Binge Watching

Dear Reader,

In a comment our beloved Philippa


asked, what I did during the bad weather. One answer is: binge watching. In this case I watched the whole of Band of Brothers. The HBO TV series does not need my praise. And actually, I was not that impressed. Following please find a few recommendations of what I consider better films.

Let’s start with the classic, The Longest Day, about D-Day.

Moving on to 1980 and The Big Red One. If you find this story and movie similar to Band of Brothers, then I agree. Must have been some “inspiration”.

Again, no coincidence, Tom Hanks. Executive Co-Producer of Brand of Brothers, starred in Saving Private Ryan from 1998. Released by Dreamworks SKG, with Steven Spielberg, the other Executive Co-Producer of Band of Brothers.

But if you really have the stomach to educate yourself about the holocaust, then watch The Death Mills. It was directed by Billy Wilder, created on behalf of the United States Department of War, for the re-education of Germans and Austrians after WW II. It is available online at the Internet Archive here

Beware this is original film material, shot by allied forces, when they liberated the death camps. This is heavy.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room

up the engine room’s…

Dear diablog,

Having got the beginning of the week off my chest maybe it is time for a little levity.

As usual we can depend on Christina


for ‘relief’ who apparently needed some after putting up with Engine Room’s rantings on internet security, free programmes and Linux (which I think is a cheap Chinese all weather vehicle).

She dug this up as her project for his next tasks.

Yours, diablog, shocking


NYers are nuts

Dear Reader,

2016 got off to a somewhat crazy start. Not only for us at diablog.

In December everybody said: “What a lovely Spring we have, this Winter.”

And then, four weeks late, it hit us really hard. Now most people wonder, are NYers crazy? Yes. Yes, we are.

During the lovely Winter of ’95 a few nutters drove down from upstate NY – on snow mobiles. They wanted to drive down 5th Ave. And they did. Naturally, they got caught and fined. Was it worth it? Every penny.

How do you top that? Maybe like this:

Snowboarding and skiing behind a 4×4 on Times Square. Woooooohoooooo!

This is Times Square on a normal day, and below during snowy days:

Have fun,

Engine Room

a tribute…

Dear diablog,

After yesterday’s sad post (and the reason for my ‘black’ period earlier this month) maybe as a treat to ourselves and in his memory an homage to one of his (and my) favourite bands.

UB40 are one of the most successful British acts – ever. It is beyond me to extol their virtues, their creativity speaks for itself as in this old Elvis song

and one of their biggest chart hits…


Continue reading “a tribute…”

a very sad goodbye…

Dear diablog,

It would not be appropriate to display Erika’s thumbnail here as diablog is devastated to have to record the passing, at a ridiculously young age, of her wonderful son.

We sincerely hope that this post does not add to her angst but I felt that as a regular reader/contributor it was the least I could do.

mark b

We all send our deepest condolences and support through this terrible time and our thoughts are with you.

A cool dude and lovely person leaving a super wife and two young and highly intelligent kids.

Our thoughts are with you,


here we go, here we go..,.,

Dear diablog,

The New Year seems to have brought all sorts edible treats which have lead to the inevitable ‘ballooning’ of Glynsky’s profile (much to the pleasure, probably, of Smiles – comments anticipated!).

In an effort to (possibly!) address this I have decided on radical action and am very tempted to join a convenient

Zumba class! Apparently even the elusive Pete might join me.

I doubt that it would be as much fun as this but……

Yours, diablog, contemplating the disappearing navel