Like the exterior, except the grille. Interior is kind of like how you'd do the new Jag XF if you owned shares in a chrome factory. Seats are pretty horrible as well. » 3/30/15 7:44am Today 7:44am

My Dad was in the Army in Germany in the 60s, and apparently the local joke about the Starfighter was "how do you get into the scrap metal business in Germany? Buy a field and wait..." » 3/27/15 4:02pm Friday 4:02pm

Netflix is already at 3m UK subscribers and TG repeats are one of their most watched shows. TG had a regular viewer base of about 5m so Netflix going for that audience is a really compelling proposition. It would definitely grow their base. Would make sense for Amazon too. » 3/26/15 6:23pm Thursday 6:23pm

He'll do 5, 6, and 9 anyway. Its #2 that's the interesting one. I just don't see how a TG type program (or Clarkson himself) would work on commercial TV, too much advertiser blowback (remember Elon Musk?), but Netflix 0r Amazon steps around that, and from what I understand TG has pretty high ratings on Netflix. » 3/26/15 11:48am Thursday 11:48am

I think your paragraph about TG only being possible on the BBC is the most pertinent issue; Clarkson himself has admitted as much numerous times, and that's why I thought the same shtick on ITV or Sky would never really work; but...we're in a new era now, as you yourself demonstrate. Three Blokes Cocking About In… » 3/25/15 5:57pm Wednesday 5:57pm

Funnily enough, the US is one of the few places where this definitely isn't true, but in most of western Europe (Ireland would be the one current exception) people are breeding at well below the replacement rate (I think Italy is the worst). Its actually one of the reasons why UK governments are more laissez faire » 3/24/15 6:32pm Tuesday 6:32pm

The beer thing was debunked a few years ago; it used to be stout you were supposed to drink (Guinness or Mackesons) but the reality is the alcohol passed into the milk more than offsets the benefits of all of the vitamin B (everything except B12) and the iron you get from it. The "relaxation" on the other hand, I… » 3/24/15 11:56am Tuesday 11:56am

Seems to be a rather large group of "immigrants" missing from the list pre-1860. Hint, they may not have been willing immigrants. (Also, the graph should really start with the "base" population mix at independence to make real sense). » 3/23/15 9:29am 3/23/15 9:29am

Depends on the road surface; BAOR were banned from driving tanks in towns in Germany because they could literally make waves in old cobbled streets. » 3/20/15 10:21am 3/20/15 10:21am

I have a as the main one (it was actually a gift), and then a bunch of others for registrations/spam avoidance (a gmail and an mainly) and then two work email addresses, which is a slightly clunky situation brought about the structure of the company I work for and irritates me daily… » 3/20/15 5:53am 3/20/15 5:53am

India's air travel market is still pretty big; not relative to the massive population perhaps, but in absolute terms still bigger than say, France, or Canada, and more importantly, its growth rate is outstripping almost everyone bar China, so it will probably be bigger than the UK or Germany in the next few years. And… » 3/20/15 5:06am 3/20/15 5:06am

Mosaic. I can even remember the very first web page I looked at;, because I was working for a magazine publisher and my boss told me to "get into this online stuff" and they were one of the first publishers in the UK to set up a site. I got into it and have been working in online for the last 20… » 3/18/15 5:30am 3/18/15 5:30am

Alfa 156 Selespeed. By far. Gear box actuators, clutch (impressive on a car with robotised manual), more actuator problems, then the whole engine lunched itself at 18,000 miles when the cambelt snapped. Add on the various bits that fell off over three years and it was easily the most unreliable car I've owned. And my… » 3/17/15 6:07pm 3/17/15 6:07pm

...and yet, he's actually not. Don't confuse persona with person. I used to sort of know Clarkson; long before current Top Gear our paths crossed professionally a few times at EMAP (publishers of Performance Car) and later the BBC, and he was a nice guy. His bombastic shtick was already in place way back then (this… » 3/15/15 3:46am 3/15/15 3:46am