25/12/2003

Merry Christmas @ 12:00 am

I’d just like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas, full of mince pies, mulled beer (its not a good idea to give me wine) and good will to all men (and the lovely laydees of course).

Anyway, in a big fat Santa- esque way

HO HO HO !!!!!!!!!!!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

24/12/2003

The weather outside is errr…dry and sunny @ 5:02 pm

It doesn’t really feel like Christmas eve, no snow, no rain, it’s not even that cold outside…just finished a bit of last minute shopping for tommorrow – why do I always leave it to the last minute. Actually I know why – I hate shopping at the best of times – add huge crowds and the pre-chrimbo hectic free for all that is Princess St, Edinburgh and I’ll avoid it like the plague – putting it off until the last minute forces me to be quick, to get the job done – even if it is really bloody stressful. Grrrrr….

Apart from that its been quite quiet recently – too skint really to cause to much mischief – was out on the lash with Ricky off to the lovely Subway Cowgate…Ricky pulled….and I got lumbered with her mate who already had a bloke…great work really 🙁 .

Add to that my dozy brother droped a clothes iron on my arm so I know have a sort of red pointy trangle shaped blister/burnt skin on my arm…thankfully its not too bad; it could have been alot worse

What else hmmmm… got a Chrimbo card from Kate today – told me that Russell and Rosie Cox have just had they’re wee baby, Robert, congratulations Dr & Dr Cox…it’s amazing how being up norf means that keeping up with the news is soooo damn difficult!.

On the footy front, Hibs have beaten Celtic in the CIS Cup and now go off to face Rangers, we’ve continued our disappointing league run and Bobby’s just re-signed his contract …. really a mixed bag.

18/12/2003

Wind Power – ehhhh???? @ 11:00 pm

I don’t know what made me think about it but I got to wondering what area of the country we would need to cover with wind turbines in order to satisfy the UK’s energy need….

uk electricity needs…
2712500GWh

UK is 244,820 sq km in area

1 square kilometer = 1 000 000 square meters

As a guide, Corrie Mountain Windfarm (4.8 MWh) consists of eight 600 kW Vestas Wind Turbines (42 metre rotor diameter) and occupies an area of approximately 40 acres.

4520834 Turbines occupy 45208333acres which is 182 951 634 096 m2

182951.63km2
As a percentage of the country that a measly ….
74.73% of the area of the uk

Simply put….wind can never completely eliminate our need for fossel fuels….and yet the Government and Scottish Parliament keep trying to push the current level of usage up as though its actually going to change anything.

16/12/2003

Feet on Ground @ 9:57 pm

As the western world, or rather media seems to have gone Saddam mad I thought I’d try to bring a bit of perspective. Today 50 isrealli tanks entered the Palistinian Balata refugee camp. With a 12year old boy being shot in the head.

Injured child

Whilst the west congratulates itself on the capture of Saddam we lose sight of the real problems in the middle east which need to be tackled if their is to be real lasting piece in this unstable region. Peace will never come for the Palestinian and Isreali people unless there is a an unconditional end to all violence both by the Isreali and Palestinian leaderships.

14/12/2003

Saddam @ 12:20 pm

Saddam Hussein was captured last night after living in a hole far god knows how long at a farm 15miles away from his home town of Tikrit.

Picture of captured saddam hussein

It was actually quite strange, here is a man who is responsible for the torture and murder of millions of people – a man who has terrorised his own people to expliot them for his own power and gain – now looking frail and weak. It is perhaps to easy for us to consider him a monster, inhuman but the photos and video of him today show that this monster was human and a reminder to us all of the horror that man can commit against his own kind…sadly I believe this is a lesson we still haven’t learnt as we stand back and watch whats happening throughout the world as other tyrants crush the people they supposeedly represent.

The PM and the President of the Iraqi ruling council have both said that he will be tried by an Iraqi court in Iraq ; a really moment for the Iraqi people (NOT the west) to dictate justice.

One thing that did cross my mind though is the fact that under the Geneva convention on the tretment of Prisoners of War they are not allowed to be used for propaganda purposes…the question is is showing the footage of Saddam propoganda or an effort to try to convince the iraqi people that Saddam really is in custody (a problem they faced when his sns were killed)?…i think the answer is probably both.
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Just caught this on Al Jazerra

In Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit and elsewhere in the country, people poured into the streets at the news. There were reports of celebrations in Tikrit.

The western media has always described Tikrit as a Hussein stronghold full of Saddam loyalists – it just makes me wonder how loyal were the loyalists were all along when we see open celebrations in such a city – and how much of their loyalty was gained through intimidation.

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