Jennifer Lopez has always been a sex symbol in American show business. Her latest film and an interview in this issue of Speak Up show that now she’s into motherhood, one place being sexy does not come first. Jennifer has learned an important lesson from this new chapter in her life, and she now seems happier than ever before. From the football World Cup we learn a bit about England’s best player, who might not be so happy about his team’s performance but continues to carry his “boy next door” persona all the same. And as quickly as football’s biggest tournament ended, the sporting world turns its focus to another World Cup, that of rugby, coming to New Zealand soon. This life seems like a never-ending game, just changing its shape and setting as it rolls on. That’s pretty much what Richard Liddle does with used plastic, trying to make something useful and beautiful out of waste. After all, even the Internet is being overused, and thus causing quiet devastation to the planet. You will find all this and much, much more in our anniversary issue of Speak Up, but the main gift comes with the writing contest results. Many of you sent your contributions and took part in the contest, and we want to offer congratulations. The level of writing was very good! As always in these cases, only one can be the big winner. This time it was Flávia de Almeida Sanches with her brilliant story, but the real winner was your magazine. With so many talented writers, we want to count on all of you to keep this magazine continuously learning from experience, evolving constantly and helping us all enjoy a life with English present every day. Happy anniversary to all of us, and congratulations to Flávia!ing!
CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE
06 Profile :Wayne Rooney
08 This Month:
A Wild Weekend in August 10 Travel:
12 Living Language :The World of Journalism
13 Studying Abroad:British Education
04 Letters & Club
44 Good Life
46 Cultural Matters
47 The Last Laugh
49 Kids’ Cross
50 Song & Lyrics
14 J-Lo On Motherhood:Jennifer Lopez on The Back-up Plan.
18 The Problem with Plastic:Designer Richard Liddle’s creative ecology.
20 Once an All Black... : John Kirwan on next year’s Rugby World Cup.
22 The Joys of Spelling:Welcome to New York, where spelling is a competitive sport!
25 Meet the Contest Winners:Read their stories and poems.
29 The Center of the Nation :South Dakota’s unusual tourist attraction.
30 Food for Thought:Jimmy Doherty is a man with a mission.
32 Philadelphia Freedom!:We head to the birthplace of the USA.
36 The Future of English:Michael Swan on a lucky language.
38 Virtual War, Real Danger:We continue our series on the future.
40 Don’t Take my Internet Away : Our favourite pastime is bad for the environment.
42 Almost There :A little John Peter Sloan is on the way!