Diary in Google Translate Retrospect 2001 London (5) FREE MARKET along Green Park

While saying, "Bacon in London is delicious," my friend and I had a late breakfast at the window seat of the cafe on the first floor of the hotel.


And when I looked at the window, many people stopped on the sidewalk along Green Park across the wide Piccadilly street, looking for something spread out on the ground or on a small platform. It looks like FREE MARKET.


We, the curious, cannot miss this opportunity. We hurriedly drank coffee, crossed the street, sought out some items, and then stopped at a corner with paintings, photographs, and posters of various sizes spread out on the ground.


A friend said, "I wanted a picture to decorate the room I just moved in," and bought a duplicate painting of about 30 cm x 50 cm. And I bought a watercolor painting of trees, cars and people in a 24cm x 19cm golden frame.


In addition, at the knitting corner, I bought a Fisherman's sweater with a rope pattern woven from thick yarn of ecru. It was a simple sweater with the image of warmly wrapping a fisherman who works exposed to the cold wind of the North Sea. This sweater helped me a lot in the winter of the next few years in combination with denim pants.


Well, a few years later, when I suddenly looked at the back of the golden frame, I noticed for the first time that a sticker printed with small letters was stuck in one corner.


When I take out the loupe and check it, there

“David …….” Was written with the name of the author of the painting, followed by Tall Tree, Lower Street, Gissing Diss and the title of the painting.


Then, when I searched the address on the sticker on the net, a photo of a small gallery appeared. I guessed it was the gallery that exhibited the painter's own work.


And now, I put my poor watercolor painting in the golden frame and decorate it in my room (on the right side of the photo).

I'm sorry, Mr. David.








そして、私がふと窓を見ると、広いピカデリー通りを挟んだグリーン・パーク沿いの歩道に多くの人たちが立ち止まって、地面や小さな台に広げられた何かを物色していた。どうやらFREE MARKET のようだ。











“David…….と絵の作者とおぼしき名前が記され、その後に、Tall Tree ,Lower Street ,Gissing Dissと絵のタイトルが続いていた。






ごめんなさいね、Mr. David。

Diary in Google Translate Retrospect 2001 London (4) Mad cow disease

One of the pleasures of this trip to London was to eat beef steak tirelessly.


Even today, beef is a luxury item for the average Japanese and rarely appears on the table at home. 

Moreover, the difference in beef prices between London and Japan in 2001 was quite wide, which is why we were looking forward to taking this opportunity to eat a thick sirloin steak.


However, when we walked from our hotel Park Lane to Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street, the beef steakhouse guests were sparse. 

For example, if you look inside a large beef steakhouse through a window, there is only one group of four in one corner. Also, at one medium-sized beef steakhouse, the kitchen staff inside the circular counter is dealing with only two guests. 

In other words, most of the beef steakhouses were in a Japanese expression, "a lonely old bird is singing," which means that there are few customers and it is a lonely state.


In fact, the news of mad cow disease in London was widely reported in Japan, but most of it was about symptoms, so we could not clearly imagine the effect.


Moreover, in Japan, there are few stores dedicated to beef steakhouses, and general steakhouses handle chicken and pork in addition to beef, and if mad cow disease is prevalent, customers order chicken or pork, so the store side Can also cover damage. 

However, since London is run on beef steak, the damage caused by mad cow disease is clearly visible to us Japanese.


After all, we had no choice but to give up beef steak.




















Diary in Google Translate Retrospect 2001 London (3) Vodafone, Nokia, Ericsson

For a while after arriving in London, my companion found Vodafone, Nokia, and Ericsson stores, checked the stores, and got a pamphlet, so I muttered inwardly, "You are on vacation now?" 


At that time, mobile phones were beginning to spread explosively worldwide, and under such circumstances, Japanese mobile-related companies were paying close attention to precision and function expansion without paying attention to the global market.


However, Vodafone, a mobile phone operator headquartered in the United Kingdom, Nokia Corporation of Finland, which manufactures mobile devices, and Ericsson of Sweden, entered Japan earlier than American companies and are attracting attention. 


Under such circumstances, it was understandable that she, who belonged to the mobile phone related department at that time, actively gathered information by utilizing her stay in London.


On the other hand, at work, I used a PHS (personal handy-phone system) distributed by the company, but I didn't own a mobile phone because a conventional landline phone was sufficient for my private life.


However, when I retired in 2004, I bought a Nokia mobile phone that was excellent in design and function for contact when I was out, but Vodafone, a telecommunications company, was incorporated from the beginning. 

And, with Vodafone, the radio waves did not reach my home, but I was not in trouble because the conventional landline phone was sufficient.


After Vodafone withdrew from Japan in 2006, I continued to use Nokia phones, but in 2015 it became impossible to use the device, so I replaced it with a foldable device made in Japan.


The picture is a Nokia mobile phone that I have been using for a long time.


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ところが、イギリスに本社を置く携帯電話事業会社のボーダフォンVodafone)、携帯機器製造のフィンランドノキアNokia Corporation)やスウェーデンエリクソン( Ericsson)がアメリカ企業よりも早く日本に進出して注目を浴びていた。




他方、私は職場では会社から配布されたPHS( personal handy-phone system)を活用していたが、プライベートには従来の固定電話で充分だったので携帯電話は保有していなかった。







Diary in Google Translate Retrospect 2001 London (2) Tate Modern

London's Tate Modern (https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern) is a national modern and contemporary museum with views of the financial district City and St. Paul's Cathedral across the Thames River. So, this is a major remodeling of the "Bankside Power Station" that was closed in 1981, leaving the 99-meter large chimney that was the symbol of the power plant and rebuilding a huge turbine hall into a large entrance hall. It opened on May 12, 2000 by skillfully reusing the equipment of the power plant.


The reason we went to Tate Modern was because the managing director of the company I was working for at the time was guided by the representative office manager during a business trip to London and liked it and enthusiastically recommended it to me.


And, 2001, which we visited, was just one year after the opening, and although the special exhibition was charged, the public exhibition and the permanent exhibition that exhibited many works such as paintings, sculptures, and installations were free of charge.


I was deeply grateful for the generosity of the British Empire, which opened such a masterpiece exhibition to overseas travelers free of charge while visiting the vast exhibition hall of Tate Modern.


I was also impressed by the generosity of the management, who opened an affordable cafe in a large area with a spectacular view of the Thames on the ground floor. Thanks to that, my friend and I were able to relax with milk tea and scones while enjoying the luxurious view without worrying about the budget.


At the cafe, young staff wearing dark brown salon aprons worked vigorously. 

As I learned later, this cafe preferentially hires art college students to support them who need expensive painting materials in addition to tuition fees.


In this way, I thought Tate Modern attracted art lovers from all over the world, not just the British, like a magnet.


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何故、私達がTate Modernに足を運んだか、その理由は、私が当時勤務していた会社の担当常務がLondon出張時に駐在員事務所長から案内されて気に入り、私に熱心に推薦したからだ。











このようにして、Tate Modernは英国民のみならず世界から美術愛好家を磁石のように惹きつけていると私は思った。


Diary in Google Translate Retrospect (Side Story) Movie "Billy Elliot" and Globalism

 Billy, an 11-year-old boy from a family whose father and brother are coal miners, was learning boxing to become a strong man, but was fascinated by ballet lessons in the next classroom and finally became a principal of the Royal Ballet. In the coming-of-age movie "Billy Elliot" (2000), the background of the era was the crushing of Prime Minister Thatcher's hard-line coal mine labor union.


Billy's father is a union leader and his brother is a union extremist activist. His father is furious when Billy tells him he wants to study in London to become a dancer for the Royal Ballet in a situation where he isn't paid for a strike after a strike.


However, Billy's father, who reconsidered, betrays his companions and attempts to break the strike in order to fulfill his son's wishes, and violently confronts the son of a radical activist. Knowing this, the union members squeeze out of their scarce pockets to raise money for Billy to study ballet.


Fifteen years later, at a theater in the West End of London, Billy's father and brother see Billy, who plays the leading role in the Royal Ballet's performance, appearing in the form of a beautiful swan.


When I saw this movie right after returning from London in 2001, I was stunned by the men's "Swan Lake" that appeared in the final scene, but I was fascinated by the sexy Adam Cooper who played adult Billy. A year later, I went to his Tokyo performance "Swan Lake".


The reason why I think of such a movie now is that in the UK referendum on June 23, 2016, asking whether to stay in the EU or leave the EU, the 18-49 age group and highly educated people with a college diploma or higher supported the stay. On the other hand, voters over the age of 50 and with a high school diploma learned that they supported Brexit.


Globalism provides highly educated and highly skilled people with the option of seeking high incomes and playing an active role anywhere in the world.

On the other hand, however, low-educated and unskilled workers and the elderly have no choice but to stay in the country and compete with low-paying migrants for work.


Did Billy's father and brothers in the movie "Billy Elliot" support the anti-globalization struggle in May 2001? I also wondered which one they supported in the referendum asking whether they would remain in the EU or leave the EU



(Photo from the movie "Billy Elliot" program:写真は映画「リトル・ダンサー」プログラムから)





(The photo is from the "Swan Lake" Tokyo performance program:写真は『白鳥の湖』東京公演プログラムから)




父も兄も炭鉱労働者という家庭の11才の男の子Billy が、強い男になるためにボクシングを習っていたのに、隣の教室のバレエレッスンに魅せられて、遂にロイヤルバレエ団のプリンシパルに昇り詰める成長物語の映画「リトル・ダンサー(Billy Elliot)」(2000年)、その時代背景として描かれていたのはサッチャー首相の強硬な炭鉱労働組合潰しであった。















映画「リトル・ダンサー(Billy Elliot)」のBillyの父や兄達は、2001年5月の反グローバリズム闘争を支持したのであろうか。また、彼らはEU残留か離脱かを問う国民投票でどちらを支持したのであろうか、と、私は思いを馳せたのである。



Diary in Google Translate Retrospect 2001 London (1) Anti-Globalism Demonstration

A friend and I, who completed the accommodation procedure at a hotel in London on May 1, 2001, threw the luggage we brought from Japan into the room and set foot on Regent Street enthusiastically for brand shopping. However, most of the brand shops were closed with sturdy boards.


We had to gather information first, so we decided to sit down at a cafe that was open and listen to the conversation inside the store.


And what I found was that an anti-globalization demonstration was scheduled for the night, and the Prime Minister's Office and Regent Street were the targets of the demonstration procession. By the way, when we looked through the window of the cafe, people rushing home quickly headed for the bus stop and subway station, and there was a long line at the bus stop.


When we had no choice but to return to the hotel and have dinner at the window seat of the cafe on the first floor, people who appeared from the Green Park subway station adjacent to the hotel were heading for Green Park across the street. Perhaps the meeting place for the demonstration was Green Park.


After dinner we turned on the TV in the room. There, the demonstrators who covered their faces with helmets and masks pressed against the riot police armed with duralumin shields, and the demonstrators peeled off the paving stones of the road and threw them to counter the riot police.


Through this, I was reminded of the fierceness of the anti-globalization struggle that was sweeping Europe at that time, and at the same time, I came up with my own feelings that I had no doubts about globalism.
















Diary in Google Translate Retrospect 2000 Boston (4) Returned $ 50 Travel Check

After returning to Japan, I decided to contact the call center of the publisher American Express (hereinafter referred to as Amex) to recover the $ 50 travel check (hereinafter referred to as T / C) that I lost in Boston. So, in order not to waste the time of the call center staff in my poor English, I prepared an English memo of what I should tell in advance.


Then, when I called the Amex call center around 11:30 pm in consideration of the time difference between the Midwestern United States and Japan during summer time, the male staff responded in English at first, but I When it turned out to be Japanese, the male staff was replaced by a female staff who was fluent in Japanese, and the business went smoothly.


Then, about two weeks later, an international mail arrived at me, and when I opened it, I saw a copy of the $ 50 T / C stamped with the receipt of the Asian restaurant on Newbury Street, where we enjoyed Boston's Last Supper.


I immediately called the Amex call center and said, "This is it," and after a while I received an unused $ 50 T / C and I deposited it into my bank's foreign currency deposit account.