The Glamorgan Holiday Hotel Gets New Funding

Glamorgan Holiday Hotel is a seafront accommodation in Porthcawl that is well-loved for its services for the elderly and people with special needs. But the specialist hotel had seen some bad news even from the start of the year 2015 as staff members were sent home because of financial difficulties.

Nevertheless, Cartrefi Cymru, the non-profit organisation that runs the Glamorgan Holiday Hotel secures the establishment’s future with a £1m investment. Included would be the refurbishment of guest facilities for £250,000 and that will then open 25 jobs. With this news, the hotel will be reopening from mid July 2015, after the restoration has been done and completed.

The hotel has been around in Porthcawl for 40 years now, so its absence (even momentarily) is such a shame. As the new manager though, Chris Lewis looks forwards to the new chapter Glamorgan will be facing, along with staff and old and new guests.

The seniors surely need a relaxing break, especially during the holidays, and it would certainly be better spent at a place that will fully care and support them 24/7. And that’s what Glamorgan Holiday Hotel will do again by July.

A Brief History of the Victorian Era

The Victorian era in British History is probably my most favourite part. It is because in this era, it flourished the long period of peace, prosperity, refined sensibilities and national self-confidence for Britain. In this period of time, it is the period where Queen Victoria reigned from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901.

The Industrial Revolution
This is the emergence of the technological, scientific and industrial innovations like mass production, steam engines, railways, sewing machines, gas and electric light, telegraph cars and others. Unfortunately, it resulted to dehumanisation of work, child labour, pollution, and the growth of cities where poverty, filth and disease flourished. A feature of the farm life then is working for long hours, very long pay, and exposure to all weathers. Child labour and poverty were also present.

Population Growth and Migration
The population of the UK doubled in between 1801 and 1871.Migration in both directions was also a feature in Victorian life.

Social Reforms
Legislations protecting child and adult workers were a result of early campaigns of Michael Sadler, the Earl of Shaftesbury and reports by parliamentary commissions legislating on child labour, safety in mines and factories, public health and education. There is also the prison reform and the establishment of the police. Children up to age 10 was made compulsory by 1876.

The Rise of the Middle Classes
Society in the Victorian era is hierarchical. Self-made entrepreneurs used their wealth to rise in society, building large houses, educating their children and employing domestic servants.

The Growth of Democracy
The franchise was gradually extended to the working classes, until by the end of the period there was universal suffrage for men. The fight for votes for women was in full swing, but it was not until 1930 that women achieved the same voting rights as men.

Expansion of Empire
Before the start of the 19th century Britain had already lost her American Empire, and was acquiring another in India. Her accumulation of additional territory across the globe continued steadily. The Great Exhibition of 1851 displayed the wonders of both industry and Empire. Tied up with the Empire were Britain’s trading dominance, naval and military strength, and competition for territory against other European nations. By the end of Victoria’s reign imperialists could boast that the sun never set upon the British Empire.

Idealisation of the Family
Respectable and loving is the ideal family that dominated the Victorian era. The cult of the home grew steadily, with Queen Victoria and her family providing a role model for the nation.

The Growth of Legal Pursuits
The 19th century saw the beginning of mass leisure: seaside holidays, religious activities, and the development of public parks, museums, libraries, spectator sports, theatres and music halls.

The whole period of the Victorian era is indeed filled with colours. This period perfectly presents rich sources where buildings, canals, railroads, documents, pictures, objects and music flourished and evolved.

Notable Events in the Victorian Era:
1819—Victoria is born.
1826—First photograph taken by Joseph Nicophore Niepce.
1829—Catholic Emancipation, ends most restrictions on Catholic civil rights, property ownership, & public service.
1832—Great Reform Act.
1834—Slavery banned in British colonies.
1837–67—Isambard Kingdom Brunel builds London to Bristol railway for the Great Western Railway.
1837—Victoria succeeds uncle, William IV, at age 18.
Dickens’s Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist.
1837–67—Construction of neo-Gothic Houses of Parliament.
1838—Dickens’s Nicholas Nickleby.
1840—Victoria marries first cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, will have nine children.
Penny postage insituted.
Dickens’s Old Curiosity Shop.
1842—Founding of Mudie’s Library by Charles Mudie.
1843—Carlyle’s Past and Present.
Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
First volume of Ruskin’s Modern Painters.
1844—Irish potato famine begins.
1845—Brunel builds the S. S. Great Britain, the first propeller-driven steamship.
1846—Repeal of Corn Laws, beginning era of free trade.
Dickens’s Dombey & Son.
1847—Ten Hours Act restricts working hours of children in factories.
Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.
Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
1848—Founding of Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Marx and Engels, Communist Manifesto.
1849—Dickens’s David Copperfield.
1850—First British Public Library Act, permitting the establishment of public libraries.
Tennyson named Poet Laureate.
Dickens’s Household Words started.
1851—First telegraph cable laid across the English Channel.
Invention of instantaneous photography by William Fox Talbot.
First cigarettes sold in Britain.
Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace.
Half of population of Great Britain lives in cities.
London population grows from 1.1 million in 1801 to 2.7 million; reaches 6.6 million in 1901.
Dickens’s Bleak House.
1852—Opening of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Last duel fought in England at Priest Hill, Surrey (duels had been outlawed in 1840s).
1853—Livingstone discovers Victoria Falls.
1853–56—Crimean War.
1854—Florence Nightingale goes to Crimea and organizes nursing during the war.
Cigarettes introduced into Britain.
Dickens’s Hard Times.
1855—Balmoral Castle completed.
Newspaper stamp tax abolished.
Dickens’s Little Dorrit.
1856—Henry Bessemer invents blast furnace, permitting mass production of steel.
1857—Founding of National Portrait Gallery.
First telegraph cable laid across the Atlantic.
Matrimonial Causes Act permits divorce for adultery (but women could not petition until 1923).
Suppression of Indian mutiny against British rule in India.
1858—Government of India transferred to the Crown.
Big Ben bell cast (April 10).
John Speke discovers Lake Victoria.
Launching of Brunel’s Great Eastern, largest ship yet built.
1859—Big Ben enters service (May 31).
First women admitted to Royal Academy schools.
Darwin’s Origin of the Species.
Dickens’s Tale of Two Cities.
1860—Introduction of trams into England (August 30).
Dickens’s Great Expectations.
Nightingale publishes first definitive textbooks on nursing.
1861—Death of Prince Albert of typhoid fever at age 42.
Founding of Morris’s design firm.
1862—Speke & Grant discover sources of the river Nile.
1863–65—Construction of St. Pancras train station.
1863–72—Construction of Albert Memorial.
1863—First underground railway, Metropolitan Railway in London between Paddington & Farringdon St. (opens Jan. 10).
Marriage of Prince of Wales (Bertie, later King Edward VII) and Alexandra (March 10).
Broadmoor criminal lunatic asylum opened (May 27).
1864—Cafe Royal founded in London (bombed in 1940).
Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend.
1865—Founding of Salvation Army by William Booth (July 2).
Joseph Bazalgette completes metropolitan drainage system in London (began 1855).
National Association for Women’s Suffrage formed in Manchester; no voting rights until 1918.
Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
1866—First Atlantic telegraph cable successfully laid by the SS Great Eastern (completed September 7).
Swinburne’s Poems and Ballads.
1867–71—Construction of Royal Albert Hall.
1867—Second Reform Act, extending vote to tax-paying males of the urban working class.
1868—Disraeli becomes Prime Minister; defeated within several months in election.
Last public execution (May 26); public hangings stopped because caused crime among spectators.
Last shipment of convicts from England to Australia.
Metropolitan District Railway between Mansion House and South Kensington opens in London.
1869—Ferdinand de Lesseps builds Suez Canal, dramatically cutting journey to & from Australia & Far East.
1870—Education Act, compulsory primary education until the age of 11.
A 1p ($1) fee per day for the schooling.
Married Women’s Property Act gives women the right to earn and keep money for their own use.
1871—Institution of practice of photographing prisoners (November 2).
Publication completed of Encyclopedia Britannica (began 1768).
Opening of Royal Albert Hall (March 29).
1872—Secret ballot made compulsory; G. Eliot’s Middlemarch.
1874—Disraeli becomes Prime Minister for second time, governs until 1880.
1875—First intelligible telephone communication made by Bell (June 5).
Disraeli buys Britain controlling interest in Suez Canal.
1876—Victoria named Empress of India.
1877—Founding of Truth magazine.
Telephones, invented by Scottish scientist Alexander Graham Bell, become available.
American Thomas Edison invents the phonograph, recording “Mary had a little lamb.”
1878—First electric street lighting in London.
Whistler vs. Ruskin Trial.
1879—Edison invents the electric light bulb.
1880—St. James’s Gazette begins publication (absorbed by the Evening Standard in 1905).
First telephone directory issued in Britain (January 15).
1881—Founding of TitBits periodical by George Newnes.
Electric light first used domestically.
First electric power station in England opened at Goldalming.
1883—Expansion of Married Women’s Property Act.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
1884—Third Reform Act, extending voting rights to agricultural workers.
Term “Industrial Revolution,” for the period of 1760 to 1840, coined by Arnold Toynbee.
Completion of Revised Version of the Bible.
1885—Karl Benz invents the first automobile.
1885–89—Founding of the Men’s and Women’s Club
1886–89—Anatole Baju’s journal Le Décadent.
1887—Golden Jubilee, celebration of 50th anniversary of Victoria’s reign.
Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes story.
1888—Unsolved London murders of East End women by “Jack the Ripper.”
County Councils created in Britain.
Founding of The Star (absorbed by The Evening News in 1960).
1889—Founding of Women’s Franchise League by Emmeline Pankhurst.
Arthur Symons’s Days and Nights.
1890—Sir James Frazer’s The Golden Bough.
First electric underground public railway line opens December 18: City & South London Railway between King William St. & Stockwell).
First comic book, Comic Cuts.
1891—Completion of New Scotland Yard by Norman Shaw.
Founding of the Romanes Lectures at Oxford University by George Romanes.
Kelmscott Press founded by William Morris.
Electrification of trams in England began in Leeds.
Education made free for every child.
Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray, Salome, “The Critic as Artist,” and “Soul of Man Under Socialism.”
1892—Founding of The Westminster Gazette (absorbed by The Daily News in 1928).
Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan.
Symons’s Silhouettes.
1893—Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance.
George Egerton’s Keynotes.
Arthur Wing Pinero’s Second Mrs.  Tanqueray, starring Mrs. Patrick Campbell.
Aubrey Beardsley’s Le Morte Darthur.
Wilde’s Salome banned in London (staged in Paris in 1896).
New Zealand becomes first country to give women the right to vote.
1894–97—The Yellow Book.
1894—Egerton’s Discords.
Publication of Wilde’s Salome in English, with Beardsley’s illustrations.
1895—Founding of the London Promenade Concerts by Sir Henry Wood (October 6).
Wireless telegraphy brought about by Marconi.
Wilde’s The Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest.
The three Wilde trials.
Symons’s London Nights.
1896—Marconi patented wireless telegraphy (June 2).
Speed limit for cars was increased from 4 to 20 mph.
The Savoy (January–September).
1897—Official opening of the Tate Gallery, founded by Sir Henry Tate (July 21).
Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
1899—Symons’s Images of Good and Evil.
1901—Death of Queen Victoria at age 82 (January 22, 6:30 am).
Population of London reaches 6.6 million.

5 Great Attractions You Should Definitely Visit in UK This 2015

Thinking of traveling alone or with your family this year? Plan ahead and you should definitely check out UK for instance. If you haven’t visited the place, it’s your time to do so.

If you are constantly traveling places like New York and other capital cities in the Western part of the world, UK, pretty much in London, has all the things you need and required for that vibrant and innovating aura you are looking for in a place to visit.

For those who haven’t visited London, its vibe can change from one block to the next. For example, it can be for that dense urban centres type of place to that modern hipster look and hangouts that you love the most.

In great addition, celebrities from all over the world, including Spice Girls, One Direction to Gwyneth Paltrow, they consider UK their ultimate homeland. It is not really surprising that the country attracts different types of people from all over the world because of the quality of life they can get and the amazing array of architecture and fabulous sceneries that the place could offer to anyone. It’s absolutely breath-taking in many words.

It’s never too early to start planning for your family’s summer holidays or a solo vacation this year. UK has a number of attractions and things you’ll love the most that are perfectly suited for all types of families and children of all ages.

1. UK Fashion

When it comes to fashion statement, UK, especially London, has long been a center for fashion all over the world alongside New York, Seoul, Paris and even Milan. If you are a big fan of famous designer’s creations, this is the right place for you.

London’s Fashion Week is considered to be the biggest and the grandest fashion weeks in the world. It attracts hundreds of top designers and thousands of fashionistas every February of the year. UK has its edgy street trends that everyone loves the most.

2. Westminster, UK

The Palace of Westminster in London, UK is undeniably one of the most amazing and most beautiful government buildings in the entire world. There are so many iconic attractions in the country but Westminster is one of the visited places during vacation. The palace is also home to perhaps the most iconic structure in London which is the amazing Big Ben, the biggest clock tower in the world.

3. The Royal Family

Do you love a good reality show? Well then, you’ll surely love the Royal Family of UK for sure. They have been providing the British people some live-action drama during their entire reign. From Queen Elizabeth’s wardrobe fashion to Kate Middleton’s wedding and personal life, everyone loves a good royal gossip and entertainment.

It’s really exciting when you visit UK and include Royal Watching in your itinerary. They are perfectly the celebrities in UK when they make another public appearance. When you visit London, you’ll surely stand a great chance of running into them, especially if you tour the great Buckingham Palace where they actually live.

4. Markets in UK

Hoping to find something fashionable, trendy and some fresh produce for a picnic treat? There are dozens of markets in the United Kingdom that you can certainly find and shop with during your whole tour around the country.

If you particularly visit London, it is a city whose residents have a strong commitment to buying local sourced products which is really good and really healthy for those who are on a strict healthy lifestyle routine. As a result, many farmers and artisans bring their goods from all over the English countryside to sell at the various markets around the city.

When you planned to visit different markets all around the UK, don’t forget to visit the Borough Market. It is the most famous market in London. It has this heaving mass of produce vendors, food carts and shoppers all vying for space and fresh goods.

For those travellers who are looking for fresh products while enjoying the place, UK is the best place to visit with.

5. The River Thames

Now we’ve come to the best part. When you are likely going to visit the best places in UK, be sure to include The River Thames and make it a part in your itinerary list. Visit this great place, know the history behind it and above all, enjoy the moment while you can. The stately River Thames has played an important role in London’s long history.

Learn more about the places you will visit this year and enjoy the attractions while you are in the place.

National parks safe from fracking

Several of Britain’s most stunning landscapes could be fracked for oil and gas after the Government today invited bids from power companies for licences that would allow them begin job wherever they think resources can be discovered.

Ministers think fracking will make a significant contribution to the country’s future energy demands and are identified to see it

In the hope of relaxing conservationist concerns, the Government has drawn up guidelines that will use specifically to power companies intending to frack in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, World Heritage websites, National Parks, or on the Norfolk Broads. Each application for a licence to operate in among those areas will certainly be personally vetted by the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles. The announcement, which accompanied magazine of the standards, included: “It is clear that applications should be refused in these areas aside from in exceptional scenarios and in everyone passion.”.

The Business and Energy Secretary, Matthew Hancock, that is opening up the bidding procedure today, declared that the Government’s assistance is solid enough to secure exceptional landscapes from industrial damage. He included: “Unlocking shale gas in Britain has the possible to give us with better electricity safety, tasks and growth.

Any fracking permit is likely to deal with a public objection, such as the project that last week quit Celtique Energie from discovering for underground gas and oil around the West Sussex community of Wisborough. During that demonstration, the Tory ex-minister Nick Herbert advised that “rural West Sussex could not become a carelessly industrialised landscape”.

Lord Howell, a previous minister and George Osborne’s father-in-law, has actually stated that fracking must be restricted to derelict parts of the north of England. He cautioned: “Every time ministers open their mouths to declare fracking needs to start anywhere in Britain, not simply in carefully chosen and remote areas, they lose countless Tory ballots.”

Will we allow fracking? Or frack this?

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Tips in Living in the United Kingdom

Living in the UK is miles different from living in the US or in any other country at that. I would say that UK has been a melting pot of different nationalities but the culture and heritage is prevalent and remains strong. Hence, those who come must blend in and do as the English do. Here are some tips:

1. “Sorry”. They utilize this word frequently and completely unnecessarily like some cultural touchstone which makes folks forgive them for when conquering the better part of the world and calling it their own. BRIT: “Oh, sorry, ahhh, I mean sorry!”

2. Concern. At the same time the reverse of this coin is that Brits are, at the very least nominally, totally interested in your health. After living right here among them all this time, I think that deep down, they in fact do suggest what they are claiming, although they themselves do not recognize this. They are not merely a polite folks, they really are actually good.

3. Stroll.  As it is, though most of the British do not also recognize that they made use of to state “football” and simply switched to the much more European/Continental word of “soccer,” later. (We, that had discovered “soccer” from them, kept the initial British term). Strolling, more than rugby, greater than cricket, is their nationwide activity. I appreciate them for this, and my spouse likes them for the same factor. In any kind of weather, cool, moist, dry, clear, does not issue. Beyond London the British pull on their “Wellies” (a rubber mid-calf boot promoted by Arthur, Lord Wellington, that once beat the snot out of Napoleon), don suitable coats, and set out cross-country. The nation has a custom of “open pathways.”  British legislation values “traditional rights” (as in the “public right of way”) going back more than a many thousand years. So the public paths marvelously crisscross anywhere. It causes one of the most terrific sense of personal entitlement you could picture.

4. Wellness. They have something here called the National Health System (NHS). My friend talked about his experience.  His better half was expecting, and her very first consultation with her midwife went to their house for TWO HOURS. Throughout her maternity, midwives addressed the spouse’s questions, calmed her worries, offered her recommendations, and clinically monitored her general scenario.  After the birth, the wife’s (by now, very relied on) key midwife visited the house four times in the initial ten days, merely to see to it they were jumping on alright, nursing was going well, and so on. Overall expense: 0 pounds.

In the UK, they have well-known garden enthusiasts. The Americans have the Kardashians. They have “Gardener’s Question Time” with Rock-Star folks who turn soil and grow ordeals, and are famous for these reasons.

Do you have something to add? Feel free to put your comments.