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The History of Bentley – 1910-1929

In 1912, W. O. Bentley and H. M. Bentley began in the car business as sales concession for three cars, these three cars were the Buchet, La Licorne and the Doriot, Flandrin and Parant known in short as D.F.P. The D. F. P. was built to be a racing machine, and W. O. Bentley designed all new aluminum alloy pistons for it. Because of his success, Rolls-Royce and Sunbeam also adopted the pistons. These pistons also began use in aircraft engines.

Bentley Motors, Limited was created in 1919  and saw its last days under its original conception in 1931. This original company, though short lived, had a very colorful, fast paced time in history. With racing successes and financial failures, this company had its ups and downs. This original company was owned by two brothers, W. O. and H. M. Bentley. W. O. Bentley was the mastermind behind the engineering and was a very accomplished race car driver. He was also the face of the company, while his brother stayed in the back ground and handled the business management side of things.

After World War I, Bentley wanted to make a car that was to completely satisfy all of his desires of a car. This car would need to be stately on the road but savage on the track, a totally stock car that could race on a track. These new cars not only raced, they won races, this put them in demand and sales followed. The cars were often completed just in time for their delivery. Soon people were pushing for a Le Mans victory. In 1923, a 3 liter Bentley competed in the La Mans, it finished in fourth place but it also recorded the fastest lap time for that race.

Though in 1924 Bentley came home with a hard earned trophy, they still were having financial difficulties. Bentleys were expensive vehicles and people were hesitant to drive them for this reason. People believed that since the car was so fast, it also would be hard to control. In 1926, the company got a reprieve when millionaire Woolf Barnato purchased controlling stock in the company and became the managing director. In 1927, Bentley took the dubious honor of the strangest accident in that tracks history as all of the competing Bentleys ended up in an accident with one another. One of the Bentleys, though beaten and tattered, went back out on the race track and sped through the night at speeds over 90 miles per hour.

In the dawning of the new day, the big, tough green car, tattered though it was, drove to final victory. In honor of this valiant car, it was parked in it’s battered state in the elegant dining room of the Savoy in London and was the guest of honor at the celebration dinner. After an illustrious career on the track, Bentley retired from racing in order to produce elegant passenger cars of exceptional detail and an enormous engine. Even with this, in 1931, Bentley Motors LTD faded into history as its assets were bought up by Rolls-Royce who then began producing Bentleys. As time went on, the Bentley became less and less of an individual and more and more a copy of the Rolls Royce of the time. Today, the Bentley differs from the Rolls Royce only in it’s own radiator grill.

Recently, VW has come into possession of the venerable Bentley name and to their credit, they are continuing in the old Bentley tradition with the car in general and La Mans racing in particular. The Bentley brothers would be proud to know that Rolls Royce is no longer in control of their namesake vehicles.

This article was written by Tom Sangers on behalf of Romans International who are a Aston Martin Dealership and also a Bentley Dealership.

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Emily Strange

Emily the Strange and her cats.

Emily the Strange (sometimes written as Emily Strange) is a fictional counterculture character created by Rob Reger and his company Cosmic Debris Etc. Inc.



Emily the Strange first appeared on a sticker, a freebie distributed at concerts, record stores and skate shops to promote Cosmic Debris, the clothing line founded by skateboarder Rob Reger and racecar driver Matt Reed. Reger’s friend Nathan Carrico designed Emily in 1991 for Santa Cruz Skateboards in Santa Cruz, California, where Cosmic Debris was born. In his Santa Cruz garage (and later an artist warehouse in San Francisco) Reger created the designs and with Matt Reed brought them into the fashion world by creating t-shirt designs that captured the essence of this mysterious young girl with 4 black cats. Since then, Cosmic Debris has grown into a multi-million dollar firm with dozens of employees. Cosmic Debris has most recently moved its operations to Berkeley, California, and plans to open an Emily retail store there soon. With the momentum of mainstream success, several comics about Emily have also been made. Key creative people over the years (designers, graphic artists, illustrators), who have worked with Reger’s Cosmic Debris design house are Buzz Parker, Brian Brooks, Grace Fontaine, Liz Baca, Noel Tolentino, Fawn Gehweiler, Jessica Gruner, Adele Pedersen and Nicomi “Nix” Turner. Rob Reger remains the key creative force behind the brand, and Buzz Parker is the key illustrator for the comic books and Web site. Buzz Parker runs from his offices in Arcata, California.


Controversy regarding character origins


Although the Emily the Strange character dates from 1991, the 1978 children’s book Nate the Great and the Lost List features a similar young girl, named Rosamond. Like Emily, Rosamond has long black hair and a short black dress, white mary jane shoes and four black cats of different sizes, and is frequently described as “strange”. In particular, the text of Nate the Great introduces Rosamond: “Rosamond did not look hungry or sleepy. She looked like she always looks. Strange.” An early Emily the Strange sticker has the text: “Emily did not look tired or happy. She looked like she always looks. Strange.” Multiple sources have noted this overlap.


Rob Reger has commented on the issue, explaining in part: “Although the designs and worlds of Rosamond and Emily are different and readily distinguishable, and although we never received any complaints from the author, the artist, or the publisher, we phased out the original skateboard design upon learning of the Rosamond character, and worked with the creative team to further distinguish Emily and her universe. Regarding copyright law, there is legally nothing wrong with sharing or implementing a unique variation on a concept. I have never drawn inspiration from the Nate the Great series or Rosamond.1]
In December 2008, the original creator of Rosamond, Marc Simont, told LA Times that he was recently made aware of Emily the Strange and has consulted with his legal team.
Emily also bears a resemblance to the character Reiko of the internet comic Contemplating Reiko, though this has not been considered plagiarism. 




Emily is a 13-year-old (birthday: 9/23) of exceptionally pale complexion. She has jet black hair, and wears a black dress and black tights, set off by large white Mary Jane shoes. She has a dark, gothic world view.
Accompanying Emily are her four black cats. Sabbath, who is distinguished by a scar on his left ear, is the troublemaker of the four and rarely seen close up and also says dude a lot. Nee-Chee, who has a black and white striped tail, is the schemer. The creative cat, Miles, has a white X on his right eye. Mystery, the leader of the group, has a white star on her right eye. Because she is the leader, she is the closest to Emily.




The franchise has a considerable merchandising catalog, including clothing, stationery, stickers, and accessories, all featuring Emily’s distinctive appearance and frequently featuring one of her sayings (such as a beach-towel emblazoned with “Wish You Weren’t Here”). Emily the Strange fashion is popular and attractive in the Goth subculture with young adults and teenagers.[citation needed]




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The Worlds Best Hotels for Groups

London, UK (PRWEB) January 15, 2015

Servicing the best in online group travel, and announces the company’s 2014 top 50 group and meeting friendly hotels. These prominent hotel partners were selected based on continuously exceeding the expectations of group clientele by delivering excellent customer care, attractive group pricing, and earning numerous positive post-stay reviews. Ranging from luxury properties to affordable lodging accommodations, each of these top-ranked hotels around the world are rewarded for their commitment towards delivering the best service and value for group bookings.

Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner and, stated, “We are excited to honor the top hotels in the world who understand how to deliver outstanding value to group travelers. HotelPlanner and provide groups and event planners with a reliable resource to make informed and confident group booking decisions which make for a great stay and an overall memorable experience for any budget in any destination.”

The top 50 group-friendly hotels worldwide in the ranking include:


7stones Boracay Suites – Boracay Island, Philippines (3 Stars)

Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort – Phuket, Thailand (3 Stars)

Fiesta Resort Guam – Tumon, Guam (3 Stars)

Grand Nikko Bali – Nusa Dua, Indonesia (5 Stars)

Harbour Plaza North Point – Hong Kong, China (4 Stars)

Holiday Inn Beijing Focus Square – Beijing, China (3 Stars)

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay – Singapore (3 Stars)

Indigo Pearl – Phuket, Thailand (5 Stars)

JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China (5 Stars)

Prince Marco Polo Hotel – Kowloon, China (4 Stars)

Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu – Cebu, Philippines (4 Stars)

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort – Nusa Dua, Bali (5 Stars)


Best Western Plus Downtown Vancouver – Vancouver, BC, Canada (3 Stars)

Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls – Niagara Falls, ON, Canada (3 Stars)

Delta Barrington – Halifax, NS, Canada (4 Stars)    

Doubletree by Hilton – Toronto, ON, Canada (3 Stars)

Hilton Garden Inn Toronto City Centre – Toronto, ON, Canada (3 Stars)

Hilton Quebec – Quebec, QC, Canada (4 Stars)

Marriott Springhill Suites Old Montreal – Montreal, QC, Canada (3 Stars)

Quality Hotel Burlington – Burlington, ON, Canada (3 Stars)

Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview – Niagara Falls, ON, Canada (3 Stars)

Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown – Vancouver, BC, Canada (3 Stars)    


Dreams Sugar Bay St. Thomas – St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (3 Stars)

The Fairmont Hamilton Princess – Hamilton, Bermuda (4 Stars)    

The Fairmont Southampton Hotel – Southampton, Bermuda (4 Stars)    

Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa All Inclusive – Montego Bay, Jamaica (4 Stars)

Hotel Frances Santo Domingo – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (4 Stars)

Majestic Elegance Punta Cana Luxury All Inclusive – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (4 Stars)

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana All Inclusive – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (4 Stars)    


Doubletree by Hilton London Hyde Park – London, UK (4 Stars)

First Hotel Excelsior – Copenhagen, Denmark (3 Stars)

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon – Lisbon, Portugal (5 Stars)

Hotel Cascais Miragem – Cascais, Portugal (5 Stars)    

Hotel Donauwalzer – Vienna, Austria (3 Stars)

Ibis Muenchen City – Munich, Germany (2 Stars)

Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz – Berlin, Germany (4 Stars)

Radisson Blu Hotel Olumpia – Tallinn, Estonia (4 Stars)

The Poet Hotel Amsterdam Tryp by Wyndham – Amsterdam, Netherlands (2 Stars)

The Wesley – London, UK (4 Stars)

Tryp by Wyndham Sevilla Macarena Hotel – San Juan De Ribera, Seville, Spain (4 Stars)    


Aloft Cancun – Cancun, Mexico (4 Stars)

Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa Cabos – San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico (3 Stars)

Great Parnassus Resort & Spa All Inclusive – Cancun, Mexico (3 Stars)

Iberostar Cancun All Inclusive – Cancun, Mexico (3 Stars)

Presidente Intercontinental Mexico City – Mexico City, Mexico (4 Stars)

Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos all Inclusive Resort – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (4 Stars)

South America:

Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo – Sao Paulo, Brazil (5 Stars)

Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi – Sao Paulo, Brazil (5 Stars)

Holiday Inn Express Maceio Ponta Verde – Maceio, Brazil (3 Stars)

Sheraton Da Bahia Hotel Salvador – Salvador, Brazil (4 Stars)    

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Castaway Island Named Number One Resort In Fiji

Honolulu, HI (PRWEB) February 27, 2015

Idyllic Castaway Island Fiji has triumphed in both the AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards and Readers’ Choice Top 10 Awards announced by Holidays with Kids magazine (Australia).

The resort won four awards at the Excellence in Tourism Awards and was named Number One Family Resort in Fiji by Holidays with Kids magazine, Australia.

At the Excellence in Tourism Awards, Castaway Island Fiji won best deluxe accommodation. Its 1808 restaurant received the best fine dining accolade, its second consecutive win.

The island’s Executive Chef Lance Seeto received the award for best back of house performance. Lingo Reece of Castaway Island and Eunice Molia of South Sea Cruises shared the award for the best front of house performance.

Castaway Island Fiji General Manager Steven Andrews said he was both proud and humbled by the recognition.

“The Castaway family of hosts are the secret to our achievement and our continued success. They are the cornerstone of our culture. Their commitment to providing the best quality service and memorable holiday experiences to our guests has been fittingly rewarded,” he said.

Australian born Executive Chef Lance Seeto said winning two awards for culinary excellence vindicated his philosophy that the local produce, culture, history and flavours could match or exceed the best the world has to offer.

With soft white sand replacing polished floorboards, the stars and moon replacing the chandeliers, and cooling tropical winds in place of air conditioning, 1808 is a barefoot, tactile experience that diners can see, feel, hear, smell and taste.

“I am also humbled by my personal award for back of house in recognition of the activities and programs that extend beyond my kitchen that benefit our guests,” he said.

In naming Castaway Island the number one resort in Fiji, Holidays with Kids said the privacy of the island seemed to have enchanted many Holidays with Kids families.

“Guests here are wrapped up by the warmth of the local staff members, supremely comfortable in air-conditioned accommodation (its Family Beach Bure is right upon the sand and sleeps up to 10) and endlessly engaged by water sports, a kids’ club that is intentionally ‘unplugged’, and myriad other island joys,” the magazine said.

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