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Private Alex Stringer, of the Royal Logistic Corps, was 20 when he was blown up in Afghanistan: "The reason I lost my left leg so high up is because the burning paint cooked my left leg all the way down to the bone. But if I hadn't set myself on fire, I would have bled out and died – as a result of it, all the arteries became cauterised".

Words: Candied, adj.

BRIGHTON STAYS true to Graham Greene's spirit. He once spotted 37 misprints in a page of The Times. "Entertoinment" has a fine Cockney ring and "rampaign", combining in one word the ideas of campaign and rampage in an article on vandalism, deserves to find a permanent place in the OED.

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Sir: I thought the Alex Duval Smith article about the conflict in Sierra Leone was compassionate in a Graham Greene-esque sort of way but not serious about the political situation in this horrific war. This is a democratically elected government and its electorate trying to defend its capital city from an army of well-armed and sadistic thugs.

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Mary Bell: ice is the antidote to sympathy for the devil

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