money: January 2011 Archives

275x250.jpgA British designer has created what's being described at the world's most expensive bed -- and at £4m it probably is.

King of bling Stuart Hughes says his 'Baldacchino Supreme'  bed is handmade and curved from the best quality ash wood.

But that's just the beginning, the fancy bed is inlaid with 107kg of 24ct gold along with small decorative applications in gold leaf detail.

Then there is the fabric, which is all the finest Italian silk, and the headboard can be customised with diamonds or other precious stones.

Stuart says the bed - which takes three months to complete - is so exclusive only two will be made… unfortunately all that gold and diamonds still won't stop your partner snoring.

A comedy writer who posted videos online asking for a billionaire to give him one million dollars says he's found a kind-hearted benefactor.

In the videos Craig Rowin - who writes for The Onion - said there was nothing in particular that he planned to do with the cash, but that it would be awesome.

He went on to list a series of millionaires and billionaire including Steven Spielberg, Lady Gaga and Susan Boyle as potential donors.

And shockingly it seems to have worked. Rowin says an anonymous billionaire known only as 'Benjamin' has offered him the money.

He now says he is due to be given a cheque on stage at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Manhattan on February 2, and insists it's not a publicity stunt. Hmm.

275x250.jpgBrits waste a staggering £37 MILLION a year - on things like gym memberships, exercise and slimming classes they never attend, it's been found.
Research revealed forgotten direct debits which still deduct cash months after the diet fell by the wayside leaves the average adult with a £303 dent in their finances.
The most common wastes of cash were found to be gym memberships and slimming clubs which are frequently signed up for at the start of the year, but soon ignored.

Another £158 is forked out on sports equipment which is used only a handful of times and there are also subscriptions to unread magazines and CD and music downloads which never get played.

In total it was found most people waste £1,213 a year on unused items and subscriptions… which reminds me, I really should pop to the gym.

275x250.jpgMore people will spend time looking for a new job today, than any other day of the year, it has been found.

Researchers analysed internet traffic to job websites for the past six years in a bid to predict the peak this year.

They discovered today will be the time most jobseekers make good on New Year resolutions to find or change employers and start searching.

And the 15-minute window just after 12.30pm showing the absolute peak slot as workers combine the start of their lunch break with an online job search.

Which could explain why this story didn't get written earlier… just don't tell the boss.

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