The Queen Is Looking for a New Housekeeper—And the Gig Could Come With a Room at Buckingham Palace

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Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

If all the hullabaloo for the upcoming Downton Abbey movie has given you a hankering for a career in the British hospitality industry, how about a housekeeping gig for Queen Elizabeth II herself? She’s looking for a full-time “housekeeping assistant,” and the position boasts some serious perks.

The job’s primary location will be either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, and you can opt to live wherever you’re stationed. Each residence offers unique opportunities for royal family sightings: according to Insider, the Queen mainly lives at Buckingham Palace, but Harry and Meghan live in Frogmore Cottage, which is on the Windsor grounds. The job listing mentions that you’ll also travel to other royal residences.

Accepting the live-in option will result in a salary adjustment, but the on-site amenities alone might make up for it. Buckingham Palace boasts a staff gym, swimming pool, and squash and tennis courts.

No housekeeping background? No problem. Although previous housekeeping or hospitality experience would be an advantage, it’s not a requirement; management cares more about “your proactive approach and ability to tackle new challenges.” Also named are several soft skills needed for the job, but they’re pretty similar to what you’d expect to see in any standard job listing: attention to detail, high standards, time management skills, ability to work with a team and meet deadlines, efficiency, and good old-fashioned enthusiasm.

Though you’ll spend a fair amount of time on behind-the-scenes cleaning, you’ll also have the opportunity to “take care of guests and work front-of-house to support functions and events.”

The starting salary isn’t listed, but the job comes with 33 vacation days, a 15 percent employer contribution pension scheme, and a benefits package. The application is open through September 15, and you can apply here. (Maybe brush up on these etiquette rules first, though.)

[h/t Insider]

This Smart Accessory Converts Your Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer

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Amazon

If you can make a recipe in a slow cooker, Dutch oven, or rice cooker, you can likely adapt it for an Instant Pot. Now, this all-in-one cooker can be converted into an air fryer with one handy accessory.

This Instant Pot air fryer lid—currently available on Amazon for $80—adds six new cooking functions to your 6-quart Instant Pot. You can select the air fry setting to get food hot and crispy fast, using as little as 2 tablespoons of oil. Other options include roast, bake, broil, dehydrate, and reheat.

Many dishes you would prepare in the oven or on the stovetop can be made in your Instant Pot when you switch out the lids. Chicken wings, French fries, and onion rings are just a few of the possibilities mentioned in the product description. And if you're used to frying being a hot, arduous process, this lid works without consuming a ton of energy or heating up your kitchen.

The lid comes with a multi-level air fry basket, a broiling and dehydrating tray, and a protective pad and storage cover. Check it out on Amazon.

For more clever ways to use your Instant Pot, take a look at these recipes.

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You Could Get Paid $1000 for Binge-Watching 48 Episodes of Billions in 30 Days

Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis star in Showtime's Billions.
Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis star in Showtime's Billions.
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If you’re about to press "play" on the pilot episode of Showtime’s Billions (watch the pilot for free here), you might want to hold off just a little longer. You could potentially get paid $1000 for binge-watching the whole series.

Cable Providers, an online research and review site for internet providers, is offering one lucky fan the opportunity to win $1000, a Showtime streaming gift card, and Billions-themed swag as a reward for watching all four seasons of the show within 30 days. That’s a total of 48 episodes, so the winner will have to knock out 1.6 episodes each day (considering the nail-biting nature of Billions, however, it won’t be surprising if they blow through it much more quickly). While watching, the winner will keep track of certain recurring themes on a checklist, like "how many times does Damian Lewis’s Bobby Axelrod break the law?"

To apply, send an email to carolyn.morgan@cableproviders.co with Dream Job in the subject line, and your name—plus the name of your favorite Billions character—in the body of the email. You have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen to enter, and applications will be accepted until May 3 at 8 p.m. EST. A Cable Provider representative will contact the winner sometime before May 10, so be sure to check your email inbox (and spam folder, just in case) during that week.

The contest coincides with the return of the hit series; Season 5 premieres on May 3, and based on the trailer below, the stakes are higher than ever.

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