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The Great British Bake Off contestants - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon

After star baker Marie was compared to Rod Stewart this week, we couldn’t help but spot that many of the other contestants shared some spooky similarities with celebrities too…

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A reporter talks to the greasers and the mods of Cheltenham in 1965 | Image: BFI

The BFI has launched Britain on Film, a new project that reveals hidden histories and forgotten stories of people and places from the key film and TV archives of the UK, including around the Cotswold area. We’ve compiled the best videos that provide an entertaining and insightful glimpse into the past of this beautiful region of England.

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Exclusive:Interview: Lulu on Making Life Rhyme

Monday, July 13, 2015
Lulu

Despite fame and fortune, Lulu has spent much of her life trying to be Miss Perfect - but never feeling good enough, she tells Katie Jarvis. It’s no accident that, finally comfortable in her own skin, she’s producing her best work ever.

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Meurig Bowen

The Cheltenham Music Festival, though having classical music at its heart, is studded with diverse treats – encompassing film, dance, jazz, world music and family events amidst the rich mix of orchestral, choral and chamber concerts. Festival director Meurig Bowen picks out his top ten programme highlights.

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BBQ for Heroes raises funds for Help For Heroes, which provides injured service personnel with ongoing support

Help for Heroes is asking the great British public to turn their BBQ’s in to an opportunity to fundraise for our wounded, injured and sick service personnel, veterans and their families.

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Some of the sights to look forward to at the Berkswell gardens

On June 28, thirteen gardens around the village of Berkswell will welcome visitors as part of the National Gardens Sceme - raising money for palliative cancer care chairies.

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Mary Berry visits Upton House which during the Second World War became the 'bank to beat the blitz'

When Mary Berry popped in to Upton House to officially launch its new wartime exhibition, we were thrilled to be able to have a chat with her about her wartime memories, her affection for the Cotswolds, and much more besides...

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Exclusive:Why Liccy Dahl feels so lucky

Monday, June 1, 2015
Roald and Liccy Dahl

Katie Jarvis enjoys a rare interview with Liccy Dahl, Roald’s widow, and Peter Ash, composer, to hear about a new musical version of The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, commissioned by Stroud Choral Society

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'Dame in Hearse', by Adam Loveridge

There's a new kid on the block at Quenington – colourfully creative, wildly witty, and just a little bit naughty. Candia McKormack braces herself for the enfant terrible that is ARTSE

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The Mad Hatter as depicted by Sir John Tenniel

Art often imitates life in literature. From Scrooge to Long John Silver, here are 8 famous fictional characters inspired by people from around the Cotswolds.

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Top 10 quirkiest Cotswold traditions

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Cheese Rolling / Photo: Mike Warren

Britain is home to many an unusual tradition, and the region of the Cotswolds is no exception. Here are 10 of the strangest pastimes from this corner of England, including cheese rolling, duck racing and shin kicking!

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Many young people who have been in care or forced to leave home due to family problems  find themselves struggling to cope alone - could you help? / Photo: Julia Karo

Barnardo’s Warwickshire is reaching out for local people to become approved Supported Lodgings Providers, giving shelter and support to young care-leavers.

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Francis Hamel painting on site at Giffords Circus

Oxfordshire artist Francis Hamel was struck by the glamour and alchemy of Giffords Circus when he took his children to a show. The result was time spent touring with Giffords and a series of remarkable paintings…

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'From the Last to the Line, 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup', featuring The Giant Bolster, centre, by David Dent

From his working-class roots in South Wales to being one of our most sought-after equestrian artists, David Dent has found the winning formula

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Novelist and writer Caroline Sandon at Oxford Literary Festival, Christchurch College, 2014. PHOTOGRAPHY: Geraint Lewis

Author Caroline Sandon returns from the Times of Mumbai Literary Festival with memories of something ‘unique and extremely special’

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