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"People keep blathering on about how awful road rage is. Well, I need it. It's an essential part of my life. It gets out all of my frustration at the end of the day. If I don't get the chance to wind down the window and yell `for ****'s sake, you dozy cow' on the way home, I take it out on my wife. It ruins the whole evening. But if I've had a good rant, I'm as sweet as pie. I've banged on a few roofs, but I've never hit anyone or forced a car off the road. So what's the problem?''

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Everything leaks. We ourselves begin life leaking out of every available orifice, and we carry on leaking all the way to the grave (even there, we don't stop for a while). Our control may improve for a while in the middle, but we can't ever hope to stop the leaking altogether.

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BOOK REVIEW / Acid from the tree of life

A new study of Darwinian theory strenuously defends the great evolutionist. By Ray Monk; Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life By Daniel C Dennett Allen Lane, pounds 25

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YOUR leader "A threadbare challenge from a nobody"

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RHETORIC Friends, Romans, modernisers!

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Letter: Infants need the simple things of life

Sir: Celia Dodd writes ('Much too busy too young', 6 October) on the proliferation of pre-school classes and activities in the UK. She is, I believe, entirely correct in her argument that these organised programmes are unnecessary, potentially detrimental to children's development and place further strain on parents' resources, both physically and financially. The urge to provide the best for our children should not lead us to believe we have to join every class and session available for our under-fives.
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