Sir Stirling Moss died at 90


Sir Stirling Moss, born 17 September 1929 died 12 April 2020 at age 90

An Obituary in the Guardian discribes his greatest victory in my opinion:

In 1955 Moss won the Mille Miglia, the gruelling time trial around 1,000 miles of Italian public roads, in a Mercedes 300SLR sports car (see photo of the 2019 Mille Miglia Rally Edition). During two reconnaissance runs his co-driver, the journalist Denis Jenkinson, prepared a set of pace notes that were inscribed on a roll of paper, held on a spindle inside a small aluminium box. As they charged from Brescia to Rome and back, Jenkinson scrolled through the notes and shouted instructions to the driver. They completed the course in 10 hours and seven minutes, at an average speed of 97.95mph – a record that stands in perpetuity, since the race was abandoned after several spectators were killed two years later.

After my retirement as a hotelier I’ve fallen in love with The Marche region in Italy. The Mille Miglia rally edition passes through The Marche annually in May (albeit it has been postponed until Oktober this year because of the pandemic). Three times thusfar I’ve photographed a day of passing the historic cars. I love it!

I wrote about the 1955 race of Mr Moss already in 2018

Happy Easter!

Re using some old photo’s.
Curious if you can pinpoint the year of first use.
In these dire corona times we need some fun of an Easter Bunny inducing the little one to take a bubbly sip…


With as result the chicks can sleep through the rest of the day!

Old News: Marriott Acquired Starwood

I must have been under the rocks not noting one of the biggest mergers in Hotel History – 4 years ago – whereby Marriott Acquired Starwood for 0.8 of its own shares and $21,- in cash per starwood share.
and

became

 

From the Marriott press release:

At closing {ed: Mid 2016} Starwood stockholders will receive 0.8 shares of Marriott common stock plus $21.00 in cash for each share of Starwood common stock.

As previously announced, the parties have cleared the pre-merger antitrust review in the United States and Canada and multiple other jurisdictions. The transaction remains on track to close mid-2016 pending completion of Starwood’s planned divestiture of its timeshare business expected on or around April 30, 2016, obtaining remaining regulatory approvals, including in the European Union and China, and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

Lazard and Citigroup are serving as financial advisors to Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Deutsche Bank Securities is the financial advisor to Marriott International. Cravath, Swaine & Moore is serving as legal counsel to Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is serving as legal counsel to Marriott International on the transaction.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,300 properties in approximately 100 countries and approximately 188,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences under the renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®,Tribute Portfolio™, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, Element®, along with an expanded partnership with Design Hotels™. The company also boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®).

Dogs are Welcome!

A friend posted this memo on FB. Origin The Nutters Club NZ:

Dogs are welcome in this hotel!
We never had a dog that smoked in bed and set a fire to the blankets.
We never had a dog that stole our towels and played the T.V too loud or had a noisy fight with his travel companion.
We never had a dog that got drunk and broke up the furniture…
So if your dog can vouch for you, you’re welcome too!

Twitter Twelve

Last Friday, March 13, I was told it was my twelfth Twitter anniversary. And I got a nice 12 picture. Better to post about that here than let it float out of sight on Twitter. Twitter is a nice communication tool, but it lacks the searcheability of a blog. However it is a nice tool to hone your arguments in some discussions. Usually I spend one or two times a day some minutes on it.