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A bumper mushroom crop in Russia this year has pleased everyone except officials of the Emergencies Ministry in St Petersburg. They are the ones that have to go looking for mushroom hunters who get lost in the forests near the city - a total of 121 people since 1 August.
Most missing mushroomers are found within 24 to 48 hours, although the ministry says 11 are currently unaccounted for.
"People are people, so we have to look for them come what may," said Yuri Yushin, spokesman for the Emergency Ministry's northwestern branch.
But he and others in the ministry complain that their resources could more usefully be spent dealing with forest fires and other genuine emergencies.
'Make a cup of tea'
St Petersburg is surrounded by sparsely populated marshland and forest, ideal country for mushroom hunting but also easy to get lost in.
The pull of the forest is even greater this year, because of the size of the crop - reportedly the best in the region for half a century.
-------------------- "Early man walked away
As modernman took control
There mind's weren't all the same
And to conquer was their goal
So he built his great empire
And he slaughtered his own kind
He died a confused man
And killed himself in his own mind"