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    Supply and demand

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 22/09/2017

    » During the era of the Raj, India was the leading poppy grower. It was sold worldwide as a treatment for hysteria in women and hyperactivity in children. Only China refused to have anything to do with it because it was addictive, but two opium wars taught them how to take it.

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    The future is now

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 21/03/2016

    » While there have been vast improvements in the military sector for millennia, the soldiers wielding the weapons remained much the same. Basic training toughens them, yet their bare strength is no match for a bear or an ape. Psychologically they are vulnerable to stress.

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    Show me the motive

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 24/08/2015

    » Motives for acts of violence range from crimes of passion to drive-by shootings -- that is from defending family honour to reducing the food chain indiscriminately. They aren't justifiable under law and are equally penalised. There are a myriad of motives, often the perpetrator unable to explain what made him or her do it ("maybe I drank too much").

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    For horse lovers

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 16/03/2015

    » Do you believe in coincidence? I do, because it has happened to me on occasion and there's no other likely explanation. Yet there are those who don't, and statistics have been made to show that there's a mathematical probability of such events occurring. But can't statistics prove just about anything?

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    Rome in Britannia

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 31/08/2015

    » With kings, the Senate and emperors Rome dominated much of the known world for a millennium. Though outnumbered by its enemies, its well-trained legions won battle after battle and war after war. Julius Caesar was its most famous general, yet it had others only marginally less successful.

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    Appeasement

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 25/01/2018

    » World War I was so horrendous that it was universally believed another world war would mean Armageddon, the end of life on Earth. Imperialist conquest was one thing, but another world war had to be avoided at all cost. The way to settle conflicts was by talking, not shooting. An Austrian corporal, gassed and be-medalled, disagreed that the Great War was the War to End All Wars. Arguing that the Versailles Treaty ending it gave Germany -- his new country of citizenship -- a raw deal, he set about disclaiming it. Though talking peace, he set about arming the Third Reich.

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    The one percent

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 03/09/2012

    » Having written for decades a column about the vibrant night life in the Realm, I felt that I knew the subject better than anyone else and said so. To a large extent, this was no idle boast. My approach was non-judgemental. Others writing about it knew only a fraction as much as I did and had an axe to grind.

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    Tourists beware

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 26/03/2012

    » When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tried to put Sherlock Holmes to rest a century ago, more than one literary critic noted that he was running out of the plots. The last involved a killer on stilts, which raised yawns as well as eyebrows. Yet in the hundred years since, other crime-thriller authors and scriveners of TV detective series demonstrated that there are no end of plots.

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    A Washington thriller

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 20/02/2012

    » No country is free of corruption, least of all the US as stateside author David Baldacci has been reiterating in his two dozen political thrillers to date. He doesn't name names, but he names titles all the way to the top.

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