Happy New Year! 2009 was a harder-than-usual year for many of us, and your magazine was no exception. But 2010 looks much brighter on the horizon, so let’s hope that with hard work, your help, and God’s blessing, the year just started will bring many good reasons to celebrate. That apparently is the case for Taylor Swift, who is almost as old as Speak Up (and almost as beautiful and talented). If a Kennedy can campaign – for human rights, I mean – and if Scotland can celebrate its poet gone too early, if the Millennium Dome can be reborn as the Music Experience center, and if time travel may soon be possible, then maybe Manhattan can go back to its Mannahatta days and the Kiwis can grow back to the 20 million they once were in New Zealand? Well, we don’t know for sure, but we want to be there to tell you, and we want you with us to help in this combined effort. Combinado? A happy 2010 for all of us!
CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE
06 Profile : The Green Prince
08 This month:
Burns Night 11 Living Language:
04 Letters & Club
12 Meet the Press
43 Good Life
46 Cultural Matters
47 The Last Laugh
49 Kids’ Cross
50 Song & Lyrics
12 Meet the Press: More unusual stories from the international press.
14 A Girl Called Taylor Swift :We meet the USA’s latest music sensation.
16 A Kennedy Campaigns: RFK’s daughter on human rights... and her father.
18 In Love with Africa: Wilbur Smith presents Assegai.
20 Derry, the Walled City:The past is always present in Northern Ireland.
23 The Kiwi Savers:The fight to rescue New Zealand’s national symbol.
26 Speak Up in Class:A new insert for language teachers and students.
29 Mannahatta!: Celebrating 400 years of New York...
32 Feel the Music! : Britain celebrates rock history.
36 Back to the Future: Is time travel possible? American physicist Ronald Mallett certainly hopes so.
38 Robots Rule : We continue our series on “Futurology.”
40 What’s Your Excuse? : Leo Hickman on eco laziness.
42 Living Black : Australian TV personality Karla Grant.
44 My Holiday Horror Story : Will, we wonder, John Peter Sloan ever find happiness in Italy?