Homeward bound: Caribbean returnees
Saturday 28th November 2009,
, Photograph © Angel Valentin, 2009
Eustace Maxim thought I might be the cable technician. An appointment had been made for no definite time, so there was nothing to do but wait. But from the vantage point of his veranda in Jimmit, with its panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea, there are worse places you can watch the world go by. When he thinks of what he'd be doing now if he'd retired in Plaistow, east London, he says, "If I was in England, all I would be doing is staying home and watching television."
Those who follow Sarah Palin are sowing the seeds of their own destruction
Monday 23rd November 2009,
In the film, The American President, the president's speechwriter Lewis Rothschild (played by Michael J Fox) appeals to the commander-in-chief to take a firm, clear stand against the Right. "People want leadership, Mr President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone." he says. "They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand."
Maya Angelou: 'I'm fine as wine in the summertime'
Saturday 14th November 2009,
, Photograph: Chris Buck
During a trip to Senegal, Maya Angelou called Samia, a friend she had made in Paris several years before, and was invited over for dinner. Passing a room where people apparently clung to the wall to avoid standing on the rug, Angelou became incensed. "I had known a woman in Egypt who would not allow her servants to walk on her rugs, saying that only she, her family and friends were going to wear out her expensive carpets. Samia plummeted in my estimation."
One year on, Obama has shown that meaningful change can happen
Sunday 8th November 2009,
, Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Following a spate of hate crimes against gays in Dallas and Houston in 2000, the late Molly Ivins asked the Texas Civil Liberties Union board representative from Midland if there had been any gay-bashing in her home town. "Hell, honey," she replied. "There's not a gay in Midland would come out of the closet for fear people would think they're a Democrat."
Europe’s Left: Not Dead Yet
Wednesday 4th November 2009,
“The facts speak only when the historian calls on them,” wrote E.H. Carr in his landmark work