This month your magazine opens doors a little to nostalgia. We talk about Woodstock 38 years later, with icon Country Joe McDonald – were you alive in 1969? In any event, there’s the Burning Man Festival, where you can relive that spirit, in the desert of Nevada. We also remember the only modern war that ever came close to Brazil, though it took place already 25 years ago. And, sort of combining old and new, there’s London Duck Tours, using war vehicles for a much, much better purpose, that is, travelling in and out of the Thames River without leaving the car. But don’t worry, we’ve got many forward-looking articles, too. Start with Europe’s fastest-developing country, Ireland, whose growth rate is so impressive that it’s beginning to cause problems. There’s young, talented (and gorgeous) Christina Aguilera, there’s cynical Dr. House, there are ladies rediscovering fun in life with a red hat, and there’s life and love with the world’s worst dog, Marley. In the midst of it all, our common language, English, becoming increasingly uncommon. All in all, Speak Up this month follows the path of New York’s architecture: opening its way between development and conservation. Let’s enjoy both!
CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE
06 This month:
The Burning Man Festival 08 Profile:
10 Travel:The London Duck Tour
12 Strange Stories:Musical Madness
36 Teacher´s Corner:Get more words!
04 Letters & Club
44 The Good Life
47 Cultural Matters
49 The Last Laugh
50 Song & Lyrics
14 Meet the Press:In the UK at least, the rich are getting richer...
16 The Stupid War:The 25th anniversary of the Falklands conflict.
18 Saving our City:Peter Berman is on a mission to save the architecture of Greenwich Village - and New York.
22 My Life as a Sex Goddess:Christina Aguilera confesses all...
25 Speak Up in Class:A new insert for language teachers and students.
28 The Cost of the Celtic Tiger:Ireland’s economic boom has its negative aspects...
32 Woodstock Revisited :Country Joe McDonald on the good old days.
34 Girls Just Want to Have Fun:For the Red Hat Society at least, life begins at 50.
38 The Tower of Babel:Computer translations and other disasters.
40 Marley & Me:An excerpt from John Grogan’s canine bestseller.