Hello NAAFI dwellers. The custard creams really are cheap in here aren't they? My mind wandered off (momentarily) from smurfing Angelina Jolie's left nipple whilst wearing a wetsuit and a viking helmet to pondering the weighty subject of military history. Like many people who work strange hours, I enjoy daytime documentaries (or Sharks'N'Nazis as Ricky Gervais would put it) many of which centre on the war-like antics of our ancient brethren. This then got me thinking about how things change. For example, in The Olden Days the Greeks were rock hard, quite often for each other. They were the most badass army in the world with their phalanxes of hoplites marching around and invading places (etc). What happened? How did such a proud warrior tradition go from this to this? OTOH, the British army, such as it was went from lager-fuelled hooligans dressed in checked trousers armed with axes to today's utterly brilliant British army. What a reversal of fortune or what? Can anybody else think of dramatic historical examples of proud warriors turning from rock-hard geezers into girls? V!