Sunday, 12th June 2011 – 3.00pm

St.Mary’s Church (Map)
63 Church Street
Charlton Kings,
Cheltenham GL53 8AT

The songs of Edith Piaf Classical Guitar Music for Violin Drum Solo Jazz Standards

The funds raised in this concert will go to Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund which will channel all donations received to the on-going work of voluntary and community organisations working in the most affected prefectures.

There are still thousands people who have been forced from their homes and leading inconvenient and uncomfortable lives in evacuation centres. We believe that this immense disaster requires long-term support to rebuild and restore their normal life.


Naomi Hayashi (organiser)
Michiko Negami (violin)
Evelyne Beech (soprano)
Gilbert Biberian (guitar)
Christopher Susans (guitar)
Luke Dunlea (guitar)
Stuart McGowan (guitar)
Carlos Alvarez (flute)
Billy Woodman (piano)
Robert Perry (bass)
Diran Biberian (drums)
Naoko Miyata (graphic designer)

Available at:
Charlton Pharmacy, Lyefield Road West
Second Wind, London Road
Millenium Music, Winchcombe Street
Moss Books, Henrietta Street
Sounds Good, Henrietta Street

Detailed information at
Event poster here.

Proceeds go to the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund.

For further information please contact The Japan Society on tel: 020 7828 6330 or email at:


The final programme in this series features the Tokaido Shinkansen

Richard Hammond reveals the surprising engineering connections in Japan’s Bullet Train, the world’s first high-speed train. It could not run without ancient charioteers, a crowbar, a medieval clock, the electric telegraph, and a 19th-century luxury racing car.

Nearly 50 years old, the Bullet Train is still pioneering new high-speed technology. Richard builds his own train to show how engineers reinvented the train wheel to prevent it violently shaking at its top speeds of close to 200 mph (300 kph). Things start to heat up when he visits a high voltage lab to find out how engineers eliminated the danger of 10,000 degrees electrical arcs by devising an ingeniously levered pantograph – the connection between the train and the overhead power lines. Next they made the train light to maximise acceleration, but as Richard finds out on a skid pan, this created a slippery problem only solved thanks to the world’s first four-wheel-drive car – the Lohner Porsche. Obviously four driven wheels were not enough for a Bullet Train – so engineers made it a 112-wheel-drive.

At such incredible speeds, it is hard to stay on track round bends. Richard charges off in a carriage to see how the ancient charioteers did it – and on the Bullet Train, they use the same principle – leaning into bends. Not only is the track banked, but the train itself leans. And finally, using a cubed car and a lake, Richard learns how the electric telegraph is the key to keeping the Bullet Train safe in a country hit by 1,500 earthquakes a year. The Bullet Train is protected by the world’s most sophisticated earthquake detection system that can stop trains automatically within seconds, to avoid high-speed derailment.


SATURDAY 11th & SUNDAY 12th JUNE 2011,  11AM – 6PM

The Macbeth
70 Hoxton Street,
London, N1 6LP

A few of Japanese students from Central Saint Martins BA Fashion organize a special 2 day sample sale to help the people back home still suffering from the damage of terrible earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan 3 months ago.

The sale will be on Sat 11th and Sun 12th of June from 11AM – 6PM at The Macbeth in Shoreditch.
Many designers including Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Jonathan Saunders, Peter Jensen,
Pringle of Scotland and Richard Nicoll has donated their old stocks and samples for the event.
This is supported by Fashion Girls for Japan following their successful charity sales held in NY and Tokyo which have made over £250K in total.

Designers who have donated pieces : Alexander McQueen, A’N’D, Hussein Chalayan, Jonathan Saunders, Maria Francesca Pepe, Migh-T, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Jensen, Richard Nicoll, Sarah Angold, Swash and more…

Price range: £10 – £500

All items will be offered at 50% or more off the retail price– from couture jackets and dresses to bags, shoes, small accessories, jewelleries, artwork and graphic works

100% of the money raised will go to the Japanese Red Cross and Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund.
Event flyer here.

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