Friday, 18 December 2009

In The Hot Seat

Let's take a quick look at a letter into last night's Sloppy Star. It's from regular writer, Allan Tucker from Oswestry, and it attempts to tackle an interesting topic:

There has been some controversy about whether global warming is taking place.

Correct. I watched an interesting debate about this a few days ago, and I found myself in agreement with Michael Portillo.

Yes, you read that right. I'm as shocked/surprised/angered as you are. But "Bear With!" as that woman in 'Miranda' says.

Global warming is certainly an interesting debate. I would reckon about 80% of scientists say it's happening, but not ALL are in agreement. At this moment in time, I am sceptical. There is a good argument that Earth has gone through radical temperature differences before, and this is simply happening again and is nothing to do with human hand. That does appeal to my belief that Mother Nature knows what's it doing, I'll admit. And Dennis Miller made a good point the other night, albeit in a humorous way - how accurate were the findings 100 years ago? Accurate enough to really pay attention to them?

However I certainly keep an open mind on this, and would be happy to lose my cynical side. If the clever bods can conclusively prove that we're fucking up the globe, then it's time to act, and act bloody quickly. It won't be nice, but necessary. Whatever your opinion though, an interesting discussion can be had. Let's see what Allan can bring to the table.

PricewaterhouseCoopers says that its research highlighted the need for carbon reduction.

Interesting, what were their findings?

That, together with the fact that most scientists and governments agree, is enough for me. Global warming is taking place.

Oh, that's that then? Fair enough. Let me just go and get some solar panels eh?

Thursday, 17 December 2009


Let's just round this nonsense off before Christmas. You may remember a few weeks back I gave the opportunity for my readers to suggest a topic for me to blog about. I've tackled Dan's suggestion, so let's now have Cynical Ben's:

Benjamin Judge said...

Straw hats. Good or bad?

Short answer - Very good.

Long answer - Straw hats for me are wonderfully English. They bring to my mind a perfect summers day, and an English gentleman enjoying a spot of cricket somewhere beautiful like Arundel. He has a picnic, with the egg sandwiches, scones and Pimms. His wife is wearing a flowery dress. Their son will be sitting quietly, absorbing the cricket, whilst their daughter will be making daisy chains and sipping ginger beer.

His name will be something like Quentin de Forrest, and he'll politely applaud as the opening batsman passes 50. He'll vote Conservative, as he knows he can't trust Labour with his money, which he has plenty of, as he's a high-quality conveyancer. He's the kind of person who Nigel Havers has based his whole acting career on.

But the most important thing about him? The thing that sums up his Englishness? It's the straw hat, my friends. It is the straw hat.

A perfect hat, for the perfect English gentleman. We praise thee, straw hats!

Sunday, 13 December 2009

O Happy Day!

Midnight has just passed, meaning it is now Sunday 13th December 2009.

It is my birthday.

I am not dating the girl I wish I could. United lost at home. The weather is cold, wet and horrible. I have to do another sodding WOLF post before midnight tonight.

However, I have a bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk, and I'm watching pool.

Happy bloody Birthday, me.