Yo Blair!

blairJust saw a re-run of Tony Blair on the Simpsons. He recorded his lines for the show at the height of our involvement in the Iraq war.  At the time it struck me as rather unfortunate timing, especially considering the disasterous nature of the war.

The news today that Tony Blair will have earned £15m since he left office is a considerable acheivement. The only problem is that in thise same period he has been the UN Envoy to the Middle East. While he has no doubt mixed with the world richest and most influential people in a ccumulating this huge sum of money,  he has not once been to Gaza.

Lets hope this sizeable pile of cash is a consellation to the tragedy in Gaza, which has taken place on his watch.


Ugli Tree Rating: Perhaps you can work a little harder and earn a little less.


January 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm 2 comments

Close Encounters

turbineThere have been some interesting explanations for the damage caused to a wind turbine in Lincolnshire.

A local group of UFO enthusiasts (you can always find a local UFO group) claim the damage was caused by a flying saucer or some sort of space vehicle.

Now excuse me, the idea of a UFO flying across millions of light years, avoiding meteor showers, worm holes, black holes, solar flares and finally Earth’s atmosphere only to be kiboshed by a small rotating turbine seem a little far fetch.

Having said that I’ve travelled across continents only to get my luggage trapped in a revolivng door of the departure terminal so maybe there is something in it.


Uglitree rating: We are not alone.

January 9, 2009 at 7:31 pm Leave a comment

Spend Thrift

gbrown2009 is going to be dominated by the world-wide recession and the credit crunch. We all agree that this has been caused by bankers lending money they didn’t have to consumers living beyond their means.

So what is Gordon Browns  solution to this predicament? He wants banks to lend more and consumers to spend more.  Seems a bit odd to me.

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Ugliee tree rating: Why can’t we go out and make something instead.

January 2, 2009 at 6:46 pm Leave a comment

Neate Idea

adamneateAdam Neate has given away 1000 pieces of artwork in one night throughout London. The artwork is already for sale on Ebay and if prices are to go by – this represents £500,000 worth of artwork.


Uglitee rating: The best things in life really are free

December 4, 2008 at 6:58 pm Leave a comment

Sex Life of a Panda

I read the other day that a panda only had sex for 48 hours in an entire year. Poor panda I thought, just 2 days of nookie a year.

However if you think about it, 48 hours equates to about one hour a week or maybe a couple of ‘half-hour sessions’ a week. Not bad really.

I’m sure many married men will think he’s a bit of a lucky b****d.

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Ugli Tree Rating: Over-sexed bamboo eater!

June 9, 2008 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

A Show too Far

live-earthI have huge sympathy for the Live Earth organisers – how do you get complex messages across to a mass audience, to effect behaviour, educate and cause political movement on difficult issues.

The answer is that it’s not easy. For example, nuclear power seems a sensible solution to minimising green house gasses however some of the bands wore t-shirts opposing it.

And if music is the answer then presumably the bigger the bands on stage, the better the success. In which case having Duran Duran (re-heated left-overs from the Diana concert the week before) is not a good sign.

During a prolonged instrumental segment by Genesis its very hard to justify humaity’s right to live much longer on this planet.

You’re left feeling that Sir Bob Geldof was right – its just another pop concert – and not a very good one at that.

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Ugli Tree Rating: Bad enough to force people to turn off their tellies – good for the environment.

July 9, 2007 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment

Great but not Green


The 787 looks great and certainly has some amazing technology – however green it is not.

A 20% reduction in fuel consumption must be welcomed but to promote it in terms of its environmentally friendliness is to mis-represent the real costs of air travel.

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Ugli Tree Rating: Think before you fly.

July 9, 2007 at 8:16 pm Leave a comment

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