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Emmanuel Macron, France’s president: “A technocratic ex-investment banker who embodies the French elite.” Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

In much of the world, if you take a long view of the trajectory of human progress, things are looking pretty good just now. Poverty is falling at a fa(...)

Mazda’s orange-and-green rotary-engined 787B. “These cars were 800bhp, 230mph projectiles, they were fantastic to drive and unbelievable to see, hurtling down the Mulsanne at 230mph.”

Felix Wankel was not a nice man. Oh, I’m sure he was nice to his wife and kids, and probably loved dogs or budgies or hamsters or some such. Maybe he (...)