LONDON ARCHITECTURE AT IT’S BEST

You Beauty! The Four Seasons Hotel London, previously the Beau Arts Building

Pic was taken via my Samsung Galaxy 8 after filming a night shoot.

 

CGlass Blog December

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FIND YOUR PAST – Warrior Spirit

Excited to learn I come from Scottish Ancestry and the famous Hume Castle in Scotland.  Going back centuries, the surnames Glass and Hume are from my Father’s side of the family.  So this is where we originate from.

I would love to visit this place…Maybe one day.

A little bit of History…

The original Hume Castle was the hereditary power base of the Hume/Home family and said to be one of the most formidable defensive castles in the eastern Borders. The first castle appeared here some time in the 1200s. It evolved over time, but was strengthened and modernised in the 1540s when French and Scottish forces built new ramparts and artillery platforms within the castle.

These did not prevent an invading English army under the Duke of Somerset capturing the castle in 1547. The English spent £700 strengthening the castle further, but it was recaptured in a night attack by the Scots in 1549 with considerable assistance from spies able to tell them where the weak points in the new defences were.

Life during this period must have been particularly difficult for the residents of the settlement that spilled down the slope to the south of the castle. Nothing remains of this bar the odd lump and bump in the landscape.

Hume Castle was again captured by the English in 1569, then held by them for three years. The castle last saw action in 1651, when it stood against Cromwell’s invading army. A heavy artillery bombardment proved the protective strength of the castle vaults: but also proved the futility of trying to hold out against such a well equipped army. After the defenders had surrendered and left, Cromwell’s troops destroyed the castle with explosives.

In about 1770 the 3rd Lord Marchmont, a member of the Home family, bought the site and built the outer shell of walls you see today, apparently on the line of the curtain wall of the original castle, as a landscape ornament.

The new castle was used as a lookout and beacon station during the Napoleonic Wars, and on the night of 31 January 1804 a sergeant in the Berwickshire Volunteers on watch here mistook the fire of some charcoal burners on the Cheviots for an invasion beacon, and ordered the lighting of the beacon at Hume Castle. The result was the “Great Alarm” in which beacons were mistakenly lit across southern Scotland, and 3,000 volunteers turned out to repel a French army that never arrived.

 

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Remembrance Sunday

Lest we forget – In memory of my Great Grandfather Robert James Glass and the 37 million + people who were lost in the War.

 

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Usually, coming from attention-seeking Leo’s, ignore it and close the door to their silliness.

 

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Why I love these Standing Work Desks

These are perfect and hopefully, more and more offices in the UK will incorporate them.  The standing desk, for people like me and many others who don’t like to sit on their butt all day long and like to keep active, is ideal.

Sitting down too much is seriously bad for your health.  People who do sit down a lot every day have an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and early death (so we are told by the Experts).  Not to mention, sitting all the time burns very few calories, and many studies have linked it to weight gain and obesity – Don’t eat at your desk either!

This is a major problem for office workers because they sit down for most of the day.  I never sit down much anyway, I’m always flying off to do errands, walking upstairs or making drinks for people, so I can get a break away from my desk.  I have always said to myself, I don’t really envisage a desk job for me when I’m going into my 40’s anyway (Had that since 16 – Enough already), but I think any job now requires time facing a computer, whether doing one’s accounts and taxes or other business related tasks. Fortunately, standing desks are becoming increasingly more popular.

So what are the benefits

  1. Standing lowers the risk of weight gain and obesity – 1,000 extra calories burned each week from simply standing at your desk can’t be bad.
  2. Lowers blood sugar levels – By using a standing desk – In a small study of 10 office workers, standing for 180 minutes after lunch reduced the blood sugar spike by 43% compared to sitting around for the same amount of time.  The harmful effects of sitting after meals could also help explain why excessive sedentary time is linked to a whopping 112% greater risk of type 2 diabetes.
  3. Lowers the risk of heart disease.  The idea that standing is better for heart health was first proposed in 1953. A study found that bus conductors who stood all day had half the risk of heart disease-related deaths as their colleagues in the driver’s seats.  It is so harmful that even an hour of intense exercise may not make up for the negative effects of an entire day spent sitting.  There is no doubt that spending more time on your feet is beneficial for heart health.
  4. Reduces back pain.  Back pain is one of the most common complaints of office workers who sit all day. To determine if standing desks could improve this, several studies have been done on employees with long-term back pain.  Participants have reported up to a 32% improvement in lower back pain after several weeks of using standing desks.Another study published by the CDC found that use of a sit-stand desk reduced upper back and neck pain by 54% after just 4 weeks.Additionally, removal of the sit-stand desks reversed some of those improvements within a 2-week period.
  5. Helps improve mood & energy levels.  I found this myself, dancing around my desk or doing squats.  Standing desks appear to have a positive influence on overall well-being.  In one 7-week study, participants using standing desks reported less stress and fatigue than those who remained seated the entire workday.  Upon returning to their old desks, overall moods reverted to their original levels.  These findings align with broader research on sitting and mental health, which links sedentary time with an increased risk of both depression and anxiety
  6. Boosts productivity.  A common concern about standing desks is that they hinder daily tasks, such as typing. While standing each afternoon may take some getting used to, standing desks appear to have no significant impact on typical work tasks. In a study of 60 young office employees, using a standing desk for 4 hours each day had no impact on characters typed per minute or typing errors.  Considering that standing improves mood and energy as well, using a standing desk is more likely to boost productivity rather than hinder it.
  7. Overal standing more may help you live longer.  Studies have found a strong link between increased sitting time and early death.  This is not surprising given the strong association between sedentary time, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  In fact, a review of 18 studies found those who sit the most are at a 49% greater risk of dying early than those who sit the least.Another study estimated that reducing sitting time to 3 hours per day would raise the average person’s life expectancy by 2 years.While these observational studies do not prove cause and effect, the weight of evidence indicates standing more often could help lengthen our lifespan.

    (Benefits from Healthline.com)

    CJAGlass Blog November

 

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GREAT ESCAPES TO WIN!

I don’t know about you, but these English winters make me want me to escape BIG TIME!

I haven’t been able to fit in a holiday this year, as it’s been a good year work wise and couldn’t miss the opportunities coming my way.

Try your luck at these free offers!

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USA RESIDENTS

 

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Good Luck!

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THE BRITISH ON HOLIDAY – Miserable Gits!

Great article in The Telegraph today – Hilarious

Miserable, downbeat, cynical? Some people get it, some people don’t – Don’t be fooled, we have the best sense of humour ever.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/galleries/postcards-of-the-past-our-favourites-twitter-gatwick/

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