Facts vs Feelings

Dear Reader,

It seems, some people have difficulties distinguishing between facts and feelings. Hint, feelings are as relevant and reliable as horoscopes and fortune cookies.

To help, here is an entertaining piece by John Oliver – a Brit – using American politics.

That should make it easier for self-absorbed Brits to swallow the medicine:

Stay amused,

Engine Room

Drone Pictures

Dear Reader,

It used to be Pete, who kept diablog up to date on everything photography. Since he is MIA, I stepped in with a post occasionally. This is another one of those.

National Geographic is known for outstanding photography. Threw them I learned about dronestagram:


That is a competition of photos shot by or with a drone.

And here http://www.dronestagr.am/winners-announced/ you can see the winners, like this one:


I am sure, Glynsky can tell us more about this beauty.


Engine Room

How to handle Belligerence

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This happened at Newark Airport.
For all of you out there who have had to deal with an irate customer, this one is for you.
A crowded United Airlines flight was canceled.
A single agent was rebooking a long line of inconvenienced travelers.
Suddenly, an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket on the counter and said;
“I HAVE to be on this flight and it has to be FIRST CLASS.”
The agent replied, “I’m sorry, sir. I’ll be happy to try to help you, but I’ve got to help these folks first; and then I’m sure we’ll be able to work something out.”
The passenger was unimpressed.
He asked loudly, so that the passengers behind him could hear, “DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO I AM?”
Without hesitating, the agent smiled and grabbed her public address microphone. “May I have your attention, please?”, she began, her voice heard clearly throughout the terminal. “We have a passenger here at Gate 14 WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHO HE IS. If anyone can help him with his identity, please come to Gate 14.”
With the people behind him in line laughing hysterically, the man glared at the United Airlines agent, gritted his teeth, and said, “F*** You!” Without flinching, she smiled and said, “I’m sorry sir, you’ll have to get in line for that, too.”

Crazy weeks

Dear Reader,

The last few weeks have been … crazy. Along with quite a lot of bad news globally, I have been busy like crazy. Thus, it was much appreciated, when I stumbled upon a collection of tweets, that made me grin, smile, or chuckle.

Passing along a few of them, I hope to brighten your weekend a bit:












and finally, fitting for the internet:




Have a great weekend,

Engine Room

We call it diplomacy

Just to carry on from Er’s last comment first, how do you think we ended up with farming and fishing subsidies? We had the most productive farming / acre anywhere in the world prior to joining the EEC. The common agricultural & fisheries policies saw the end of these and subsidies became the name of the game, just so those who were (are) less efficient at both got hand outs!

When we are back on our own two feet, we can regain our waters and fish as much as we need to, without the Spanish taking all the illegal “smaller” fish. The farmers will respond accordingly and get doing what they do best. It might be hard at first, but things will settle.

This clip you may well like ER. It’s how politics ticks along in the UK…


I mentioned in my last comments recently that Teressa May might be a refreshing change, well I thought about that and May-be not! I like Andrea Leadsome. Now she is a refreshing change. Will she get to be the next PM though? I hope so as she lead the Brexit debate and will carry it forward.

Forward woman…