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    Against retirement

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 14/03/2016

    » There are two conflicting perspectives on retirement: that it gives people the opportunity to do all the things they've long wanted to do, or that it renders them no longer of use, getting up in the morning with nothing to look forward to.

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    A British Don Juan

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 07/09/2015

    » Brit Tom Watson -- good looking with pleasant personality -- is every woman's dream and he knows it, and steals their hearts. More to the point, he does so for sex. Then he drops each in turn as the next one falls into his arms. Yet even when discarded, they can't quite forget his words of love and keep coming back, humiliating themselves, wishing that he'd take up with them again.

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    Painful memories

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 08/06/2015

    » We have all been in embarrassing situations, usually of our own making, and can't forget it. Fewer have been humiliated. Fewer still shamed. For those who have been, it was surely a truly traumatic experience.

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    Friends and enemies

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 22/11/2019

    » People have friends and enemies -- fair-weather and true friends, run-of-the-mill and mortal enemies. It takes an emergency to sort them out.

  • LIFE

    Waiting for the Fisherman

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 08/08/2016

    » When asked what I like/love about of the Land of Smiles, its climate is high on my list. Though born and bred in the Big Apple, I never cottoned on to its winter cold. It was worse backpacking through Scandinavia, Finland and Russia. As for racing over icy courses, skiers are welcome to the sport.

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    The illegal amendment

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 13/07/2015

    » Like his previous books, The Patriot Threat is historical fiction with real and imaginary characters. Where it differs is in its economics emphasis. There are lots of facts and figures and jumps in American history, from the 18th century to the present.

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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.

  • LIFE

    No end in sight

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 01/09/2014

    » While new authors keep appearing, older ones keep at it until they run out (Hemingway) or pass away (Clancy). Those who retire return (Rankin). Those staying on may no longer be in top form (le Carre). But several are (Rendell). Not that this reviewer rates Ruth Randell on a par with Agatha Christie.

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    An acquired taste

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 30/06/2014

    » The vast majority of us are social creatures — family, friends and community. The relationships, companionships, interchanges seem a natural part of life. Yet there are those who reject this. To paraphrase Greta Garbo, they want to be alone. They feel that they don’t need anyone to be content. Religious figures have gone into the wilderness throughout time to commute with God, several returning with “evidence” that they have succeeded. On the whole, though, we don’t respect loners. They don’t want to be with other people? Could they be dangerous? What are they trying to hide? They are not natural. It gives me the creeps. We don’t even like to read about them. They are, however, the subject of books, non-fiction and fiction. Yank Dean Koontz made them his literary niche decades ago. His characters aren’t ghosts, ghouls, zombies, vampires or werewolves, but people encountering them, almost always in the darkness, mistake them for one or another. More often than not, they are harmless, but are soon set upon, nonetheless.

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    A great battle

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 14/07/2014

    » All through World War II I’d watched the likes of John Wayne and Gary Cooper taking on the Germans and the Japanese. But the combination of William Shakespeare and Laurence Olivier battling medieval France left an even stronger impression. Rah-Rah was the order of the day during WWII, yet the English king’s rousing pap talk to his troops in Henry V was patriotism personified. And they went on to win the field at Agincourt.

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