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1215年に始まったとされるLord Mayor’s Showは、主催者曰く「the oldest, longest, grandest and most popular civic procession in the world（世界で最も古く、最も豪華で、最も人気のある市と市民の行進）」だそうだ。このLord Mayorとは、シティ・オブ・ロンドン（シティ）の長で名誉職であるロンドン市長のこと。現在ボリス・ジョンソンがその任を務める、シティを含む大ロンドンの行政の長である大ロンドン市長とは違う。新しいLord Mayorは毎年選ばれ、11月第二土曜日に、その就任を祝うLord Mayor Showが開催される。宣誓を終えた後、Lord Mayorはシティから約3.5マイル（約5.63km）のパレードに参加、王立裁判所で「国王」への忠誠を誓う。今年は、22のマーチングバンド、125頭の馬、18台のヴィンテージ車、21台の車両、6500人以上がパレードに参加したそうだ。
We saw this gigantic yellow dog near Old Street and we chased it with M’s moped on City Road to take some photos. After a little bit of research, I found out that this was a Dogs Trust’s float, participated in the procession of Lord Mayor’s Show 2012 on November 8th, and I happened to see it on their way back, though I didn’t see it parading.
The Lord Mayor’s Show is “the oldest, longest, grandest and most popular civic procession in the world,” started in 1215. The “Lord Mayor” is the mayor of City of London, and is not the “Mayor of London” which has existed only since 2000 now and Boris Johnson is currently on the position that takes care of Greater London, including the City. A new Lord Mayor is appointed every year, and the this Lord Mayor Show celebrates his inauguration and is held on the second Saturday in November. On the day after being sworn in, the Lord Mayor participate in a procession from the City of London to the Royal Courts of Justice where the Lord Mayor swears his allegiance to the Crown. Over 6500 people, 22 marching bands, 125 horses, 18 vintage cars, and 21 carriages paraded over three and a half miles long on this year’s procession.
This 5m long / 3.2m high / 15okg weight world’s largest nodding dog called “Dogcilla” was made to draw attention to their rehoming centres last year, and you can see it on the Vanguard building on A40 near Hanger Lane, Ealing in West London.
The Europe’s biggest shopping centre, Westfield Stratford City located next to the 2012 Olympic park in east London, opened its door to the public today. Over 10,000 shoppers, some queued for up to 20 hours, flowed in the shopping centre to grab a bargain with Day One special discounts, and enjoyed a performance by Nicole Scherzinger, the former singer of the Pussycat Dolls and girlfriend of F-1 driver Lewis Hamilton, as well as less excited ceremony of cutting ribbon by London mayor Boris Johnson, together with gangs of the Australian Westfield group. It will be one of the big attraction for visitors to next summer’s Olympics. → See photos & details: Telegraph | Daily Mail | the Sun
A sister mall of Westfield London in Shepherd’s Bush (I still haven’t never been after 3 years of opening!), this £1.45 billion & 1.9 million ft² (=about 25 football pitches!) shopping centre houses more than 300 stores, including John Lewis and Marks and Spencer occupying large areas of the mall, 70 restaurants, a 14-screen cinema, three hotels, a bowling alley and the UK’s largest casino (I didn’t know that casino is legal in UK). However, some retail spaces are still unopened but are expected to open before Christmas. It is estimated that the centre has created around 18,000 permanent jobs including 10,000 in shops, about 20% of which went to the local long-term unemployed.
This event is another reminder for me that the Olympic is all (at least big part of it, if not all) about business, no matter what idealistic and pompous words IOC uses. You need investment and money to host the Games and poor countries cannot afford to. And whoever pay for it wants share. Greece couldn’t afford it but hosted it with huge loans, and has gone bust. I am not complaining or rather understand the system, but I just don’t like hypocrisy to disguise the commercialism – everyone knows it already!
Now in mid-December and in the height of party season, I often see this CABWISE advertising campaign on TV, newspapers or at the bus stops. It is so real and terrifying as a woman myself, and I would think the campaign is successful to alert women about the problem of illegal minicabs
There are 2 types of taxicabs in London: Hackney carriages (Black cabs) and Private hire (Minicabs). Black cabs can be flagged-down in the street or hired from a taxi rank. Minicabs must have a license issued by the Public Carriage Office, and cannot be hailed in the street and must be pre-booked. Though it is illegal, there are some illegal minicabs, with no pre-booking and with or without license, waiting for the possible customers outside nightclubs and bars, especially on weekends, and the sexual attacks on female customers by these illegal minicab drivers is a serious concern in London. Thanks to a series of advertising campaigns these years, the number of women using illegal cabs has fallen from 1 in 5 in 2003 to fewer than 1 in 20. However, the Met still recorded 93 minicab-related sexual offences in 2008-9, although that was down from 120 the previous year – which means that still average of 8 women a month become a victim of such crimes.
This year again, a new cinema, TV and poster campaign has been launched, under the name of Mayor of London together with Metropolitan Police, City of London Police, and Transport for London, urging women to use official minicabs or black cabs during the Christmas party season. The campaign also encourage people to use CABWISE, launched in 2006: text CAB to 60835 to get the numbers of one taxi and two licensed minicab firms, in the area you are texting from using GPS. Now more and more Londoners get to know about CABWISE and use the system, thanks to the campaigns. Police will also target touting hotspots and illegal minicab drivers, but please be careful everyone!
昨日のBBCの「Panorama（パノラマ）」で、不法移民の事が取り上げられていた。ちなみに、パノラマは、1953年に放映開始、世界で最も長く続いている３０分の時事ドキュメンタリー番組で、経済や政治、社会問題、教育等、幅広いトピックを扱う。London School of Economicsのレポートによると、現在約７５万人の不法移民がイギリスに住んでいて、その３分の２は、ロンドンに住んでいるという。その多くが仕事や持ち家を持ち、税金を払い、中には選挙権を持つものもいるという。ボリス・ジョンソンロンドン市長は、政府が大量の不法移民を防げなかった事を非難し、すでに国内にいる不法移民には法的にイギリスに住む権利を与えるべきだと言う。もし、不法移民を全員国外追放するとすると、一人につき11,000ポンド、計80億円かかり、34年もの歳月がかかるので、確かに現実的な解決法ではない。しかし、政府と野党保守党ともに、不法移民の更なる増加を促し、すでに危機的状況にある福祉、ヘルスケア、教育制度に負担がかかると、恩赦には反対の立場を取っている。
Yesterday, BBC program ‘Panorama‘ dealt with illegal immigrants in UK. ‘Panorama‘ is the longest-running current affairs documentary series in the world since 1953, and discuss a variety of issues from politics, economy to social issues or education etc in 30 minutes. According to the report of London School of Economics, there are currently nearly three-quarters of a million illegal immigrants living in Britain, and two-thirds are thought to live in London. Many have managed to get jobs and their own homes, and pay taxes. Some are even registered to vote. The mayor of London, Boris Johnson condemned the Government for failing to prevent a flood of illegal immigrants to UK and to deal with them properly, and called for an amnesty for those who had been in the country for considerable period of time. If all the illegal immigrants to be deported, it would cost £11,000 per person, £8 billion , and would take 34 years – therefore he said that it is not practical. However, the Government and the Conservative party oppose the amnesty because it could encourage more illegal immigrants to come to UK and would cause more burden on welfare such as healthcare and education.
I understand the hardships of illegal immigrants who seek better life and cross the border with risks, but illegal is illegal. It is not fair for the people who want to come to UK but cannot do it, and for the legal immigrants who respect the law and take a legitimate step to come to UK. Since M is an European, so we have automatic rights to live in UK, but we had to submits all kind of documents and have been waiting for Permanent Residency for over 10 months now. It is getting tougher and tougher in these days for non-European to get UK visa, and many of them struggle to get it. I just can’t agree with the system that people who cheat can win what they want.