Good effort…I think!

18 12 2007

Ok, the US has signed up with the rest of the world in Bali, but it doesn’t actually have appeared to have signed up to much.  At the start of the conference, USA didn’t want proper enforcable targets, which its got.  Yes we should be pleased that they have agreed on 2 more years of talks, but all of this sounds a little bit like tokenism. 

Trying to make Georgie boy look good in his last months as President, possibly, but its a step in the right direction.


Urinal Politics

11 12 2007

This is a subject close to every mans heart and one that pops up quite a lot when you are out and about and need to use the loo.

 Where do you stand when there are 3 spaces in the Urinal and some fat old guy is using the one in the middle.  The answer is in the toilet with the door.  There is a good review of this phenomenon here. Surely all men on some level know about this, so why not just go to one of the side ones and then at least 2 people can go at the same time.

 What I would like to know is why a 3 urinal stall is the most common one to have in public restrooms, surely one for 4 or even 5 would not be much more expensive.  I will conceed that in some places space is tight but surely more places could fit in that extra bit  of trough to make life more comfortable for comfort breaks.

Is it me or is it getting hotter?

6 12 2007

Its the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali at the moment, which is working on an updated version of the Kyoto protocol, which is due to come to an end in 2012.  Now bits of this have annoyed me, because this is a global meeting is a good thing, please do not get me wrong, I am one of the people who believes in climate change and personally I think that we could all be completely screwed within the next 50 years.

Firstly, why have it in Bali?  Surely nmost of the policy makers on this are from either Europe or America, and Bali is a small island.  Although in Indonesia there are no forests that people can see the destruction in, yes it may be one of the places that sinks when the ice caps melt but, its not the ideal place to send 10,000 delegates. 

Why if you are advocating less flying do you have it in a place that you can only get to by flying?  10,000 flights is a lot of carbon being released.

Some good things have come out of this already, for example for the first time scientists have actually come out and said “There is no time to loose” , they are right, action should be taken, and these people are world leaders in the field.  Surely we should be listening to them.

I now want to go back to September when we have George Jnr.   talking utter bollocks about how America is a world leader in reducing Carbon emissions (One of the German Delegates called this an “Utter Charade”).  He has admitted that Energy and Climate change are issues though, so thats very big of him.  He wants to start a fund for helping poorer countries get cleaner technologies.  Heres a good start George my boy, get your own country sorted out first.

I really should stop this line of thought before it becomes a completely anti Bush rant, and I don’t want it to be.  So if this summit can bring about a good clear message on Climate Change with some stringent new targets set, not ones made up to suit your Dads oil producing golf buddies (Sorry there I go again), this may actually work.

 I suspect that I will write more on this later.

2008: The year of living dangerously

3 12 2007

Plans are afoot to make next year an adrenaline filled fun fest.  I have decided that I need to get out and do a few little things to get the blood pumping.   Needless to say I will need to get in training, so the bike will be coming out a bit more often, but I have been saying that for quite a while.  The first reason is that I have said that I will do the great south run which is in October.

However, somthing I have wanted to do for years and have finally decided to do it.  The Pamplona Bull Run.   This has always fascinated me, and ever since I saw City Slickers when I was 12 I have wanted to do it.  So I me the housemate and Dev are going.  Possibly Fat Bob too.  Should be a good giggle.

 Also I am going to do a Bungee jump, again somthing that I have always thought about.  The one I have my eye on is in Switzerland, its 722 feet high and is off of a Dam.  Its the one used at the start of Goldeneye.  So when  I am in Geneva for work I will take a few days and head down to Locarno for that.

My holiday next year as I have already said is looking likely to be Libya, so will try that.  As things develop I am sure that I will keep you all informed.