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Meanwhile the Government is straining every nerve to turn public sympathy over the deaths of British squaddies into support for the US-led occupation of Afghanistan.
Although my brain cell has been straining every nerve and tissue, it has been unable to think of more than two plays in which a character uses a crutch or a walking stick, The most recent of these was Dudley Little Theatre's Murder on the Nile last week.
We should be straining every nerve to find out why a generation with so much to live for finds living so damn difficult.