By going beyond the closure of Guantánamo Bay to shut the CIA’s international network of interrogation centres and ban the use of rendition and torture, Barrack Obama has won a significant battle in the true war on terror. In a signing ceremony every bit as significant as a military victory Obama announced: ‘We Continue reading
Listening to Barrack Obama’s inaugural speech, even in optimistic mood, could not fail to impress. He may have disappointed some journalists by not delivering oratorical flourishes that make nice sound bites and write their own headlines, but they would almost certainly have been empty anyway. The role of this speech was to offer Continue reading
When Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi threw his shoes at George W Bush there was a consensus that the then President of the United States had handled the incident well, deftly ducking out of the way and apparently laughing off the incident. Sadly, Laura Bush’s ‘not amused’ stance gave away how the president really Continue reading
I’m terribly weary of all those who sagely counsel us not to get too excited by Barrack Obama’s inauguration later today, like Labour’s social networking guru and psychotherapist Derek Draper. We need to be careful not get caught up in a peak experience, Derek warns, and instead imagine life when it’s all over Continue reading
Eric Morecambe’s statue is the best known work to be commissioned by the Tern Project, but there is much more to see. Tern shows how public art can transform what would otherwise be a rather bleak landscape, made sad by imagined memories of bucket and spade holidays, into something rather special. This sculpture, Continue reading
The Midland Hotel’s Lancastrian Tapas make for a great pick-me-up after a bracing stroll on Morecambe’s seafront. Pictured is the blue cheese and the mackerel, which cost about £2.75 each. These delicacies are served in the Rotunda, a smart cocktail style bar with comfortable booths served from an island bar with sea views.