Collecting Lalique Art Glass

René Jules Lalique was a French national who lived between the years 1860 and 1945.

He was a renowned and highly creative artist jeweler who designing pieces of jewellery for French jewelers Cartier, Boucheron and others.

Lalique opened his own business in 1885 where he designed and made his own jewellery and other glass pieces.

By 1890 Lalique had been recognized as one of the foremost Art Nouveau jewellery designers in France.

Glass design was a second commercially successful career for him.

Lalique glass is still in production today under Swiss ownership and very much prized by people as a collectable.

Lalique Longchamp Horse | 10119400

Lalique Longchamp Horse | 10119400

Beginning in 1925, Rene Lalique designed 30 glass car mascots to adorn the most prestigious vehicles of the roaring twenties. The combination of the distinctive design and the limited number make these figurines some of the most sought after by collectors....

£520.00

Lalique Grey Timori Elephant | 10492600

Lalique Grey Timori Elephant | 10492600

A symbol of wisdom, longevity, prosperity and benevolent power, the elephant is able to overcome any obstacle. Lalique pays tribute to this animal gifted with great intelligence and memory through the baby elephant Timori.

£330.00

Lalique Grey Timora Elephant | 10492700

Lalique Grey Timora Elephant | 10492700

A symbol of wisdom, longevity, prosperity and benevolent power, the elephant is able to overcome any obstacle. Lalique pays tribute to this animal gifted with great intelligence and memory through the baby elephant Timora.

£330.00

Lalique Blue Dancing Elephant | 10433900

Lalique Blue Dancing Elephant | 10433900

The latest creation of Lalique for Bugatti is the Dancing Elephant sculpture in a striking blue; the colour used for classical race cars in France.The limitation edition size of 35 pieces pays tribute to the Type 35 car, which is emblematic for Bugatti.

£13500.00

Lalique Clear Kazak Horse | 1204800

Lalique Clear Kazak Horse | 1204800

Kazak pays homage to one of the most majestic animals on Earth, the ultimate symbol of strength and speed. Captured in soft gold luster crystal, the movement of their manes flying in the wind evokes a spirit of freedom and independence.

£320.00

Lalique Clear Horse's Head | 1162400

Lalique Clear Horse's Head | 1162400

Originally designed by Marc Lalique in 1953, the majestic Horse's Head sculpture demonstrates the exceptional know-how of the master craftsman. This outstanding figure is made of 54 pounds of pure, sparkling crystal. To obtain its spectacular and contemporary...

£23000.00

Lalique Black Horse's Head | 10056600

Lalique Black Horse's Head | 10056600

Originally designed by Marc Lalique in 1953, the majestic Horse's Head sculpture demonstrates the exceptional know-how of the master craftsman. This outstanding figure is made of 54 pounds of pure, sparkling crystal. To obtain its spectacular and contemporary...

£26000.00

Lalique Satin Horse's Head | 10368500

Lalique Satin Horse's Head | 10368500

Originally designed by Marc Lalique in 1953, the majestic Horse's Head sculpture demonstrates the exceptional know-how of the master craftsman. This outstanding figure is made of 54 pounds of pure, sparkling crystal. To obtain its spectacular and contemporary...

£20000.00

Lalique Bucephale Horse, Limited Edition | 10307400

Lalique Bucephale Horse, Limited Edition | 10307400

The animal world was one of Rene Lalique's major sources of inspiration. He depicted a wide variety of animal species, all with a degree of naturalism that demonstrated the designer's genius. In 2013, Lalique created the Bucephale horse. To represent...

£26500.00

Lalique Grey Sumatra Elephant, Limited Edition of 288 Pieces | 10491600

Lalique Grey Sumatra Elephant, Limited Edition of 288 Pieces | 10491600

A symbol of wisdom, longevity, prosperity and benevolent power, the elephant is able to overcome any obstacle. Lalique pays tribute to this animal gifted with great intelligence and memory through the majestic Sumatra elephant. Highlighted by the brilliance...

£4400.00

How To Turn Bitcoin Cryptocurrency into Fiat Currency Cash.

Turning Bitcoin, Bitcoincash, Litecoin, or Ethereum cryptocurrencies   into fiat currencies or hard cash is possible.

Exchange Bitcoin Cryptocurrency for Cash

It will take a little bit of time and some effort to set up the system, but it is achievable and once your system is, in place it will serve you well.

Apologies  if this subject is rather off topic but it is in my opinion worth mentioning. Especially if you have some spurious cryptocurrency  in a wallet doing nothing. Follow the steps outlined below.

Step One: Set up an account with CoinBase for this you will need some form of photo identification and it will take a few days to complete.

Step Two: Set up an account with Revolut again you will need photo identification and you will have to send ten pounds via bank transfer to your new  account to ‘validate’ it. This is not a problem as you can immediately withdraw it after validation to your chosen bank account at no cost.

Make doubly sure that you use exactly the same name as you used to sign up with Coinbase. This is VERY important. I came rather unstuck at this point having used my full name on Coinbase and omitting my middle name on Revolut. It took a bit of sorting out with too and fro emails with tech support but I got there in the end.

Step Three:  The all important method of getting your BTC LTC ETH into your bank. Send your Cryptocurrency to your Coinbase account.

Sell your Cryptocurrency for Euros, a simple procedure that takes a few mouse clicks and seconds to complete. Then transfer / withdraw (send) your  Euros to your Revolut account. This is the only step of the way that will incur a fee one Euro for the exchange from cryptocurrency to Euros and 0.15 Euro for the withdrawal. It might take a few days for the transfer to complete you will receive an email telling you when to expect your funds and an onscreen message. Though most of the transfers I have made have completed within three or four hours so the transaction is lightly to be much quicker than the estimated funds arrival time.

Step Four: : Once your funds have arrived as Euros into your Revolut account exchange them for the Fiat currency of your choice and withdraw them, again at no cost to the bank of your choice.

There you have it, a method of converting cryptocurrencies into fiat currencies.

I hope this helps and if you have any questions please leave a comment below.

 

 

 

Best Sellers Air Conditioners

Yes it’s hot, it’s very hot, well it is at the moment.

So I thought now would be an opportune moment to give you a list of the best selling Air Conditioners from Amazon.

The UK is in the grip of an heatwave as we speak. (If you’re reading this in the future in mid winter then all bets are off.)

So of course you need some relief from the sweltering oppressive heat.

Air-con or air conditioners are the way to go.

Here are just a few of the best selling ones available on the market right now. Although they are selling out quickly.

 

Challenge 5 Litre Air Cooler

Challenge 5 Litre Air Cooler

Can you not just feel the breeze?

How are you coping with the heat? Comments below please.

Cordless Pole Hedge Trimmer Review

Your main advantage with a Cordless Hedge Trimmer, or any cordless tool for that matter is electrical safety. There is zero chance of cutting an attached power cable, as there are no cables attached. You also are not tethered by a cable which means you can move freely around your garden getting to all those hard to reach places that were beyond your reach with a traditional corded hedge trimmer. Add a pole to your hedge trimmer and you eliminate yet another safety aspect of hedge trimming, namely climbing ladders (with all the perils that entails) to again reach those hard to reach places.

With an 18 volt hedge trimmer you will get about 35 minutes run time and with a weight of approximately 4.2 kg (9.25 lb in English money approx.) the hedge trimmer is no too heavy to handle. Add a pole and you can reach about 2.3m (again about 7ft 6in in English money).

Challenge - Cordless Pole - Hedge Trimmer - 18V

Challenge – Cordless Pole – Hedge Trimmer – 18V

Ninja Kitchen Touchscreen Blender Kitchen System

The Ninja Kitchen touchscreen  and kitchen systems are a range of blenders and food processors with the ninja ‘intellisense’ smart programs and touchscreen controls. These programs take the guesswork out of creating the perfectly processed ingredients time after time with consistent results.

Make all sorts of meal preparations a breeze without having to resort to knife skills.  You can make anything from sweet to savory, mixing chopping or blending.

Ninja 1000W Multi-Serve Touchscreen Blender – CT610UK

Ninja 1000W Multi-Serve Touchscreen Blender – CT610UK

Featuring our brand new intuitive LED touchscreen, the contemporary Ninja Multi-Serve Touchscreen Blender offers precise, controlled blending with professional results. Packed with cutting-edge blending technology, it’s easier than ever to follow your...

£99.99

Nutri Ninja - Black Multi-Serve Touchscreen Blender Ct610uk

Nutri Ninja - Black Multi-Serve Touchscreen Blender Ct610uk

Featuring Ninja's brand new LED touchscreen display and intuitive soft-touch controls, the contemporary Ninja multi-serve touchscreen blender offers precise, controlled blending with professional results. Packed with cutting-edge blending technology,...

£100.00

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USB Turntables Vinyl Record Recording Converters.

So you have an expansive vinyl collection and you would like to convert your collection to a digital format so that you can listen to your favorite music via your portable music player, or just for the simplicity and convenience of having your music available whenever you require and wherever you are situated at that particular moment moment in time.

The answer would be a USB turntable. Right?

Well it’s not quite as simple as that. It will work but there are pitfalls.

First up, do not waste your money on a cheap USB turntable. The cheaper turntables have an awful sound quality replication.

The Sony PSLX300 would be a good choice.

USB Output The USB Output means you can easily convert vinyls to mp3, enabling music lovers to add vintage records to their digital music library. High-quality belt drive system ; The Sony PSLX300 uses a high quality belt drive which operates at low noise levels and allows for smooth playback. Diamond Stylus ; Diamond Stylus ensures superb sound reproduction when copying via USB, or simply playing back your favourite vinyl records. 45 rpm speed turntable. Line out socket to connect to any amplifier. USB port for connection with external devices. General information Size of main unit H9.5, W42, D36cm.

Best Price: £119.99 from Argos

Second it is going to take you a long time to do the conversion from vinyl to digital, if you have a large vinyl collection. For example fifty minutes of vinyl is going to still take fifty minutes to record and convert. Multiply that by the amount of albums you have and you can see this is a time intensive proposition. So it’s probably a good idea to set aside regular ‘recording’ sessions.

That said once you have converted your favorite ‘sounds’ which inevitably you will convert first, you will begin to discover music in your collection that you had forgotten about. This alone is worth the time invested and the money spent on equipment.

Once you have converted your precious ‘sounds’ into  a digital format and made a secure backup of the media. You may wish to sell your vinyl  to free up some space or simply to release some tied up capital.
I would suggest using ebay as a platform to sell your vinyl, if of course you can bear to part with it.


What are your views or experiences with USB Turntables?

Exercise Bike or Cross Trainer.

Exercise is important for your health and well being.
One way to get some much needed exercise without leaving the comfort of your own home is to purchase some form of exercise equipment.
A couple of good choices are either a cross trainer or an exercise bike.

This two in one Roger Black cross trainer and exercise bike is a fantastic way to lose weight and get in shape. Both exercises are low impact, so are kind on your joints - unlike jogging - and they both provide a great cardiovascular workout which is crucial to burning calories and shifting those unwanted pounds. Manual resistance system. Hand grip and wireless pulse sensor. Console feedback: speed, time, distance, pulse, calories, odometer and scan. 8 level tension control. 6kg flywheel. 26 inch stride length. Maximum user weight 125kg (19st 10lb). General information: Batteries required 2 x AA (included) . Size H110, W72, D165cm. Weight 45kg. Transportation wheels. Self-assembly.

Best Price: £249.99 from Argos


I personally use an exercise bike.

It is convenient having the exercise bike in my home-office and was not too expensive to purchase.

I use my exercise bike on a regular basis at least once a day. You don’t have to do a cycle marathon to feel the benefits, little and often seems to be the best option for me.  I have found it is possible to actually do some work whilst peddling, writing on a tablet for instance, but I prefer to listen to the local radio station or maybe a podcast.

Do you own an exercise bike or any other sort of fitness equipment?

Desk Fan Summer in the Office.

Hot town, summer in the city,
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty …
As sung by  The Lovin’ Spoonful  £0.99

No sorry I’m afraid it’s ‘summer in the office’ the symptoms are the same but the outcome is different.  Sitting at your desk with not a breeze to be found.

Make your life more comfortable and tolerable in the steaming hot summer weather with a desk fan.

Cool your home or office space without costing the Earth with this Bionaire high performance desk fan. The eco-friendly DC motor uses 63% less energy than a traditional AC fan whilst still providing a powerful air flow to keep your environment cool and comfortable. A variable speed dial gives you full control of the air flow while the LED indicator shows your chosen speed. The quiet operation makes it ideal for desk or table-top use, at home or the office. 3 speed settings. Adjustable tilt. Oscillating. Suitable for freestanding. Size H48, W34, D26cm. Manufacturers 3 year parts and labour guarantee. Minimal assembly.

Best Price: £39.99 from Argos

Another alternative is to have an handy USB powered desk fan if you don’t have easy access to a mains power socket.

 

Resistant Starch Have your Pasta and Eat It

In a previous post I showed you how to make your own pasta with a food processor.

Pasta Making Machine
Pasta Making Machine

This post will explain how with the aid of resistant starch you can have your pasta and eat it in moderation of course.

Pasta, white bread and white rice, contain ample amounts of  carbs and as we all know too many carbohydrates are bad for the waistline.

Now what if you could have your carbs and eat them almost guilt free?

A partial answer is resistant starch.

The trick is to cook your pasta or rice and then  cool it and reheat it making very sure that rice in particular is piping hot all the way through.

This process alters the structure of the rice or pasta and turns it into resistant starch, which is much harder for your body to break down and so making your body treat the food more like a fiber food.  Keeping you feeling fuller for longer. This process also works for baked potatoes.

Pasta Eggs Flour

The trick with sliced white bread is to freeze it first and toast it from frozen this will also alter the structure of the bread and make it more like a fiber food.

If you found this post about Resistant Starch and carbohydrates useful then please leave a comment below.

 

Buying a Stand Mixer an essential kitchen appliance

The stand mixer is an essential kitchen appliance that every home chef can use to enhance and expand their recipe repertoire.

A Stand mixer can whip up lots of healthy treats for you and your family.

From  pancake  batter, homemade pizza dough, muffins, biscuit dough, dressings, dips, homemade mayonnaise, meringues, whipped cream or egg whites, quick breads,  lemon meringue pie, chocolate mousse to velvety smooth cake mixes, the stand mixer Dash and Go will astound you with its versatility and when not in use its small footprint makes for easy storage in the smallest of kitchens.

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Do you have a favorite stand mixer recipe that you would like to share?

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