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2016.03.29 日経「味な地球儀」:アフタヌーン・ティー
2016.03.28 教育の改革はソーシャル・モビリティ向上にはつながらない
2016.03.28 ネット時代と返品の許容範囲
2016.03.27 ロンドンの空の下はクレーンの林
2016.03.27 JR九州「ななつ星」英文広告@ファイナンシャル・タイムズ
2016.03.27 家族の不幸を受け止める、癌と向き合う
2016.03.27 イースターにまで手を出すのは賢明ではないと思う
2016.03.27 ラーメンの次は居酒屋@ロンドン
2016.03.23 ロンドン観光準備のPros and Cons
2016.03.23 猫が居る生活
2016.03.16 草間弥生@ルイジアナ近代美術館
2016.03.13 ロンドンの自画自賛:ヴェネツィアに勝った、そうで
2016.03.13 ガーディアン/オブザーヴァ紙の読者投票で、東京が一番訪れたい都市に
2016.03.08 Broken Britain 2016 [4]: イギリス人の飲酒習慣、悪化の様相
2016.03.08 朝は混むので通勤時間をずらすように、ってそれができれば苦労はない!:ロンドン地下鉄
2016.03.08 飼い犬にマイクロチップ、4月6日から義務化
2016.03.06 Broken Britain 2016 [3]: ロンドンで急増するラフ・スリーパー
2016.03.06 Broken Britain 2016 [2]: 海外暮らしで外国語話せないイギリス人
2016.03.06 Broken Britain 2016 [1]: 無意味に高すぎるCEOの給与
2016.03.04 ガーディアン紙が日本「での」食事体験を募集中
2016.03.02 マクロプロス事件@ドイチェ・オーパー・ベルリン
2016.03.01 甲州ワインの評価
2016.03.01 ベイカールー・ライン、パディントン駅に止まらず(期間限定)







Education reform ‘has failed to improve social mobility’

More than half a century of sweeping educational reforms have done little to improve Britain’s social mobility, according to one of the country’s leading experts on equality.

Instead, young people from less well-off families entering today’s labour market have far less favourable prospects than their parents or even their grandparents, despite having gained much better qualifications.

Giving the British Academy sociology lecture on 15 March, Dr John Goldthorpe, a sociologist at the University of Oxford, whose work on class has proven widely influential, will claim that little has changed in British society since the second world war, largely because more advantaged families are using their economic, cultural and social advantages to ensure that their children remain at the top of the social class ladder.

“There are good grounds for believing, consistent with the psychological theory of loss aversion, that parents and their children are yet more concerned to avoid downward mobility than they are to achieve upward mobility,” he will claim. “And thus parents in more advantaged class positions will respond to any expansion or reform of the educational system by using their own superior resources – economic, cultural and social – to whatever extent it takes to help their children retain a competitive edge in the system and in turn in the labour market.



Decades of investment in education have not improved social mobility

Education is a major factor in determining who is mobile or immobile – in terms of determining which individuals. But it does not follow from this that education will be of similar importance in determining the total amount of mobility within society at large. For education to have an impact in this regard two things are necessary. First, the link between individuals’ social origins and their educational attainment must weaken; second, the link between their educational qualifications and the level of social positions they end up in must strengthen. There must be a movement towards an education-based meritocracy. But in fact there is little evidence of any such movement.

If education is viewed not simply as a consumption good but as investment good in relation to the labour market, it would appear appropriate to measure educational attainment in relative terms. What is important is not how much education individuals have but how much relative to others and especially relative to those others who will be most direct competitors in the labour market.

What is important to recognise – but what politicians prefer to ignore – is that if social mobility is to be increased by reducing the inherent stickiness between the class positions of parents and children, this must mean increasing downward mobility to just the same extent as upward mobility. But, as against this mathematical symmetry, there is a psychological asymmetry. There are grounds for believing, consistent with the psychological theory of loss aversion, that parents and their children are yet more concerned to avoid downward mobility than they are to achieve upward mobility. Thus parents in more advantaged class positions will respond to any expansion or reform of the educational system by using superior resources – economic, cultural and social – to help their children retain a competitive edge in the system and in turn in the labour market. It is this coming together of the strong motivation to avoid déclassement and the usually adequate means for doing so that is the source of the powerful resistance to change.


 以前、心理関連のポストで書いたことは、どのような状況であれ、人が「win win situation」という表現を強調、多用し始めたらそれに続く言葉と説明を鵜呑みにはしない。なぜなら「win win situation」は物事の本質、勝つものが居れば負けるものが居る、成功するものが居れば、敗者となる必然を隠そうとしているに過ぎないから。


How London’s booming ‘butler class’ takes care of the wealthy elite


Family offices have their roots in the sixth century when a king’s steward held responsibility for managing royal wealth, a model later adopted by many aristocrats, according to accountancy firm EY. But the modern concept of the family office – an organisation that manages private wealth and other family affairs – was developed by the financier JP Morgan and the Rockefellers in the 19th century.

The number of single-family offices in the UK has more than doubled to around 1,000 since the 2008 financial crash, and they manage more than $1,000bn (£700bn) in assets, with London now the premier global hub for the secretive organisations. The figures come as researchers from Goldsmiths, University of London and Newcastle University claim the proliferation of family offices is entrenching the rise of inherited wealth and income inequality in Britain.

They conclude that the industry has promoted “entrenched elitism”, with a growing butler class of financiers and lawyers handsomely rewarded to preserve the wealth and social position of the super-rich.

Only the largest family offices, which can have more than 100 employees, usually provide in-house lifestyle management services, according to the Goldsmiths and Newcastle study. The concierge staff organise everything to the liking of the family’s members, wherever they are in the world: “Everything would be taken care of, globally, so that the right kind of drinks would be available in the car that picked them up, on the plane, and so on. Upon arrival, the properties would be perfect, not just clean but recently decorated to the owner’s specification with permanent staff whose job it was to take care of maintenance and gardening.”

The study aims to illuminate how family offices create dynasties by maintaining the wealth and lifestyles of the global super-rich. Co-author Luna Glucksberg attended a family-offices conference in a hotel in a converted castle in the Swiss Alps, which heard that only 10% of super-rich families manage to retain their wealth over three generations

The study said the most successful families shared a vision of the purpose of their wealth over future generations. The mechanisms employed by family offices to achieve this include creating family constitutions, which set out rules the family members have to follow, such as attending annual or biannual meetings, which keep the various branches and generations together. The rules “may state that all family members have to get their spouses to sign ‘pre-nups’ to protect the family capital. It may stipulate how succession is worked out, how inheritances are planned or what happens when family members are not interested in … family businesses.”

The researchers write that family offices do not just prepare the money for the children, but prepare the children for the money: “The wealth needs to be preserved just as well as the family line … It is about creating dynasties.”

Family office associations said children could be incentivised to generate their own wealth by match-funding: giving them a sum from the family’s assets equivalent to their independent earning. Johnston said some family offices encouraged entrepreneurship by enabling the offspring of the super-wealthy to turn their hobbies into businesses. For example, he said the son of a Middle East magnate, who had no interest in the family business, was given funding to set up a gallery because he collected art.

 何を書いても遠吠え、というかどこにも届かないだろうが、the more money people have, the less they want to share with the society、というのが現在の社会なのだと思う。




Banned by Amazon for returning faulty goods


Want to get banned from shopping at Amazon? Do this

But retailers have also their share of complaints about the money drain that can result from customers who overuse return policies. According to a survey by IHL Group in May 2015, retailers worldwide lose around $1.75 trillion annually from the cost of items that are overstocked or out of stock and from what they referred to as “needless returns.” The survey said those three factors can mean up to 1.7% in lost revenue for the majority of retailers.



While thousands of UK consumers boycotted Amazon over its controversial tax situation, many disabled and elderly customers – and those who live in rural areas away from big shops – have come to depend on the company’s slick online operation. Are they now going to have to accept damaged or wrongfully described items to avoid the risk of being banned, asks Nelson.




How I learned to get my money back


When Mum took the skirt out, I remember thinking that it looked about five years old. Not only that, it quickly became obvious that the garment had been taken up and hemmed – by hand. The manager was called. There followed a fervent discussion between two – or was it three? – members of staff and various no doubt sensible points were raised.

Mum stood her ground. She did not consider for a split second that she wasn’t going to win. That sense of purpose was almost terrifying: it was disgusting that a zip should break – how dare the shop assistant ask when she’d bought the skirt? She couldn’t remember! She couldn’t wear the skirt any more and wanted her money back!

She left M&S with a voucher and an awe-struck student daughter who had learned far more from her mother that day than she had from reading Moby Dick at university.

The teapot she returned was also impressive. I was in my teens and hoping to be bought some new clothes at the Brent Cross shopping centre when Mum dragged me along to Fenwick’s and placed the teapot on the returns counter. “It’s chipped,” she said and waited.

The teapot was, without a doubt, chipped – and there were tea stains visible inside the spout. The sales assistant, a young woman in her 20s, seemed confused.

She opened her mouth as if to say something and faltered. The issue hanging in the air, of course, was that Mum could have chipped it herself. I could sense that the assistant was about to suggest as much. She looked down at Mum (who was just under 5ft tall) and Mum looked back up at her. There was fire in the eyes of that diminutive, middle-aged woman. “Go on!” her eyes said. “I dare to you to confront me on this!” As if held at gunpoint, the sales assistant opened the till and handed over the cash.

Watching Mum in action was like watching Muhammad Ali in the boxing ring – she flew like a butterfly and stung like a bee but, unlike Ali, she won every fight. I think she had an innate skill, but whether nature or nurture turned her into a demon goods returner, she lived for and loved the thrill of the “win”.



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Cruise Train Seven Stars in Kyushu









‘The scene belonged to a disaster movie, not a family holiday’: the day my partner drowned



Sudden death defies the laws of physics; the human mind cannot reconcile the velocity of the first word with the enormity of the second. It is literally incredible. It had taken less than 10 minutes for a fit 49-year-old man to become a corpse, but it would take months for me to accept that he was never coming back. For more than a year, Joe asked me every day to tell him the story again “about how Tony died-ed”; even when he knew the words off by heart, it still sounded as fantastical as Little Red Riding Hood. Even now, I sometimes wonder if I really believe he is dead. But within 24 hours, amid the chaos of shock and confusion, one fact had become incontrovertibly clear in my mind. I knew whose fault it was.

Survivors’ guilt always used to baffle me. Why did people think someone else’s death was their fault; that if only they’d acted differently, they could have prevented it? The illogic seemed so self-evident, and the implicit self-importance rather alienating. But by the time my three brothers and two family friends flew in the following evening, I was convinced they were furious with me.

We sat up late that first night, on the terrace of a friend’s beach house. I tried to explain how Tony had drowned, but kept breaking down, semi-hysterical with self-blame, deaf to all reason or reassurance. Why hadn’t I tried to swim Tony back to shore along with Jake? Why didn’t I swim back to him after saving Jake? How could I not have panicked, even when he was drowning before my eyes? The others’ astonishment at my outburst only made me angry. Why wouldn’t they see – I could have saved him? Come to think of it, if I hadn’t booked this holiday in the first place, he would still be alive. For that matter, he would still be alive if I had never met him. Whichever way you looked at it, if it weren’t for me, Tony would not be dead.

I knew I was becoming increasingly irrational, but could not control the rampaging narrative of guilt – until one brother took my hand and said slowly, gently, as if addressing a small child: “Dec, there was literally nothing you or anyone else could have done to save Tony’s life.” And suddenly I saw that it was true. But instead of relief, what I felt was despair.

The boys wanted to understand this mysterious thing called chemotherapy which was making a dead-eyed stranger of their mother, so I brought them with me to hospital for a session. The oncologist looked a little taken aback when Jake unfolded his list of questions and asked: “Where does cancer come from? Why does chemotherapy make my mum tired? Why did it make her hair fall out?” With heartbreaking care, she tried to answer each question, but the explanation the boys sought lay beyond the boundaries of medicine. They wanted to know why this had happened to their family. All I could say was that we were bitterly, unfathomably unlucky. “No one can believe how unlucky we are,” I told them.

But when I overheard Joe tell a friend, “The thing about us is, we’re really unlucky”, I willed my words unsaid, and wept. What I had loved about their father, more than anything, was his dauntless optimism. I would rather die than raise his boys on self-pity, and I worry that a sense of relentless victimhood will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.


Don't tell cancer patients what they could be doing to cure themselves


If you’re a religious person, for the love of God, don’t tell someone with cancer that if they’d just drink juice (or take vitamins, or pray or have a “positive attitude”) that they could cure themselves.

And if you’re not a religious person, for the love of reason and decency, don’t tell someone with cancer any of these things, either.

Since she’s been gone, I’ve been able to understand that my sister wasn’t alone in a particular burden she bore. I’ve been hearing from friends with cancer and other serious illnesses that they are overwhelmed when concerned people lob suggestions at them for homeopathic remedies they “should” be doing.

Over the years, it was painful for me to see people tell my sister (and me) that she could just cure herself if she really wanted to. Didn’t she know that if she just drank lemon juice every day she could wipe out her cancer cells? That if she’d just watch that Netflix documentary The Gerson Miracle she’d be OK? That if she were only willing to take vitamins, or eat raw food, or do yoga or look on the bright side of things, her illness would go away?

First, it’s condescending. If lemon juice really cured cancer, don’t you think we’d all be dancing around citrus trees? That lemonade would be traded on Wall Street and hedge funds would be peddling lemon-flavored credit default swaps? More importantly, when someone has had cancer for months or years – maybe living through hours of doctor appointments, days in hospitals and months in bed – don’t you think they’ve had time to consider every possible option with the seriousness their own mortality deserves?

Second, it could be argued that people giving advice are just trying to “do something” and kindly offer help. But I reject this: if you want to do something to help someone in distress, as George Carlin famously riffed, unplug their clogged toilet or paint the garage. Don’t tell a sick or injured person what they should do, because it’s a sneaky and harmful way of dealing with your own fear of death. You’re saying, tsk tsk – I wouldn’t let this happen to me the way you’ve let it happen to you.

It is hard to be with people in grief. It is hard to be with people who are facing death, or with their caregivers. The next time you are, don’t give them stupid advice – they aren’t stupid. Trust they’ve given more thought to their course of treatment than you did listening to that public radio story. Trust yourself to just be with them in the unknown.

Trust yourself to love them in the condition they’re in, instead of ignorantly and egotistically giving useless advice that won’t ultimately change their prognosis. One of the last and most frightening lessons I learned with my sister in her final days was the importance of being with another when there is nothing to say or do. It is terrifying, to just be with a loved one and to admit you’re powerless to stop their death.

But it can be the most powerful, quiet and loving gift you can give each other.



"I don't know where the eggs come from, and I have no idea why I feel a compulsion to hide them."


今更聞けない? キリスト教最大の祝日・イースターをじっくり解説







Going crazy for izakayas

Japanese food in the UK traditionally meant sushi and saké. Perhaps a few flaming-pan teriyaki dishes. More recently, ramen restaurants have emerged. What British diners might not realise, however, is that Japan does pub food as well as any nation on earth. It looks like 2016 will be the breakout year for izakaya, as Japanese gastropubs are known, which have been springing up around the UK, doling out small plates drenched in umami.



ロンドン観光準備のPros and Cons


 ロンドン滞在の必携アイテムは、Oyster Card。来訪者が一人程度なら予備のカードを常備しているので、それを利用してもらうことは可能だが、家族となると人数分のカードまでは手が回らない。僕としては多くの人が到着するであろうヒースロー空港で購入するのが一番簡単だろうと思っている。しかし、以前、ヴィジター用のオイスター・カードを到着前に購入することもできると聞かされた、もしくは読んだので友人にはこのリンクを送っておいた。

Visitor Oyster card














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(Neko Neko)

昨年末、シェルターから引き取り、彼にとって静かな暮らしを7ヶ月だけともにしたJin Jinを安息させてしばらく、家を必要としている猫を引き取ることは考えられなかった。避けられないとはいえ、あの悲しみを繰り返すかもしれないことを想像するのは辛かった。獣医からも、焦らずに自分の気持ちを大切にした方がいいだろうと。


 Jin Jinを引き取ったバタシーのサイトに6歳の雄猫が出ていて穏やかそうな表情だったので引き取れるかどうかを尋ねると、その猫は庭が必要ということでバタシーの方針から猫の最良の環境ではないから駄目とのこと。しかし、同じく6歳で、ずっと屋内飼育の猫が居るので、一度会いにきてみてはどうかと。バタシーでの呼び名はHarry

Nervous and shy Harry has been a little bullied by his sister so he has been spending some time away from her to find his confidence. He did try to interact with her so he may be able to live with another cat, just one that appreciates his company too!

Harry has shown glimpses of the cat he was in the last home - loving affectionate and very sweet - but is still settling into Battersea and is still very shy.

He has always been an indoor cat, but he may be able to go to a home with a balcony or even a little garden for him to explore once he gains confidence once more.

Harry is a slow burner, but once you break through his exterior, his personality shines through.


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(Ai Ai)

 不在中にJin Jinを失ったことがショックだった大家。僕が再びバタシーのサイトを観始めた同じ頃、大家は動物保護団体としては国内だけでなく、海外での動物虐待にも、時に武闘派的な行動をとることで知られるRSPCAのサイトでリホームを必要とする猫をみていた。

 Fanta Pantsというとんでもない名前で呼ばれていたジンジャー猫は、RSPCAに引き取られて数ヶ月の間ずっと引き取り手が居なかったらしい。理由の一つは、以前の飼い主に捨てられてから数ヶ月、野良猫生活を送っている間に歯の病気などにかかってしまい、引き取ってからもしかしてかかるかもしれない医療費が高くなると心配する人が多かったのではないかと想像する。また、かなり肥満だ。

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(Tan Tan)


 加齢と持病で動きが緩慢になってきているNeko Nekoとあわせて3頭の猫の世話、特に食事の世話が2頭の時の倍の時間がかかることに慣れるのには時間がかかった。特にTan Tanと名付けられたジンジャーの食欲はこれまでのどの猫よりも凄まじく、最初の数日間は静かにさせる為に多めに食事を与えてしまった。しかし、Jin Jinの時の教訓から、食事の時間を徹底することを心がけ、食事の時間は朝と夕方の2度だけ、ということをやっと理解し始めた、と思いたい。




Why does treatment for pets cost so much?


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Three London museums totalled more visitors than Venice in 2015


In St Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal, Venice has some of the world’s recognisable tourist attractions. But the Italian city was eclipsed in terms of visitor numbers last year by just three London museums – the Victoria and Albert, Natural History Museum and Science Museum.

London’s popularity, combined with the relative weakness of the pound making UK holidays less expensive, has helped to produce a bumper year for tourism across the country, with a record 124.4 million visitors (domestic as well as overseas) flocking to top attractions.

Blockbuster exhibitions such as Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V&A combined with late-night openings and membership events were driving interest from “a younger and culturally curious” new audience, according to Bernard Donoghue, the director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (Alva).




New building

Tate Modern's Olympic-sized expansion to open in June 2016


Georgia O’Keeffe

Flowers or vaginas? Georgia O’Keeffe Tate show to challenge sexual cliches


David Hockney

David Hockney show will be one of Tate Britain's biggest ever

 報道を斜め読みした所、ホックニィ自身は過去のことよりも、現在進行形の作品に集中したいそうだ。この展示はテイトの後、ニュー・ヨーク、そしてパリのポンピドーでも開催される予定とのこと。オキーフとホックニィなら、テイトのメンバーシップを再び購入するのはvalue for moneyだと思う。






Travel Awards 2016: the winners

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 つい数日前まで知らなかったのは、ガーディアンのサイト内の項目の一つに、「Japan holidays」というのがある。

Japan holidays



Broken Britain 2016 [4]: イギリス人の飲酒習慣、悪化の様相

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2.5 million Britons smash through weekly drink limit in single night

“What is really worrying is this belief that exists that alcohol is relatively safe, even at binge levels, so people are ‘rewarding’ themselves with large quantities.

“We have got to change the culture where reward equates to storming the bars to binge drink, or drinking excessively at home on a regular basis, because of the serious health issues in the years to come.

“Unfortunately having a good time is still synonymous for many with getting drunk.

“At the Priory we see people who consume alcohol in bars and pubs as if they were visiting Starbucks for a coffee.

“For young people, we see them drinking alcohol like water, just to rehydrate.

“For older people, often under considerable work and financial stress, there is more solitary binge drinking which is also highly dangerous, because there is no one keeping a check on levels.

“There’s this common feeling among people we see of ‘keep calm and carry on – and keep drinking.’

It has created an atmosphere whereby people who once enjoyed an occasional glass of wine now finish a bottle and sometimes open another.

“One former patient said she could remember the panic that she would not have enough bottles, so she switched to wine boxes, then cases.”





Tube bosses tell commuters: don't travel through Victoria at rush-hour, it's too busy

Tube bosses today appealed to commuters to avoid a major station during the height of the morning peak because it is “too busy.”

In emails to sent to passengers they suggest avoiding the Tube section of Victoria station between 8am and 9am when more than 20,000 pack onto the Circle, District and Victoria lines.

London Underground (LU) advises commuters to travel outside this period for a “quicker and more comfortable journey.” Even walking could prove more convenient.






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Microchip your dog to help save councils money, minister says

Compulsory Microchipping - FAQs for Pet Owners




Broken Britain 2016 [3]: ロンドンで急増するラフ・スリーパー



Gimme shelter: stories from London’s homeless


The following interviews are the result of two days spent in the City of Westminster: the UK borough with the highest population of homeless people. Most of the men and women we spoke to were regularly sleeping rough, and all of them acknowledged a recent surge in numbers among rough sleepers; a claim resoundingly backed up by recent statistics. Throughout the UK, rough sleeping has risen by 30% in the past year, and according to the Greater London Authority, 7,581 people slept rough in London at least once between April 2014 and March last year; a figure that has doubled in five years, and doesn’t include the hundreds more “hidden homeless”, who don’t show up on official statistics.

While many of the people we met were understandably reluctant to be photographed or featured in a newspaper, they all spoke articulately about the particular conditions of their homelessness: the misfortunes that led them to the street, the statutory blind spots that make them exempt from or ineligible for immediate help, the numerous personal and legal obstacles between them and a warm place to sleep. Some with resignation, some with disbelief, all the interviewees expressed the lack of sympathy or respect they receive, from local councils, from the police, and from ordinary passersby.

Immigration has played its part in increased homelessness in London, with an estimated third of the capital’s rough sleepers coming from eastern Europe. A greater problem, however, is the dearth of formal accommodation to combat the deepening crisis. Hostels, run by local authorities to provide immediate support for rough sleepers, are constantly oversubscribed and, thanks to persistent funding cuts, increasingly being forced to close. Equally problematic is the dramatic decline in stocks of social housing, leaving fewer and fewer long-term solutions to individual homelessness.

Only one of our interviewees is female, a fairly accurate representation of the demographics of homelessness. Sophie Balaam, of homeless charity the Connection at St Martin’s, told me that only one in 10 of the charity’s clients are women, these women being “especially vulnerable” and more likely to suffer from mental health issues. The actual number of homeless women is probably much higher than this statistic suggests, but studies by the homeless charity Crisis have shown that women are less likely to seek help or even allow themselves to be seen on the streets. It goes almost without saying that mental illness and substance abuse are locked in a vicious circle with homelessness, each enabling and aggravating the other.

Perhaps the most striking aspect of these interviews is the sheer variety of testimonies we encountered. No two stories are similar, and there seems to be no predictable or formulaic path from a comfortable home to a life on the streets. There are as many ways of becoming homeless as there are homeless people, in other words, and almost no one is immune. It is important to recognise that the thousands of homeless people who share our cities differ from us only in terms of their misfortune, and deserve to be acknowledged and accounted for, not dismissed, despised or ignored.

The one characteristic our interviewees do share is that, one way or another, they are being failed by the systems that exist to protect them. They have fallen though holes in the social safety net, and are unable to clamber back up. Some have failed to qualify for priority accommodation, some have despaired of the interminable bureaucracy they face when seeking social recognition, some have special needs, which the support system in its current state simply cannot meet.



I’ve been in London since last May, and you wouldn’t believe the amount of grief and aggro I’ve been given by the police. On one day, I was checked against the criminal register 10 times. A lot of homeless people are drinkers, rude, abusive, and they tar everyone with the same brush.

This is Troy – he’s my best friend. He’s a polecat, and I saved him from being put down. The lady who owned him couldn’t afford his vet’s bills, and his brothers and sisters kept attacking him, because he was the runt of the litter.

It’s very hard being a woman on the streets – there’s so much to cope with, keeping myself safe, keeping Troy safe. I sleep in a car park, but you always have one eye open. The other night a big homeless guy was threatening me – clenching his fist and asking for money. A man walked past and I said: “Can you help? He’s trying to rob me,” but the man just walked away. Then a woman came and stood with me for 20 minutes, until the guy left me alone. I thought it was funny that the bloke wouldn’t stop and help, but the woman did.

I was a chef for eight years, but my circumstances changed and I had to quickly move away from where I was. If I manage to get in some place, get settled, I’d like to make wedding cakes for a living. Recession or no, people won’t save on their wedding cake.

People often stop and talk to me – they say I’m too young, too well spoken to be homeless. I came to London because I thought that as there are loads of hostels, I wouldn’t have to live on the street. How wrong I was. I spent a few nights in a place for the recently homeless called the Hub, but they kept moving me around and then they said Troy couldn’t sleep inside. The other people there were all men and they kept saying he smelled. I just said: “If he can’t sleep here, neither can I”, and that was that.

I tend to keep myself to myself because of the situation I was in before I came here – I don’t trust other people. It’s lonely, but Troy makes it easier – he gives me something to wake up for. People say to me: “You should give him to someone who has a home”, and I think, so it’s fine for people to have dogs that they leave alone in the house for nine hours a day, but this is unacceptable? I give him all the attention he deserves. Tomorrow’s his first birthday. I know it sounds sad, but we’re going to have a party.

Broken Britain 2016 [2]: 海外暮らしで外国語話せないイギリス人



Brexit anxiety stalks the Costa del Sol: ‘If we quit Europe, Brits won’t buy here’


Audrey, a neatly dressed woman in her late 80s who has come in to the bar for her daily tonic water, has been in Spain for 37 years. “And not a word of Spanish,” laughed Lisa Richards, 46, who works for a Spanish real estate firm and is fluent.

 海外の同国人コミュニティで暮らしていて、その土地の言葉を話せない、話さないというのはイギリス人に限ったことではない。と判っていても、37年もの間スペインで暮らして、「not a word of Spanish」ってどうかと思う。



Broken Britain 2016 [1]: 無意味に高すぎるCEOの給与



Pay for UK bosses is ‘absurdly high’, top headhunters admit

Britain’s chief executives are wildly overpaid, and there would be no negative impact on the economy if their salaries were slashed, a groundbreaking study of the country’s top headhunters reveals.

The London School of Economics report is a damning indictment of the state of executive pay, and comes as an analysis of FTSE 100 company accounts shows that the average pay package of a top CEO is now £4.6m a year.

Interviews with the top 10 international recruitment firms behind 70-90% of chief executive appointments in recent years found a consensus among so-called corporate kingmakers that levels of remuneration for the most senior executives are “absurdly high”.

Headhunters claimed that, for every appointment of a CEO, another 100 people could have filled the role just as ably, and that many chosen for top jobs were “mediocre”.


Max Steuer, reader emeritus at the LSE and author of the new research paper, Headhunter Methods for CEO Selection, published in the Journal of General Management, said there was little evidence that lower pay would see a “brain drain”, as has been suggested.

In Denmark and other continental countries, the CEOs don’t get this high pay but they don’t seem to leave. The idea that if their pay were lower, British executives could show up in New York and say we would like to have your jobs, is a little implausible. I think the best way of thinking about it is that performance plays very little role in the selection process. Contrary to people saying these chief executives are ‘unusually able’, we don’t find any evidence of that.


“There is much less of a ‘global market’ than people claim. The problem here is really systemic. It’s not just the headhunters’ fault. Institutional investors, company remuneration committees, pay consultancies and CEOs themselves could all show greater restraint.





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ガーディアン紙が、読者からの写真を募集する「Guardian Witness」で、読者から日本「での」食事体験の投稿を募集している。

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Věc Makropulos マクロプロス事件 あらすじ



The Makropulos Case, Deutsche Oper Berlin — ‘truly radiant’

Of all Janáček’s operas, The Makropulos Case is the strangest. One 337-year-old woman. One and a half acts of complex legal discussion. Then it all ends in a blaze of glory with the death of the protagonist. David Hermann’s ambitious new production for Berlin’s Deutsche Oper seeks to make the many layers of Emilia Marty’s complex history visible for the audience, with variable results.

When the action begins in the first act, Kolenatý’s law office is doubled to the left of the stage by a mirror office from 100 years earlier, when the case in question begins. Emilia Marty and her historical self occasionally swap places, as if in some time travel yarn.

For the second act, Hermann brings in a bevy of underwear-clad Emilia Marty clones. These serve to emphasise the way the men have always objectified and attacked the beautiful, increasingly isolated woman, but unfortunately also recall the Stepford Wives. For the third act, they reappear in historical costumes, one Emilia per male character, to drive home the point.

The elaborate concept distracts attention from Evelyn Herlitzius’s compelling performance in the title role. She could have carried the evening alone on a blank stage. Herlitzius makes a cold, detached, yet strangely charismatic Marty, seldom vulnerable, and only truly passionate in the last scene. Here, despite the irritating twitching of the spurious supernumeraries, Herlitzius is revelatory. In her yearning for mortality, you suddenly understand what attracted Janáček to this story, and see the connection to his Cunning Little Vixen, with its autumnal joy in the eternal cycle of life. It is truly radiant.

The production is well-cast and superbly sung, from Seth Carico’s scrupulous Kolenatý to Derek Welton’s loweringly nasty Baron Prus and Jana Kurucová as the impulsive Krista. Donald Runnicles is not the coolly analytical conductor the piece might seem to demand, and eschews precision and transparency in favour of voluptuous sound and sensual lines. That takes some getting used to, but has its own inner logic and — increasingly as the evening progresses — beauty.













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Sol Lucet Koshu




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