UK holidays are jumping in price due to demand, with some costing as much as £600 more following the lockdown announcement. Yesterday, Boris Johnson confirmed that self-catered holidays could go ahead from April 12 , following by hotels from May 17. While there are still restrictions in place - one household only in April, rising to two households on holiday from May - it has already resulted in a huge rush to book in a holiday. Sykes Holiday Cottage bookings were up 150 per cent year-on-year with a booking taken every eight seconds after the PM's announcement, while Away resorts saw bookings up 243 per cent compared to last year. According to research team Mitel , domestic holidays are expected to hit a 10-year high, with Brits to spend more than £7bn - up £5.8bn in 2019. However, this has also led to soaring prices, as happens when demand goes when capacity is limited. A number of people who booked their holidays after the announcement have been complaining on … [Read more...] about UK holiday prices jump 100% & families face paying thousands more – but there are still decent deals to be had
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Tesla boss Elon Musk is no longer the world's richest person after shares in the electric car company fell by 8.6% this week, leaving him $15.2bn (£10.7bn) worse off. The 49-year-old business magnate has now fallen to second place on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index of the world's 500 richest people with a net worth of $183.4bn (£129bn) - a significant drop from a peak of $210bn (£148bn) in January. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos reclaimed the top spot, despite his own fortune dipping by $3.7bn (£2.6bn) to $186.3bn (£131bn) on Monday. The two have been head-to-head since the beginning of the year, with Musk briefly overtaking Bezos after his rocket company SpaceX raised $850m (£599m) earlier this month, with the company being valued at $74bn (£52bn). The drop in Tesla's share price on Monday was partly fuelled by Musk's comments over the weekend that the prices of Bitcoin and rival Ether "do seem high". Advertisement On Tuesday, Tesla's shares were down … [Read more...] about Tesla boss Elon Musk is no longer world’s richest person as share prices in car company drop
CALL of Duty Season 2 is about to begin – and we've got all the details. The major Cold War and Warzone update lands this week, and it's adding loads of new content. Call of Duty seasons are major events, introducing new storylines, as well as maps, weapons, modes and more. The latest is 2021 Season 2, and arrives on Thursday, February 25. There's a new story that takes Frank Woods to Laos, where he previously visited with Alex Mason in the original Black Ops. Now Woods is on the hunt for Adler, who has been mysteriously abducted. The season introduces four new Operators. They include former Laotian warlord Kapano 'Naga' Vang, Zombies star Samantha Maxis, skilled hunter and Delta Force sniper Terrell Wolf, and Nicaraguan guerrilla warfare master expert Karla Rivas. There are six new weapons, including: Fara 83 assault rifle LC10 SMG Machete E-Tool R1 Shadowhunter crossbow ZRG 20 sniper rifle There's a new Zombies experience called Outbreak. … [Read more...] about Call of Duty Season 2 begins TONIGHT – Cold War and Warzone changes, new maps, guns and more
HOUSEHUNTERS in England and Northern Ireland looking to buy a home usually pay stamp duty on properties over £125,000. But it's £500,000 right now thanks to a stamp duty holiday - so what is stamp duty and how is it calculated? We run-down the rules for stamp duty in England and Northern Ireland, as rates differ for those buying homes in Scotland and Wales . What is stamp duty? Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) is a lump sum payment most people have to pay when buying a property or land. How much buyers have to fork out varies depending on the price and type of property. A stamp duty holiday was introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic to get the property market moving again. It means there is no stamp duty for properties up to £500,000 until March 31, 2021. But chancellor Rishi Sunak is preparing to extend the stamp duty holiday by three months until the end of June. The usual stamp duty rates when there is not a holiday mean first-time buyers … [Read more...] about Stamp duty calculator: how much is it and when does the holiday end?
The enormous orange and white parachute deployed by NASA's Perseverance rover to land on Mars contained a secret message, thanks to a puzzle lover on the spacecraft team. Systems engineer Ian Clark used a binary code to spell out "dare mighty things'' — a line from former US President Theodore Roosevelt — in the orange and white strips of the 70-foot (21-meter) parachute. He also included the GPS coordinates for the mission's headquarters at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. This combination of images from video made available by NASA shows steps in the descent of the Mars Perseverance rover as it approaches the surface of the planet Mars rover message encoding was 'super fun' Clark, a crossword hobbyist, came up with the idea two years ago. Engineers wanted an unusual pattern in the nylon fabric to know how the parachute was oriented during descent. Turning it into a secret message was "super fun," he said Tuesday. Only about six people knew … [Read more...] about Mars Perseverance’s parachute carried secret NASA message