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Thursday 27th June 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 14, 2019 by bishshat

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Flight on Air Norwegian Dream-liner arrives in Buenos Aires. Taxi to our air bnb near the centre of city. It took maybe 13 hours to fly from Gatwick to Buenos Aires it was my first time in the southern hemisphere. Flight was long and sleeping was difficult. but when we arrived we both just wanted to go out and explore. Jeorge our bnb host was very chatty and we just wanted to go.  We were staying on the corner of Tomas Liberti and the main street of Defensa which led direct to The Plaza de Mayo.

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Everytime You Go Away

Paul Young

Hey, if we can solve any problem
Then why do we lose so many tears?
Oh, and so you go again
When the leading man appears

Always the same thing
Can’t you see, we’ve got everything goin’ on and on and on?

Every time you go away
You take a piece of me with you
Every time you go away
You take a piece of me with you

Go on and go free, yeah
Maybe you’re too close to see
I can feel your body move
It doesn’t mean that much to me

I can’t go on sayin’ the same thing
‘Cause can’t you see, we’ve got everything do you even know we know?

Every time you go away
You take a piece of me with you
Every time you go away
You take a piece of me with you

I can’t go on sayin’ the same thing
‘Cause baby, can’t ya see, we’ve got everything goin’ on and on and on?

Every time you go away
You take a piece of me with you
Every time you go away
You take a piece of me with you

Picking up the pieces, ooh Every time you go away
You take a piece of me with you Be careful
Every time you go away Everytime you go
(You take a piece of me with you) You take a piece of me

Every time you go away Oh
(You take a piece of me with you) Everytime you go

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Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina. The city is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the South American continent’s south eastern coast. “Buenos Aires” can be translated as “fair winds” or “good airs”, but the former was the meaning intended by the founders in the 16th century, by the use of the original name “Real de Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre”. The Greater Buenos Aires conurbation, which also includes several Buenos Aires Province districts, constitutes the fourth-most populous metropolitan area in the Americas, with a population of around 15.6 million.

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The Casa Rosada sits at the eastern end of the Plaza de Mayo, a large square which since the 1580 foundation of Buenos Aires has been surrounded by many of the most important political institutions of the city and of Argentina. The site, originally at the shoreline of the Río de la Plata, was first occupied by the “Fort of Juan Baltazar of Austria”, a structure built on the orders of the founder of Buenos Aires, Captain Juan de Garay, in 1594. Its 1713 replacement by a masonry structure (the “Castle of San Miguel”) complete with turrets made the spot the effective nerve center of colonial government. Following independence, President Bernardino Rivadavia had a Neoclassical portico built at the entrance in 1825, and the building remained unchanged until, in 1857, the fort was demolished in favor of a new customs building. Under the direction of British Argentine architect Edward Taylor, the Italianate structure functioned as Buenos Aires’ largest building from 1859 until the 1890s.

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The old fort’s administrative annex, which survived the construction of Taylor’s Customs House, was enlisted as the Presidential offices by Bartolomé Mitre in the 1860s and his successor, Domingo Sarmiento, who beautified the drab building with patios, gardens and wrought-iron grillwork, had the exterior painted pink reportedly in order to defuse political tensions by mixing the red and white colors of the country’s two opposing political parties: red was the color of the Federalists, while white was the color of the Unitarians. An alternative explanation suggests that the original paint contained cow’s blood to prevent damage from the effects of humidity. Sarmiento also authorized the construction of the Central Post Office next door in 1873, commissioning Swedish Argentine architect Carl Kihlberg, who designed this, one of the first of Buenos Aires’ many examples of Second Empire architecture.

Presiding over an unprecedented socio-economic boom, President Julio Roca commissioned architect Enrique Aberg to replace the cramped State House with one resembling the neighboring Central Post Office in 1882. Following works to integrate the two structures, Roca had architect Francesco Tamburini build the iconic Italianate archway between the two in 1884. The resulting State House, still known as the “Rose House”, was completed in 1898 following its eastward enlargement, works which resulted in the destruction of the customs house.

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A Historical Museum was created in 1957 to display presidential memorabilia and selected belongings, such as sashes, batons, books, furniture, and three carriages. The remains of the former fort were partially excavated in 1991, and the uncovered structures were incorporated into the Museum of the Casa Rosada. Located behind the building, these works led to the rerouting of Paseo Colón Avenue, unifying the Casa Rosada with Parque Colón (Columbus Park) behind it. Plans were announced in 2009 for the restoration of surviving portions of Taylor’s Customs House, as well.

The Casa Rosada itself is currently undergoing extensive renovation delayed by the 2001 economic crisis. The work is scheduled for completion on the 2010 bicentennial of the May Revolution that led to independence.

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The Kavanagh Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in Buenos Aires , located at 1065 Florida Street in the neighborhood of Retiro , overlooking Plaza San Martín . It was the highest skyscraper in Latin America.

It was designed in 1934, by local architects Gregorio Sánchez, Ernesto Lagos and Luis María de la Torre, built by the builder and engineer Rodolfo Cervini, and inaugurated in 1936. Standing at a height of 120 meters, the building is characterized by the austerity of its lines, the lack of external ornamentation, and its large prismatic volumes. It was declared a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1994 and a National Historic Monument by the Argentine Government in 1999. In the year of its completion the building obtained the Municipal Award for Collective Houses and Facades ( Municipal Collective and Facade House Award) and three years later its facade received a similar award from the American Institute of Architects .

Its construction took only 14 months and was commissioned in 1934 by Corina Kavanagh, a millionaire of Irish descent who sold two ranches at the age of 39 to erect her own skyscraper. The building has a towering form, with symmetrical setbacks and gradual surface reductions. It was created from the outside, adapting outstandingly comfortable facilities to the space available. The structure was carefully designed to be as possible, in order to avoid unnecessary weight, and influenced by the city planning regulations. The design combines Modernism and Art Deco with a Rationalist approach and is considered the apex of early Modernism in Argentina.

It was at the time the highest skyscraper in Latin America . As the apartments in the new building were aimed at the upper middle class, no expense was spared in its construction in order to insure a result of the highest quality. All 105 apartments contained the last in technological advances, including central air conditioning, twelve Otis elevators, and state-of-the-art plumbing. Those on the upper floors have exquisite terrace gardens with views of the river, parks and the city.

Corina Kavanagh lived for many years on the 14th floor in the largest apartment, the only one that occupies an entire floor.

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The monks of the Order of the Recoletos arrived in this area, then the outskirts of Buenos Aires, in the early eighteenth century. The cemetery is built around their convent and a church, Our Lady of Pilar (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar), built in 1732. The order was disbanded in 1822, and the garden of the convent was converted into the first public cemetery in Buenos Aires. Inaugurated on 17 November of the same year under the name of Cementerio del Norte (Northern Cemetery), those responsible for its creation were the then-Governor Martin Rodríguez, who would be eventually buried in the cemetery, and government minister Bernardino Rivadavia.
The 1822 layout was done by French civil engineer Próspero Catelin, who also designed the current facade of the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral. The cemetery was last remodeled in 1881, while Torcuato de Alvear was mayor of the city, by the Italian architect Juan Antonio Buschiazzo.

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Three years after former First Lady Perón died of cancer in 1952, her body was removed by the Argentine military in the wake of a coup that deposed her husband, President Juan Perón. The body then went on a transatlantic odyssey for nearly twenty years before finally being returned to the Duarte family mausoleum in Recoleta Cemetery. She now lies in a crypt five meters underground, heavily fortified to ensure that no one can disturb the remains of Argentina’s most beloved and controversial First Lady.

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María Eva Duarte de Perón was the wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. She is usually referred to as Eva Perón or Evita.

She was born in poverty in the rural village of Los Toldos, in the Pampas, as the youngest of five children. At 15 in 1934, she moved to the nation’s capital of Buenos Aires to pursue a career as a stage, radio, and film actress. She met Colonel Juan Perón there on 22 January 1944 during a charity event at the Luna Park Stadium to benefit the victims of an earthquake in San Juan, Argentina. The two were married the following year. Juan Perón was elected President of Argentina in 1946; during the next six years, Eva Perón became powerful within the pro-Peronist trade unions, primarily for speaking on behalf of labor rights. She also ran the Ministries of Labor and Health, founded and ran the charitable Eva Perón Foundation, championed women’s suffrage in Argentina, and founded and ran the nation’s first large-scale female political party, the Female Peronist Party.

In 1951, Eva Perón announced her candidacy for the Peronist nomination for the office of Vice President of Argentina, receiving great support from the Peronist political base, low-income and working-class Argentines who were referred to as descamisados or “shirtless ones”. Opposition from the nation’s military and bourgeoisie, coupled with her declining health, ultimately forced her to withdraw her candidacy. In 1952, shortly before her death from cancer at 33, Eva Perón was given the title of “Spiritual Leader of the Nation” by the Argentine Congress.
She was given a state funeral upon her death, a prerogative generally reserved for heads of state.

Eva Perón has become a part of international popular culture, most famously as the subject of the musical Evita (1976). Cristina Álvarez Rodríguez claims that Evita has never left the collective consciousness of Argentines.
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the first woman elected President of Argentina, claims that women of her generation owe a debt to Eva for “her example of passion and combativeness”.

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Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

Madonna

It won’t be easy, you’ll think it strange
When I try to explain how I feel
That I still need your love after all that I’ve done

You won’t believe me
All you will see is a girl you once knew
Although she’s dressed up to the nines
At sixes and sevens with you

I had to let it happen, I had to change
Couldn’t stay all my life down at heel
Looking out of the window, staying out of the sun

So I chose freedom
Running around, trying everything new
But nothing impressed me at all
I never expected it to
Don’t cry for me Argentina
The truth is I never left you
All through my wild days
My mad existence
I kept my promise
Don’t keep your distance

And as for fortune, and as for fame
I never invited them in
Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired

They are illusions
They are not the solutions they promised to be
The answer was here all the time
I love you and hope you love me

Don’t cry for me Argentina

Have I said too much?
There’s nothing more I can think of to say to you.
But all you have to do is look at me to know
That every word is true

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Eva Perón 

Speech to the Descamisados on October 17, 1951 (Dismissed) (Shirtless Ones).

My beloved descamisdos: Today is a day of many emotions for me. With all my soul I wanted to be with you and Peron on this glorious day of the descamisados. I can’t ever miss this October 17 appointment with my people. I assure you that no one or nothing could ever prevent me from coming, because I have a sacred debt to Peron and all of you, to the workers, to the boys of the CGT, to the descamisados and the people. And it doesn’t matter to me if I have to leave shred of my life along the way in order to repay it.

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I had to come and I came to give thanks to Peron, to the CGT, to the CGT and the descamisados of my fatherland. What I say to Perón, who wanted to honor me with the highest distinction that could be granted a Peronist[1] this evening, is that I will never cease repaying you and would give my life in gratitude for how good you have always been and are with me. Nothing I have, nothing I am, nothing I think is mine: it’s Perón’s. I will not tell you the usual lies: I won’t tell you that I don’t deserve this. Yes, I deserve this, my general. I deserve it for one thing alone, which is worth more than all the gold in the world: I deserve it for all I’ve done for the love of this people. I’m not important because of what I’ve done; I’m not important because of what I’ve renounced; I’m not important because of what I am or have. I have only one thing that matters, and I have it in my heart. It sets my soul aflame, it wounds my flesh and burns in my sinews: it’s love for this people and for Perón. I gave you thanks, my general, for having taught me to know and love them. If this people asked me for my life I would joyfully give it, for the happiness of one descamisado is worth more than my entire life.

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I had to come here to give thanks to the CGT for the homage they pay me in giving me a decoration that in my eyes is the most beloved remembrance of the Argentinian workers. I had to come to thank you for having dedicated this glorious day of the workers and the CGT to this humble woman. And I had to come to tell you that it is necessary, as the general says, to keep the guards on the alert at all the posts of our struggle. The danger has not passed. Every Argentinian worker must keep his eyes open and not fall asleep, for the enemies work in the shade of treason and sometimes are hidden behind a smile or an extended hand. And I had to come to thank all of you, my beloved descamisados from all corners of the fatherland for being willing to risk your lives for Perón. I was certain that you knew – as did I – how to serve as Perón’s entrenchment. The enemies of the people, of Perón and the Fatherland, have also long known that Perón and Eva Perón are ready to die for this people. Now they also know that the people are ready to die for Perón.

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Compañeros, I ask just one thing today: that all of us publicly vow to defend Perón and to fight for him until death. And our oath will be shouted for a minute so that our cry can reach the last corner of the earth: Our lives for Peron!

Let the enemies of the people, of Perón and the Fatherland come. I have never been afraid of them because I have always believed in the people. I have always believed in my beloved descamisados because I have never forgotten that without them October 17 would have been a date of pain and bitterness, for this date was supposed to be one of ignominy and treason, but the courage of this people turned it into a day of glory and happiness. Finally, compañeros, I thank you for all your prayers for my health; I thank you with all my heart. I hope that God hears the humble of my Fatherland so that I can quickly return to the struggle and be able to keep on fighting with Perón for you and with you for Perón until death. I don’t ask or want anything for myself. My glory is and always will be to be Perón’s shield and the flag of my people, and though I leave shreds of my life along the road, I know that you will pick up my name and will carry it to victory as a banner. I know that God is with us because he is with the humble and despises the arrogance of the oligarchy. This is why victory will be ours. We will achieve it sooner or later, whatever the cost, whoever may fall.

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My descamisados: I wanted to tell you many things but the doctors have forbidden me from speaking. I have you in my hearts and tell you that it is certain my wish is that I will soon be back in the struggle, with more strength and love, to fight for this people which I love so much, as I love Perón. And I ask you just one thing: it’s certain I will soon be with you, but if for health reasons I am not, take care of the general. Remain faithful to Perón as you’ve been until today, because this means being loyal to the Fatherland and loyal to yourselves. And to all the descamisados of the interior, I hold them closely, so very closely to my heart, and want them to know how much I love them.

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In this Historical Plaza the founder Juan de Garay planted the symbol of justice on June 11, 1580. The Plaza Mayor was since then the center of civic life where the people celebrated their most solemn acts as their parties and collective expansions. The Reconquest and the Defense of the city culminated in the Plaza Mayor, which was called Plaza de la Victoria. In 1810 it was the glorious scene of the May Revolution and in 1811, the Memorial Pyramid of the Fatherland date was erected: momentous events in Argentine History took place in the Plaza de la Victoria. Here the people of Buenos Aires swore the Independence of the fatherland on September 13, 1816 and the National Constitution on October 21, 1860.

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Wednesday 26th June 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 14, 2019 by bishshat

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Price Tag

Jessie J

Okay, Coconut man, Moon Head and Pea
You ready?

Seems like everybody’s got a price,
I wonder how they sleep at night
When the sale comes first
And the truth comes second.
Just stop for a minute and smile

Why is everybody so serious?
Acting so damn mysterious?
Got your shades on your eyes
And your heels so high
That you can’t even have a good time

Everybody look to their left (yeah)
Everybody look to their right
Can you feel that (yeah)
We’re paying with love tonight?

It’s not about the money, money, money
We don’t need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the price tag
Ain’t about the (uh) ch-ch-ching ch-ching
Ain’t about the (yeah) bl-bling-bl-bling
Wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the price tag (OK)

We need to take it back in time,
When music made us all unite!
And it wasn’t low blows and video hoes,
Am I the only one getting tired?

Why is everybody so obsessed?
Money can’t buy us happiness
Can we all slow down and enjoy right now?
Guarantee we’ll be feeling alright

Everybody look to their left (to their left)
Everybody look to their right (to their right)
Can you feel that (yeah)
We’re paying with love tonight?

It’s not about the money, money, money
We don’t need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the price tag
Ain’t about the (uh) ch-ch-ching ch-ching
Ain’t about the (yeah) bl-bling-bl-bling
Wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the price tag

Yeah, yeah
Well, keep the price tag
And take the cash back
Just give me six strings and a half stack
And you can, can keep the cars
Leave me the garage
And all I, yes, all I need
Are keys and guitars
And guess what? In 30 seconds
I’m leaving to Mars
Yeah, we leaping across
These undefeatable odds
It’s like this, man
You can’t put a price on a life
We do this for the love
So we fight and sacrifice
Every night
So we ain’t gon’ stumble and fall
Never
Waiting to see or send a sign of defeat
Uh uh
So we gonna keep everyone
Moving their feet
So bring back the beat
And then everyone sing
It’s not about the money

Yeah, yeah
Oh-oh
Forget about the price tag, yeah

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The Search

A friend told me
That I would not find what I was looking for
In the places that I’ve been
I knew this as the truth for sure
Because long ago it had found me
But like my train set, my scalextric and my dog
It has been taken away from me

John Bish London 26th June 2019

Dust Ash and Disgrace

I have a hunger that won’t be satisfied
It just won’t stop
Like a virus it will devour its host
It won’t rest
No peace of mind, no lazy day
Like the fires of Hell it burns away
My soul will never survive this ride
The end of my time
Will I guess decide
I don’t believe in a better place
My pain will cease
Dust and ash and disgrace
No heroes mark
No dreams
No longing
No desire
All will have gone
My atoms returning to the bigger plan
Until the heat death of the universe

But chaos does not have a plan

John Bish 26th June 2019