Danny Now we're km inland in what we're told is the Real China - Chongqing, in the southwest, the biggest and most polluted City in the country. It's completely breathtaking, newly constructed tower blocks sit side by side with shanty houses, ancient alleys and street stalls. Apparently 4! British people live in this municipality of 30 million. Less than westerners total. We've met half the Brits, indeed our party quadruples the British population here.
This is very near the site of the three gorges dam, a hydroelectric generation project originally conceived inwhich will create an inland sea km long, submerging 11 cities and towns in the process. Spent a lot of time in the pool and jacuzzi as the experience became increasingly like 'lost in translation'.
Heading for Shanghai on Friday, where the future is happening. Mira Airborne treats on China Southern airlines included dried beef, some odd tasting peanuts, a lovely China Southern wallet and a body art TV talent show in which kids used their hands, knees and legs as part of the structure of musical instruments, 2 guys formed a car while a couple of rotating girls dressed in pom-poms acted as the brushes at a car wash.
One gentleman's 'talent' was to simply put a mask on the back of his head thus pretending to have his head screwed on the wrong way around. We landed in Chongqing in thick fog. The skies there only clear up for 20 days a year and when they do the sky is green because of the pollution. As a result of that, we were told, Chongqing girls have very pale skin and are very beautiful.
The three things everyone had mentioned to us about Chongqing were the traditional hotpot dish, the fact that it's built on steep hills and so there aren't any bikes around and the beautiful girls with pale skin. Chongqing, population 13 million, is southern China's dynamo and China's most industrial city. It is a busy port based around the peninsula at the junction of the Yangzi and Jialing rivers km upstream from Shanghai. In it will find itself on the banks of the Three Gorges Dam.
The controversial dam will be constructed by blocking and diverting the Yangzi river km upstream from Chongqing, thus creating a lake the size of lake Michigan. In doing so thousands of villages, hundreds of towns and cities and countless historic relics will be submerged. The views from the window were very different to those of Shenzhen. Tall concrete blocks, lots of flyovers tiny workman shops, kiosks selling building materials, machinery and food.
Not much neon or not much that we could see through the fog. We spent the days before the gig doing press conferences, answering questions such as 'Are you planning on incorporating human voices on your next record? Did you choose Reuben to be in the band because he is Asian for his special effects? Will your show be adequate for Chinese audiences? In between we relaxed in the pool and Ivy showed us around some shopping centres.
On the morning of the gig we went out for a walk to the river. At first we followed the main busy roads, but then we noticed narrow winding staircases that lead away down the hills into a dark abyss.
Following these staircases was like stepping through the looking glass. Tucked away behind the flyovers and skyscrapers are urban villages. Crowded little houses, people on the alleyways selling food, tiny markets, men sitting outside their houses playing MoJong, a man getting his hair washed ready for a haircut and everyone looking at us smiling and waving hello. When we stepped out of the looking glass we found ourselves on yet another busy road, but the river was in sight. The only way to actually get to see it was for us to buy tickets to a Wedding park.
A very snazzy enclosed area where people Album) do everything from buying their wedding dress, to getting their wedding photos taken, to having the reception and staging a party.
The Yangzi was the colour of the chocolate river in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In the distance we saw a woman raking out a solitary plot of land on the riverbank for cultivation.
All in all a pretty surreal start to a pretty surreal day. The gig took place in Shaping Park, an amusement park containing some ancient rides spinning around and miniature landmarks from around the world. Apparently there was a Big Ben but we didn't find it. And where was mini Southend Pier?
From the stage we could see people sitting on top of Mount Rushmore to the left. A huge Ladytron poster with 'Way to Toilet' written on it was draped on top of Arc de Triumph on the right.
The gig fell on the night of the mid-autumn festival and we were told there was a full moon, only we couldn't see it through the fog. Around kids came to the gig. The show was free to get into but you had to phone up for tickets in advance.
As there are only 4 other Brits residing in the city we weren't expecting a lot of ex-pats to turn up. Most of the people had either heard a few of our songs on the internet, came to see the support Flowers, a Chinese version of Busted, or just came for the party out of curiosity.
The reception was great. Kids had made reversible heart shaped banners with Ladytron written on one side and Flowers on the other. Everyone was waving glow sticks and occasionally throwing them in the direction of the stage. There was a 90 year old raver in the front row dancing his socks off. After the 2nd song a six year old came on stage to present us with flowers on behalf of the mayor.
He said 'We love you Ladytron, you rock! After the gig we signed a whole lot of autographs. We hadn't even left the venue before the builders started tearing down the dressing rooms and stage they had built for us by hand the day before. Nee Bing took us to the grand former French Embassy for an after show cocktail. We had a couple of days off after the gig. The first day we spent walking around the city and taking a cable-car over the chocolate river.
On the other side we went to a Hotpot restaurant. The Hotpot turned out to be a Chinese version of Fondue. You order a bunch of different raw vegetables and fish and dip them in the boiling broth full of spices and chillies in the middle of the table to cook. We caused the usual amount of commotion as our table caught fire.
On our last day the British Council had organised a daytrip to the Dazu rock carvings. These are a series of impressive 8th century Buddhist statues and images carved in rocks and caves. To get there we travelled for a couple of hours through misty mountains and paddy fields farmed by ox and hand, girls sweeping up the motorway. When we arrived a bunch of smiley 6 year olds ran towards us. I looked in my bag and all I could find was a Ladytron laminate pass to give to them so I chose one of them at random and there and then recruited him as a new crew member.
I took a photo of him so we can track him down in a few years time when he grows up to be stronger. My favourite bit of the trip was visiting the Dazu Buddhist temple. We got sung to and blessed by a monk. A very beautiful experience. Then we got pointed in the direction of the cash box and after contributing got asked to bow down three times to it.
Nice to know they hold the money God in high esteem. We lit gigantic incense and left after tour manager Chris set off some fire works off the edge of a mountain.
In the early '50s, the San Antonio Brewing Association felt they needed to increase the association of their number one product, Pearl lager beer, with the company itself. Pearl was successful, not only in Texas, but on a national level, as well.
Larger companies saw this success and made many Pearl River Beer - Various - Sound And The City (CD to buy out Pearl and their beers. Almost all offers were never even considered.
In what would turn out later to be ironic, one company came very close to buying out the Pearl Brewing Company in the s: Pabst Brewing Company. McGimsey, who was Pearl's plant manager, shareholder, and the face of Pearl at most events, began gaining support to sell the brewery off. McGimsey's influence also reached other board members, and when the offer came from Pabst, it was not as easily dismissed.
Details of the offer have long been lost, but one can surmise it was a good deal given the consideration given to it by Pearl. McGimsey believed that Pearl's stance as an independent Texas brewer would never allow them to truly compete on a national level with brewers from St.
Louis and Milwaukee. Ultimately, the sale to Pabst was defeated by Otto A. Although narrowly defeated in the vote to be acquired by Pabst, McGimsey and fellow members of Pearl's board still pushed for change in the company. The predominant theme throughout was growth. The acquisition of Pearl by a larger company was no longer considered, but then how could the company really grow and hope to compete with industry leaders such as Anheuser-Busch, Miller, and Pabst?
Pearl considered expanding the San Antonio brewery to increase production, but after researching the idea, Pearl realized expanding the brewery could only gain them a nominal production increase and ultimately would not be worth the overall investment. Pearl's board noticed that the larger brewers such as Anheuser-Busch were not attempting to push more and more products out of a single brewery; instead, they had several breweries spread out to distribute their products.
Pearl seized on the idea of a second brewery and began to explore the options. Location was a huge factor in the considerations. However, San Antonio's southern position was not ideal for reaching places such as Maine or Washington state.
One idea was to build a second brewery somewhere in the northern Midwest. Initial studies of this idea proved too costly to be feasible. The price tag of land, permits, zoning, construction, equipment, manpower, and initial operations proved to be too large for Pearl to afford. Pearl could have raised the cash need for the project, but doing so would have extended the company a little too thin, and one misstep or hiccup in sales could force Pearl into bankruptcy.
Rather than building a second brewery and potentially putting the company at risk, Pearl decided to purchase an existing brewery to increase production and the distribution network.
Overall, buying out another brewery meant a larger initial investment, but the new brewery would be able to put out Pearl beer almost immediately and therefore help recoup costs more quickly. From a short list of potentials, the M.
Goetz Brewing Company in St. Joseph, Missouriseemed the perfect fit for Pearl's plans. Goetz's historic brewery would allow increased production levels and the ability to use the well-established distribution network to help Pearl reach untapped markets. In addition, Pearl gained access to the Goetz line of beers, from pilsners to malt liquors.
Inthe Pearl Brewing Company officially purchased the M. Goetz Brewing Company. Beers from both companies began to be produced at the two facilities. Goetz brewed all of the Pearl beers for easier distribution in the north, and Pearl produced Goetz's Country Club malt liquor. Country Club proved very successful for Pearl, and in fact is the only Goetz beer still in production by Pabst today under the Pearl Brewing Company name. The merger was not without its problems, but overall the transition occurred smoothly.
Pearl took over as the corporate headquarters and some duplicate jobs were eliminated. The production side of Goetz remained intact, with Pearl treating Goetz employees just as they did the employees in San Antonio, like family. Although Pearl had long dominated the Texas market over Lone Star, that did not stop the rivalry between the two. Each brewery was intent on being known as the brewery of Texas. Competition in the community was fierce, with both companies doing all they could to be associated with any large event.
In the s and '60s the competition was at its highest. During the annual San Antonio Stock Show and RodeoLone Star and Pearl would get into bidding wars over the blue ribbon winner of each show-animal category.
The two breweries would drive the prices up sometimes triple the animal's worth, all in an attempt to best their rival. The strangest twist to the seemingly endless rivalry involved a small candy company in San Antonio, called Judson Candies. Inthe Pearl Brewing Company bought Judson Candies from the three sons whose father had helped found the business. Judson was not on the level of Hershey or Marsbut did have strong sales in the Southwest.
Pearl simply made the Judson sons an offer they could not refuse. Judson was part of the company, but in many ways it was still very independent. Financial backing came down from Pearl, but Judson still made decisions on their own, setting their own strategic goals independently of Pearl. Whatever the decisions were at Judson, they obviously worked. From the day Pearl acquired them, until they were sold off to members of the Atkinson's Candy family inJudson remained a profitable business.
When the Atkinsons bought Judson, the only real evidence of Pearl River Beer - Various - Sound And The City (CD by a larger company, and one in a completely different industry, was the office furniture and supplies. Everything in the Judson offices were labeled with "Property of the Pearl Brewing Company" and items such as pencils, pens, ashtrays, notepads, and even first aid kits were branded with the Pearl logos.
Although profitable and requiring little oversight, an official statement was never given on why Pearl purchased Judson. Album) than support for Judson, Pearl never branded their name on any of the candy products, even in an era when it was completely acceptable for celebrities and popular cartoon characters to push adult-oriented items such as alcohol and cigarettes.
It makes no sense at all, that is until one looks at the purchase in the context of the feud between Pearl and Lone Star. InMr. Jersig had not always been in the brewing industry, and in fact got his start doing something completely different. Jersig learned the ropes of business while working in the Judson Candies Company for many years. Decades later inJersig's adopted family was purchased by his biggest competitor. InPearl was acquired by Southdown, a conglomerate that started out in the sugar industry.
After a takeover in St. Louis, brewery employees there flew the American flag at half-staff and upside down. The new millennium did not bring a change in luck for Pearl or Pabst as a Album).
Changes instituted in the s saved money, but did not solve the company's larger problems. As ofPabst's new strategic plan was well underway. To save even more money, they had devised an idea to save the company, closing all of their breweries and ending their own beer production. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
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