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    Targeted billionaires

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 08/06/2018

    » When a rich man meets his maker, I pause for few moments, not to mourn his life but to wonder what becomes of his wealth. Of no use to him now, is it buried with him? Like the pharaohs, he intends for it to accompany him in his next life? Is it inherited by his son? To do what with?

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    Tongue-in-cheek

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 19/01/2018

    » It has been a while a since I smiled while reading a book. My sense of humour is good and I don't hold back my laughter at something that tickles my funny bone. I find Thai double-entendres most amusing. This reviewer wishes books were funny. Those called hilarious by critics simply aren't.

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    A hoax in Rome

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 15/12/2017

    » When, after suffering horrendous losses, the 3 million-strong Red Army liberated Eastern Europe, Stalin was feeling his oats. Who couldn't they defeat if he gave the order? The Catholic Church was the reply. How many men does the Pope have, he chuckled? One billion, was the reply. The supreme dictator stopped chuckling.

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    The Dark Ages

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 08/09/2017

    » I was taught that the Roman Empire fell to the barbarians in 476 AD. My next grade teacher was vague. There were the Dark Ages, Medieval times and Middle Ages. I heard the word Byzantine only once, when the Turks captured Constantinople in 1455 AD. The Crusades took place halfway between.

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    Recognise yourself?

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 20/01/2017

    » In this atomic-digital era, millennia-old mysteries are constantly being solved, but one will never be: How long will each of us live? Life insurance company mathematicians, pharmaceutical company chemists, astrologers, fortune-tellers et al are tackling it from different directions, none agreeing. Barring wars, epidemics and droughts, we are aware that we are living longer than our ancestors, women especially. The old are a "problem". The age of retirement is moving up around the world. How long before it reaches 70? Which lengthens the time for 20-year-olds to advance.

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    A bit rich

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 06/01/2017

    » I learned the oldest of lessons as a social investigator in the Big Apple. The great wish of the poor is to become rich and the rich want to become richer. It was interesting to observe how they went about it. Unlike the middle class, the poor didn't have a work ethic. They felt entitled to unearned income.

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    A crime-busting dog

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 18/11/2016

    » What is the most intelligent animal? Orangutans, dolphins and pigs are in competition for that honour. Yank author Robert Crais claims dogs. Training hones their natural skills. They have the advantage of hearing that is seven times sharper than man's, not to mention their sharp sense of smell.

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    Fool's gold

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 01/08/2016

    » The search for lost or hidden treasure is older than Jason and the golden fleece. Legend and history assure us it exists, on land and beneath the sea. Fortune hunters have been searching for it, high and low, for millennia. The Templars squirrelled away their trove, but where?

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    Crime and culture

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 04/01/2016

    » As a New Yorker, my friends and neighbours sent me off to Asia, via Japan, to do my duty in the Korean "Police action". The continent got into my blood and I resolved to head back after receiving my honourable discharge from the military, which I did as a backpacker six years later.

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    For violence fans

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 22/02/2016

    » It was one thing for Special Air Service soldier Andy McNab to win a medal for bravery during the Gulf War, quite another for him to turn thriller author and create a Joe Combat literary hero who can't resist participating in every global conflict.

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