Smiles staying in the city

Dear Reader,

Smiles, the beloved commentator of diablog, is planning to visit the city. What city? There is only one “the city” in the world.

One can clearly make the case, that if you come to NY and intend on sleeping, you should go some place else. And I am not completely opposed to that. Another reason not to stay in a hotel is that there are plenty of “guest beds” available, check websites like AirBnB.

But NY is the greatest place on earth when it comes to hotels. From youth hostels to the most luxurious hotels in the world, here you find everything. I assume, Smiles neither wants a guest bed, nor considers hostels.

The following recommendations are for Smiles, who contemplates staying at the Radisson Martinique on Broadway. But he can do better.

At the very top of old fashioned NY luxury is the St. Regis:

It is off 5th Ave, within walking distance of Central Park and everything “Upper East side”. If you are ready to drop $700+ per night, this is your place.

For modern luxury there is one outstanding place, The Mandarin Oriental:

The Mandarin Oriental is on Columbus Square, at the south west corner of Central Park, with everything “Upper West Side” within walking distance. Even if you do not stay here, please come for afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge. The views are spectacular. And this is true luxury.

What if you do not want to stay at the top of the top?

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Why spy

Dear Reader,

When ever I hear “We spy (or censor) ONLY to protect our citizens against terrorism and/or child pornography and/or drugs.”, I could puke. That is an insult to my, your, our intelligence. As mentioned last here, the USA and others (“five eyes“) spy on everybody for industrial espionage and blackmail.

Yes, blackmail, against politicians. So far that has been brushed aside as a conspiracy theory. But now there is proof. In a recent TV show Werner Weidenfeld, German coordinator with the US government under Kohl and Schroeder, said:

” In the 12 years as America coordinator I experienced three behaviors of American governments:

Whenever we are agreeing with them, we are best friends, we hug … you’re afraid of your ribs, because the hugs are that intense,

if we do not agree on secondary issues, the U.S. government regularly says, where is the gratitude in history, we brought freedom and security to the Germans, and preserved and secured it, and what happens …

but if you have a different opinion in a serious matter, then intelligence material of damaging nature is put on the table, and either you do as the Americans say, or you are in for it.”

Weidenfeld made ​​it clear, the U.S. government is not shy to blackmail “friendly” nations.

In all likelihood our Mr. Knew-it-all, aka Glynsky, will brush this off as a given. But this is public confirmation, and from an official. And not some Russian, Chinese, or other Bad Guy TM.

Please, let’s put this terrorism bullshit and the other fig leaves to rest.

Thank you,

Engine Room

message in a bottle…

Dear diablog,

Pete deserves a round of applause for the application which he has shown in learning to cook the evening meal for Mrs. Pete, away at work.

It seemed a good time to post an item received from Micheala


from whom it is a very long while since we heard. Maybe she is recovering from the last time Pete cooked her a meal!

Anyway, this looks useful mon ami

and I hope serves you well in the future!

Yours, diablog, enjoying the yolk


Get out of the Google bubble

Dear Reader,

Do you use Google to search the internet? Maybe you are browsing the internet with the Google Browser “Chrome”? And your email is handled by Googlemail / Gmail? And for videos you go to the Google subsidiary Youtube?

Then please stop that. You are living in a bubble, where Google decides what you see and – more importantly -. what you don’t see. Recently I had the pleasure to see the implication of said bubble.

First, via email I inquired at a company to buy stuff from them. My email bounced back with an error message: Googlemail (handling their emails) thinks this is SPAM, thus, it was not delivered.

So, this company lets Google decide, which emails they get and which they don’t. They just lost a potential customer.

It is one thing to have a SPAM folder. There you can have a look once in a while and get out the so called false positives, i.e. emails that were declared SPAM, yet are not. But letting Google decide to block incoming email, is a sure way to disaster. By the way, Apple Mail does the same. And it even secretly (!) blocks your outgoing emails, if it thinks it is SPAM.

The other instance was our dear Glynsky, who sent me an email. He could not download certain videos from Youtube and – naturally – demanded that I do that for him. What does one have slaves for, right? While I was looking at his issue, he called, and when I did not take his call, more emails poured in.

Download this, download that, fix this, fix that, why isn’t that working? He drove me nuts.

Never did it occur to our dear Glynsky that he could just as well get the videos from another website. But since he uses Google to search, of course he gets to see mostly Youtube videos in his search results. Youtube is owned by Google and they make money from showing you advertising on Youtube. Why should they show other video sites as much as their own? If Glynsky had used another search engine, he could have fixed the problem himself.

Since we like to help you, here are some alternatives to Google, ways to leave the bubble:

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the good, the bad and the downright… 96 club part 1

Dear diablog,

I hope that the submissions from the monthly morning meetings of the 96 club continue to be of interest.

The January morning was beautiful and resulted in one of the most eclectic collection of vehicles one could imagine.

In the next post I shall show the beautiful, but this is a little more mundane.

The ‘good’ was easily an Indian which was truly inspiring


and brought back memories of Freddie (to whom G+P is dedicated) as he had several ‘wall of death’ examples. This one though is a magnificent tourer


The ‘bad’ in early ’70’s design was exemplified by a Lancia which, to be fair, is in constant use


but, to my eyes, not pretty by any standard. The owner loved it (and was a lovely geezer) even though…


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that’s ma boy…

Dear diablog,


you may not know, has been locked into some sort of dispute with Pete for several years about a paternoster suit – or something that sounds like it. I didn’t know he’d been a choirboy.

But then, as you lot keep reminding me, I’ll never understand anything at all about this kinda thing being too old, ugly, fat – woteva.

Anyway, she apparently had been asked by Pete’s Council/Counsel to provide some examples to justify her accusations and came up with these apparently 100% genuine replies that Manchester (a well known hidey hole for Pete on his ‘Haveitawaydays Intercity Breaks’ programme) women  have written on Child Support Agency forms in the section for listing “father’s details” or putting it another way….Who’s the Daddy?

1. Regarding the identity of the father of my twins, Makeeshia was fathered by Maclearndon McKinley I am unsure as to the identity of the father of Marlinda, but I believe that she was conceived on the same night.

2. I am unsure, as to the identity of the father of my child as I was being sick out of a window when taken unexpectedly from behind. I can provide you with a list of names of men that I think were at the party if this helps.

3. I do not know the name of the father of my little girl. She was conceived at a party at 360 East Bolton Avenue where I had sex with a man I met that night. I do remember that the sex was so good that I fainted. If you do manage to track down the father, can you please send me his phone number? Thanks.


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