Wednesday 20th February 2019

It Doesn’t Matter Anymore

Buddy Holly

There you go, and baby, here am I
Well, you left me here so I could sit and cry
Well, golly gee, what have you done to me?
Well, I guess it doesn’t matter anymore

Do you remember, baby, last September
How you held me tight each and every night?
Well, whoopsie daisy, how you drove me crazy
But I guess it doesn’t matter anymore

There’s no use in me a-cryin’
I’ve done everything and now I’m sick of tryin’
I’ve thrown away my nights
And wasted all my days over you

Well, you go your way and I’ll go mine
Now and forever till the end of time
I’ll find somebody new, and baby, we’ll say we’re through
And you won’t matter anymore

There’s no use in me a-cryin’
I’ve done everything and now I’m sick of tryin’
I’ve thrown away my nights
And wasted all my days over you

Well, you go your way and I’ll go mine
Now and forever till the end of time
I’ll find somebody new, and baby, we’ll say we’re through
And you won’t matter anymore
You won’t matter anymore

The Dead

Be it Snow Moon or a dripping tap
The dead won’t see it
It won’t bother them
They won’t moan about winter’s cold
They won’t complain about the minutiae
They won’t give a fuck about Brexit
They won’t care about rotting steps
They won’t bother with replacing floor tiles
But if you’re alive it can be a problem

John Bish 20/02/2019

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The Great World consists of three four-storey buildings and two annexe buildings. The building was built in a simple vernacular style, except a tall, Baroque-inspired spire in the centre, which is supported by grand order columns extending to the first floor.

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The Great World is an amusement arcade and entertainment complex located in Shanghai, China. Built in 1917 on the corner of Avenue Edward VII  Road, and Yu Ya Ching Road it was the first and for a long time the most influential indoor amusement arcade in Shanghai, so much so that it spawned imitations all over China. It had gained a reputation as the “No. 1 Entertainment Venue in the Far East.”

While the traditional style entertainment offered by the Great World today faces great competition from newer forms of entertainment and electronic media, it remains an important tourist attraction popular with visitors to Shanghai from other parts of China.

Such is the influence of Great World, that its Chinese name (Da Shijie) has become the name of a locality in its vicinity, “Dashijie”. Dashijie Station, on Line 8 of the Shanghai Metro is located nearby and is named after Great World.

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he Great World opened on 14 July 1917, the brainchild of Shanghai magnate Huang Chujiu. It was built as an integrated entertainment complex featuring amusement arcades, parlour games, music hall shows, variety shows and traditional Chinese theatre. Great World was rebuilt in 1928 in an eclectic style borrowing largely from European baroque, topped by a distinctive four-storey tower which quickly became a landmark. In 1931, Great World changed hands, bought out by another magnate, Huang Jinrong.

On 14 August 1937 it was the site of the Great World bombing, or “Black Saturday”. It was the second day of the Battle of Shanghai between the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan. Great World had thrown open its doors for refugees fleeing the fighting in the Chinese and Japanese zones of the city for the relative safety of the Shanghai International Settlement (where Great World was located). Two bombs from a damaged Republic of China Air Force bomber were accidentally released and exploded in front of Great World. The pilot, fearing the plane would crash, had intended to release the bombs into the large uninhabited space of the nearby Shanghai Race Course, but the bombs were released too early. About two thousand people, made up of shoppers, passers-by, and refugees who were standing outside Great World, were killed or injured.

After the Communist takeover of Shanghai in 1949, Great World was renamed “People’s Amusement Arcade”, but reverted to the old name in 1958. Closed during the Cultural Revolution, in 1974 the site became the “Shanghai Youth Palace”. On 25 January 1981, Great World was re-established, and renamed “Great World Entertainment Centre”.

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The basic layout of the complex has remained the same since the 1928 rebuilding. While the entertainment options have been updated over the years (with motion pictures early on and karaoke more recently, for example), some elements remain the same. One legendary feature is the series of distorting mirrors near the entrance, which have provided simple entertainment to visitors for more than a century.

 

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