Even in our little backwater there has been some excitment about the US getting a new President. Most people you speak to are happy and relieved to see the new President take office. We watched on CNN, courtesy of a 5 euro satellite receiver bought at a boot sale, regular readers will know we do not bother with UK TV. It was very moving to see the American people welcome this change. I thought President Obamas speech was quite uplifting. I particularly liked the line "we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist" lets hope the thought takes hold.