Hold the line

Dear Reader,

Over the last couple of days diablog has been a bit short on posts. Glynsky claims to have been busy, I wonder with what. And I have been dealing with server issues left and right, and I went traveling. No, not on vacation, not for fun, just on business. But I admit, it was fun.

Before I get back into gear, Glynsky gave me too much of a lead here, let’s play some music.

Matching the headline of this post here is

Toto – Hold the line

Back in a bit,

Engine Room

lets boogie and rant…

Dear diablog,

Let’s start ‘happy’ – but for two reasons

This clip of a fun song, well executed and by pretty girls was introduced by one of the nicest of the radio DJ’s that I have ever met.

My rant is against the continuing witch-hunts which are Operation Yew Tree and Operation Midland plus the common to all cases malaise that seems to have become endemic in British law.

I start by affirming that child abuse is wrong and to be pursued but…

Poor DLT seems to have never recovered, the Midland Leon Brittan affair drags on with a too late apology (the poor bugger had died) but most poignant of all is the disgrace of what befell the Cox/Carter couple who now find themselves battling ‘the system’ for the return of their child who, supposedly in its best interests, was taken away.

The common thread in all this is – whatever happened to ‘innocent til proven guilty’?


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the forgotten 96…

Dear diablog,

I was so busy posting cars for the film shoot I seem to have overlooked the continuing Glynsky presence at Club 96 meets which continue, as always, on the 2nd Sunday of every month.

At the last one Glynsky arrived in the 600 only to meet a smaller cousin


who was soon joined by a lovely Maserati Bora (note that they all had aluminium polished roofs)




and a delightful ’70’s Ferrari 360…


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maybe, just maybe, ER has a point…

Dear diablog,

I cannot believe how time flies by and how much of my time has been taken up in recent weeks rushing around all over the place.

Things are not likely to get any better for the next 10 days with visitors and business appointments filling even more time.

Maybe it is time to go on the run – and this is how (or maybe not!) to go about it!

I am sorry to alert you to this Channel 4 programme, The Hunted, so late in the day but if you have not been watching it – catch up, now!

I am not sure that I fully agree with this but one thing is clear – it is very good television and I am fascinated not so much by how and what the 14 do to evade ‘arrest’ but the odd bits of info, eg ‘there are more than 20,000 (yes that’s right) surveillance cameras on the London Tube…

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Wanting more

Dear Reader,

Not too long ago we had a tune here, which resembles life. It starts slow and pianissimo, then it speeds up with a crescendo, then it peaks, and it ends abruptly. Like our beloved commentators mentioned, it leaves you a tiny bit unsatisfied.And that’s why I picked it for the occasion then.

The characteristics required for a tune to work as an intro are somewhat similar. It has to lead you into something, and it has to leave you wanting more. No surprise, the above mentioned tune by Mogwai has been used as an intro a lot. By the band itself, and by movies and TV shows, etc.

Earlier this year we had one of my favorite intros, Real Time with Bill Maher, in July.

Here now is my all time favorite so far. Please turn up the bass a bit, you will enjoy it.:

Now I wonder, does our musical and general genius, Glynsky, know this tune Do you?

Whenever I am in need of a small, short (just 1.0 min.), motivational kick, that tune does it for me.

What does kick you into gear?


Engine Room

eye spy 5…

Dear diablog,

I have, of course, seen Man From Uncle and if you have too I hope you enjoyed. Not a ground breaking movie but, as an escapist, much enjoyed by me.

As the final post on the subject here are some images taken during shooting – you may even recognise the scene – but to me as a novice really interesting.

All ready for the ‘action’


Glynsky’s car sets off


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What is good design?

Dear Reader,

Glynsky showed us Trump’s plane here, and I commented on the horrible interior here.

Now one can argue forever about what is pretty and what isn’t. Every one has his or her own taste. So how does one judge design? The answer comes from one of the best designers in the world. According to Dieter Rams

Good design:

is innovative – The possibilities for progression are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for original designs. But imaginative design always develops in tandem with improving technology, and can never be an end in itself.

makes a product useful – A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic criteria. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could detract from it.

is aesthetic – The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products are used every day and have an effect on people and their well-being. Only well-executed objects can be beautiful.

makes a product understandable – It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product clearly express its function by making use of the user’s intuition. At best, it is self-explanatory.

is unobtrusive – Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.

is honest – It does not make a product appear more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.

is long-lasting – It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today’s throwaway society.

is thorough down to the last detail – Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.

is environmentally friendly – Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the life cycle of the product.

is as little design as possible – Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.

In case you have not heard of Dieter Rams, Apple has been copying his designs forever.

Now look back at that plane and check it against that list.

I rest my case.

Engine Room