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366 Days of Architecture

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Friday 16th December 2016

Spirit of revolution.

Continuing a theme from yesterday’s 366 Days, today also relates to tea. It’s 243 years since members of the Sons of Liberty, some disguised at native Americans, tipped a shipment of tea into Boston harbour in protest of the Tea Act which they felt imposed a situation of ‘no taxation without representation’. The British government responded harshly and the event is now seen as the beginnings of the American Revolution and war of independence. Another Boston believer is one Thomas Boston, a somewhat fire and brimstone Presbyterian cleric, but an influential eighteenth century religious preacher whose parish was at Ettrick and who is lucky enough to have a rather charming corrugated iron hall named after him.

Thursday 15th December 2016

There's always time for a brew.

At this time of year with all the rushing about before Christmas and streets busy with shoppers, it’s always good to take a break and stop for nice cup of tea; it’s the cup that cheers remember. Today is International Tea Day, particularly celebrated in tea producing countries in Asia and Africa in an attempt to remind all of us tea drinkers about the role and impact of the tea industry on its growers and workers and supporting the fair trade movement. When you stop for your cuppa, will it be somewhere as amazing as here at the upstairs tea room at Jenners Department store (see 366 days 29 November), where it looks like a great spread has been laid out amongst the potted palms, now that’s how to escape from Christmas shopping.

Wednesday 14th December 2016

Underground, Overground.

This fantastic clash of colour schemes is the Inner Circle platform at the West Street station on the Glasgow subway network. The third oldest underground system in the world (after London and Budapest), the only one in Britain entirely underground and which was opened today in 1896. HES was on hand to carry out a major recording exercise of the subway stations in 2012 as Strathclyde Partnership for Transport began an extended period of upgrading the network with modernised stations, new trains and more automation. It does not spell the end of the ‘clockwork orange’ as the circular subway has been nicknamed in some quarters, there will still be a little strip of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport red in the rebranding.