Campaign to buy JRR Tolkien’s house backed by Lord of the Rings actors | JRR Tolkien

A quest to save the home of JRR Tolkien has begun, with Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins – or at least their earthly counterparts – joining the bid to turn the house where he wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings into a museum.

Tolkien and his family moved into 20 Northmoor Road in Oxford in 1930, and lived there for 17 years while he was professor of Anglo-Saxon at the university. It was there he wrote The Hobbit, a novel that began as a bedtime story for his children, and followed it up with The Lord of the Rings.

Author Julia Golding has launched Project Northmoor, a charity that has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise £4.5m ($6m) to buy the house and turn it into a literary centre before it is put on the market. The project has been backed by actors including Ian McKellen, who plays

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Crowdfunding Campaign Wants to Turn Tolkien’s House Into Something Out of Middle-Earth

Few 20th-century authors have captured readers’ imagination quite like J.R.R. Tolkien. The author—famed, of course, for penning The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy—has remained a staple in fantasy literature for generations. Now, there’s a new effort to further preserve the iconic writer’s legacy by purchasing his former home in Oxford, England, and converting it into a literary center.

a large brick building with a grassy field: Project Northmoor is fundraising to purchase Tolkien's Oxford residence to establish a literary center to honor the author.

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Project Northmoor is fundraising to purchase Tolkien’s Oxford residence to establish a literary center to honor the author.

Started by author Julia Golding, the campaign, dubbed Project Northmoor, launched a crowdfunding operation on Wednesday to buy Tolkien’s 20 Northmoor Road residence for £4.5 million ($5.4 million USD). Besides purchasing the house, the organization also has other goals, such as renovating the property “into a homely house Tolkien would recognise and restore the garden,” establishing scholarships for people who want to take part in

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Better Homes And Gardens Real Estate Introduces “Season of Sharing” Campaign Focused On Celebrating With Style At Home

MADISON, N.J., Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC, the leading real estate lifestyle brand, announced today its Season of Sharing campaign for consumers seeking creative ways to celebrate the holidays ahead. This new campaign features relevant and timely lifestyle ideas curated by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and Meredith Corporation, which produces the Better Homes & Gardens brand, for Thanksgiving, Kwanza, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve activities, including socially distant party ideas, décor, recipes and more.

In addition to ideas on how to celebrate the holidays at home, the Season of Sharing campaign also features “Ways to Give Back”. The section includes suggestions for giving back this season such as researching local volunteer opportunities, participating in a blood drive, fostering a pet or dropping off baked goods to someone in need of neighborly support. The page also showcases the holiday-related philanthropic

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Even Fox News hosts aren’t buying Kayleigh McEnany’s attempts to spin a Trump campaign election suit

Faced with dwindling hopes for a electoral win, White House press secretary turned unpaid Trump campaign official Kayleigh McEnany struggled to explain the legal merits of her boss’ last-minute lawsuits in a Wednesday interview with Fox News hosts Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

Specifically, McEnany strained to justify the campaign’s attempt to join a lawsuit brought by Pennsylvania Republicans seeking to intervene in a state Supreme Court decision. That court order, handed down before the election, validated mail ballots with an Election Day postmark received by Friday, Nov. 6.

Citing the case’s proximity to the election, the U.S. Supreme Court let the order stand. In anticipation of a renewed challenge, state officials segregated their 3.1 million mail ballots between those received before and after the election.

“We believe the American people deserve answers, which is why we are in court currently fighting in Pennsylvania,” McEnany said. “They want to count

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Campaign To Raise Real Estate Transfer Tax Fails, Unofficial Election Results Show


Piedmont property owners are unlikely to have to pay more in taxes when they sell or transfer their real estate property as Measure TT was voted down, according to Tuesday�s unofficial election results.

The measure needed a majority of Yes votes to pass and was just shy with 49.4 percent with two of two precincts reporting. The measure was shy of passing by 54 votes, according to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office.

The tax would have raised about $950,000 a year to pay for city services and maintain and repair facilities such as police and fire stations, recreational facilities, and other infrastructure, according to the county elections office.

Proponents including all city councilmembers sought to align Piedmont with other East Bay cities by raising the tax from $13 to $17.50 for every $1,000 worth of property sold.

Eric Wong, president of the Bridge Association of Realtors,

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Holly Willoughby wears M&S sequin skirt in Christmas campaign

Holly Willoughby showcases new sequin skirt in M&S' Christmas campaign, and we are here for it. (Getty Images)
Holly Willoughby showcases new sequin skirt in M&S’ Christmas campaign, and we are here for it. (Getty Images)

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Holly Willoughby collaborated with Marks and Spencer on an edit that has proved to be a huge hit with shoppers.

Fans have been swooning over the This Morning presenter’s Geometric Print Midi Dress, which swiftly sold out after she wore it in a picture posted on her Instagram.

Willoughby, 39, has been giving us all the winter inspiration we need, especially for those Christmas parties – however they turn out this year.

Willoughby’s latest drop with M&S has seen her slip into a bedazzling (quite literally) Sequin Midi Straight Skirt, which she paired with a cream jumper and

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Toronto condo developer launches campaign to tackle racism in construction industry

A major Toronto condo developer has launched a “Built for Respect” campaign to tackle racism in the construction industry.with the support of a labour union, a construction company, industry associations, the city and province,

The campaign by Tridel comes after several nooses were found at Toronto construction sites, including Michael Garron Hospital in East York earlier this year.

Mayor John Tory announced his support at a news conference on Wednesday held at a construction site of The Well, a mixed-use development, at Front Street West and Spadina Avenue.

“We’ve seen some of these horrific incidents involving nooses left on construction sites and we’ve heard other evidence of racism taking place within construction sites and in the industry itself,” Tory told reporters.

Tory said the launch is an important event because it helps to build awareness that anti-Black racism exists in Toronto. 

“These kinds of acts of racism, these kinds of

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Real Estate and Facilities Leader, Building Solutions, Announces “Building Solutions for Brighter Futures” Social Justice Campaign

DALLAS, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In celebration of their 30th anniversary, Building Solutions, a national real estate advisor for facility assessments and capital projects, today announces their “Building Solutions for Brighter Futures” campaign in an effort to foster improvements to schools in underserved communities and help achieve better outcomes for all K-12 students in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The social equity campaign aims to raise awareness of inequities in school facilities and provide solutions for creating fair learning environments for all Dallas-Fort Worth scholars. For 30 years, the company has worked closely with private, charter, and public K-12 schools in North Texas and across the U.S. on more than 1,150 school projects.

The “Building Solutions for Brighter Futures” campaign includes the company’s initial commitment of donating 3,000 hours to 30 different schools in the North Texas area. To kick-off the campaign, an allocation of that time will

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Kathleen Wynne says she won’t seek re-election in the next campaign

Former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne will not seek re-election in the next campaign.

Wynne, who governed the province from 2013 until 2018, has informed her Don Valley West riding association that she will be not be a candidate in the 2022 provincial election.

“I’m going to stay till 2022. To go early and to put the riding through a byelection doesn’t make sense,” Wynne, 67, told the Star on Monday.

“They stood by me in a sweep election and I appreciate that.”

Indeed, the veteran MPP surprised some observers by being an active participant in the legislature since leading the Liberals to defeat at the hands of Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives more than two years ago.

“Leaders don’t usually stay after losing … but I love being an MPP, I love the work,” said Wynne, who is respected on both sides of the aisle.

Ford made headlines several weeks

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Central Florida 100: Campaign visits, COVID-19 and honoring Miss Sammy

Larry Pino, attorney and entrepreneur

Last week: PRESIDENTIAL CONTRASTS: For years it was argued that voting between the two presidential political opponents made no difference since they ultimately looked alike. Trump’s and Biden’s tempestuous campaigns through Florida this past week make that old adage obsolete: this is a study in violent contrasts. Trump assured the predominantly unmasked and crowded supporters at the Sanford Airport that he felt “powerful,” marginalizing Biden’s fear and age. Biden told his masked and distanced Broward County audience that Trump was an arrogant self-serving liar who would desecrate Social Security and Medicare, caring only for himself. This year’s election is about character, not politics …which wins?

Looking ahead: DISNEY PLUS: Theme parks served Disney well, first in Anaheim, then in Orlando, Paris, Hong Kong, and others. Content came next with Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Studios, among others, collectively increasing Disney’s market value three-fold. But,

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