Daily Archives: May 26, 2011

Technically, I’m on holiday until next Wednesday. So I may not blog for a while.

I am currently staying in a smart hotel in Switzerland. Earlier this morning, I was in the shower when I heard the door-bell ring. So I swathed myself in a couple of towels and opened the door. It was the chambermaid. We both leapt backwards, covered in confusion. I am sure it would all have been a lot less embarrassing had the thought of Dominique Strauss-Kahn not been hovering over the room.

I wonder whether the former IMF director has now permanently changed hotel etiquette? In future, will I have to put on a suit and tie before answering a knock on the door in my hotel room?

The theme that everybody seems to have picked up on from President Obama’s speech in Westminster yesterday was his insistence on the continuing power and relevance of the West. But the crucial sentence was interestingly ambiguous. Read more