Before you grump away about this new Japanese seven-seat crossover being another me-too product, it's worth recalling that Toyota invented this entire crossover SUV style in 1997 – though admittedly, that could be both a good and a bad thing. The first RX (badged as the Harrier) wasn't a particularly happy looking thing, resembling more of an late night sleeping-bag fumble between a buxom Land Cruiser and a randy saloon, but it was comfy and reliable and the Yanks loved it. So much so that the Germans piled in and latterly everyone's got an SUV crossover in their brochure. In the last 21 years, Lexus has sold 2.7 million RX models through four generations, with 250,000 finding owners in Europe. The British appetite for these big, luxurious SUVs is modest but growing. Lexus marketers reckon that total UK sales, which were 50,000 last year, will rise to 70,000 in 2020. But it's dominated by seven-seaters like Volvo's XC90, which takes over 46 per cent of the family market … [Read more...] about Lexus RX L review – can this well-engineered seven-seater compete with European luxury SUVs?
A SINGAPORE hotel is offering child-friendly suites which cost £800 a night. The rooms have a hefty price tag – but look to be the stuff of kids' dreams. But for the price kids (or rather, parents) will get the full works for their money. The Shangri-La hotel has five rooms especially for kids, situated in its Tower Wing which is dedicated to families. The room themes are Castle, Space, Underwater, Safari and Treetop. The beds are the main features in the room and will delight kids. The bed in the Castle room is like a fortress with a moat, which the Safari bed is like one you’d sleep on a Safari holiday. The Space bed looks like a spaceship, while the Underwater bed is like a submarine. And children will love the Treetop bed, which is like climbing into a treehouse. Children will get their own special room service where they can order burgers and ice cream. Kids will also get special children’s bath products and mini bathrobes. Adults shouldn’t worry about … [Read more...] about Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore has luxury suites for CHILDREN at £800-a-night, including mini bathrobes and their own room service menu
The start of April means the start of a new tax year, and this will see a number of changes to bills, costs, benefits and pay. A number of these changes were made by the Chancellor last November. As of today the minimum wage will go up for at least two million workers. Those aged 25 or older will see their hourly rate increase to £7.83, and its good news for apprenticeships too. This will be followed by important changes to mortgages, energy bills and even pensioners, as we near closer to Friday - the final day of the fiscal year. 1. Council tax Council tax is increasing in every part of Wales . The highest proposed rise is Pembrokeshire council, which could see a 12.5% council tax increase brought in. The widget below will tell you how much council tax is going up were you live. Council tax is increasing in every part of Wales. This is how much it will cost where you live 2. National pay rise Employees can expect a pay rise in April, as the government begins to implement the … [Read more...] about The new laws and tax rules changing today and how they will affect you
A Gothic castle on the Isle of Man is for sale for £3.95 million after a three-year makeover that saw a reclaimed ballroom floor, sun terrace and swimming pool balanced by original features dating back to the 1830s. Harold Tower is located high on Douglas Head, offering spectacular views across the bay. The eight-bedroom listed property was once home to the artist John Martin who painted 'The Plains of Heaven', on display at Tate Britain. The castle dates back to the 1830s and is set in three acres of grounds. It comes with two further properties — a coach house and a two-bedroom cottage — plus an outdoor pool. It was used as a hotel during the war years and was purchased by the current owners in 2005. Read more Ultra-luxe flat overlooking some of London's most iconic landmarks They restored the property with the help of an interior designer between 2009 and 2012, … [Read more...] about Gothic castle on the tax-free Isle of Man for sale after epic restoration
The end of the tax year is nearing, when a flood of new changes, as announced by the Chancellor last November, will kick in. Among those set to be affected from 1 April will be homeowners, motorists, workers on the minimum wage and all UK employees over the age of 24 - regardless of your earnings. For diesel drivers, the crack down on pollution continues and, if you're not careful, it could cost you a lot more than expected. Meanwhile, for millions more inflation-hit households - the minimum wage is set to rise again. From pensions, to benefits, taxes and bills here are the important changes that could affect your household budget from the first week of April. For parents, the closure of Childcare Vouchers to new parents has been suspended - here's what you need to know. 1. Minimum wage increases Hot on the heels of employers being ‘named and shamed’ for underpaying staff, the minimum wage is set to rise on 1 April. On this date, the National Living Wage, the minimum rate … [Read more...] about Higher wages, new car tax rules and 8 more changes that’ll affect you from April