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Rolls-Royce unveils yacht inspired luxury car worth $30 million



Rolls-Royce, the iconic British luxury carmaker, has introduced an extravagant limited-edition automobile, the Rolls-Royce La Rose Noire Droptail, inspired by 1930s yachts.

This extraordinary vehicle reimagines the conventional Rolls-Royce four-seat sedan as a sleek two-seat roadster, an unparalleled move by the luxury car manufacturer.

While the exact price remains undisclosed, other models in Rolls-Royce’s exclusive coachbuilt line typically retail for around $28 million. However, the La Rose Noire Droptail, of which only four will be crafted, comes with a higher manufacturing cost.

Car’s design

The car’s exterior features a low-slung design, while the interior is adorned in crimson hues, taking inspiration from the French Black Baccara rose. The car is affectionately named “La Rose Noire” due to the rose’s significance to the commissioning owners, believed to be a prominent family, who describe it as “beloved by the mother.”

Inside the car, the dashboard showcases over 1,600 pieces of black sycamore wood trim veneer, meticulously cut into symmetrical triangles with accents of red, reminiscent of rose petals caught in the wind.

The vehicle also boasts a dedicated champagne storage compartment, housing a bottle from the commissioning family’s private vineyard. A custom Audemars Piguet watch is elegantly mounted into the dashboard, offering a lavish touch. Audemars Piguet is known for its luxurious timepieces, with the popular Royal Oak model retailing for approximately $26,200.

Minimalist design

The car’s dashboard maintains a minimalist design, featuring only three buttons for essential functions, such as hazard lights and quick-control tasks. Additional controls are discreetly integrated into the center console.

The exterior of the Droptail reflects the French Black Baccara rose motif with a sumptuous red hue called “True Love.” Rolls-Royce reveals that achieving this unique color took 150 iterations to perfect.

Measuring 17 feet in length and 6.5 feet in width, the Droptail embodies a lower-to-the-ground design at the back, reminiscent of a sailing yacht’s silhouette, while the iconic Rolls-Royce Pantheon-style grille graces the front. A subtle detail noted by the company is the “True Love” painting on the reverse side of the grille’s vanes, visible only through indirect reflection.

Notably, this marks the first time in a century that Rolls-Royce has introduced a two-seater model. The company emphasizes that the La Rose Noire Droptail represents its most complex construction project since its inception in 1906.

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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?



Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.

Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.

While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.

Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY

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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry



Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.

The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.

The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.

New Zealand example

Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.

The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.

With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.

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Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’



Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.

The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.

In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.

We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.

Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.

This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.

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