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    America's saviour

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 18/10/2019

    » Bill Clinton wasn't the best president of the United States of America, nor was he the worst. Nor was he the most oversexed. John F. Kennedy had more pillow-mates by far. Yet Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton didn't make a fuss about it.

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    Weapon of choice

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 25/04/2019

    » In my army days, we were issued used M1 rifles. They were heavy and either had hair triggers or they had to be pulled way back before firing, by which time the target had moved.

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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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    Child victims

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 16/06/2017

    » Novels are supposedly fictional, imaginary. Similarities to persons and places are coincidental. Which is a legal way of saying: "Don't blame us" -- authors and publishers -- "for sticking it to actual people and/or places."

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    Pulling it all together

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 21/07/2017

    » What I learned from years of backpacking is that there's no single pattern of development. Every country I've been to has had its unique history, which is why the prospect of globalisation is incongruous and why mother countries couldn't hold on to their colonies.

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    A crisis of faith

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 21/04/2017

    » While martyrdom indicates the intensity of belief in, not the truth of, a religion, religious wars have been bloody throughout human history. Though not regarded as a war of religion, six million Jews died in the Nazi Holocaust. Christianity in general, Catholics in particular, experienced persecution for centuries.

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    Women aren't dumb

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 16/12/2016

    » Men have the notion that women aren't as bright as they are -- it's in the genes or something, can't be helped -- and that they are the easier to fool. When they find out this isn't so, the swindlers blame themselves for not having tried harder. Whether females are more astute than males is another question.

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    Roman Britain

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 10/03/2017

    » Ancient Rome's legions -- approximately 5,500 men each -- were rightly famed for their fighting skills. Overlooked is that they were more than warriors. Incomparable engineers, they built fortresses that still stand, and constructed roads and aqueducts.

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    The actual arch-enemy

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 03/02/2017

    » For several years after the start of the Counter Crusades -- the Middle East's invasion of Europe -- it was unhealthy for the European media to say or write anything that was negative to the Holy Book. Its extremist adherents attacked the source and blood flowed. Fleeing the scene, no suicide bombers they, so-called Islamic State proudly boasted of the murders.

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    Use your grey matter

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 27/06/2016

    » When Descartes said "I think therefore I am", it couldn't be faulted. But that was centuries ago. In this age of technological, electronic and digital inventions, our thinking is done for us. Touch a button, tap a few keys, and the screen fills with information. Questions are answered, problems solved.

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