to rain down continuously, and the
>> nauseating stench of sulphur filled the air. Their homes on the
>> mountainside made uninhabitable, more than 100 fer-de-lance snakes
>> slithered down and invaded the mulatto quarter of St Pierre. The 6-ft
>> long serpents killed 50 people and innumerable animals before they were
>> finally destroyed by the town's giant street cats. But the annihilation
>> had only begun. On May 5, a landslide of boiling mud spilled into the
>> sea, followed by a tsunami that killed hundreds and, three days later,
>> May 8, Mt Pelee finally exploded, sending a murderous avalanche of
>> white-hot lava straight toward the town. Within three minutes St Pierre
>> was completely obliterated. Of its 30,000 population, there were only
>> two survivors.
 
Old May 19th 2007, 9:42 pm
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-Boomer
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Is it safe today from all the snakes?

"J Carnaghie" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Story is from 1902.
> Cheers,
> John from LALALand
>
> Frank F. Matthews wrote:
>> Sounds as though they had a bad week this week. I'm surprised the media
>> missed all the fun.
>>
>> Carolyn Blevins wrote:
>>
>>> Volcanic activity on the 'bald mountain' towering over St Pierre,
>>> Martinique, was usually so inconsequential that no one took seriously
>>> the fresh steaming vent holes and earth tremors during April, 1902. By
>>> early May, however, ash began to rain down continuously, and the
>>> nauseating stench of sulphur filled the air. Their homes on the
>>> mountainside made uninhabitable, more than 100 fer-de-lance snakes
>>> slithered down and invaded the mulatto quarter of St Pierre. The 6-ft
>>> long serpents killed 50 people and innumerable animals before they were
>>> finally destroyed by the town's giant street cats. But the annihilation
>>> had only begun. On May 5, a landslide of boiling mud spilled into the
>>> sea, followed by a tsunami that killed hundreds and, three days later,
>>> May 8, Mt Pelee finally exploded, sending a murderous avalanche of
>>> white-hot lava straight toward the town. Within three minutes St Pierre
>>> was completely obliterated. Of its 30,000 population, there were only
>>> two survivors.
 
Old May 20th 2007, 5:23 am
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"Boomer" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Is it safe today from all the snakes?
>

Martinuque still has fer-de-lance snakes.

http://www.caribbean-direct.com/Mart...lthsafety.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bothrops_lanceolatus
 
Old May 20th 2007, 7:34 am
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On 5/20/2007 1:23 AM Tom K exclaimed:
> "Boomer" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected] ..
>> Is it safe today from all the snakes?
>>
>
> Martinuque still has fer-de-lance snakes.
>
> http://www.caribbean-direct.com/Mart...lthsafety.html
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bothrops_lanceolatus
>
>
Fer de lance snakes on the plane! Fer de lance snakes on the plane!

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Old May 20th 2007, 7:49 am
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So if the story is from 1902 why has it suddenly popped up today, is somewhere expecting a snake invasion???

Originally Posted by Carolyn Blevins View Post
Volcanic activity on the 'bald mountain' towering over St Pierre,
Martinique, was usually so inconsequential that no one took seriously
the fresh steaming vent holes and earth tremors during April, 1902. By
early May, however, ash began to rain down continuously, and the
nauseating stench of sulphur filled the air. Their homes on the
mountainside made uninhabitable, more than 100 fer-de-lance snakes
slithered down and invaded the mulatto quarter of St Pierre. The 6-ft
long serpents killed 50 people and innumerable animals before they were
finally destroyed by the town's giant street cats. But the annihilation
had only begun. On May 5, a landslide of boiling mud spilled into the
sea, followed by a tsunami that killed hundreds and, three days later,
May 8, Mt Pelee finally exploded, sending a murderous avalanche of
white-hot lava straight toward the town. Within three minutes St Pierre
was completely obliterated. Of its 30,000 population, there were only
two survivors.
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Old May 20th 2007, 8:09 pm
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Looking to go to Bonaire in a couple weeks. Any feedback on the Divi
Flamingo would be appreciated. Also, what is the cost of food over there?
I read they don't grow any of their own food sources over there, so I'm
thinking restaurant eating is going to be pretty high. Jane
 
Old May 20th 2007, 9:59 pm
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-Rog
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"janerene" <[email protected]> wrote:
> Looking to go to Bonaire in a couple weeks. Any feedback
> on the Divi Flamingo would be appreciated. Also, what is the
> cost of food over there? I read they don't grow any of their
> own food sources over there, so I'm thinking restaurant eating
> is going to be pretty high.

This takes me back to 1999 when I went there in the middle of
a divorce! I gave my ex her tickets, I took mine and off I went
(she traded hers in). She'd always wanted to go to Bonaire,
and I was the one who went instead.

The Flamingo was a decent enuff place, okay but not deluxe.
It has a split personality with two distinctive sides: one newer
and one orignial wood-frame. If you're in the older, cheaper
side, you might want to upgrade. There is a small dive shop
operation in the newer side. Their open-air restaurant served
good food for a reasonable price, not outrageous.

The casino, when I went, was in a small, seedy room (comical).
Their snorkel tours were a good deal -- the woman doing them
took pity on me and we did a way-cool night-snorkel together!
Do rent a car/jeep for a day, drive around, and stop to snorkel
or dive at points along the way. Enjoy! =Roger
 
Old May 21st 2007, 7:45 am
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On Sun, 20 May 2007 07:34:34 GMT, Brian K wrote:

> Fer de lance snakes on the plane! Fer de lance snakes on the plane!

You act like an idiot.
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Old May 21st 2007, 9:21 pm
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On 5/21/2007 3:45 AM Alric Knebel exclaimed:
> On Sun, 20 May 2007 07:34:34 GMT, Brian K wrote:
>
>
>> Fer de lance snakes on the plane! Fer de lance snakes on the plane!
>>
>
> You act like an idiot.
>
That's it, I'm only acting like an idiot. You *are* a sanctimonious SOB
with no sense of humor whatsoever. :-P

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Old May 31st 2007, 9:10 pm
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Chuck Fluri
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A few questions:
Is this a NG for history buffs?
Will any of this affect travel plans in the immediate future?
Is it unwanted on this NG to express any kind of humour?
Why do people worry about peddlers on there holidays?
What we need some way to get rid of the nasty beggars and peddlers that
frequent this NG.

"Brian K" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> On 5/21/2007 3:45 AM Alric Knebel exclaimed:
>> On Sun, 20 May 2007 07:34:34 GMT, Brian K wrote:
>>
>>
>>> Fer de lance snakes on the plane! Fer de lance snakes on the plane!
>>>
>>
>> You act like an idiot.
>>
> That's it, I'm only acting like an idiot. You *are* a sanctimonious SOB
> with no sense of humor whatsoever. :-P
>
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