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  1. Why the Chinese play cricket (an Imperial Federation timeline)

    Apparently the rather complex bolt was necessary to avoid patent problems. The actual operation is pretty smooth. I think scabbards weren't issued - hence the permanently fixed bayonet.
  2. Why the Chinese play cricket (an Imperial Federation timeline)

    Crikey! Edit: I've never seen this as a war aim before. This is real Alternate History. rights competition
  3. 1935-1945: twin-engined day fighters are in push-pull configuration

    I have them in Bruce McCall's Zany Afternoons, a book I recommend unreservedly. I got mine from a remaindered bookshop in Covent Garden about 1988 - it's still got the 95p price sticker on it.
  4. 1935-1945: twin-engined day fighters are in push-pull configuration

    It's one of Major Howdy Bixby's "Forgotten Warbirds". Page of them
  5. Jutland Redux - A summer soltice shootout

    coup de grâce. A coup-de-grass is a French lawnmower.
  6. Why the Chinese play cricket (an Imperial Federation timeline)

    The rim was needed to tip the cartridges at an angle within the magazine - otherwise the bullet noses would be rammed up against the centre fire primers, possibly with disastrous effects. Tube magazines only really worked with rimfire rounds, and no one wanted to go back to them. Lots of small...
  7. the best movies never made

    They didn't have a stadium in 1965 - home games were hosted by the Cotton Bowl. There were lots of concerts there, though.
  8. Why the Chinese play cricket (an Imperial Federation timeline)

    Bad timing: investing in a new weapons system just as it's about be be overtaken by the introduction of smokeless powder. Missing a "lack" here.
  9. Jutland Redux - A summer soltice shootout

    I think on Lutzow the forward turrets were Anton and Bruno. The sentence implies one of these was disabled by the hits - I don't think Hipper could have seen Caesar from the bridge. No, it was in 1914 - 22 September.
  10. Keynes' Cruisers Volume 2

    @alspug : that's a really good piece you linked to. It contains some info pertaining to very early in the story:
  11. Jutland Redux - A summer soltice shootout

    German crews didn't live on their ships - they were in port barracks. As a result, greater sub-division was easier, and they had less cooking/cleaning/etc facilities to install. Of course, in protracted voyages this resulted in deterioration of living conditions fairly rapidly, as the men simply...
  12. Why the Chinese play cricket (an Imperial Federation timeline)

    Here's the cover of my edition. Are Australians going to cheat at cricket in this story? If not, you'll have to move it to the ASB forum.
  13. Why the Chinese play cricket (an Imperial Federation timeline)

    A recommended book: William Rushton: W. G. Grace’s Last Case (1984), In which the world’s greatest cricketer teams up with Dr John Watson to solve a murder, and defeat the Martian invasion, amongst other things. A significant part of the book deals with a somewhat incident packed tour of the...
  14. Keynes' Cruisers Volume 2

    By this date, 94 tanks probably makes it one of the better equipped Panzer formations available to Germany.
  15. Why the Chinese play cricket (an Imperial Federation timeline)

    There was very little about NZ in the last version. Remedied now. Interesting.
  16. Pavane by Keith Roberts

    I read it many years ago, in he late '70s. Enjoyed it, though it got a bit too clever for me. It's an interesting companion piece to Kingsley Amis' 1976 novel, The Alteration, which has different PODs but a similarish result. And it has airships.
  17. Why the Chinese play cricket (an Imperial Federation timeline)

    Alas, this disqualifies me from any such award.
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