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    The end is nigh

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 28/03/2019

    » It has been determined that we've been around for 4.5 billion years, Earth the only habitable planet in the solar system.

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    Isis foiled

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 15/02/2019

    » Until a few years ago, no Western publisher dared say a word against Isis, the Muslim terrorist extremists infamous for taking umbridge and reacting violently. No longer. Isis is now targeted by the media and by novelists with impunity.

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    Best of the best

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 16/02/2018

    » Generations have their popular writers, but centuries' literary legends are few. Hugo and Tolstoy qualified, Hemingway and Grisham, Goethe and Dickens. Not to mention Shakespeare and Cervantes.

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    The partisans

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 10/11/2017

    » Before setting out on his war of conquest, the Fuhrer laid down his rules to his erstwhile ally. Whichever land II Duce defeated was Italy's alone. The lands Adolf took were solely Germany's. Albania fell and Italy took full possession. It also got the small piece of southern France it took while the Third Reich got the rest.

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    Nothing to laugh about

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 07/07/2017

    » Certain terms put me off: "only" as in I only want; "just" as in I just mean; "fun" as in let's have some; "hilarious" as in this book is. They are simply untrue.

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    The Tudor women

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 03/03/2017

    » So much has been written about England's Tudor dynasty that duplication is inevitable. Historians and historical novelists are hard put to find new angles. Henry VIII has been analysed every which way. There is no way of getting around the fact that he had six wives, ordering two to be decapitated.

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    First century AD

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 04/11/2016

    » The first century AD automatically brings to mind Jesus of Nazareth. The New Testament, thought to have been penned up to a century and a half later, told of his extraordinary birth, miracles and ascension to heaven. Two millennia later, circa a billion people believe it.

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    A love mantra

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

    » According to literary surveys, love stories are the most popular reading matter. The reason why, I leave to psychologists. This reviewer guesses it's because however hard we strive for it, it continues to evade us. Vicarious is the closest we come to the actual experience.

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    Sherlock Holmes is back

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 02/09/2016

    » Yank Bonnie MacBird who pens and edits Hollywood films and gives courses at UCLA in creative writing, is obsessed by Sherlock Holmes. She has not only read and re-read the books numerous times, but researched their author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Imitating his style, it was only a matter of time before she tried her hand at it.

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    Beware the internet

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 10/08/2015

    » With 7 billion fellow humans on the planet we tend to keep our family, friends and acquaintances in very small circles. The rest we ignore as much as possible. Classmates and colleagues are temporary. Instead of loving our neighbours, we keep one another at arm's length.

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