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    The future is now

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 21/03/2016

    » While there have been vast improvements in the military sector for millennia, the soldiers wielding the weapons remained much the same. Basic training toughens them, yet their bare strength is no match for a bear or an ape. Psychologically they are vulnerable to stress.

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    Expert Advice

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 13/04/2018

    » In several Peanuts comic strips, little Lucy sets up a booth. For a nickel she'll solve a problem bothering you. Her advice is quite good, indicating insight unlikely in the young. The thing about advice is that virtually everyone offers it, asked for or not, free and costly.

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    Chinese emigre confronted by reality in dream land

    Brunch, Published on 08/04/2018

    » As futile as it can feel, there's a lot to be said for frustration. Having our desires and expectations thwarted lets us know where our selves end and where others' begin. "People become real to us by frustrating us," psychoanalyst (and master aphorist) Adam Phillips writes. "If they don't frustrate us they are merely figures of fantasy."

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    The Shakespeare brothers

    Life, Published on 06/04/2018

    » Unlike many historical fiction writers, Brit Bernard Cornwell doesn't specialise in a particular period. Rather, his interests encompass virtually the lot. And when he chooses a popular age, it's because he finds something in his research that his colleagues have missed.

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    Book reviews

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 29/03/2018

    » A desert thriller

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    Ready for reading

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 28/03/2018

    » Avid readers rejoice: the National Book Fair and the Bangkok International Book Fair are making a return on Thursday for its 46th and 16th editions respectively. The event, not to be missed, will feature meet-and-greet sessions with popular authors as well as exhibitions and discussions under the theme "Read … Again".

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    A real-life fairy tale

    Life, Published on 27/03/2018

    » It all began in 1871 when 17-year-old member of Austria's aristocracy Erwin Mueller decided to take up a job as a store clerk in Hamburg, Germany, instead of fulfilling his father's dream of walking an academic path and serving the country. There he met German pharmacy student Bernhard Grimm who interned at the shop's chemical section.

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    A fatal prank

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 16/03/2018

    » Pranks are supposed to be fun. They seldom are. They're cruel. The victim invariably suffers. When complaining, he or she is admonished: "Can't you take a joke?" A pail of water falling on the head when opening the door. Being told that a loved one has had an accident. A snake put in a car. Hilarious?

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    The midlife crisis

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 09/03/2018

    » What newlyweds with stars in their eyes aren't told by their elders is that there will be speed bumps in the marriage. One of the more common is the so-called seven-year-itch. The figure is approximate and refers to either or both parties being irresistibly drawn to others several years into a relationship. Usually he or she does nothing about -- but if they do, they take lovers.

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    Dan Brown with a Thai voice

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/03/2018

    » The Thai award-winning detective novel Kaholmahoratuek is that rare breed: a page-turner set in the 1940s that mixes poetry, history, murder and revenge. The book's appeal also lies with the writer's use of genre elements -- serial murders, cryptic clues and detective work -- in the vintage setting of old Bangkok where century-old temples, back alleys and local communities become grisly crime scenes.

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