A group of architects in the UK has launched a crowd-funding campaign to build a life-sized replica of Minas Tirith in the south of England, based on the city portrayed in Peter Jackson's film adaptations of Lord of the Rings trilogy. The replica would be a fully functional place for people to live and do business in. "We believe that, in realising Minas Tirith, we could create not only the most remarkable tourist attraction on the planet, but also a wonderfully unique place to live and work," campaign leader Jonathan Wilson said on their Indiegogo site. The campaign has raised $142,000 from more than 1700 contributions and if the project is successful contributors will have the chance to live in the creation. Wilson outlines his estimated budget; 15 million ($34 million) for land, 188 million for labour and 1.4 billion for material. The remainder of the 1.85 billion will be invested in maintenance and services until 2053.

The best lady-costume for Halloween! (yes, it's a parody of the all pervasive, sexy-at-all-costs dress-up culture we've inherited from the US)
The best lady-costume for Halloween! (yes, it's a parody of the all pervasive, sexy-at-all-costs dress-up culture we've inherited from the US)
Hamish's swish bike
Hamish's swish bike

Hamish is grieving for his two-wheeled pride and joy (pictured below) stolen from Westhaven Marina . However, he has a tracking device hidden under the seat. "It works if others have the Tile app on their phone and the Bluetooth turned on so if the bike is in range it lets me know exactly where it is. I know awesome future stuff right!? So could you all do me a favour and if you have a smartphone just download the Tile app and turn it on so if my bike goes past then we can get it back to me and find the scumbag who took it... The more people who have the app the more chance we have of finding the bike and stopping thieves like this. Social media band together!

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Brody JAWS Retallic

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Good read: The Lonely Death of George Bell is a long form read which reveals the fascinating process that officials go through to identify a person who has died alone, seemingly without next of kin, and how their estate is eventually settled. Read more here.

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