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Spideman
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Spideman
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An Explanation Of The Spideman Cartoon From Elemental Soup:
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Spide Man is based on my experiences, working in an internet company that was situated on the Crumlin Road in North Belfast for a couple of years. They say truth is stranger than fiction and when it came to the antic's of the local North Belfast community, the stereotype of the Spide was a vicious reality. When they weren't trying to steal (usually from our office), they were setting things on fire (it passes the time), standing on corners getting drunk and intimidating or starting fights with anyone in close range.
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Spide's have an insatiable desire to cause havoc and wreckage, a great sense of pride in their sectarian values and a eternal chip on their shoulder. This is coupled with the belief that you, I and the world owes them. Spide's live in an alternate world to our own, believing that the more 'Spide-like' their behaviour is, the more of a superior being they are. Spide man is very much based on my first hand experience and the feedback I have received suggests to me that the 'Spide' and what it conjures up, is by no means an exaggeration or urban legend.
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I know that there will be some who think my opinion is unjust, that it unfair to suggest that a group of people who live in certain communities should be so generically classified. My reply to that would be simple - catch the No. 57 city bus and head up to the Crumlin Road and hang out there for a while, it isn't pretty!"
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