What do you get when you mix the colorful 50-year-old state of Hawaii with London’s green Kew Gardens and New Zealand’s All Blacks? Quite a beautiful image, certainly! Springtime is here and we can enjoy more colors, more movement, and more life. Indeed the season has brought many novelties to your magazine. Speak Up is now on Twitter, thanks to our Jason Bermingham (see page 45). Also, our website has gotten a new start. Sure, it may not yet be as exuberant as the best gardens in the world – or as the cars of the future – but at least it is up and running (barring any last minute glitches). Take a look for yourself at www.speakup.com.br – and expect it to keep getting better and better. Let’s hope this awakening ends differently than Oliver Sacks’ movie – and more like the return of the American bison. I don’t know whether Jack Kerouac provides a good comparison here, but at least we are back “on the road.” Breathe deeply, speak up, and enjoy!ne? Happy reading!
CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE
06 Profile :Oliver Sacks
08 This month:
Scottish Stories 10 Travel:
12 Where are they now?:Paul Gascoigne
13 Living Language:Recession Talk
36 Speaking Up:Articulation
04 Letters & Club
44 Good Life
46 Cultural Matters
47 The Last Laugh
49 Kids’ Cross
50 Song & Lyrics
16 Happy Birthday, Hawaii!: President Barack Obama is two years younger than his home state.
18 Green is the Colour:Kew Gardens’ 250th birthday.
22 In the Land of the All Blacks : New Zealand, where rugby is a religion.
25 Speak Up in Class: A new insert for language teachers and students.
27 Worksheets: A new insert for language teachers and students.
28 Denzel Washington Goes Underground: The Superstar on The Taking of Pelham 123.
33 On the Road:We visit the home town of Jack Kerouac and listen to an excerpt from his cult novel.
38 After the Hunt: The remarkable survival of the USA’s bison.
40 Cars of the Future: Coming soon: flying automobiles!
42 Getting Our Priorities Right : More ecological advice from Leo Hickman.