So 'to dabble' actually means nothing more than an amateurish attempt at fixing it. 18€ down the drain. All he'll ever get from me in the near future is some bad mouth to mouth advertising. And news (read: gossip) travels quite fast around close knit farming communities like this one. Luckily Dr Livingstone has emerged from the jungle that is called touring and has taken a look at it.
So all you'll ever need to fix a lawnmower is (in exact order as listed below):
-a trappist tripel (preferred brand: Westmalle)
We still are missing something I left off the list:
So result after ½ weekend: no mower, bank holiday monday, rain, high grass and a tipsy Livingstone.
I think I'll nip back next door and ask Mr Moleslayer™ if I can borrow his machine again...