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An excellent article by Adrian Chiles (Have you cried with despair in public? There is nothing braver or better, 28 July). In medieval France, it was considered very manly to weep copiously about one’s fallen comrades. If you didn’t cry, what was wrong with you? Didn’t you care? Crying is an effective and natural way of releasing tension.
• In 1999, the UK was ranked second (to the US) in preparedness to deal with a pandemic. Now I read that the UK is on a list of places most resilient to a collapse of global society (Report, 28 July). Time to head for the hills.
Greens Norton, Northamptonshire