Dear Editor,Immediately after the last major cricket tournament in the Caribbean, a video clip went viral. It showed a frustrated news announcer saying, “Same (expletive) again! Like I fed up”.This is how I feel when I hear ex-AFC member Timothy Jonas parroting the AFC mantra under a new party symbol. It was quite appropriate that he used the announcement of an alliance with the Fed-Up party to do so, for I am fed-up of ANUG and listening to its Chairman’s twisted perspective of Guyanese.Being a dual-citizen and being ineligible to sit in our Parliament must come with the freedom to spout without thought or worry about consequence.Jonas is seeking the votes of Guyanese who are not ‘racial’. He says these number about 35,000, and asserts boldly that all who vote for the two large established parties do so based on ethnicity only.Jonas offers nothing to show he is not racial, other than his statement that he is not. Can he say if he ever voted for any of the big two? And if, as he asserts, those who do so are racially motivated, how does he reconcile that with ANUG’s Presidential Candidate, who was a former executive member of the PPP?Did Jonas have a conversation with Ralph Ramkarran that has led him to believe that Ramkarran was racist and has now reformed?I hope this demonstrates the fallacy of the theory that voting is done only along racial lines. Jonas is hoping to attract votes, and then play kingmaker in Parliament as AFC did when they caused the Amaila Falls Hydro Project to he abandoned. The next time you get a blackout, think about where we could have been with a more abundant and cheaper power supply.Jonas declares boldly that they will not win the election, but hope to “broker for policies and reforms”, and to “play significant roles on state boards and commissions”. Jonas dreams of using one seat in Parliament by garnering five thousand votes. He is an aspiring ‘Lord-of-the-Rings’ one-ring to control them all Wizard.It takes a strange sort of fellow to hold a press conference to announce an alliance of political parties when neither the other party nor his Presidential Candidate was in attendance. This level of non-commitment shows that they lack self-belief. Guyanese want decisive leadership by genuine people who have demonstrated care for the welfare of their fellow man. recycled Kingmakers need not apply.Guyana has a large, multi-ethnic party, the PPP/C, which gets the majority of its traditional support in rural areas, but as recent local government elections results show, voters in Georgetown have made a decisive shift towards the PPP/C. The PPP/C dominates in 8 of the 10 Regions in Guyana, and has made big inroads into Regions 4 and 10. The constitutional reform desired by ANUG to move to constituency representation “to give the small parties a chance” would be anti-democratic, as it would consign the PNC to opposition forever, regardless of whom they coalesce with. Our present system is the fairest, given our population densities and spread.Jonas and others are open to alliances with men like Robert Badal. Have there been any inducements from the money-man? Is this all an elaborate AFC redux, or are they willing to join with anyone in furtherance of power-broking? Is that not what the AFC did? Were the results not disastrous? Did Jonas not learn from his previous mistakes, or did the Senior Counsel snub cut too deeply?Jonas can label Guyanese as racist and insult at will, but we all know the saying: ‘Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me’. Jonas needs to come clean on all these questions, especially the rumours that a coalition fund is being used by Badal to induce others to join him.Looking at all that is being said and done by all parties, big and small, I am further convinced that I have made the right shift with a move into the PPP/C. No pre-election promises to share ministerial portfolios, only a promise to work hard for the betterment of all Guyanese.Looking at Jonas, all I can say is, “I fed-up of ANUG; is the same S*&% again!Yours truly,Quacy Monroe
By Bisi KlahIntroductionFarming, fishing and hunting were the major traditional providers of food in Africa. Unlike hunting for other wildlife, the emphasis on snail is less, more remote or even absent. Like mushrooms, snails are picked in the wild mostly by women and children.Influence of the principal external factorsA certain number of factors exert influence on snails and they are: (1) Temperature, which governs the activity of the snail. Very low or very high temperature leads to hibernation or estivation respectively. Snails require an average of 200C with a range of 70C to 280C. Humidity is when the snail is not in active life, except during the periods of rain or dew, whereas dryness (drought) induces its sleep (dormancy). Snails must constantly fight against dryness. Its preferential relative humidity is found between 75 and 95% (day 75%, night 95%). (2) Light: this has an influence on the behavior of the snail and on its activity. Light and photoperiodism have a great importance on the reproduction functions as well as on the growth. Photoperiod conditions are the maturation of gametes through the mechanisms which are tied to endocrine and neuro-endocrine factors. The photoperiod (per day) is about 16 to 18 hours for reproduction (long period); 16 hours for nursery growing (medium or long period); 12 to 18 hours favor the young; but combined flocks require 16 to 18 hours and light intensity is 7 to 10 watt/m2 of building space; (3) The last but most important factor is wind. When the wind is humid, snail does not withstand wind as this activates evaporation and dehydrates.Each of these parameters (heating, humidification lighting, and isolation) affects the life of the snail directly. They are all to be taken into consideration. Neglecting one will mean compromising the success of the farm.HousingThe simplest snail farming is based on collection from the wild (favored by the presence of forests and woody savannah). The snails are then placed in parks (runs), where they are fattened. Snail culture is not a perfect farming as there is still predation on the wild snails. It is essential to achieve all the biological cycle outside, by feeding the snails (planted vegetables in the parks, supplements and by controlling their predators). The divers’ natural phases (laying, incubation, hatching, growth…), occur normally within fenced areas. This technique is recommended in Italy. The combined method involving the reproduction (mating and laying) and the starting of the young in the nursery is carried out in confinements (of controlled temperature and humidity). The fattening, on the other hand, is done in open parks. This system allows for the acceleration of rotations and not to continually loot nature. Snailery infrastructure is a function of the available vegetation, space and funds. Moreover, if the farmer can participate meaningfully in the construction of the housing (in turn for his skills and time), the investment can still reduce. In tropical countries, rearing in open parks seems the most profitable method. (Integrated snail farm in crop rotation). Snail droppings are conserved to serve as manure for the crop to be planted afterwards.Basic structures used for housing snails in the tropicsTanks (pens) – wooden or concrete. Ideal dimension for ease of handling is 150 cm long x 40 cm deep. The tanks are placed under a roof and no wall. It is essential that snaileries are surrounded by a water trench (against soldier ants).Baskets – local or plastic baskets of 60 cm diameter nested with substrate and covered with permeable/porous sheets. Baskets are placed on racks whose legs are rooted in small tins containing waste engine oil against termite and ant infestation.Parks (Runs) – these are of small dimensions (4 – 10m2) of rectangular form. Side protections are of wire mesh size appropriate for a snail. The recommended dimensions are:Length = 3.5 – 6.5 m; Breadth = 1.2 – 1.5 m; Height of wire mesh protection = 0.40 – 0.50 m.The feeders are placed under dwarf sheds (0.30m) against rain. Plantains serve as shade trees in the park. Depending on the type of structure, it is essential to have a substrate of 5 – 15 cm thick (based on the production objective and snail size).Density (Floor space Allowance)The recommended densities are as shown below: Breeders: 20 – 25/m2. Finishers: 50/m2.Growers: 100/m2. Starters: 150/m2. Feeding and Growth.Snail is a phytophagous animal, which eats different green vegetables. The husbandry should be organized to greatly resort to local plants in the feed in a way to transform this plant biomass into animal protein. Snail has nocturnal feeding habits. They are active at night as well as during cloudy days or during morning rains to search for their food. It is possible that the African Snails enter into estivation if the ambient conditions become unfavorable notably by the reduction in the degree of the humidity of the air.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –
Around the horn Pedro Martinez threw a baseball Wednesday for the first time since rotator cuff surgery last October. Bob Feller, at 88 the second-oldest living member of baseball’s Hall of Fame, was unhurt in a minor car accident at the Indians’ complex Tuesday. Mike Piazza had a bag of ice wrapped around his left arm and was held out of Oakland’s game against the Cubs on Wednesday, a day after being hit by a pitch. Giants 1B Ryan Klesko will miss the next week of spring training with a strained muscle in his left side. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Even a dik-dik, a furry little antelope, ended up on Wells’ dinner plate after he “double-lunged it” from 30 yards with his bow. “That was probably one of the best-eating things I had,” he said. “It doesn’t sound good. Cute little suckers, too.” Wells sounded enthralled with the trip. “It was scary, though,” he added. Boomer frightened? This is a man, after all, who’s gotten into his share of trouble on both coasts, learned to play baseball by playing catch with members of the Hells Angels in a rough-edged San Diego neighborhood and said in a book that he had a “skull-rattling hangover” when he pitched a perfect game for the Yankees in 1998. “Yeah man, you don’t know if you walk around a tree and there’s a lion coming right at you,” Wells said after throwing a bullpen session this week. “There’s a lot of things that can go wrong over there. A lot of things.” David Wells, a former resident of the Bronx Zoo and one of baseball’s notable party animals, came away from a three-week African safari with a sense of awe, a rare admission that he was scared and a full stomach. “Ostrich was phenomenal. Warthog was outstanding. A little different taste, but it’s really good,” the San Diego Padres’ southpaw said while recounting his trip. “Hardebeest, wildebeest, gazelle, all that stuff. Very, very tasty. It’s just the zebra you don’t want to eat. We shot them for bait. For lions.” Associated Press Lions and leopards and Boomer, oh my.
WELL if you are going to get married, you might as well do it in style – and in the heat!Congratulations to Anjo Duffy from Letterkenny on his marriage to Katieanne Mein from New York.The couple tied the knot in beautiful Cancun, Mexico. And they are pictured here with the proud and happy Duffy family.Enjoy. TO MEXICO WITH LOVE: ANJO AND KATIEANNE SAY ‘WE DO’ was last modified: May 5th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:TO MEXICO WITH LOVE: ANJO AND KATIEANNE SAY ‘WE DO’
Amazing record Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material As a young man, he was never considered for selection to the Springbok teams of those times, but rather had to play his cricket in the South African Cricket Board of Control (Sacboc) organisation that catered to players of colour. The Sunday Times, on its Centenary Heritage Project website, gives some of the background to what became known as “the D’Oliveira Affair”: South African Prime Minister John Vorster reacted by declaring D’Oliveira unwelcome in South Africa. “It’s not the MCC team”, he declared. “It’s the team of the anti-apartheid movement.” D’Oliveira completed his career having played 41 Tests. He scored 2 484 runs at an average of 40.06, with five centuries and 15 fifties. He also captured 47 wickets at 39.55. Given that he had missed out on playing Test cricket in his prime, it was an amazing record. “On many occasions we had to sneak in and climb over fences to watch the games from the segregated enclosure. Basil used to dream of being able to play here – it’s a dream that was never realised.” Next up was an away series against the West Indies, early in 1968. D’Oliveira didn’t turn in his best showing in the five matches, scoring only 137 runs at an average of 27.4. He did a lot of bowling, but picked up only three wickets, even though he was economical. In June 1966, having qualified to play for England, D’Oliveira was chosen to face the West Indians in the second Test at the age of 34. He made a solid if unspectacular debut, scoring 27 before being run out, and returning figures of 1 for 24 and 1 for 46 with the ball in 39 overs. “Dolly”, as he was known, had nonetheless shown his abilities, quickly adapting to Test match cricket, and after a successful series he became a fixture in the England team for quite some time. D’Oliveira won belated recognition from his home country when he was chosen as one of the nominees for the title of South Africa’s Cricketer of the Century. D’Oliviera passed away on 19 November 2011 at the age of 80. Then the famous English cricket commentator John Arlott offered D’Oliveira a contract in the Central Lancashire League with Middleton, where he would replace the West Indian fast bowling legend Wes Hall. A local businessman raised money for his fare, and he was on his way to England and a new life as a professional cricketer. He contributed a fighting 88 in the fourth Test at Headingley, although England once again came a sorry second, losing by an innings and 55 runs. D’Oliveira was quietly efficient in the final Test as England turned the tables on the West Indies, winning by an innings and 34 runs to finish the series as 3-1 losers. Dolly was at Newlands in Cape Town when Graeme Pollock picked up the award – a guest of honour on the cricket ground he had never been given the opportunity to grace as a player. Against India next time out, he hit 109 in the first Test as England won by six wickets and went on to win the series three-nil. Facing Pakistan, he hit fifties in both innings of the first Test in a series that England won two-nil. Basil D’Oliveira never played for South Africa, yet was nominated one of the country’s cricketers of the 20th century. While it was England that benefited from D’Oliveira’s prowess with bat and ball, it was, ultimately, South Africa that was rewarded most by his actions on and off the field. ‘Dolly’ comes into his own He was, however, dropped for the second Test, but when Roger Prideaux withdrew from the team for the final Test, Dolly was given a recall, and he made a triumphant return. He grabbed his chance, hitting 158 as England took a 226-run victory to tie the series one-all. England then went on to New Zealand for two Tests, with Dolly scoring 100 in the first one and 58 and five in the second. After that performance, it was clear that D’Oliveira had sealed his spot in the England team to tour South Africa in 1968/69. However, he was not selected, as the MCC sought to avoid a political backlash from South Africa by naming a player of colour in their line-up. ‘The D’Oliveira Affair’ “‘Last Wednesday a group of Englishmen picked a cricket team and ended up doing this country a disservice of such magnitude that one could only feel a burning anger at their madness and a cold shame for their folly. The dropping of Basil D’Oliveira from the MCC team to tour SA has stirred such undercurrents throughout the world that no one but the impossibly naive can any longer think that politics and sport do not mix, never mind believe it.’” “When the MCC announced its squad on August 28, 1968, D’Oliveira was left out, despite scoring 158 in the final Test between England and the touring Australians at The Oval and taking crucial wickets. In 1956/57 and 1958/59 he had the opportunity of leading the South African Sacboc team against Kenya and East Africa. D’Oliveira excelled, scoring 447 runs at an average just shy of 56. Pakistan next visited England in 1971, and D’Oliveira enjoyed a fine series with the bat, making 241 runs at an average of 60.25. He was below-par in the three-Test series against India that followed, but was in better form for the visit of Australia in June 1972. That series, though, proved to be his swansong – he was just short of 41 at the time. Following a huge outcry, Tom Cartwright pulled out of the touring party and D’Oliveira was named in his place. D’Oliveira was born in 1931, a child of mixed race in a country that looked upon people of colour as second-class citizens. Thus, he was never given the opportunities that many lesser-talented white children were given. He was able to watch other countries touring South Africa – from the stand at Newlands cricket ground reserved for “Non-Europeans” – but playing against them remained a dream. Return to Newlands D’Oliveira, meanwhile, was back in action for his adopted country in June 1969, once again facing the West Indies, this time in a three-Test series. He followed that with a three-match series against New Zealand and then a seven-Test Ashes series Down Under in which he scored 369 runs at an average of 36.9, including 117 in the fifth Test at the MCG. “In August 1968, as the date for the announcement of the English touring team drew closer, the representative of a major South African tobacco company, Tienie Oosthuizen, offered D’Oliveira a car, a house, an allowance of £40 000 and a 10-year contract to coach black players in South Africa, provided he did not make himself available for the English tour to South Africa. D’Oliveira refused. South Africa’s loss, England’s gain The Sunday Times writes: “South Africa was excluded from the 1968 Tokyo Olympics, the 1970 South African cricket tour to England was cancelled and, in the same year, South Africa was expelled from the Olympic Movement. The country was isolated from official international sport for almost 25 years.” And early in 2007, the Sunday Times Centenary Heritage Project unveiled an artwork memorial at the ground to ensure a permanent place there for the lost son of South African cricket. However, his greatest contribution to cricket came about because he made the England team, forced his way into the squad to tour South Africa in 1968/69 – and refused all enticements to back out of it. The repercussions of Prime Minister Vorster’s decision to prevent D’Oliveira entering South Africa were huge, irreversible – and ultimately good both for South Africa and the game of cricket. Back in England, it was time for a five-Test Ashes series. The Aussies crushed England by 159 runs in first Test as England crumbled in their second innings, despite D’Oliveira’s top scoring effort of 87 not out. “The British journalist Michael Parkinson wrote in the London Sunday Times: In the third Test, his second, D’Oliveira came into his own, scoring 76 and 54, while capturing 2 for 51 and 2 for 77 at Trent Bridge, even though the West Indies cantered to a 139-run victory. South Africa withdrew its invitation, the tour was cancelled – and the country was set irreversibly on the path to international isolation. After taking some time to adjust to the conditions, D’Oliveira thrived and forced his way into the Worcestershire county team – after he had lopped three years off his age because he might not have been given a chance had the county known his true age. When he played his first full season in the county championship he was already 34, yet he performed brilliantly, even though most players would be considered over the hill by that stage of their careers. It was a dream, however, that D’Oliveira would not let go of. Family spokesman Frank Brache, whose sister is married to D’Oliveira, said at the unveiling of the memorial: “The D’Oliveira family is very grateful for this honour. It is just such a pity that Basil, who lives in the UK and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease now, will not be able to appreciate it himself. D’Oliveira learnt the game on matting wickets and quickly became a star of Sacboc cricket. Yet, thanks to aparteid, he could never test his talent against the best cricketers in the world.
27 January 2014A flood of young, black talent from throughout KwaZulu-Natal and around South Africa is set to descend on the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon as the sport’s development programmes continue to make a big impact. The 120-kilometre marathon takes place between Pietermaritzburg and Durban from 13 to 15 February.In the past canoeing had been seen by many as a sport for the elite, but those times are gone and the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Sport and Recreation has signed on as a major sponsor of the event, which includes providing support for paddlers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.Provincial Sport and Recreation Minister Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha believes events such as the Dusi are important for the province.‘A major sporting event’“The Dusi Canoe Marathon is a major sporting event in the province and it is key for us to maintain it as an event,” Sibhidla-Saphetha said in a statement on Friday.“With it being such an important event, it draws in people from all over the country and even overseas, which turns the spotlight onto the province, something that is beneficial for us from both an economic and tourism point of view.”Drawing people to Pietermaritzburg and Durban for the event is an element that the Department of Sport and Recreation felt they needed to manage and promote and that has formed an important part of their relationship with the iconic race.Maximising economic growth“Pietermaritzburg and Durban are popular cities in the province when it comes to hosting major sporting events,” Sibhidla-Saphetha said. “With a three-day event, the amount of people that pass through both centres is increased significantly and maximising the economic growth from the influx of people is important for us as a department.”The department has not only taken on the role of being a major sponsor for the event but, by sponsoring this year’s race, they have also shown confidence in the numerous development initiatives that have been set up to encourage canoeing development throughout the province.‘Really encouraged’“We have been really encouraged by what we have seen in terms of development,” Sibhidla-Saphetha said. “There are a number of people that have grabbed the opportunity to spread the sport to the previously disadvantaged and we find that hugely positive.”A number of development initiatives have been set up around the province to help young people get involved in the sport of canoeing with the MEC praising the efforts of the Natal Canoe Club, the organisers of the Dusi, after the canoeing giants recently formed a strong squad of emerging paddlers.‘Making it accessible’“We really need to thank the Natal Canoe Club for what they have done for the development of canoeing. They have taken on the development of a number of paddlers and have gone a long way in taking the sport from a previously elite sport to making it accessible for everyone,” she said.Since the Natal Canoe Club Development Academy started in April 2013, over 2 000 children have been introduced to the sport. The club has also expanded its programme from its home at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to two other sites, at Henley and Hopewell.Now into its 63rd year of existence, the Dusi Canoe Marathon stands as one of South Africa’s most iconic sporting events staged within and is regarded by many as one of the most prestigious canoeing event in the world.“It was important for us to be involved in one of the major events in the province and it is also vital that we give these young people the opportunity to experience being a part of such an important event,” Sibhidla-Saphetha said.‘Building social cohesion’“The sport, as all sports do, provides young people with a form of discipline and being able to work towards something is hugely important for them and for us. It goes a long way in building social cohesion in the province.”SAinfo reporter
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When Usain Bolt arrived on the stage- well, that’s what London’s Olympic Stadium was for the Jamaican Express- the stadium announcer quite appropriately called him the “World’s Fastest Travelling Show”. What else can you call him anyway? On Thursday night, if one needed to see a champion become a legend, Bolt did exactly that as he clocked a season best 19.32 seconds to seal the 200m race. In that process, the Jamaican became the first man to win the 100m and 200m races in two back-to-back Olympics.Focus is what any trainer or coach would tell a runner minutes before an Olympic final. Not Bolt. He had time for everything else.He flirted with a lady carrying his starting block into the stadium; he had a chat with young team-mate and rival Yohan Blake; he then waved as if he was about to make a statement.And then Bolt ran past the field and became a blur.Race over, Bolt stopped, turned around to greet the man coming in second, and showed he still had a lot of gas left in him by doing 10 push-ups. He then kissed the track, grabbed a photographer’s camera and clicked pictures.Next, he decided to go around doing high fives and posed in his traditional style, much to the delight of people with cameras- professionals and amateurs!At the end of it all, as Bolt went up and collected his second Olympic gold medal at the London Olympics and the fifth of his career, the giant electronic scoreboard read:advertisement1. Jamaica. 2. Jamaica. 3. Jamaica.American fans and journalists could not believe it. This big man Bolt and his fellow Jamaicans had blown away a huge tradition that American sprinters had built up over the years.And when Carl Lewis spoke about the ugly dope word, it only reflected the frustration of the Americans, who have only an old legacy to cling to.While retaining the sprint double, Bolt also equalled the 200m time clocked by Michael Johnson in 1996 at Atlanta. But then Bolt took it easy in the last 20 metres, almost to ensure that he didn’t go too far ahead of the rest on Thursday night.The most striking thing about Bolt is his enormous size. At six feet and five inches, each giant stride he makes eats metres of the track and is a treat to watch.Even on the bend, when you would imagine the laws of physics demand the runner slows down or makes adjustments to his running stride, Bolt is very different. And if in the 100m race, his reaction time to the starter’s gun was slow, there was no such trouble for him in the 200m.Most people would wait for the final dash to cover ground, but as this man had already won the race, he actually appeared to slow down! While all this is a sheer delight to watch, the ability to achieve feats like this on a fast track has to stem from sheer confidence.Before the race, Bolt indulged in a bit of showmanship. It’s his own way of confidence boosting, if he needs to do it. From television commentators to men in eighties who have watched former giants such as Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis, the debate has ended.Usain Bolt is now ‘The Greatest’.
Mark Hughes has been sacked as Southampton manager on Monday, after the club’s miserable start to the 2018/19 Premier League season where they have managed only win so far.The Welshman was rewarded with a three-year contract in May but has struggled to improve the team’s form this campaign.”Southampton Football Club can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes,” they said in a statement.#SaintsFC can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes.Full statement: pic.twitter.com/EisJf8c2gb Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 3, 2018Hughes’s assistant Mark Bowen and first-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left the club.Southampton are 18th in the standings having lost seven out of their 14 matches and they squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Manchester United on Saturday to take their winless run to 10 games.In eight months at Southampton, former Wales, Manchester City and Stoke City boss Hughes managed only five victories in 27 games in all competitions.Their only league win this season came against Crystal Palace in September.Before Saturday’s draw with United, Southampton had lost 3-2 at fellow relegation-threatened side Fulham and had been knocked out of the League Cup by Leicester City on penalties.First-team assistant coach Kelvin Davis will lead the team for Wednesday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.Southampton said they had begun the search for a new manager, with Hughes’s successor set to be the club’s fourth boss in two years.Since Ronald Koeman left to join Everton in 2016 Southampton have also fired Claude Puel and Mauricio Pellegrino.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)Also read | Tottenham fan throws banana peel on Arsenal’s Aubameyang, gets arrestedAlso read | Manchester City win 3-1 vs Bournemouth, United draw at SouthamptonAlso read | Watford fans pay tribute to late Leicester owner. Vichai’s son responds to gesture
Most importantly, though, is that Bentley flourishes in cold weather. Just three years ago, the brand set the Ice Speed Record in the Continental Super Sports Convertible. The land of super-premium vehicles is littered with Sunday drivers and summertime sport cars, but thanks to its sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, the GT Speed really is the only car that can hang in the winter, too.With that in mind, we grabbed the keys to our Bentley GT Speed Coupe and Convertible, and we headed west from Denver, climbing higher and higher into the Rocky Mountains.MUST VISIT: The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor GulchWe decided to take our ski trip to the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch; a 185-room ski resort at Beaver Creek, voted one of the best hotels in the world by Travel and Leisure. It’s gold rated by Condé Nast and received a 4-star rating from Forbes. With its brand-new Bachelor’s Lounge bar and 21,000 sq. ft. spa, it’s truly one of the only places in North America fit for a GT Speed owner’s ski week getaway.Our group split our time between those who could ski (or were willing), and those who wanted to relax in the spa. I’ve skied before, or at least tried, so I was instructed to meet with the folks at the Gorsuch ski shop in the main lobby. The shop has a wide array of equipment available for rent and purchase, including a pair of very impressive, $9800 Bentley skis made by Zai. The resort also offers personal instructors, but I decided to hit the slopes and take my chances.While I skied, a few of our friends pampered themselves in the Bachelor Gulch Spa. The spa’s menu of treatments is extensive, ranging from facials and massages, to wraps and baths, to time available in oxygen chambers to counter the high altitudes of the Rockies. Following our appointments, we sat down to dinner at Spago, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, and imbibed in a few select bourbons at the resort’s new Bachelor’s Lounge, which lends a decidedly modern aesthetic twist to an otherwise warm, rustic hotel. The entire experience was one of real luxury and surprisingly homey comfort, making this Ritz-Carlton a welcome escape for the bustling world around us.Walking away from this trip, I realize that I played the role of an interloper–a writer who had stolen a small slice of rich and the famous pie. We surrounded ourselves with fine accommodations, fine foods, and one fabulously refined car. These are things that we could budget for in the future, and probably even take a long weekend to experience, but there’d still be one thing we wouldn’t have; we couldn’t just pick up and go tomorrow, and that’s where we’d miss the luxury of spontaneity. Become a Tiki Garnish Master With These 6 Expert Tips On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep I guess you could say that the Bentley PR guy did his job well; he mentioned something about the “luxury of spontaneity”, and now that phrase has lodged itself inside my head.He didn’t say anything beyond that; there were no details about what it meant. He simply planted the seed, and what grew from it was fertilized of my own imagination.Fast-forward two months to present day, and I’m sitting here in Colorado – slouched comfortably into my seat at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch’s great room, legs sore from a day’s worth of skiing. It’s the middle of the week, and I’ve just experienced one of those ‘pinch me moments’, where I realized that my friends were all at work in their midtown offices.“What a joy it is that I could take the week off to hit the slopes,” I ponder to myself. “And, to think that I’m spending the week in the snow with a GT Speed…”Yeah, that must be it. If you’re shopping for a Bentley, of course you can pick up and vacation on a whim. And that is because spontaneity is a luxury commodity, too.MUST DRIVE: The 2014 Bentley Continental GT SpeedMore often than not, exotic car owners don’t just own one Ferrari; they own a whole fleet of vehicles. Sports cars may be the most exciting way to enjoy the road, but they’re oftentimes garaged in winter months, while Cayennes and Range Rovers move more casually through the snow.It’s not that those SUVs aren’t lovely; they’re perfectly comfortable machines for the family. But, if you’re the type who wants to take the sports car to the mountain, there’s really only one brand that makes that possible, and we had the keys to the brand’s fastest set of wheels.The Bentley Continental GT Speed is a 616-horsepower, W12-powered sports coupe with all the performance, style and prestige deserving of a Fortune 500 CEO. Its leathers are sourced from an Alpine ranch in Austria; its sheet metal superformed and hand-assembled in the UK. 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