Just a quick note. I am planning to attend the Geneva show. As usual I will be staying at the Hotel De Bergues (below). Daily rates are a reasonable £438 per night but the quality is superb and it´s very close to the Davidoff store so I can pick up that box of cigars you wanted. The other guys can stay at the Pension Silva (above). It´s a bit of a trip out of town but a much more cost-effective £83 per night, sharing. You can tell them the Silva is booked up so I can´t stay there with the team. Or better still, don´t mention it unless someone brings up the topic.
If all goes well I´ll be inviting Piech and Marchionne to an evening dinner to take them through the main features of the blog. Can you get someone to re-write that item about Marchionne so it´s less abrasive? I´ll need some A/V help so get one of the secretaries (Helen?) to bring the OHP and the Mac. I can´t fit this into my carry-on bag and I don´t want any stowed luggage as it delays my departure from the airport to collect it. Anyway, just to warn you, I won´t be leaping in to order the house red for Piech or Marchionne so the expenses may be a bit higher than normal.
Are there any new models you want me to look at? I have about two hours on the second day to scout about before I head off for the wine tasting.
Finally, I´ll need to get approval for the hire car I used for my last item. They only had an S-class at Eurodrive.
First of all, please can you not put these sensitive matters on the front page? I have asked my nephew to remove them, but he has had no luck and they are still there for all to see.
I fear that my mention of an internship with Archie Vicar has labelled me a Bon Viveur in your eyes. Nothing could be further from the truth, although I enjoy a Prawn Cocktail and Chicken Chasseur washed down with a glass of Blue Nun as well as the next man.
I have already exhausted the DTW Slush Fund for 2014 sorting out that business for you at the Gritti Palace. By the way, can you elaborate exactly which new car was being launched (apposite verb) in Venice?
As for Piech, I always felt that a man who considers five an appropriate number of cylinders for an engine must be slightly unhinged. Be careful with the company you keep.
I’m sorry to disappoint you with this news, but do rest assured that bus tickets will continue to be refunded, as long as you retain them and submit by the third Friday in the month.
Simon A Kearne