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Rivington Place @ Shoreditch

ショーディッチにあるRivington Place(リビングトン・プレイス)は、ビジュアル・アートの文化的多様性を促進するため、アーティスト/キュレーター/ライターを代表する機関のIniva(Institute of International Visual Art)と文化的アイデンティティや人権問題を提唱する国際写真アート・エージェンシーのAutograph ABPが共同で建設した、ビジュアル・アート・センター。1968年のHayward Gallery(ヘイワード・ギャラリー)以来、約40年ぶりに公的資金で設立されたこのセンターは、ガーナ系イギリス人建築家David Adjaye(デイヴィッド・アジャイ)がデザイン、2007年10月5日にオープンした。センターには、無料で入れるギャラリー・スペース、Stuart Hall Library(スチュワート・ホール図書館)、そしてInivaとAutograph ABPのオフィスが入っており、1階にはカフェLati Riもある。

Rivington Place is a visual arts center built by Iniva (Institute of International Visual Art / arts institution that represents artists, curators and writers) and Autograph ABP (international photographic arts agency that addresses issues of cultural identity and human rights), to reflect and promote cultural diversity in visual arts. This is the first publicly funded build of its kind since the Hayward Gallery’s opening in 1968 more than 40 years ago. It was designed by Ghanian British architect David Adjaye, and opened on 5 October 2007. The Rivington Place houses gallery spaces (free entry), the offices of Iniva and Autograph ABP, and the Stuart Hall Library, as well as a café Lati Ri on the ground floor.

明後日27日には終わってしまうけれども、1階ギャラリーでは「Ever Young: James Barnor」展が開催中。1940年代後半から70年代初頭まで、独立へと向かうガーナと多民族化が進むロンドンとイングランドを舞台に撮影された、カラーとモノクロの写真が展示されている。上の階の「The Paris Albums 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois」展は、アメリカで奴隷制度が廃止されてまだ35年しか経たない1900年のパリ万博で、アフリカ系アメリカ人のポートレート写真を展示した「American Negro Exhibit」の中から選んだ200枚を展示したもの。

Although ending soon on 27th, just the day after tomorrow, the ground floor gallery hosts “Ever Young: James Barnor,” introducing Barnor’s street and studio photographs, both color and black&white, taken in two societies in transition from the late 1940s to the early 1970s; Ghana which was moving towards its independence, and England, especially London, which was becoming a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis. On the upper floor, “the Paris Albums 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois” showcases a selection of 200 portraits from the American Negro Exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, only thirty five years after the abolition of slavery.

「Ever Young: James Barnor」展の立派な大型カタログ(16ページ/無料)と、少し見栄えが劣る「The Paris Albums 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois」のインフォメーション、そしてリビングトン・プレイスの秋/冬のイベント情報冊子。シンプルだけれどインパクトのあるデザインもいい。

A good-looking large size catalogue of “Ever Young: James Barnor” (16 pages / free), a lesser-cost information leaflet of “the Paris Albums 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois” and the Rivington Place’s Autumn/Winter brochure. All of them are designed nicely – simple but eye-catching and good color choice.

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Argos: the store you can buy anything for your home

Argos Value Range Tools


ちなみにこれらの工具を買ったArgosアーゴス/アルゴス)は、イギリスとアイルランドに700店舗以上を持つ、最大の生活用品店。食品を除く生活必需品はだいたい何でも手に入る。Argosという名前は、創業者が、ギリシャの都市・アルゴスでの休暇中に、店のアイデアを思いついたことが由来だそうだ。店内に置かれている商品を目で見て手に取って買うものを決める通常の店と違って、店内に置いてある分厚いカタログ(写真下。店のものはラミネートしてある)から欲しい商品を探し、申し込み用紙に商品コードを記入してレジで支払い、商品を別のカウンターで受け取るかホーム・デリバリーしてもらうという、カタログ販売方式。言わば、通信販売のカタログショッピングと通常の店舗販売の中間のシステムで、通信販売に比べると送料なしですぐ商品が手に入るメリットがあり、通常の店舗に比べると、店内に商品を並べない分、割安で品揃えが豊富だ。印刷されたカタログ以外に、ウェブサイトでも商品をチェックできる。最寄り店に在庫があるかを確認し、あれば欲しい商品をリザーブして、その店で支払い・受け取れる(予約日の翌日丸1日取り置きしてくれる)他、家に配達してくれるオンラインショッピングもできる。非常に合理的なシステムだが、商品が並んでいないせいか、ただでさえ趣味の悪い店内は味気なく、受け取りカウンターも、警察か運転免許試験場の待合室のよう。でも、有名ブランドから無名ブランドまで品揃えが豊富で、何でも買えて便利だし、ストアブランドの「Argos Value Range」は超お買い得なので(上記の電動式ハンマードリルが£9.99、電動スクリュードライバーは£4.99)、ついつい足が向いてしまうのだった。

It’s been 2 months since the roll blinds in our living room broken (see my 7/26 entry). You might have surprised that we hadn’t fixed it so long, but I tried… I couldn’t find the place to fix it, neither on the internet or in the Yellow Pages, though there were a lot of stores which sell new blinds and fit them. So we decided to DIY ourselves, but ours are made-to-measure blinds and couldn’t find the right size among ready-made blinds at B&Q and IKEA. We almost gave up and were thinking to get new blinds for few hundred pounds. But we got a reply from one of the places I sent an repair inquiry – they didn’t fix blinds themselves but they knew someone who might do. I called up the place they referred me to, and I was told that they didn’t do repair work as well but could order spare parts for me. We saw a big hope, and ordered the parts, but found out that the size of the parts were slightly different… But I was so determined to fix it myself and never gave up! I shaved the plastic parts with a cutter knife so that they could fit into the tube of the blinds. Done. Next, I bought coded hammer drill from Argos and had drilled for 3 hours to make a new neil hole on the metal fitting, as the original hole didn’t match to the existed nail hole on the wall. OK. Then I struggled to pull out the old nail from the ceiling, as the body of the Argos electric screw driver was too fat to put the top of the screwdriver into the screwhead in a right angle – I sweat like a pig and loosened the nail little by little with a normal screwdriver. Then I put the new fittings on the ceiling and the wall, and put the blind back at last. I felt enormous sense of achievement after I checked it works perfectly!! As M doesn’t like to do DIY things, so I did it, bit by bit, taking many days. I am the one who built the IKEA furniture and fit the ceiling light cords and shades. I don’t mind doing it, but I wish I had a partner whom I can share these DIY and repairs with him.

Argos, where I bought these tools, is the largest general-goods retailer in the UK and Ireland, with over 700 stores. You can buy almost anything you need for your home (except foods). The name ‘Argos’ came from the Greek city of Argos where the founder came up with the idea of the store while on holiday. Argos has an unique retailing system – customers browse through their thick laminated catalogue in the store, select items and pay for them, and collect the items from the in-store collection desk, or have the item delivered to their home. It seems to be the system in between mail-order and in-store sale. You can save shipping cost and get what you want right away, among the huge variety of goods in stock which normal retailer cannot afford to keep in the limited space. You can also check the products online. You choose an item to reserve for store-pickup (you can reserve until the end of the day after the reservation and pay at the store) or to shop right away for home delivery. It’s very clever system, but not only because of their bad store design but also no products on display, the store looks cheap and sterile, and the collection corner looks like a waiting room in the DVLA or police station. But with their vast variety of goods from famous brands to the Argos store brand “Argos Value Range“, which is incredibly cheap (£9.99 for a electric hammer drill and £4.99 for a electric screwdriver), we cannot resist and end up going there whenever we need something…

Argos Catalogue

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