The British situation is complicated because they counted British (UK and Ireland), Dominion (Canada, Australia, NZ) and Empire (everyone else but mainly India) differently. Also, I'm not sure if these numbers refer to armies specifically, or overall militaries. About 10% of the British 5m is accounted for by the… » 11/27/14 1:38pm Today 1:38pm

To be honest George III's "madness" had very little to do with the American War of Independence except as a focus for anti-English propoganda. After 1688 British kings had very little direct control of the actions of the British Government. » 11/27/14 6:11am Today 6:11am

My Granddad was in the Parachute Regiment in WWII (Sicily and Italy) and dropped on Operation Husky, fought at Primosole Bridge and was eventually wounded at Cassino, and according to my father he thought anyone who stepped inside a glider was a nutcase. » 11/27/14 7:45am Today 7:45am

My only real criticism is that very few of these are really "African" in design terms. Most of them just reflect what was going on in Western post-war modernist design and could actually be from anywhere, e.g: » 11/26/14 5:11am Yesterday 5:11am

Volvos have charmed their way onto my next car list, to the point where I'm seriously considering a V60 next year. They're not as good as the Germans dynamically, but I love the design language and the comfort, and even though I'm not an SUV fan, at all, I'd seriously consider the XC90 if I had the money on the basis… » 11/19/14 4:21pm 11/19/14 4:21pm

Glass has many and varied potential business and workplace applications, but for Google that's not where the money is (or the rest of their business strategy), since that surgeon who'd like to use Glass for his operating notes isn't too keen on being served an ad for scalpels while he's using it. » 11/17/14 8:30am 11/17/14 8:30am

Well, first of all, he's not a "philanthropist". Second, he's not actually like Jeremy Clarkson at all, except inasmuch as he doesn't give a shit what people think about him. Third, the only reason he doesn't give a rat's ass about attracting 15 year olds to watch F1 is he knows he'll be too dead to care about any of… » 11/15/14 6:31am 11/15/14 6:31am

I say giant sales demo. Not enough people are buying Russian hardware; so the PR dept comes up with a plan to get more news coverage. Get those Sukhois front of mind on your third-world despot's shopping list, without doing anything so rash as actual combat. » 11/12/14 5:28am 11/12/14 5:28am

3, 6 and 8 shouldn't be on the list. The Jeep was important, but didn't "change warfare", in of itself. The SR-71 is cool, but satellites made it irrelevant before it even flew, and the Constitution? Oh dear. » 11/11/14 11:55am 11/11/14 11:55am

The F-16 comparison is appropriate; the size, engine, performance envelope is very similar. The Lavi was smaller (closer to the Gripen in capabilities). Eurofighters are much larger and twin engined, the looks thing is just superficial. » 11/11/14 5:03am 11/11/14 5:03am