In case you missed it: Why are coach-loads of Chinese tourists visiting an Oxfordshire village?

Tourists have been taking pictures of gardens, houses and have been knocking on the locals’ doors to take ‘selfies’ with them. Some tourists have sat on benches in people’s gardens whilst eating their packed lunches.
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In case you missed it – Noisy construction works banned at weekends in Royal Borough

The London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to ban all construction works on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays due to an increase in noise complaints……
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In case you missed it – The Playboy Mansion is up for sale, but unfortunately comes with one major catch…

The Playboy Mansion has been put up for sale for a staggering £138 million, but unfortunately comes with one major catch – Playboy founder Hugh Hefner must stay…
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In case you missed it – Britain’s most energy-efficient home?

Architect Colin Usher has won the 2015 Buildings and Energy Efficiency Awards for designing a house that costs just £15 a year to run…
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Back by popular demand – The origins of place names in England

In England, prior to the 15th Century, the majority of place names were adaptations of the location or features of the landscape or referred to the land ownership. We explore the most common names and prefixes in use around Britain today…
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In case you missed it – Widow banned from her new property because it was the ‘wrong colour’ – leaving her homeless

Jayne Fawcett, aged 62, left “homeless” after being told that she must change the colour of the property that she designed with her late husband…

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In case you missed it: Landlord smashes up his own pub after being refused a drink

A businessman who caused an estimated £40,000 worth of damage to a pub after driving a JCB into it, has been let off criminal charges because he is the owner.

According to locals, 45 year old Mark Switsun was refused a drink after the 11pm closing time, he then left only to return at the controls of a 28 ton digger and ploughed it straight into the extension of the pub.

As a result, Switsun was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage but was released without charge, with police saying they were powerless to charge him. A police source explained:

“At the end of the day the building belongs to him so he can do what he likes with it…We would have needed someone to make an official complaint about the damage he caused”

Only the year previously had Mr Switsun – a wealthy shellfish factory owner – decided to invest £60,000 into the Royal Oak pub in Penclawdd with his business partner Colin McDonald.

A village local summed up:

“It was a classic case of cutting off your nose to spite your face…But I suppose the police couldn’t charge him because he owns the pub and he can do what he wants with it.”

Another local Rob Lowe, who lives opposite the pub explains

“My daughters had just finished watching a film and heard a loud noise…A JCB with long prongs at the end was being driven through the extension…The prongs went through the window and were lifted up through the roof…My daughters were horrified.”

Luckily, nobody was harmed during the partial demolition, though it’s more than likely that Mr Switsun’s pride and his bank balance both took a knock.

BT www.propertysurveying.co.uk 13.10.15

Tourists that flock to see the most photographed houses in Britain are left devastated by bright yellow car

Tourists trying to capture a picture of the most photographed ‘ordinary’ homes in Britain have been left devastated by a photobombing Vauxhall Corsa…
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