WELCOME BY THE PRESIDENT ESU (HK), SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, KBE, CMG, GBM, JP
Spoken English is uniting more and more people in its global reach and so it is apposite after studying at Oxford the origins and development of the language before the death of Chaucer that, sixty years later, I should find myself chosen for this position, one of Chaucer's pilgrims, on the doorstep of China many thousands of miles from home. Just how much further will his language travel?
ENGLISH IN USE - FEBRUARY 2017
Dates for your Diary!
The Play’s the Thing
The next ESU/Fringe Play-Reading will be held on Monday, 18 September. Time: 7.15-9.30pm at “Colette’s”, 2/F, The HK Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, HK. The play to read will be “A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller. All welcome, whether as listeners or volunteer readers, but please note the play has an adult theme.
The English-Speaking Union's Annual General Meeting cum Annual Dinner will be held on Monday, 11 December 2017. Details to be announced.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OUR ENGLISH-IN-ACTION PROGRAMME
Volunteers are still needed urgently for our “English-in-Action” Programme. YES! You will surely want to improve your Putonghua (your Cantonese is already very good), but you may feel that you would also like to brush up your English. In this programme, small groups of three or four participants meet with ESU volunteers for four one-hour sessions at venues to be agreed between the volunteer leader and you, or at coffee shops. These sessions provide opportunities for practicing conversational English in a relaxed atmosphere with one of our volunteers.
A group is now meeting on Wednesdays, 6.30-7.30pm at Starbucks in Pacific Place.
Please contact Venni if you believe that you can help as discussion leader in future groups.
(Fee for ESU Members: HK$350 for four one-hour sessions.
An additional HK$150 for non-members as registration fee for this programme for one year.)
THE GROWTH OF THEME PARKS
As members surely know, there are now two theme parks in Hong Kong, the second following in the footsteps of Hong Kong’s Ocean Park. At present, the mainland can boast of the Evergrande Group’s Children’s World in Changsha, the Shanghai Disneyland Park, Comcast Corp’s Universal theme park and other, quite long established parks, with many new rivals planned for Guiyang, Kaifeng and Jiangsu alone.
Assuming that they are financially viable, all these developments are welcome and a reminder of the parks that were so popular in Singapore, before and after the Second World War. Old Singapore hands will surely remember the “Happy World”, the “Great World” and the “New World”. Both featured stalls that sold many of the foods for which Singapore is rightly famous. After, or better, before a plate of “nasi goring”, there was Malay “joget modern” dancing, cabarets with “taxi dancers” and opportunities for shopping that may have been missed – anything from a Fuji silk shirt (with monogram) to a silk tie.
Given an excuse for reminiscences, some of our Singaporean friends might wax nostalgic about Saturday night (American/European) dancing at that famous hotel near Bras Basah Road (opposite Raffles Institution in its first home) and those final night caps at the Cockpit Hotel, haunt of airline pilots before and after the introduction of “jumbo jets”. Or perhaps not. Their tastes might run to something more louche. Ah well!
WHO WE ARE
The ESU (HK) is run by a group of enthusiastic volunteers led by our Chairman Dr Verner Bickley, MBE. Administrative support is given by Ms V. Tam, our part-time Administrator.
We have different categories of membership: corporate, educational, individual and student. Our membership number, now about 150, is increasing as more and more people identify with our aims and objectives.