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Solskjaer blames Man Utd’s horror home form on not being able to stay at Lowry Hotel before matches due to coronavirus

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has blamed Manchester United’s home form on their inability to stay at the Lowry Hotel before games.

The Red Devils have a long history at the Manchester hotel with Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer having lived their during their time as manager.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arriving at the Lowry last night


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arriving at the Lowry last nightCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke

United face Chelsea at Old Trafford today and Solskjaer’s men stayed at the hotel last night for the first time this season.

Coronavirus and lockdown meant United had to stop using the exclusive spot and change their normal pre-match routine which Solskjaer reckons has had an impact on their form.

The Reds have lost both their home games this season – 3-1 to Crystal Palace before the 6-1 humiliation by Tottenham.

And speaking ahead of the Blues clash, Solskjaer said: “We need to look at the way we prepare.

“Maybe it’s something I’ve got to deal with.

“After the lockdown with Covid, we’ve stayed at home, we’ve had different routines coming into games.

“I’ve just got to look at everything, how the players prepare, because it’s been noticeable how well we’ve done away from home.”

Solskjaer lived at the Lowry while he was in temporary charge at United and only moved out once Ed Woodward confirmed he had the job permanently.

How Man Utd could lineup vs Chelsea
How Man Utd could lineup vs Chelsea

And Mourinho never left while he was Red Devils boss claiming it was because he cannot cook, clean or iron.

The Portuguese is said to have paid a staggering £779,000 on rent.

Solskjaer and Co edged past Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League midweek.

Marcus Rashford was the hero at the Parc des Princes yet again, as Bruno Fernandes also converted another penalty.

Solskjaer sent out his troops in a 3-4-1-2 formation, with the new strategy appearing to suit a number of players.

And he is likely to do the same against Frank Lampard’s side this evening.

With Eric Bailly ruled out through injury for a month, it’s possible Harry Maguire returns to the back-three on the left-side.

The Man Utd captain has endured a tricky run of form in recent months and was rested for the win in France.

But the England defender is best-suited to playing in a back-three, with Victor Lindelof set to take the final spot.

However, should Solskjaer opt to sideline Maguire again, Luke Shaw would likely start on the left of the back-three.

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Have a good night’s stay at a Madison hotel

While the coronavirus may have nixed international and some cross-state travel, Madison’s boutique hotel scene offers a few prime options for a close-to-home escape. Featuring retro digs, relaxing day spas, elegant dining atmospheres and the like, these lodging experiences provide much more than the average hotel stay.

Editor’s Note: Room prices will vary due to occupancy and COVID-19. All hotels reported increased cleaning procedures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Find each hotel’s safety precautions on their websites.

Time for a Spa Day

front of Edgewater Hotel covered in decorations

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The Edgewater is one of the most well-known and iconic hotels in Madison, located on the south shore of Lake Mendota and close to the heart of downtown. Many of its rooms offer gorgeous views of the lake, and boaters can drive right up to The Boathouse, one of The Edgewater’s restaurants. Augie’s Tavern, The Statehouse and The Market also serve up delicious meals daily. After a $100 million remodel in 2014, this independently owned hotel offers both historic charm and modern accommodations with plenty of opportunities for fall and winter fun, including an ice-skating rink on the property. As the only hotel in Madison with a spa and salon, The Edgewater can further your Zen vacation experience with a massage or other spa services. The hotel, which reported that it’s following CDC and WHO guidelines, regularly cleans common spaces and requires guests and staff to wear facemasks.
Get a Room: The Edgewater’s room rates start at about $200.
On the Menu: The Edgewater’s Augie’s Burger is a good choice, and we recommend ordering one at brunch, because brunch feels like a staycation activity you definitely need to check off your list. The Statehouse’s weekend brunch offers a mix of breakfast and lunch options, and it’s not brunch unless you order multiple drinks, so order a bloody mary alongside your coffee … and maybe a mimosa, too.
Favorite Amenities: Some rooms include spacious bathrooms with clawfoot tubs and a TV to watch your favorite shows while taking a relaxing bath. Don’t forget to check out the large spa and wellness center to unwind and relax with a facial, massage, manicure or haircut.
Noteworthy Knowledge: This hotel has seen many distinguished guests, including the King himself, Elvis Presley. Other notable guests include singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper, Sir Elton John (who liked playing the hotel’s bar piano) and the 1990s Madison original rock band Garbage.

Inspired by History

Hotel Indigo's lobby with a giant paint can art piece

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Hotel Indigo, located in a building previously owned by Mautz Paint Co., clearly took inspiration from the property’s previous owners. When you step into the lobby, one of the first things you’ll see is a large Mautz Paint sign. Artistic touches honoring the building’s history and Wisconsin’s art scene extend throughout the hotel, in the rooms, in the restaurant and in the common spaces. Each floor is inspired by a local Wisconsinite, including the founder of Mautz Paint Co., Bernhard “Bernie” Mautz; artist Georgia O’Keeffe, a Sun Prairie native world-renowned for her landscapes

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Stay in the star-studded Hotel Bel-Air

Walking into the Hotel Bel-Air is like stepping back in time to an era of old-school Hollywood glamour – but done in such a way that it makes you feel like you’re arriving home. From the moment you cross the small footbridge, taking you over their beautiful landscaped gardens (spanning 12 acres), where swans glide across the picturesque ponds, you know this is no ordinary hotel. The charming staff welcome you like you’re returning from a long journey away, and we couldn’t have been happier to get settled in.

a group of people in a pool: With previous guests including Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, soak up the golden age of Hollywood at Hotel Bel-Air

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With previous guests including Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, soak up the golden age of Hollywood at Hotel Bel-Air

a garden with water in the background: Hotel Bel-Air

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Hotel Bel-Air

Our suite greeted us with a fresh fruit basket with candied almonds and chocolate truffles and, after exploring the spacious surrounds, it was back to work with a seemingly never-ending schedule of Zoom meetings. Hotel Bel-Air has recently opened their rooms with an office day-use package, so we were well set up in our adjacent office space with high-speed internet, stationery and, most importantly, a closing door.

a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Canyon Suite

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Canyon Suite

If you wanted to stay in your suite for a whole weekend, I don’t think you’d ever get bored. Trees and beautiful plants line the outdoor space where we had our own terrace, complete with sun loungers and a hot-tub dip pool. The rooms speak perfectly to the stylishness of the hotel, with a soft and warm colour palette, and the space is well-equipped with all the latest technology. Our Bang and Olufsen TV rotated to perfectly align with us in bed, as we tucked ourselves in and streamed Pretty Woman to fall asleep to.

a house with trees in the background: Chalon Suite terrace

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Chalon Suite terrace

One of the standout features of the hotel is their outdoor space, a perfect set-up for the Covid-19 era. Their dining area is all outdoors, with plenty of room between tables so you can people-watch from afar and spot members of the Hollywood elite.

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Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant treats guests with classic dishes from juicy burgers to light salads, but has subtle nods to the history of the hotel’s former guests, such as the Nancy Regan Chopped Salad. Although we missed it, brunch seemed like another highlight on the menus and one to come back for.

a dining room table: Wolfgang Puck

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Wolfgang Puck

Above all, the pool is the absolute show-stealer. Carefully managing guest safety through Covid-19, the staff balanced reservations and poolside service perfectly. Lounging in the LA sunshine, a watermelon cooler in hand, it was easy to see that the Hotel Bel-Air provides the indulgent dose of luxury we’re all looking for in a break from our stay-at-home lives.

a large pool of water: The pool

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The pool

Hotel Bel-Air, from about £530 a night for a Superior Room and from about £775 a night for a Junior Pool Suite.

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U.S. borders with Canada, Mexico to stay closed to non-essential travel until Nov. 21

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) – The United States’ land borders between Canada and Mexico will remain closed to all non-essential travel until Nov. 21, the U.S. Homeland Security Department said Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair speaks during a meeting of the special committee on the COVID-19 pandemic, as efforts continue to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada June 16, 2020. REUTERS/Blair Gable

The extension comes as the United States remains one of the worst-affected countries in the world and is reporting the second-highest number of new cases daily.

“To continue to limit the spread of COVID, the U.S., Mexico, and Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Nov. 21. We are working closely with Mexico and Canada to identify safe criteria to ease the restrictions in the future and support our border communities,” said U.S. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Twitter.

Mexico’s foreign ministry also confirmed that the measures will remain in place and unchanged until Nov. 21.

Canada’s Public Safety Minister Bill Blair earlier disclosed the latest one-month extension on Twitter, confirming a policy put in place in March to control the spread of COVID-19.

“We’d love to have the border open … but we can’t do that unless we’re comfortable that Canadians are being kept safe,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an interview on AM 900 CHML Hamilton radio earlier on Monday.

“Right now, the situation in the United States continues to be of concern,” Trudeau added.

Last month, on the day the border extension was confirmed, U.S. President Donald Trump said it would open “pretty soon” because Canada wanted the restrictions lifted. But Canada’s government has made it clear it does not want the restrictions removed until COVID-19 is under control in both countries.

The restrictions are particularly painful for U.S. and Canadian towns along the border that are tightly intertwined.

Statistics Canada said earlier U.S. visits to Canada by automobile had plummeted by more than 95% in August compared with August 2019.

Reporting by David Shepardson and Steve Scherer; Additional reporting by Frank Jack Daniels and Ted Hesson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Marguerita Choy and Andrea Ricci

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how India’s royals are striving to stay relevant

a woman wearing a dress: Akshita M Bhanj Deo, from the royal family of Mayurbhanj in Orissa, eastern India. Photo: Handout

Akshita M Bhanj Deo, from the royal family of Mayurbhanj in Orissa, eastern India. Photo: Handout

What do a wildlife photographer, hotelier, painter and communications professional have in common? In India, they are members of a new breed of royalty – professionally successful, community-oriented and yet firmly rooted in their rich heritage.

In July 1971, India’s abolition of the almost 3,000-year monarchy left hundreds of royals across the nation at a crossroads as they grappled with the changing nature of what it meant to be a noble in the modern world.

With the privy purse cut off, some sold their jewellery and assets, but almost five decades later, many today remain elites of society and still control up to billions in wealth, even as they see themselves as ordinary Indians with day jobs.

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While many Indians acknowledge the role that royal families have played in India’s arts, culture and heritage, the relevance of these once-illustrious families continues to decline in a nation where poverty is widespread and hereditary privilege is viewed by most as offensive and anachronistic.

Many royals have navigated the shift in status by merging the old with the new, such as by repurposing their centuries-old palaces into heritage hotels.

The royal family from the northern Indian town of Mandawa, known for its warriors, was among the first to open their ancestral home to heritage tourism.

The Castle Mandawa, built as a desert fortress in 1755, was converted to a luxury hotel with 80 rooms in 1980. Princess Priyanjali Katoch runs the hotel with her mother, brother and sister.

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Mandawa, with a population of around 25,000, is a popular tourist attraction dotted with rows of painted havelis, or town houses, with intricate frescoes on walls. The hotel employs local staff and plays a role in boosting the town’s tourism sector.

The Mandawa royal family is also involved in efforts to revive the traditional art of weaving in Gujarat.

“Privilege always comes with responsibility,” Priyanjali says. “We are always aware of our role in Mandawa, where people look up to us, and we are expected to dress a certain way and observe a certain protocol.”

a woman looking at the camera: Princess Meenal Kumari Singh Deo of Dhenkanal. Photo: Handout

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Princess Meenal Kumari Singh Deo of Dhenkanal. Photo: Handout

Meenal Kumari Singh Deo, 52, the princess of Dhenkanal in eastern India, runs her family’s 200-year-old palace as a heritage homestay, which is furnished with arts and crafts from the region.

“In ancient India, the patronage of most art forms, music, dance and architecture, was thanks to royalty,” says Meenal, who is also a creative designer with her own crafts line.

“Even today, when I walk into the weaving village set up by our ancestors, I am overwhelmed by the respect that they have for us based on past initiatives,” she says. “I feel I have to live up to

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Chicago Bans 1-Night Rentals to Halt Parties. Should Your Vacation Rental Have a Minimum Stay?

Vacation property owners who rent their homes out on sites like Airbnb and VRBO take on a certain level of risk — namely, that their properties will sustain damage when renting to guests. This risk is particularly elevated when guests opt to rent a home for a one-night stay to throw a blowout party.

That happened over the summer in New Jersey, when police had to bust up a house party at an Airbnb rental with over 700 guests crammed into it. Not only do gatherings like this pose the potential for property damage, but there’s the not-so-minor matter of the coronavirus pandemic to consider as well. Large gatherings increase the risk of the dangerous virus spreading, and many states have capacity limits in place in an attempt to avoid having the outbreak worsen.

But one city is going out of its way to help ensure rental properties aren’t used for party purposes. Chicago has officially banned single-night rentals for properties listed on Airbnb and similar sites. While this new restriction is temporary, it could be adopted by other cities in an effort to keep the pandemic at bay.

Should your vacation home have a minimum stay?

Though Airbnb has a policy banning parties, it’s not always so easy to enforce. One way you can prevent parties at your rental, however, is to impose a minimum stay. After all, if someone wants to rent your home just to host a shindig and you impose a five-night minimum stay, that guest is unlikely to want to pay for those extra four nights. As such, imposing a minimum could help you avoid your rental being invaded by partygoers who cause damage beyond what your security deposit covers.

But could imposing a minimum stay hurt you? If you’re renting a home in a city, quite possibly. Guests often want a crash pad for a night or two in a major metro area, and by insisting on a longer minimum stay, you might lose out on business — and income. In fact, aside from the month of August, one-night listings on Airbnb earn an average 17% more revenue throughout the year than those with longer minimums, reports AirDNA.

Therefore, if you’re trying to decide whether it pays to impose a minimum stay for your vacation home, think about your property’s location and the clientele you’re most likely to cater to. If you own a beach house that sees rental traffic primarily during the summer, for example, it could actually work to your benefit to impose a seven-night minimum stay with a standard check-in/check-out day (say, Saturday). This could help avoid rental gaps and maximize your limited season. But if you own a property in a big city likely to see demand anytime, a shorter minimum could be a smart move.

The bottom line

Ultimately, though, pay attention to the laws your city sets. If more vacation home guests are found to be renting properties on a short-term basis for party-throwing purposes, we could see

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Stay at the Luxury Hotel Where ‘The Great British Baking Show’ Was Shot

What 2020 championship season successfully navigated the Covid Era by requiring participants to live and compete in a rigorously maintained social bubble?

If you said the National Basketball Association, your answer is only half-baked.

Yes, the NBA hunkered down in an isolated community at Walt Disney World in Florida. But the contestants on the U.K.’s The Great British Bake Off, known in North America for obscure legal reasons as The Great British Baking Show, also spent their season in a bubble.  

Usually, the easy-to-watch show (don’t worry—there are no spoilers here) is set in a temporary tent on the grounds of Welford Park near Newbury, a 50-minute train ride west of London and not far from Downton Abbey‘s Highclere Castle. During normal seasons, contestants go about their regular lives during the weekdays and commute to the tent for tapings on weekends.

After 11 seasons, the show has become a pop culture institution in the United Kingdom, and producers felt it was crucial to keep baking and carry on, pandemic notwithstanding. 

So they moved the set to the grounds of Down Hall Hotel & Spa, a gorgeous Victorian-era luxury retreat on 110 acres about 33 miles northeast of London. Instead of taping on weekends over the autumn, everyone involved with the show—cast, crew, judges—lived and cooked at the hotel in late summer.

For six weeks, cast and crew never went home, agreeing to regular viral testing and no outside contact. Each episode was shot over two days, followed by two days off, so the entire season was recorded much faster than usual, and with much more day-to-day intimacy between the participants.

The judges, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, had separate dining facilities from the contestants. Whenever a baker earns the rare compliment of a Paul Hollywood handshake this season, rest assured there was a team of health experts behind the camera ensuring that all shaken hands were well sanitized.

The show is currently airing on Channel 4 in the U.K. and streaming in the United States on Netflix. On screen, viewers see no evidence of the complexity and intensity of the production measures happening behind the scenes other than when, on one recent episode, a baker’s children appeared to congratulate them for a success. Normally, children remain back at home.

Fans of the baking competition weren’t previously able to stay overnight at the show’s home. But in a 2020 twist, TV’s endearingly bready tournament has unexpectedly given rise to England’s newest tourist attraction.

On your next trip to the United Kingdom, you, too, can stay at Down Hall (not to be confused with Down House, where Charles Darwin lived—but you can visit there as well). 

The 98-bedroom Down Hall lies near the village of Bishop’s Stortford, which dates to Roman times at least. The hotel’s building replaced an earlier Tudor edifice in the 1860s. But unlike Downton‘s Highclere, the ruling family was unable to keep it going in changing times, so the estate was sold years

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Clearwater Beach Vacation Rentals, Hotels, Places To Stay

We have partnered with a major provider of vacation rentals, directly through Vacation Places To Stay. There are many home rentals to choose from, and we now have the selection and value to offer our visitors going to Clearwater Beach, FL. Browse hundreds of Homes and Condos with Wi-Fi, Pool, Oceanview, Beachfront and other amenities they have to offer.

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Landmark Towers 408, 2 Bedrooms, Ocean Front, Heated Pool Access, Sleeps 4

Landmark Towers 408, 2 Bedrooms, Ocean Front, Heated Pool Access, Sleeps 4

When you stay at Landmark Towers 408 you can watch the sunrise over Clearwater Harbor to the east and the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico to the west. The 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo is nestled on a slender stretch of land between both bodies of water ….

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505 Dockside

Close to EVERYTHING including the beach

We welcome 505 Dockside as the newest member to the Dolphin Watch Collection of Luxury Vacation Properties–all FIVE-STAR RATED. All are well outfitted; extremely clean, beautifully maintained and tastefully decorated.

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Peaceful Florida Condo

Close to beaches, shopping and restaurants but still peaceful and relaxing.

This condo is a one bedroom, one bathroom, second floor unit. Located just off of 19 on the north side of Clearwater. Very peaceful and quiet community. Just minutes from Honeymoon Island, Clearwater Beach and tons of restaurants and other activiti ….

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Clearwater – Clearwater Beach (Apt. 751444)

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Camelot Beach Suites

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The Wealthy Flee Coronavirus. Vacation Towns Respond: Stay Away.

People with second homes in the Catskills region of New York are being warned to stay away in venom-laced Facebook posts and blunt messages from county officials.

Boardwalks and beaches in some Jersey Shore towns are barricaded and residents are urging the closure of coastal access bridges to outsiders.

In the Hamptons, the famous playground for the rich on the East End of Long Island, locals are angry that an onslaught of visitors has emptied out grocery store shelves.

This clash between year-round residents and those with the means to retreat to vacation homes intensified on Tuesday as White House officials advised anyone who had passed through or fled New York City to place themselves in a 14-day quarantine.

“They’re pumping gas. They’re stopping at grocery stores,” said Kim Langdon, 48, of Ashland, N.Y. “If they’re infected and they don’t know it, they’re putting everyone at risk.”

The expletive-filled commentary on a Catskills Facebook page was less subtle.

“The only cases in Greene County were brought here from downstate people so stay down there,” one man wrote. “Just because you have a second home up here doesn’t mean you have the right to put us at risk.”

Mayors, town supervisors and the governors of at least two states have warned part-time residents of tourist destinations to stay away.

“We don’t want your bugs,” said Linda Michel, 71, of Surf City, on Long Beach Island in New Jersey, about 100 miles south of Manhattan. Ms. Michel, who wore blue plastic gloves into a grocery store, said the bridge that connects Long Beach Island to the mainland should be closed to all except year-round residents who hold disaster re-entry passes.

“The problem with the island is you do not have the resources,” she said.

Across the country, similar tensions between locals and seasonal visitors are bubbling to the surface as efforts to confront the pandemic have led the nation to navigate uncharted territory.

The governor of Florida has ordered anyone who traveled from the New York region in the last three weeks to remain under quarantine for 14 days. Officials in vacation hubs on North Carolina’s Outer Banks have barred nonresidents as cases of the highly contagious virus creep south along the East Coast.

In New Jersey, Gov. Philip D. Murphy made an unequivocal plea for those with shore houses to stay away.

“We all love the summer people,” said Joseph Mancini, the mayor of Long Beach Township, N.J. “They drive our economy. But when they come down here now, the services here aren’t geared up for them.”

He estimated that

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