where were you in ’63?…

Dear diablog,

Earlier this week I referred to the new Man From UNCLE film and it looks as though I may have succeeded in persuading Mme. to go to see it tonight – particularly to check on where all the stuff I saw laying around was used.

There is much to show you of the car experience of those few weeks but this bizarre beast


is worthy of note and I can’t wait to see it on screen.

The story goes that Mr. Ritchie is something of a car freak and was, one day, wandering around on line looking at wheeled stuff when he stumbled upon a story of some geezer having decided to make the most f**k off crazy all terrain ‘thing’ imaginable with the intention of entering the Paris Dakar or something similar.

At the next production meeting he presented the drawings he’d found and demanded that one be obtained for the film.

Despite the wimpy (but valid) protests from Continuity and others who asked if such a thing would have been around ‘in period’…


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eye spy 1…

Dear diablog,

About a year ago Glynsky signed a contract which forbade publication of any of the photos in this (and subsequent posts on the subject) until the subject matter was in the public domain.

Well it certainly is now with the general release of the new Guy Ritchie movie The Man from U.N.C.L.E.– not that I have seen it yet.

Early one morning a very nice man in a pick up truck appeared at Glynsky Towers to load some of the vehicles in the stable


and took them, with Glynsky in attendance, to East London and an extraordinary location – the disused (and Grade 2 listed)  Tate and Lyle mill. In passing I would mention that despite trying to sell this site for years they can’t – no one will take on a listed factory as the costs of renovating it are too huge and it can’t be knocked down as it is listed. The eternal circle!


What greeted us there was, in a word, bonkers.


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Sorry … again

Dear Reader,

As promised here, we were working on the down time issue. Over the last couple of weeks diablog went offline occasionally. Not every day, and mostly it was for less than five minutes. Nevertheless, that is annoying to you, in case you experience it, and we do not like that, of course.

As mentioned, the problem is too many connections to the server.

After hours of reading log files to find the cause, and conversations with people who know, I gave up.

It seems, that someone is desperate to get into our server. That someone is running what is called a brute force attack. For that other computers are trying to log in to the server with a different password a couple of times every second. The log in attempts have been unsuccessful so far, we believe. But all those connections at one point lead to the webserver shutting down.

The log in attempts become a DoS attack, a denial of service.

We could rent a bigger server. But that does not prevent any attacker to just increase their load. That would be a rat race.

We could block the IP addresses, where the attacks are coming from. But the attackers are switching IP addresses often. It would be an endless game of whack a mole. And we would never know, whom we are actually blocking.

We could hire a content delivery network service like cloudflare. But I think we will wait for the person or persons to go away. Glynsky and I will discuss this.

In the meantime, please enjoy diablog and the summer.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room

Update A note to whoever wants to get into the server: Our pass phrases are very, very long; a mix of characters, numbers, and symbols, not in any rainbow table. Please stop trying.

hole in the road…

Dear diablog,

My apologies for the silence but Franco has finally left leaving the Towers in total disarray and with lots of sorting and clearing up to do.

He was a stickler for elf ‘n’ safety and knowing that it drives the Venerable Druid mad I thought it a good idea to herald my return to active service with some sane views on the madness of this modern affliction.

How true.

Yours, diablog, falling foul



Sorry for the inconvenience

Dear Reader,

Please accept my apologies for the somewhat unlikely – but still possible – case, that you cannot connect to diablog occasionally.

The reason is a flaw in our server setup. In case you want to know, it is caused by tcpsndbuf, i. e. a limit on server connections.

We are working on it.

Very sorry,

Engine Room