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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Buyers Turn to Outskirts of Byron Bay for Lifestyle in Line With a Post-Covid World

As Australia’s wealthy descend upon the coastal lifestyle hotspot of Byron Bay, helping house prices rise to record levels, the hunt is on to uncover the country’s next beachside gem.

Buyers have begun spilling into areas north and south of Byron Bay, inundating real estate agents who report a shortage of stock and high demand for homes during the final few months of a year affected by economic uncertainty and the coronavirus pandemic.

As Australia’s most easterly point, Byron Bay is famous for its beautiful beaches and rural backdrop, an idyllic haven on the far north coast of the New South Wales, 90 kilometers south of the Gold Coast in Queensland and 760 kilometers (472 miles)—or a short flight—north of Sydney.


In the past five years, it’s become a hive of activity for hipsters, the health-conscious and Hollywood heavyweights such as Chris Hemsworth and his wife, Elsa Pataky.

A real

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Cedar Park family distressed after HOA fines turn into lawsuit, possible foreclosure

Some Central Texas homeowners are facing lawsuits and potential foreclosures brought on by their Home Owners Associations during the pandemic.

“Everybody has their challenges,” says Soc Lindholm. He and his wife, Misty Lindholm, moved to the Highlands at Gann Ranch in Cedar Park 16 years ago. They’ve had their ups and downs with the HOA largely due to their unkempt yard. In June the Lindholms received a $1,505 bill for several past-due fines and fees including landscaping violations and trash bins. The violations dated back to last year but were news to them.

“This is the one piece of mail we got,” Misty says showing the bill to the camera while speaking with CBS Austin over Zoom. “Up until then we had paid all of our dues. No emails. No phone calls. No nothing,” she says.

In the days that followed, Misty’s grandmother died and she left town to be

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Ovo, Shell Unit to Turn Spanish Homes into Virtual Power Plants

(Bloomberg) — Ovo Energy Ltd has partnered with a Royal Dutch Shell Plc subsidiary to offer rooftop solar and batteries to homes in Spain.



Solar panels, installed by Sud Energies Renovables SL, sit on the roof of a residential apartment building in the Gracia neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Spain installed 5,048 megawatts of solar photovoltaic projects in 2019.


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Solar panels, installed by Sud Energies Renovables SL, sit on the roof of a residential apartment building in the Gracia neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Spain installed 5,048 megawatts of solar photovoltaic projects in 2019.

The deal is the latest in a trend where energy suppliers offer complete energy systems that turn households into virtual power plants. Ovo’s Spanish offering is similar to Tesla Inc’s tariff launched in the U.K. last month that combines solar panels and a battery. Ovo is also carrying out a home battery trial in the U.K. with Sonnen.

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The company entered the Spanish market last year and now has thousands of customers. Residential solar in Spain is forecast to reach 1 million rooftops

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