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Are the Cotswolds better than Beirut?

Comedian Dom Joly has compared the scenic Cotswold hills to Middle Eastern tension hotspot Beirut.

Dom tweeted a picture of a derelict car with smashed windows and claimed the number of abandoned burned out cars reminded him of Beirut.

The comedian, who grew up in the Lebanese capital, tweeted it to his 260,000 followers.

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"What choice do I have? There is nowhere else I can put the car"

The picturesque Cotswold's village of Bibury has been photo-bombed by a bright yellow car.

The 14th century National Trust-owned cottages are some of the most-photographed dwellings in Britain

Photographer Lee McCallum took to Twitter to complain about "Bibury's elephant in the room":

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However the 82-year old owner of the bright yellow Vauxhall Corsa has hit back claiming he has not other option.

What choice do I have? There is nowhere else I can put the car

– Peter, Owner of the bright yellow Corsa


Yellow car spoils the view for snappers

Photographers say the little yellow car is spoiling the picture postcard view Credit: ITV News

Photographers visiting a famously picturesque spot in Gloucestershire have complained that a bright yellow car is spoiling the view.

The row of cottages on Arlington Row in Bibury are some of the oldest inhabited homes in the UK. But many visitors to the beauty spot are finding their pictures are ruined by the car, which is owned by a local resident.

Cotswold Council criticised for employing magician

The TaxPayers' Alliance say cutting 'useless projects' could wipe out budget deficit. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Cotswold District Council has been accused of wasting money after a report revealed the authority spent £19,000 on a magician to help 'boost staff morale'.

The TaxPayers' Alliance say councils across the country spent a total £120 billion on what it calls 'useless projects' in the last financial year. They say cutting them could wipe out the UK's budget deficit.


Six people infected at Cotswold farm

Six people have contracted an infection from Countryfile TV presenter Adam Henson's Cotswold farm.

Five visitors and a member of staff are being treated for a bug which affects the intestine called cryptosporidium.

Public Heath officals are investigating the outbreak at Cotswold Farm Park near Bourton-on-the-Water.

They say those affected are recovering well.

The farm says it has taken extra precautions to reduce any risk for visitors over the Bank Holiday.

Chinese bowl expected to fetch £250,000

The marriage bowl is expected to sell for between £200,000 and 250,000 at auction. Credit: Chorley's

A magnificent 18th century Chinese jade marriage bowl is expected to fetch up to a quarter of a million pounds at a sale of Chinese art in the Cotswolds later.

The bowl was part of a collection from of the late Commander Paul Bridgman of Dowdeswell Manor near Cheltenham, who died in 1930. and dates from the mid 1700s.

Cotswold District Council announce Council Tax cut

Cotswold District Council has announced a 5% council tax cut in the coming year. The decision is expected to be the 'largest cut in the country.' The authority also confirmed there would be no increases until at least 2016.

Meanwhile, Wiltshire Council has also agreed its budget. The Conservative-led cabinet voted through 28 million pounds worth of savings, and says Council Tax won't increase.

Rangers restore trashed car park

The caravan blocks the car park entrance. Credit: Cotswold Water Park Trust

A caravan full of rubbish has been dumped in a car park at the Cotswold Water Park in Gloucestershire.

The entrance to Waterhay Car Park near Ashton Keynes was blocked by the bottom half of a caravan, filled with household waste. The other part of the caravan had been towed into the car park and dumped, having completely destroyed the height barrier at the entrance.

The Cotswold Water Park ranger team, assisted by local farmers Richard Rummings, Nick and Chris Freeth along with local mechanic Matt Freeth have now cleared the site, fixed the barriers and reopened the car park.

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