Yeehaw – Pete’s back

Dear Reader,

Pete is back, we are saved. Me from writing, you from boredom!

First I wanted to play “Celebrate good times”, but we had that already. Then “Sing Hallelujah”, but we had that already too.

We also had the following song already. But Pete likes it, if I remember correctly. And I like it. And Glynsky isn’t around to complain.

Things can only get better,


since I found you!

Agreeing with D:Ream,

Engine Room

Ship Wrecked

Hi there all you billions out there in Diablog land.

I have been away for a few days bringing my boat on a marathon journey from Hertfordshire to Little Venice in west London.


Little Venice


When I say marathon, the distance is around 26 miles, which normally would take around 9 hours including going through the various locks en route at the beginning of the journey.

Nine hours may seem a long time to you, but is about the same time I could complete the distance on foot, providing they were no major heart attacks on the way.

So what can possibly go wrong?

Well we stated out mid afternoon on day one and reached a decent place for an overnight stop in some place near some waterside public house.

I fished off the boat well into the night and even caught the occasional one.

For once all was well with the world and I was at relative peace with myself as I awoke to the heat of the next morning.

I was hoping that the engine, would behave as it had been running a bit warm the previous day, but it seemed to be coping with the 30 degree heat that has been with us for the last few weeks here in the UK.

So on the second day I started the engine and my calm disposition and peace and good will to all men vanished out the window (or should I say porthole?) faster than you could shout FuuuuuuuuuucK .

The temperature gauge had shot from cold to hot within 30 seconds starting and within 5 minutes had started boiling up.

I started to feel the same way as the bleeding engine and stopped, then started it, added water and the bastard continued to blow hot water at me whenever I moved it.

I think the engine is getting hot

I should point out that my mechanical knowledge of engines is about as complete as a blind Norwegian herring salesman.

I had to open the engine compartment (heavy) about 8 times that day as it staggered at warp factor one mile per hour, to a place where a mobile mechanic could come out.

The boat was eventually abandoned about a mile from Little Venice and the mechanic arrived the following morning, tested everything and told me eventually that my Head Gasket had probably blown.

man with a blown head gasket

I wasn’t sure if he meant mine or the boat’s but either way it is serious and undoubtedly expensive.

He is due to return to the boat today which I will believe when it happens, and then maybe, just maybe, my journey will continue.

To complete a perfect day I took my current wife out for a meal.

As I sat across from her in the Chinese restaurant, a serious look came over her face and she said,

“You know Pete, this isn’t going to work. I think I want a divorce. You’re just never going to bloody well grow up and be a man.”

It was at that moment, I knew there was nothing I could do.

I mean if the chopsticks-walrus impression I was doing wasn’t working, nothing would.


I will let you know how life progresses.

Missing you

Dear Reader,

Long lost Pete

seems to be back, although I haven’t read anything yet. Supposedly the female version of begging, aka yelling, of our readership, in persona Iren


made all the difference. Thanks, Iren!

And now, at least according to Smiles’


claim here, Glynsky is gone.

Excuse me? What is this? Lost and Found? The Missing Person Bureau? Somehow I feel like …

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Goodbye Brits

Dear Reader,

It is time to say goodbye to our British internet users. From my point of view, they must be either utterly stupid or childish beyond any reasoning.

Too harsh? Well, then please give me an explanation for the following.

The British government is introducing internet censorship. Yes, the Brits are joining such brilliant states as North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Their narrow-minded – I am being polite here – PM Cameron is using the fig leave of pornography. So much for being creative. And never mind the Sun and the other British “newspapers” full of T&A.

British internet service providers will block internet content by default.

“But it is just pornography”, you say? Wrong!

Here is what will be censored:

Continue reading “Goodbye Brits”

Happy SysAdmin Day

Dear Reader,

Recently I have been a bit slow on celebrations, sorry for that. But today cannot be ignored:

Happy SysAdmin Appreciation Day

And here is a classic by for those, not yet familiar with SysAdmins:

On behalf of everyone I thank our friend, who helped us and put us in touch with his friend, who’s friend is hosting diablog. And keeping the server alive and up and running. And correcting all the fubar I produce on a regular basis.

Give your IT guy a hug today, or a drink, or both.

Stay up,

Engine Room