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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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    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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    Much wisdom here

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 06/10/2014

    » A Free Thinker but not an atheist, I evaluate the world's various religions not by their holy books, but by how their followers act when away from their temple/church/mosque. Alas, all too often, they forget the "be good, do good" sermons. Love, compassion, peace, forgiveness are sung about in hymns, but hardly ever practised.

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    Depressing psychological thriller

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 10/02/2014

    » Over Christmas, this reviewer received a number of books of a kind-boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl. And conversely girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets boy. In both, they end up married and live happily ever after, which is the formula for literary love stories apart from Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet in which the lovers commit suicide.

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    The true story

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 17/06/2013

    » When picking up a biography of a revered national personage which isn't meant to be a eulogy or a whitewash, the reader must be prepared to accept him or her to have been a human being, warts and all. Great they may well have been, yet in many ways less than exemplary.

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    Was it necessary?

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 15/04/2013

    » Films about Prisoner of War camps, usually with the note that they are based on true stories, are invariably filled with dramatic licence to spice them up. It is the dramatic licence audiences most remember. Steve McQueen's motorcycle chase in The Great Escape, William Holden ducking out of the barracks in Stalag 17, Robert De Niro playing Russian roulette in The Deer Hunter.

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    The fifth Gospel

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 18/02/2013

    » In this day and age, historians and historical novelists are reappraising long held views of ancient times, not least the foundations of Christianity. Which are that God sired a child with Mary, that Christ died on the cross taking the sins of mankind with him, after which He ascended to Heaven.

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    A delightful sequel

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 08/10/2012

    » Sequels are commonplace, but not necessarily by the same authors. They are penned shortly after the original becomes popular, or long afterwards. Alexander Dumas waited two decades before his follow-up to The Three Musketeers. More than one writer had been tapped to pick up where Alistair Maclean and Ian Fleming left off.

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    A new morality

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 17/09/2012

    » In the early days of Hollywood, film-makers realised that with all the brawling in Westerns, audiences tended to be confused as to who was the hero and who was the villain. Their solution was simplicity itself _ to dress the hero in white, the villain in black. This practice lasted for a half century.

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