One could wonder whether it’s better to make use of art to entertain, as our cover story movie does, or to pass on a message, as Cyndi Lauper’s interview does. Could one invest in a brand, as Nike’s Phil Knight has, simply enjoy a Cigar Festival, or go and watch natural beauty in Big Sur? Can you cross the bridge between the jolly and the conscious? What lies beneath our streets: is it a surprising beauty where you expected to find only bad lands, or a vigorous dance you were not supposed to master, but you do? Is it a matter of pride, or is it a question of prejudice? In fact, too many questions arise this month, but, unfortunately, we tend to be just like ventriloquists, making believe in what is actually impossible. On the other hand, if one is the world’s best ventriloquist, the show’ll be worth it all the same, won’t it? So happy reading, and show us your tricks, too!
CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE
06 Profile: Phil Knight
08 This month:
Tampa’s Cigar Festival 10 Travel:
12 Teacher’s Corner:Any Indication?
04 Letters & Club
45 Cultural Matters
46 Good Life
47 The Last Laugh
49 Kids’ Cross
50 Song & Lyrics
12 Vicki Cristina Barcelona:Woody Allen is back!
14 Mamma Mia, Meryl’s Back!:Meryl Streep and ABBA star in a great musical.
18 The Extreme Commuter:Journalist John Clark on flying to the office.
18 Cyndi Lauper: “I Love Obama”:Why she votes Democrat “time after time.”
22 Can You Cross the Bridge?:Northern Ireland’s favourite tourist attraction.
25 Speak Up in Class:A new insert for language teachers and students.
28 The World’s Best Ventriloquist:Ronn Lucas on his unusual craft.
30 The Badlands:The alien landscape of South Dakota.
32 The Gypsy Queen:Spain’s English Flamenco teacher.
38 The Beneath Our City Streets:The ghosts of underground London.
40 Pride and Prejudice:The famous novel by English writer Jane Austen.