Scotland: Gingers by Kieran Dodds

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Megan Gurney, 18, medical student, from Dumfries.<br />
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'In my year at school there was hardly any of us. A lot of people I have made friends with at university are ginger but at home I am the only one among my friends… Everyone asks where it came from. I do look like my family, apart from the hair!'<br />
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'I maybe have a bit of a temper but am outgoing most of the time. People say it's a mutation. One of my best pals calls me a mutant but I say its not always a bad thing, survival of the fittest and all that!'<br />
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'Before I was born, my parents lived in Romania. We went back and these women were saying 'Why do they paint the child’s hair?' They didn't realise dad spoke Romanian.'<br />
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'In Egypt men offered more camels for me than for my sister or mum because I was ginger… One guy joked 100 camels.'<br />
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'I know there is hug-a-ginger day, love-a-ginger day and kiss-a-ginger day.'<br />
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'I never understood being called carrot top. Carrots are green on top. Others joke that I have fire on my head and ask to keep them warm with my hair!'<br />
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'I heard of a place in Italy where they spit on gingers, my friend said she wants to take me there.'