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The Eclectic Gardener: an interview with Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter
by Pauline LAVAGNE d'ORTIGUE
The gardens at Great Dixter, in East Sussex, are often quoted as the epitome of English plantsmanship. They were originally designed in 1910 by Edwin Lutyens, who started planning New Delhi shortly afterwards. What also makes these gardens very special is that year after year, they have been lovingly re-planted by their original owners, Nathaniel and Daisy Lloyd, and then more famously by their son, Christopher Lloyd, in close collaboration with Fergus Garrett, his head gardener.
Each Spring, Summer and Autumn, the bold experiments in colour and form in the topiary, the mixed borders, the exotic garden and the meadows attract horticulture enthusiasts from all over the world.
When the charismatic Christopher Lloyd passed away in January 2006, Fergus Garrett took the helm, with just as much charm and enthusiasm, in order to keep these extraordinary gardens alive and open to the public.
 

South Africa’s cinematographic ‘New Wave’ : an interview with film director Teddy Mattera
by Pauline LAVAGNE d'ORTIGUE
Hollywood and Bollywood super-productions have been colonising most African screens for decades, but the continent has now begun regaining its cinematographic independence.

Thanks to a new generation of film-makers and a carefully crafted funding system, post-Apartheid South Africa has become one of the leading film-producing nations in Africa. Its biggest international success was Gavin Hood’s Tsoti, which won the 2006 Oscar for best foreign language film, and grossed almost 1 million dollars. This was not a lone shooting star, but paradoxically inadequate film distribution and a lack of audience still mean that South African films are often easier to see in London than in Johannesburg.

Teddy Mattera, who directed the outstanding and critically acclaimed Max and Mona (2005), explains what South African cinema has been going though since the end of Apartheid and where it stands now.
 

Make peace not war ! An interview with Peace Corps press officer Nathan Arnold.
by Anessa BOUCHENTER & Laura NECHITA
The Peace Corps is a US governmental organization created by J. F. Kennedy as part of his campaign "to make the greatest possible difference". Since its inception in 1961, over 187,000 American Peace Corps volunteers have served in 139 countries, on a multifaceted range of cultural, social and economic development programs.

What is the Peace Corps today ? What does it do ? Where ? How ?
 

Defending the poor, the homeless, the drug-addicted and the mentally ill : an interview with Bronx Public Defender Justine Olderman.
by Ninon VINSONNEAU
Bronx Defenders is a private non-profit organization which provides free legal counsel to people who otherwise could not afford a lawyer. Serving the underprivileged communities of the Bronx, one of New York City's five boroughs, it handles about 15,000 clients a year. These clients confront many other problems and difficulties, which often account for their involvement in the criminal justice system in the first place, like mental illness, drug addiction, unemployment, poverty, etc. This organization attempts to take a global approach to their clients' needs, providing services that extend well beyond the legal.
 

From tea-spoons to trams : an interview with British designer Jasper Morrison
by Pauline LAVAGNE d'ORTIGUE
Until recently design was virtually unknown as a profession; identifying everyday manufactured objects with their creators is still a relatively new phenomenon. However, ‘pedigree’ objects and famous designers are now an expanding species, at least in developed consumer societies.

British designer Jasper Morrison (born in 1959) creates things that come in all sizes, prices, shapes and textures: tea-spoons and trams, anonymous objects and collectors’ items. He works for companies such as Alessi, Canon, Cappellini, Magis, Muji, Rosenthal, Rowenta, Samsung Electronics, Sony and Vitra International.
 

Philanthropy on a shoe-string: an interview with Margaret and David Gullette.
by Pauline LAVAGNE d'ORTIGUE
The record breaking gift of $31 billion from Berkshire Hathaway Chair Warren Buffet to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation this summer has been given front-page treatment worldwide.

From the voluntary associations of the 18th century to today, an ongoing commitment to philanthropy (encouraged by the American federal tax code) has been a fundamental hallmark of American society. An individual’s wealth is thus often judged not so much by what they have but what they can afford to be seen to be giving away.

There are some 66,000 foundations and registered charities in the US. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Trust, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Soros Foundation are but the biggest.

The other 65,994 come in all sizes and shapes…
 

You & Your Anglow
As the Anglow team is about to go on holidays until the Autumn, we are curious to know a little more about you…
 

The Indian English Press: growing daily — An interview with Chitralekha Basu.
by Pauline LAVAGNE d'ORTIGUE
There are over 8 000 English language dailies and periodicals currently published in India.
Chitralekha Basu is Deputy Features Editor at The Statesman. She reflects upon the history, present and future of the English language media in India.
 

Of whisky and whiskey around the world: an interview with Indian, American and Scottish distillers.
by Pauline LAVAGNE d'ORTIGUE
Whisk(e)y stands for the letter W in both the international aviation code and the NATO phonetic alphabet. This is a good indication of how widely-known this beverage is. In most people’s minds it is more often than not associated with Scotland, but whisky is just as varied and multi-faceted a product as wine. The differences in spellings are telling: whisky (plural whiskies) is used for the spirits distilled in Scotland or Canada, while whiskey (plural whiskeys) is used for those distilled in Ireland and the US.
ANGLOW interviewed three distillers from India, America and Scotland and asked them to describe whisk(e)y making and whisk(e)y culture in their respective countries.

Please note that ANGLOW is committed to unlimited reading but responsible drinking.
 

Fanzines and alternative culture in the USA: an interview with Michael Houghton.
by Vincent MONDIOT
Rock fanzines appeared in England in the late fifties and really developed as an alternative to mainstream media with the advent of Punk culture. Since then the zine scene has been a lively platform for free speech and underground cultures. Fanzines come in all sizes and shapes: they cover any subject one could think of from punk-rock to movies, literature or green activism. Over time, some of the most famous zines have evolved into almost professional magazines. While many are still paper based, some zines have gone digital. Today’s internet blogs can been seen as 21st century versions of the egozines of yore.
From 1998 until 2003, Michael Houghton owned and operated Section M which became a major landmark in the North Californian cultural scene. Section M was a bi-monthly free magazine, printed on newsprint with a circulation of 20 000 copies. It covered the music scene for the San Francisco Area, as well as a balance of national and sometimes international acts… Section M included a wide variety of other things like an illustrated guide to Metal signs, editorials against the Iraq war and cover interviews with writers such as Chuck Palahniuk.
 

Thatcher’s Shadow : Assessing the size and shape of Margaret Thatcher’s political legacy — an interview with Dr E.H.H. Green.
by Pauline LAVAGNE d'ORTIGUE
The recent debate on the EU budget and the British Rebate have revived memories of Mrs Thatcher’s crusade to get « her money » back which drew the attention of cartoonists and political commentators across Europe. Two decades after the Iron Lady’s « victory » at Fontainebleau, Dr Ewen Green reflects upon her pervasive legacy in British politics.

Dr Ewen Green, Fellow and Tutor at Magdalen College and Reader in Modern British History at Oxford University is a specialist in the history of the Conservative Party. He has just completed the first comprehensive study of the political goals and aims of Margaret Thatcher, based upon a survey of her recently opened personal and political archive:
E.H.H. Green, Thatcher (London: Hodder Arnold, January 2006). ISBN 0340759771

N.B.: The Thatcher archive is held at the Modern Records’ Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
 

The Ambassadors: An Interview on Diplomacy Today with the British and American Ambassadors to France Sir John Holmes and Craig Roberts Stapleton.
by Pauline LAVAGNE d'ORTIGUE
Sir John Holmes GCVO KBE CMG has been HM Ambassador to France since October 2001.
He was born in the north of England, in 1951. He read Classics at Balliol College, Oxford and entered the Diplomatic Service in 1973. He then held various positions in New York, in Moscow, and at the Near East and North Africa Department before becoming Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary in 1982. In 1984 he was nominated 1st Secretary (Economic) to the British Embassy in Paris. He went back to London in 1987 as Assistant Head of the Soviet Department, and was later posted at the High Commission in New Delhi. On his return to London in 1995, he became Head of the European Union Department in the FCO and then Private Secretary to the Prime Minister Tony Blair. Between 1999 and autumn 2001, he was HM Ambassador to Portugal. He is married to Penelope Morris and they have three daughters.


Craig Roberts Stapleton was nominated as Ambassador to France in June 2005.
He was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He majored in Government studies at Harvard College and went on to do an M.B.A. at Harvard Business School. He had an extensive business career. Among many other things, he was a partner of President Bush in the ownership of the Texas Rangers baseball team from 1989-1998. In 2004, he was the Connecticut State Chairman for the re-election campaign of President W. Bush. He served on the Board of the Peace Corps under President George H.W. Bush. He was the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2001-2004. He is President of the Vaclav Havel Foundation in the U.S. and he was awarded the Masaryk medal for service to the Czech Republic. He is married to Dorothy Walker Stapleton ; they have two adult children.
 

From Harry Potter to My Summer of Love, an interview with Tanya Seghatchian, British film producer.
by Pauline LAVAGNE d'ORTIGUE
Tanya Seghatchian graduated from Cambridge University with a first class degree in History and began her career in British Television as a documentary filmmaker. She then moved into the world of feature films. Having produced some of the biggest block busters in cinema history (the first four Harry Potter films, including the one coming out this November), this young British producer also produced the poetic and sexy My Summer of Love, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. Amongst other prizes, the critically acclaimed My Summer of Love won the Michael Powel award at the Edinburgh Film Festival and the Best British Film BAFTA award, beating off strong competition from other British films in 2004 including (ironically) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Apart from being produced by Tanya Seghatchian and from being highly successful in their respective categories, these productions are radically different. However one can draw several parallels, while comparing them sheds light on the differences between the British and American film industries.
 

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