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  • David J Marks

Dateline Monday 3rd April 2023

Happy Monday morning, it was a very happy sunny Sunday if still a bit chilly, things are set to get warmer with lots of sunny day this week and about time too. AS I write this to you the sun is streaming through the window aahhhh lovely. I hope you are ready and planned for this four day working week this week and the four day working week next week, it’s Easter yayyyyyyyyyyy. Our first bank holiday since the Christmas break.

I hope you are well and that you had a great weekend, I am guessing this week and next week will be a bit quieter as we have Easter, Passover and Ramadan all happening at the same time.

Ramadan I googled last week, Easter well we all know about Easter but Passover? That is a Jewish Festival so yup I googled it and here it what I found out even though I kind of know quite a lot about Passover or as we in the Jewish World call it Pesach I though I would double check with google here is what I found out.

Passover, also called Pesach which in Hebrew is חַג הַפֶּסַח, Ḥag ha Pesaḥ, is a major Jewish holiday that celebrates the Biblical story of the Israelites escape from slavery in Egypt which occurs on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan the first month of spring. The word Pesach or Passover can also refer to the Korban Pesach, the paschal lamb that was offered when the Temple in Jerusalem stood; to the Passover Seder, the ritual meal on Passover night; or to the Feast of Unleavened Bread. One of the biblically ordained Three Pilgrimage Festivals, Passover is traditionally celebrated in the Land of Israel for seven days and for eight days among many Jews in the Diaspora. In the Bible, the seven-day holiday is known as Chag HaMatzot, the feast of unleavened bread we call matzah

According to the Book of Exodus, God commanded Moses to tell the Israelites to mark a lamb's blood above their doors in order that the Angel of Death would pass over them (i.e., that they would not be touched by the tenth plague, death of the firstborn). After the death of the firstborn, Pharaoh ordered the Israelites to leave, taking whatever they want, and asked Moses to bless him in the name of the Lord. The passage goes on to state that the Passover sacrifice recalls the time when God "passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt". This story is recounted at the Passover meal in the form of the Haggadah, in fulfilment of the command "And thou shalt tell [Higgadata] thy son in that day, saying: It is because of that which the LORD did for me when I came forth out of Egypt." Nowadays, in addition to the biblical prohibition of owning leavened foods for the duration of the holiday, the Passover Seder, at which the Haggadah is read aloud, is one of the most widely observed rituals in Judaism.

And finally such sad new to hear that the creator of Lily Savage, Paul O’Grady has died suddenly at 67 years of age very young, indeed far too young.

And that’s it, you are up to date from a David point of view.

MM and Company news update

IMEX 23rd -25th May 2023 Frankfurt

It’s never ever too early to plan for IMEX in Frankfurt. So far I know that

Pascal and Enrica NACARA DMC France will be at IMEX on the Euromic stand

Claudia & Erika of MI Malta DMC will be at IMEX on the Malta Stand

Martin Hodi of e+o travel and meetings DMC Austria is attending IMEX but not on a stand

Eva Hoffman of Cornerstone Meetings DMC part of Germanyinsight DMC will be on the IMEX Frankfurt stand


Pascal, Enrica and the team at NACARA DMC France are a very cultured and refined team, so they are really excited about the new Henri Matisse Exhibition entitled "Matisse. Cahiers d’art, the pivotal 1930s at Musée de l'Orangerie, over 50 rarely seen works, including paintings, drawings and sculptures, are presented in the exhibition from the specific time period from 1930 to approximately 1940. The exhibition is open until 29th May. Another cool reason to choose France as a destination for your next event

New York

Beth Lockwood and the team at Details NYC have told us that the new Grayson Hotel has opened in New York City at 30 West 39th Street. The hotel's industrial-chic personality is shown in its two-story steel spiral staircase connecting the street level with an indoor-outdoor dining experience on the second floor. The new-build hotel is owned, developed and managed by the Fortuna Hotel Collection, and joins The Unbound Collection by Hyatt as its first New York City property. Each of Grayson Hotel’s 296 guestrooms showcases a collection of artwork highlighting historical sites in New York City. The Hotel is located in Midtown Manhattan, the ground floor all-day dining restaurant, Harta, is a pan-Mediterranean Brasserie. Bar Cima is on the 28th floor, it is an intimate, rooftop venue with indoor-outdoor seating and views spanning from the Empire State Building to the East and Hudson Rivers.



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