light hands…

Dear diablog,

Mme. and I had the immense pleasure of a visit last week by the redoubtable


Lyndsey who came round to discuss her new album, an upcoming (who coined that word?) gig and ‘stuff’ – which included an intro to Jason Kerston.

Before you say ‘who’, watch the vid and marvel at what a 12 year old can do – and keep your eyes peeled for him in the near future! A ‘band’ with the hands – percussion, bass and melody.




Yours, diablog, stringin’ along


so what’s not to like…

Dear diablog,

Glynsky’s back on the move and got stuff to report from the outside world.

I am lucky enough to have a sort of surrogate ‘son’ who is young enough to find good new things and places and who decided it was time for me to ‘leave the compound’ for an afternoon of silliness.

At the appointed hour I arrived in Marylebone Lane (to me, a previously unexplored London jewel) which seems crammed with all sorts of interesting ’boutiques’ and eateries. Still, I think, a poor cousin to Marylebone High Street but worthy of investigation as I arrived at the door of the unimposing


’28-50′ (don’t ask, have no idea) Wine Workshop and Kitchen – of which there are 3 other locations in town – which is rather nice inside!


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Glynsky’s blinders

Dear Reader,

In his comment here, Glynsky showed his blinders. Shall we lift them a bit?

1. What a load of bollocks couched in pomposity. How do you find them in the first place to lock them up ?

“Them” refers to terrorists. Glynsky seems to think, one can find find them, before they commit a crime. Either he believes in mind readers, or – worse – he wants to make thinking and speaking a crime.

The obsession with “preventing crime”, proven to not work by the way, just takes the eyes off the ball. Which in this case would be, to catch criminals, prosecute them, and – if found guilty – punish them. No, let’s instead chase the bogeyman and build a surveillance state. It did work so well for the communist states, didn’t it?

2. If all these Government Departments and politicians (most of whom you lambast for not understanding the internet) don”t do their (albeit sometimes misguided) best to sort some sort of safety for all are there any other takers?

Safety from what? At what price?

You English lived through hundreds of real IRA terror attacks. Did you bomb Ireland in response? No. Did you lock up all Irish? No? Was everyone Irish under surveillance? No. Why? Because that would have been unreasonable, unjustified, out of proportion, etc. Yet today, all it takes is one incident, and you, your politicians, and media go crazy. And you are willing to give up the few freedoms you have, for what can only be called the illusion of security.

By the way, France had full telecommunications data retention since 2006. That worked well.

The supposed terrorists were on various French and international spy agency watch lists. Luckily that prevented the slaughter.

But don’t let mere facts get in the way of stupidity. After we lost direction, we doubled the effort.

3. Does it not occur to you that most (including you) properly civilised/cultured people can’t even glimpse at what drives them let alone understand and react to it in a way you find acceptable.

Nobody has a problem with catching, prosecuting, judging and punishing criminals. And in that order, please. But this is not, what the hysteria around Charlie Hebdo is about.

4. Magna Carter? Isn’t that ours (and the empires)? And you keep saying we have no constitution but quote MC when it suits.
I await with interest your detailed solution/s.

Magna Carta is one, just one, milestone. And no, it is not a constitution or a substitute for one, Glynsky.

Magna Carta gave a few rights to the barons against the king. And to nobody else. Similar to how the Greek and Roman democracy was for those, who did not have to work to make a living. You had to be able to hang around the forum to participate. Slaves and working people were either by law of de facto excluded. Except for voting once in a while. Usually for the one candidate, who paid the most. No too different from today, I admit.

Anyone preferring safety over freedom, should consider moving to North Korea. I hear it has perfect safety.

Engine Room

PS: If you find irony or sarcasm in this post, congratulations.

From RTFM to How-To and ELI5

Dear Reader,

I owe you an apology. More specifically, I owe our beloved commentator The Inverness Druid an apology. As he pointed out in his comment here, I left him – and maybe others – in the dark, how to fix an issue. My bad, I am sorry.

Before I get to the missing information, how-to switch to plain text email, let me take you back 20 years. Bare with me.

Prior to the breakthrough of the world wide web in the early 90s, the internet was made and used by technically advanced people mostly. And there was no Google yet, no, no , no, or other comparable search engines. Fans of AltaVista, early Yahoo, and others are free to disagree.

When looking for technical help, usually one searched for a mailing list, or a news group dealing with the issue on hand. There one posted a message asking one’s question, which in our case could have been:

How do I switch off HTML emails in … (enter your email program)?

If you were lucky, someone posted an answer or a link to a webpage, giving you the solution. But more often you would get:


That sounds rude at first. But then, in the early 90s noobs were flooding the internet. The early internet people still refer to the 80s as before September. Because every September thousands of new college students got internet access for the first time. And they often did not bother to read the manual. Instead they bombarded professionals with very basic questions.

Fast forward to today.

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message on the bottle…

Dear diablog,

I was admonished by Engine Room, last week, for having ignored for literally ages our Treasure Chest category with ‘stuff’ on our wartime hero Sash Fisher – and he was, as often (but not always) right.

The problem for me is that a) there is so much to go through and b) I would become welded to the scanner for indefinite periods and unable to look into the other things that interest (obsess?) me.

Luckily for me the serendipity that seems to follow my life found this at the top of the list and personally it fascinates me on numerous levels.

First the time and what was going on at the time of writing

para 1: it appears that things may quieten down a little

– er, in August ’41? Hello?

para 2: what service? The Navy, ‘normal’ service’, at Lyons Corner House?

para 3: oh well, looks like those of us still here are doing pretty well then!



but those blasted capitalists…


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