Some jingoism in the comments, unsurprisingly. The US forces based themselves in Europe because it served US interests to do so. Facing down the Soviet threat during the Cold War was not just about babysitting the European countries. Had this consolidation occured 12 years ago, it wouldn't have been that surprising,… » 1/08/15 4:29pm 1/08/15 4:29pm

My first car was a 1989 Mini. I blew the engine up the first time I drove it, replaced or repaired almost every panel other than the roof, had it resprayed and modified in a retro 60's Cooper style, bought a gear knob from John Cooper himself and generally had a great time for a few years. I sold it to a 17-year old… » 11/28/14 6:14pm 11/28/14 6:14pm

I was an impoverished student when the Virage Vantage was launched. I rode my bicycle over to the Rolls/Bentley/Aston dealer in Edinburgh and saw the Motor Show car under a green sheet in the showroom. I dropped my bike on the ground by the door and wandered in, sweating as I always did when I cycled anywhere. The… » 11/07/14 4:59pm 11/07/14 4:59pm