1. In Chicago, Obama grasps history

    In Chicago, Obama grasps history

    Barack Obama's victory speech was ending with an explosion of ticker tape at the precise moment we went live for the evening news in Sydney.

  2. In Ohio, Obama tries to party like it's 2008

    In Ohio, Obama tries to party like it's 2008

    The massive queue to see Barack Obama speak in Cincinnati, Ohio, stretches right around the block. And after that it stretches right round another block.

  3. Notes from a Republican Rally

    Notes from a Republican Rally

    Mitt Romney's Nevada campaign headquarters doesn't look like much when you first approach it. Nestled in a strip mall just outside Las Vegas, it shares a building with the local Senate hopeful and the local chicken wings place, I drove straight past it on the first attempt and had to turn back. But what they lack in grandeur round here they more than make up for with enthusiasm.

  4. Neil Armstrong – and the most famous words never spoken

    Of course we all know the legendary words that WERE spoken by Neil Armstrong when he first walked on the moon (notwithstanding some minor historical debate about “step for man” versus “step for A man' ...there was radio interference... don’t ask!) But there’s an awesome story about the words he apparently muttered under his breath as he LEFT the Lunar Surface.

  5. Obama & Beyonce. Ryan VS Rage

    Apparently humbled and sobered by the sheer gravity of the epic political fight facing him over the coming weeks and months, Barack Obama has been concentrating on the important stuff. He took to the airwaves in New Mexico to reveal details of his passion for a bit of Beyonce on the I-pod when he needs to get his heart rate going.

  6. Olympic Opening Ceremony: The Best Thing I've Seen on a Screen

    Olympic Opening Ceremony: The Best Thing I've Seen on a Screen

    As a 'whingeing Pom' you might expect me to start with a complaint about the weather perhaps, or Mark Cavendish, or the fact I lived in London when they held the games in Sydney and now live in Sydney while they're holding the games in London, but no. I'm writing to offer praise. Last week’s Olympic opening ceremony might be the best thing I've ever seen on a screen.

  7. Get that missile off my roof - this isn't Beijing!

    There's some amazing Olympics related facts and figures flying about as we thrust toward the opening ceremony. Four billion TV viewers, 20 thousand journalists, 10 thousand athletes …. five thousand cups of pee – just some of the numbers spruiked by the AOC on their website this week. Of course when you imagine all those journalists lined up next to each other it forms a really distasteful image. However they do have an important role to play.