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coil

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Those who dispute the recent poll that put speech-making above shuffling off this mortal coil in the fear stakes have obviously never suffered the dry-mouthed terror of forgetting their words in front of 300 people.
The problem is that Nature designed Man - and Woman - so that they had to tirelessly hunt and forage to survive, wearing themselves out in the process and shuffling off this mortal coil after a measly three or four decades.
That way the majority of customers can go about their business without shuffling off this mortal coil, crumpled in the aisle like a hedgehog who has come out second best in a scrap with a JCB.