Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Calling all vinyl

My parents bought as a USB Record Turntable for Christmas. This is, without doubt, the best present ever but sadly all Kate's vinyl is at her parents house, and I only own one record (a 12" extended play green vinyl version of 'Andre' by L7) which is in Colchester.

So, anyone got any vinyl they want ripping?

Friday, 19 December 2008

Man 'flu

Minor rant : People who get ill, keep coming to work, cough all over you for two weeks solid, then either get well or make themselves so ill they are bed-ridden for days. Meanwhile they are successful in transmitting their germs to you.

My approach, at the slightest sign of a sniffle, is to wrap myself up in bed until fully well. And then to take a couple of extra days, just to be on the safe side.

I blame that bloody Lemsip advert.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Not in Poland any more

It's just as cold, damp and misty here.

(At heart I'm just an Englishman, and devoid of anything else to say I retreat to the weather)

Hang on ... I'm sure I had something stored up from a quiet minute in Plenary the other day. It's around here somewhere ...

Here you go. Try this for size.

10th December 2008. Pulp first played 'Disco 2000' live in 1995 (I think). That was 13 years ago. How can that have been 13 years ago?

In Poznan at the Conference of the parties to the UNFCCC. Deathly dull. Got my agenda items agreed and waiting for plenary to kick off so we can close this shit down. Outside possibility of a surprise in plenary, that is. I'm listening to the SBI Chairman with one ear and Led Zep "How the West was won" with t'other.

The sad thing is that we have spent the whole time discussing complete non-issues. Until midnight last night. Just picking over the bones of who did what ten years ago. There has been some limited discussion on the future deal (to be agreed at Copenhagen a year from now) but parties are largely staying in their cages and refusing to come out until Obama arrives. So we are ... waiting.

Kate is here. She has a side event. Sadly it's at 19:30 on the last day (Friday) so there may not be all that many in the audience. Still, I'll be there.

Hmmm. No progress on agenda item 4(a) or anything on 1/CP.10. As usual. Cook Islands aren't happy with that.

Poland is large and flat. I've had some of the worst professionally prepared food in my life, and some very nice duck. It hasn't snowed yet, which is a shame. They've had snow in Albuquerque you know.

Friday, 12 December 2008

On the side


Fame, sort of. http://copportal1.man.poznan.pl/Archive.aspx?EventID=87&Lang=floor

That's me, second from the left.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

And now to 2009

Poznan is slowing drawing to a close. For the press and those watching from the outside, things are about to hot up, with the Ministers arriving and the big statements being made. But for the negotiators, particularly the more junior negotiatiors (like me) things are beginning to wind down. Most of the issues on the table have been either resolved (late last night, or in my case, 5 minutes ago) or not resolved, and those which were not resolved are likely to be parked for another six months.

Ministers arrive shortly. Best to keep out of the way I feel.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

A sad day

Oliver Postgate has died. My personal connection with him, beyond loving Bagpuss when I was 4, was when he unexpectedly sent me "A plain persons guide to global warming" pamphlet, sponsored by The Clangers, when I had just started working at Defra.

I've got a lot of angry letters from members of the public, but never before or since did I get such a beautifully created article.

A great man.

Thursday, 4 December 2008



I'm really tired. Zonked, in fact. I'm at the Conference of the Parties in Poznan, Poland, and I've found a spare hour in which I don't have to work. Indeed, I can safely say that I am now off for the night, though we are going to dinner with another delegation so I'm going to have to be at my sparkling and witty best. i.e. I will have to get drunk.

Since this is a public blog, and since I'm a UK Negotiator, I have to be careful about what I say about the process. So this will be really, really dull.

Things seem in fairly good spirits. From the negotiations I've been in, I think people are more positive than they have been in the past (Bali last year was particularly dreadful at times, though we got a good result in the end). It remains to be seen whether anything positive will come out in the end, and everything really depends upon the Copenhagen meeting next year, but I feel more positive now than I have for a while.

Could be just the lack of sleep messing with my brain, of course.