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The Observer紙で、写真が選ばれた!

日曜新聞紙の一つ、The Observer。本紙の他に、The New Reviewという特集や文化情報を掲載するセクションがある。その中の「Charts & puzzles」では、毎週、テーマに沿った写真を読者に呼びかけている。




The Observer 9th July 2017a

The Observer 9th July 2017b

The Observer 9th July 2017c



It's oh so quiet: readers' photos on the theme of peaceful



Today we’re announcing a significant change to the way you experience the Guardian in print: from early 2018 we will move the Guardian and The Observer to tabloid formats.

Over the past six months, we’ve been thinking hard about how we can continue to deliver great journalism to readers through our print editions. At the same time, we’ve also been examining every cost across our organisation, as part of a three-year plan to make the Guardian financially sustainable.

The introduction of the Berliner format in 2005 was a historic moment for the Guardian, and we won award after award for our world-class design and innovation, including world’s best-designed newspaper twice in three years. It is a beautiful format.

We believe there will be a market for quality print journalism for years to come, but declining circulations mean that printing the Berliner is becoming increasingly expensive. Moving to a tabloid format will allow us to be far more flexible in responding to changing print demand. It will allow us to save millions of pounds each year, helping us to become financially sustainable so that we can keep investing in the most important thing: Guardian journalism.

This plan is the outcome of careful consideration, reader research and planning. Early research with some of our most loyal readers has been positive. We have spoken to print readers who have told us clearly that it is the great journalism, photography, graphics and design that they value, not the shape and size of the newspaper. We are going to create a tabloid Guardian and a tabloid Observer that are bold, striking and beautiful. Input from our readers, members and subscribers will be crucial.

The Guardian has signed a contract with Trinity Mirror, who will take over printing and distribution of our newspapers in the new format. If you are a print subscriber, your subscription service will continue as usual.

More people than ever before are reading and supporting the Guardian’s journalism. Today’s announcement further cements our commitment to produce the Guardian and The Observer in print for the foreseeable future – but there’s no doubt that this is a significant moment in our history. The print industry continues to evolve, and we must keep evolving with it.

Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief, Guardian News & Media
David Pemsel, chief executive, Guardian Media Group






The Observer view on a crisis in mental health

Anxiety can be good for you. It is part of the “fight or flight” reflex triggered in the presence of danger. The amygdala, the brain’s alarm system, is responsible for generating negative emotions. To prevent them flooding the brain, this part of the iambic system must be quiet. Working hard on non-emotional mental tasks inhibits the amygdala which is why keeping busy is often said to be one source of happiness. Keeping busy is not what the anxious and depressed can do – and so a cycle of misery is locked into place.

In England, new figures released last week revealed that misery appears to be escalating at an alarming scale. Prescriptions for 64.7 million items of antidepressants – an all-time high – were dispensed in 2016, the most recent annual data from NHS Digital showed. This is a staggering 108.5% increase on the 31 million antidepressants dispensed 10 years earlier.

Is the scale of the rise a welcome sign of progress, more people coming forward for help? Or does it also flag up a rising tide of insecurity and distress, beginning in the very young, that requires a more profound change in society as a whole than individual GPs repeatedly reaching for the prescription pad?

Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The rise could be indicative of better identification and diagnosis of mental health conditions across healthcare and reducing stigma … Nevertheless, no doctor wants their patient to be reliant on medication and where possible we will always explore alternative treatments, such as talking therapies.”

She also pointed out that talking therapies are in desperately short supply. She urged NHS England to meet its commitment to have 3,000 new mental health therapists based in GP surgeries. Kate Lovett, dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said talking therapies have their place but “for people who have recurrent episodes of depression, longer use of antidepressants reduces incidence of relapse”. The theory that more people may be coming forward for help is positive news – but, for many, that is still not early enough. One study followed a large cohort of children through to adulthood and found that half of the adults who had a psychiatric disorder at 26 first had problems before the age of 15. While the young have never been better behaved, drinking and smoking less, their levels of anxiety and depression are rising and the chances of even the most chronic cases receiving adequate help are still shamefully slim.

In My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread and the Search for Peace of Mind, published three years ago, Scott Stossel explains how as a child he had separation anxiety then he developed phobias about flying, fainting, speaking in public, closed places, germs, vomiting and cheese. Antidepressants and therapy have not provided relief. “To grapple with understanding anxiety,” he writes, “is in some sense to grapple with and understand the human condition.”

The human condition today is ever more complex in an era of the internet, social media and the focus on status, appearance and material success. However, more is required as an antidote than early intervention, self-help and medication alone. As Richard Layard rightly argues in Happiness: Lessons from a New Science, a boost to serotonin and dopamine, both associated with mental wellbeing, is also provided by public policy that is judged on how it increases human happiness and reduces misery.

What might that mean in practice? A real living wage, a living rent related to local income levels, an end to the gig economy, affordable housing, investment in training and skills, an end to the freeze in benefits, proper pay for public sector workers and an increase in spending on the NHS. According to the Nuffield Trust last week, the NHS in England is currently receiving an annual increase of less than 1% compared with 4% over its history. Children born today, according to the Office for National Statistics, are likely to spend at least 20% of their lives in poorer health, a disgrace in a rich country such as this.

The World Health Organisation defines mental health as “a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her own community”. It is also a definition of the common good that is the kind of medicine we all need.

Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme


Fair society; healthy lives



Grenfell Tower fire: government urged to take control of council


Paget-Brown said a key factor in his departure was his decision to halt to a cabinet meeting after failing to have the media barred.

Paget-Brown, who said having journalists present could prejudice the public inquiry into the disaster, blamed the advice of lawyers for his decision.

He said: “In particular, my decision to accept legal advice that I should not compromise the public inquiry by having an open discussion in public yesterday has itself become a political story. And it cannot be right that this should have become the focus of attention when so many are dead or still unaccounted for.” The new leader would pick their own cabinet, Paget-Brown added.

Downing Street was understood to be furious at the chaotic scenes at the meeting, which saw Labour opposition councillors shouting furiously as Paget-Brown announced that it would have to end because he could not discuss the fire with journalists in the room.

 要するに、自分は弁護士から間違った判断を受け取った、と。彼の態度は、自分が責任を負う必要など全くないと信じる時にイギリス人が取る典型的な態度。絶対に、心がこもっていないと批判されることなんて全く厭わないが、それを言ってしまうと自分が取りたくない責任を負わせられてしまう時には、口が裂けても「I am sorry」を言わない。


Tory councillor: media efforts to attend Grenfell meeting were 'clever stunt'



Manhood: The Bare Reality



5月下旬、土曜日のガーディアンの付録雑誌に特集の一つは、Laura Dodsworthという女性写真家の新作の紹介だった。

Me and my penis: 100 men reveal all

Every one of Laura Dodsworth’s penises is unique: introvert and extrovert, straight and bendy, wobblers and bobblers, growers and showers. There are contented penises that have led full lives, and disappointed penises that have let down their owners – or been let down by their owners.

In Dodsworth’s new book Manhood, every penis tells a story. There is the trans man who invested in the biggest and best; the underpowered poet hung up on his for years, until he decided to celebrate it with The Big Small Penis Party; the man who as a teenager thought he had genital warts and considered killing himself, until he found out they were normal spots; the business leader whose small penis taught him humility; the sex addict whose wife tried to cut it off; and the vicar who enjoyed his first threesome while training for the priesthood.

What surprised her most? “A lot more men feel a sense of shame or anxiety about their size, or an aspect of their performance, than I would have thought. What really moved me is how much that shame and inadequacy had bled into different parts of their life.” She says many were teased as children about their penis and never recovered from it.

 以前、100人の女性の胸部の写真を撮った作者が、今度は、100人の男性のpenisの写真を撮影したというもの。ご心配なく、 写真は全て平素のまま。煽ったりするようなものではない。趣旨は、いったい何人の男性が、自分のpenisいついて自分の言葉で語れるか、ということ。



‘Manhood: The Bare Reality’: 100 Men Had Their Penises Photographed To Explore Masculinity


Manhood: The Bare Reality

Manhood is Pinter & Martin's fastest-ever selling title, and hence availability, especially outside the UK, is limited at the moment. We are expecting more copies in our warehouse in the first week of July, and availability should be good Europe-wide soon after. It will be available in the US mid-August through and bookshops, or order from Wordery if you would like your copy sooner (they should have stock first week of July).

100 men bare all in a collection of photographs and interviews about manhood and ‘manhood’.

These days we are all less bound by gender and traditional roles, but is there more confusion about what being a man means? From veteran to vicar, from porn addict to prostate cancer survivor, men from all walks of life share honest reflections about their bodies, sexuality, relationships, fatherhood, work and health in this pioneering and unique book.

Just as Bare Reality: 100 women, their breasts, their stories presented the un-airbrushed truth about breasts for women, Manhood: The Bare Reality shows us the spectrum of ‘normal’, revealing men’s penises and bodies in all their diversity and glory, dispelling body image anxiety and myths.

Sensitive and compassionate, Manhood will surprise you and reassure you. It may even make you reconsider what you think you know about men, their bodies and masculinity.



女性器、タブー視しないで 自ら実験台、セルフケア訴え

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二都物語:東京、ロンドン from the point of Monocle




Why Tokyo’s tourism boom is a barometer for Europe’s health

While Tokyo is a regular stop on my travels and I’m used to the sense of security, I must admit I felt a sense of relief when I arrived on Wednesday. Where my behaviour in London or Paris or Munich is to scan my surroundings and pay attention to possible escapes, I walked out of Haneda without a worry. Within hours I could feel my shoulders had dropped to a more relaxed level, and once on the streets of Shibuya I felt “old school” — without that nagging “what if someone blows themselves up in front of me” feeling. In short “normal” versus “new normal”.

Back in Europe’s capitals, it does not look set to be a summer of record room rates for hotels. Just as Tokyo and Japan in general suffered after the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 as business people and their families relocated and tourists stayed away, the same story risks playing out in Europe’s hospitality and travel industry — or at least such is the perspective from east Asia.

Japanese carriers are looking at redeploying aircraft and focusing on Asia and North America as bookings slow to Europe. “It’s over for the Japanese when it comes to Europe. You can really forget it for the next couple of seasons,” said the public relations executive. “Some of it is fuelled by the travel agencies but there’s also the issue that companies are putting blanket travel bans of visits to Europe. If you’re an airline and you rely on 10 to 12 Japanese corporates to fill your planes, it means a definite downsizing of aircraft or reduction of frequency.”

The Tokyo bounceback, despite the threat of earthquakes, is a reminder that cities with the right spirit can stage a speedy recovery. Europe’s cities will in time surely bounce back. But while Europe’s leaders have spent a lot of time talking about how “the terrorists aren’t winning”, in terms of visitor numbers from specific markets, it may in the short term prove easy to argue otherwise.





UK heart disease deaths fall by over 20% since indoor smoking ban



Disabled passenger forced by Japanese airline to crawl up stairs to board plane

Other airlines in Japan, which will host the Paralympics in 2020, said they permitted staff to carry wheelchair-using passengers aboard when lifts were not available.




Grenfell is political. The right can’t make that fact go away













Difficulty of NHS language test ‘worsens nurse crisis’, say recruiters

Language tests introduced by the government to restrict immigration are stopping the NHS from recruiting foreign nurses – including highly qualified native English speakers.

Growing nursing shortages mean that the NHS has major gaps in its workforce, but this is being added to by Australians and other English-speaking nurses being turned down because they cannot pass the English tests.

The high language requirements are reflected in a sharp drop in the number of nurses registering in the UK, according to medical recruiters, who believe that many British nurses would also fail the International English Language Testing System test (IELTS).

Hayley Purcell wants to fill one of those posts. Born in Adelaide, she has worked as a nurse in South Australia for the last 11 years, her career spanning mental health, intensive care, paediatrics, surgical procedures and orthopaedics. She narrowly failed the written language exam, even though she has a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Purcell had no problems expressing herself in a phone call from Adelaide. “After being schooled here in Australia my whole life, passing high school with very good scores, including English, then passing university and graduate studies with no issues in English writing – now to ‘fail’ IELTS is baffling,” she told the Observer. “So when I failed I just went numb. Then I got angry. Everything rides on the result.”

IELTS has four elements: speaking, listening, reading and writing. To qualify to work in the NHS, candidates need to score at least seven out of nine in each section. Purcell, who spent AU$650 (£386) on the test, managed 6.5 in writing and seven in reading.

“The essay test was to discuss whether TV was good or bad for children. They’re looking for how you structure the essay,” she said. “I wrote essays all the time when I was doing my bachelor of nursing. I didn’t think I’d have to do another one. I don’t even know why I failed.”










Brits’ bogus food poisoning claims leave hoteliers crying: ‘¡Basta!’

Two years ago the hotel, popular in Thomson and First Choice brochures, had just a couple of complaints for gastroenteritis (aka Spanish tummy). But last year Miguel was hit by around 200 claims alleging food poisoning. Every single one was from a British holidaymaker, with not a single complaint coming from the Germans or the Dutch. None of the Brits complained to the hotel at the time; all the claims were lodged by UK claims management companies once the holiday-makers returned home.

Inma Benito, president of the Federation of Mallorca Hotel Businesses, said that false claims cost hotels on the Balearic island €50m last year and that cases had soared by 700% since 2015.

Zacharias Ioannides, who heads the island’s association of hoteliers, likened the practice to organised crime, saying it was an exclusively British phenomenon. “It is always after the so-called event and sometimes it can be as long as three years before the bogus compensation claim lands,” he told the Observer from the organisation’s headquarters in Nicosia. “Action must be taken to safeguard the good name of the vast majority of British tourists.

But the problem in Spain is particularly acute. Agents for British claims management companies openly tout for business in Spanish resorts, telling tourists they can claim £3,000 a head with an allegation of food poisoning at an all-inclusive hotel, often following a package trip that cost only £500. Some holidaymakers are told that all the proof they need is a receipt for a packet of Imodium, the diarrhoea-relief medication, from a pharmacist in the resort.








Cecilia Bartoli mezzo-soprano; Philippe Jaroussky countertenor; Ensemble Artaserse

This exceptional encounter between two stars of bel canto is enhanced by the enduring friendship and strong musical bond between Cecilia Bartoli and Philippe Jaroussky.

Following an acclaimed Giulio Cesare in Salzburg and mutual guest appearances on several of their recording projects, they finally share a concert in company with the virtuoso Ensemble Artaserse, founded by Jaroussky in 2003.

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Prologo : La Musica
Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)
Ercole amante
Ecco l'idolo mio...Mio diletto
Claudio Monteverdi
Quel sguardo sdegnosetto
Francesco Cavalli
Ombra mai fu
Claudio Monteverdi
Damigella tutta bella
Giovanni Pandolfi Mealli (1630-1670)
6 sonate per chiesa e camera Op. 4 No. 4
Sonata 'La Biancuccia'
Agostino Steffani (1654-1728)
Niobe, regina di Tebe
Amami, e vederai
Francesco Cavalli
Lamento d'Alessandro 'Io resto solo?...Misero, così va'
Marco Uccellini (1603-1680)
Agostino Steffani
I trionfi del fato
Combatton quest'alma
Francesco Cavalli
Lamento d'Idraspe 'Uscitemi dal cor'
Claudio Monteverdi
Lidia spina del mio core
Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690)
Sonata 'La Spilimberga' Op. 2 No. 2
Claudio Monteverdi
Sí dolce è’l tormento
Francesco Cavalli
La bellezza e un don fugace
Marco Uccellini
Agostino Steffani
Niobe, regina di Tebe
All'impero divino...T'abbraccio mia diva
A facile vittoria
Biagio Marini (1594-1663)
Claudio Monteverdi
Zefiro torna e di soavi accenti






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