Coronavirus: Bali hotel rooms on sale for as little as $14 a night as Australians look to holidays

Bali hotels have slashed prices on rooms in a desperate bid to revive tourism during the coronavirus pandemic, with some lucky Australians soon able to escape their home nation for a break.

The once bustling tourist mecca has become a deserted ghost town, forcing accommodation operators to rethink their survival strategy and send their prices plummeting. 

With the holiday island set to reopen to international visitors at the start of 2021 – just six weeks away – it means incredible bargains have become available to eager holidaymakers. 

Operators in the town of Ubud have slashed normal rates by up to 50 per cent, where a room costs as little as A$14 a night and meals as cheap as 48 cents.

As soon as Bali opens up, Australians can seek government approval to take advantage of the bargain deals if they’re willing to meet strict criteria.

Businesses in Ubud (pictured), popular

Read More

New idea for your Santa list? Crockery, slippers or trolleys from British Airways

FILE PHOTO: A British Airways passenger plane comes in to land at London Heathrow airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, May 21, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) – British Airways put crockery, slippers and trolleys from its now retired jumbo jets up for sale on Monday, seeking to shift retired stock and keep its brand on customers’ minds at a time when very few people are travelling.

The airline, which earlier this year sold off millions of pounds worth of art to boost its pandemic-hit finances, said it was opening a Christmas shop via a website to sell items such as blankets and champagne flutes from first class cabins.

With travel at a fraction of last year’s levels due to the coronavirus crisis, BA has been burning through 20 million pounds ($26.75 million) of cash per day, and earlier this year said it would cut

Read More

House for sale is ‘like a museum’ with old interior as owner sells after 83 years

A home that has been in the same family for 100 years has gone on sale – and stepping through the front door is like being transported back in time.

Although it appears narrow from the outside, the property in Southampton contains three bedrooms and four reception rooms spread across three floors.

The current owner, 83-year-old Ernie Bartlett, has lived in the property all of his life and has now moved into a retirement home, Hampshire Live reports.

The interior is a throwback to times gone by, featuring floral patterned sofas, older appliances, and colourful carpets.

It’s on the market for £250,000

Mr Bartlett has filled the home with figurines he has collected over many decades

Dean Jones, the nephew of Mr Bartlett, lived in the property until he was four and says it dates back to about

Read More

Unpublished Bob Dylan lyrics, letters sell for nearly half a million dollars

A collection of Bob Dylan memorabilia including letters, unpublished lyrics and handwritten lyrics to “Blowin’ in the wind” have sold for nearly half a million dollars, auctioneers say.

Bob Dylan holding a guitar: Bob Dylan recording in 1961 or 1962.

© Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Bob Dylan recording in 1961 or 1962.

The items belonged to the estate of Dylan’s friend and fellow musician Tony Glover, who died last year. They were put up for sale in a week-long auction run by RR Auction Company.

Glover’s collection of Dylan memorabilia included personal letters and the transcripts from an interview carried out by Glover and hand-annotated by Dylan.

RR Auction said Friday that the collection sold for a total of $495,000.

In one typed and signed letter — sent from the Bearsville, New York, country retreat of his manager Albert Grossman — Dylan refers to Beatles John Lennon and Ringo Starr as “groovy” after meeting them for the first time in 1964.

Read More

Sale of SF’s Bank of America building, part-owned by Trump, put on hold

Efforts to sell the famed Bank of America Building at 555 California St. in San Francisco have been put on hold amid an uncertain market, a move than could at least temporarily hurt the finances of the cash-strapped Trump family, which owns 30% of the property, according the Wall Street Journal.

Vornado Realty Trust, which owns 70% of 555 California St., has decided to suspend efforts to unload both the California Street tower and 1290 Avenue of the Americas building in Manhattan, the Journal reported. The sales of the two buildings were expected to fetch as much as $5 billion, about $1.5 billion of which would have gone to the Trump family.

In a statement Doug Harmon, a Cushman & Wakefield chairman who was handling the New York sale for Vornado, said the company now plans to refinance its loans on the buildings and would look at putting them up

Read More

This Merlin-Themed McLaren Senna For Sale Honors Woking’s Very Own Paint Wizard

Named after the late, much lamented Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, the McLaren Senna, an actual million-dollar car, has 789 horsepower and goes 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, en route to a 211 mph top speed. As supercars in general get more civilized and trend toward being all-rounders, the Senna is one of the last true savages left, a racing machine that’s somehow escaped the track.

Want one? This 2019 car is for sale, with a custom look honoring McLaren’s very own Merlin—real name Darren Townsend—who serves as the automaker’s Special Operations paint master and who I presume doesn’t actually show up to work in long robes. Instead, he’s the man who makes MSO requests like “Can you make a Senna look like a Tahitian black pearl” happen, as was the case here. So pleased was the original owner that he went a step further and commissioned a

Read More

For sale: $6 million Whidbey Island survival compound, stocked to withstand a pandemic

For $6 million, one wealthy home shopper can buy some pandemic peace of mind in the form of a decked-out survival compound on a Whidbey Island bluff.

The 59-acre property, just north of Lake Hancock on Whidbey’s western coast, spans three densely wooded parcels. The residence has bullet-resistant walls, a safe room and an underground escape tunnel to the woods. A massive concrete tank holds 17,000 gallons of propane. In the 9,000-square-foot shop, three shipping containers are stocked with emergency supplies that can be supplemented by the huge, adjacent working farm.

“Toilet paper is hard to find. But there’s a lot of it there,” said listing agent Forbes Hansen. A video for the listing shows TP piled to the ceiling.

There’s also plenty of what an anxious prepper may want more than anything: Secrecy. The property listing doesn’t include an address, and Hansen said he plans to “find a buyer

Read More

14 terrific towns and villages for sale right now

As far as social distancing goes, it doesn’t get much better than upping sticks to your own private town. From picture-postcard Swedish villages to American ghost towns frozen in time, these unique settlements are the ultimate real estate opportunities. Fancy taking on the title of mayor? Click or scroll through and let’s look around the towns and villages on the market right now.

Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article

Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something

Read More

For rookie Thanksgiving cooks, expert tips to avoid disaster

NEW YORK (AP) — After Christopher Hughey tweeted that he’s tackling his first Thanksgiving turkey this year, the advice started rolling in.

Brine it. Don’t bother. Try “spatchcocking” — grilling the bird split open. Remember to turn on the oven, and expect that something will burn.

“One extreme is that it’s going to be dry, and inedible and gross,” said the Charlotte, North Carolina, resident, who already doesn’t like cooking poultry because of fears he’ll undercook it and sicken people. “The other extreme is that we’ll all wind up in urgent care.”

With health officials urging Americans to stay home or limit Thanksgiving gatherings, food experts say rookie cooks nervous about attempting their first Turkey Day spreads can avoid disaster and keep everyone healthy by following a few basic tips.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also offering advice on how to prevent coronavirus infections while celebrating,

Read More

Iggy Pop’s iconic ‘Raw Power’ silver trousers are going up for sale

The silver trousers that Iggy Pop wore during The Stooges’ ‘Raw Power’ era are going up for auction.

The metallic, studded trousers were worn by the frontman on the sleeve of the 1973 album, as well as at several performances at the time.

The item will go up for auction on December 2 at 10am PT (6pm GMT) via Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills as part of the auction house’s ‘Icons & Idols: Trilogy Rock ’N’ Roll’ sale. An online catalogue lists the guide price for the trousers as $800-$1,200 (£602-£904).

The description reads: “A pair of metallic silver pants with metal stud decorations worn by Iggy Pop while performing on stage as well as on the front and back covers of Iggy And The Stooges’ 1973 album ‘Raw Power’. The pants have a black leather weave on the waistband and close with rope lace on the front. No labels

Read More