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    Religion and warfare

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 06/09/2019

    » What all religions, sects, cults have in common is that each believes it is the true one, the others not only unworthy but spawns of the devil, deserving to be liquidated.

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    The Future isn't now

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 29/08/2019

    » A term I keep encountering is "The Future". You see it on billboards everywhere. Stadiums, department stores, condos, supermarkets, restaurants, theatres, whatever. They eschew the current autos and mobile phones and computers. Space rockets are only a generation or two away.

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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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    Pulls no punches

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 25/07/2016

    » In the States, its sizeable police forces notwithstanding, millions of people buy guns, often giving the same reason that they don't feel safe without them. For all the miscreants in prison, there are many more at large. The cops are doing the best they can but are hamstrung by rules and regulations.

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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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    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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    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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    Indian pirates

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 26/10/2017

    » Pirates have been around as long as people travelled and traded by sea. A young Julius Caesar was among their prey two millennia ago. The fledgling US Navy pulverised those on the Barbary Coast two centuries ago. Still the pirates persevere -- from the Somali variety to those in the Pacific.

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    Be prepared

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 09/06/2017

    » A reporter outside my homeland for more than a half-century, I never had the gall to call myself a foreign correspondent, lacking the qualifications of working for an American publication -- my byline in India, Japan and Thailand notwithstanding -- even though Time magazine gave me an honourable mention.

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    0206Trink10

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 02/06/2017

    » For king and country

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