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Mersey ferry to get some razzle dazzle

One of the major figures of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake has been commissioned to "dazzle" a Mersey ferry.

The rather distinctive paint job is a joint project involving Tate Liverpool and other city art institutions.

The idea behind a dazzle paint scheme goes back to World War One to mislead the enemy.

Each ship's dazzle pattern was unique in order to avoid making classes of ships instantly recognisable to German U- boats and aircraft.

The work is being carried out at Cammell Laird shipyard, Birkenhead Credit: Tate Liverpool


Let them eat cake

Cake lovers and enthusiasts will be heading to Manchester for the Cake International event. The show, which is on for three days at Event City, takes in all aspects including decorating, baking and sugar craft. Some of the world's top bakers will give tips on how to improve your own cakes and there's an intriguingly titled session called 50 Shades of Cake!

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John Lennon's mother's home to go under the hammer

The former home of John Lennon's mother will be going up for auction. The semi-detached home on Blomfield Road, in Allerton, Liverpool, was where Lennon’s mum Julia lived when he was a teenager. It's due to go under the hammer at Liverpool Town Hall on March 31 2015.

Lennon's mum lived here when he was a teenager Credit: ITV Granada

Lennon lived with his aunt Mimi nearby and was a frequent visitor to the house. His aunt is reported to have referred to John's mum's home as the "House of Sin."

Actress to be honoured by her home town

Julie Hesmondhalgh is to become a Freeman of the borough Credit: PA

Former Coronation Street Julie Hesmondhalgh, will receive the title of Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Hyndburn. It's the Lancashire borough's highest honour and a special ceremony will be held at Accrington and Rossendale college where Julie studied. Julie was born in Accrington and became a household name playing Hayley Cropper in the Street for many years.

CCTV records 'Incredibly special' first moments of tiger cubs

Hidden cameras have captured some of the first moments of three rare tiger cubs at Chester Zoo.

The tigers were born to eight-year-old Sumatran tigress Kirana on Jan 2 after a 105-day pregnancy.

We’re thrilled to kick off 2015 with these special arrivals.

"These tiny triplets who, in June, will move to a brand new home in our Islands zone, are now part of a safety-net against the population in the wild becoming extinct.

"That to me is incredibly humbling."

– Tim Rowlands, Curator of mammals, Chester Zoo

The sexes of the cubs will not be known for some time and zoo staff are continuing to keep a close eye on the family.


Liverpool fan names her daughter YNWA in honour of Anfield's anthem

Eirin with daughter YNWA - pronounced Yee-Nwa.

Norwegian Liverpool FC supporter Eirin Isabel Iversen has named her daughter YNWA in honour of the Anfield anthem You'll Never Walk Alone.

And four-year-old YNWA, pronounced Yee-Nwa, is already such a huge fan of the Reds she's asked for a trip to Anfield for her birthday in May.

Eirin, told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, the youngster's favourite player is club captain Steven Gerrard.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the proud mum told she checked with YNWA's grandparents before the youngster was named.

Eirin said: "“Her dad suggested 'Gerrard', before we knew if it was a boy or girl.

"It would hardly have worked so well for a girl, and I suggested 'YNWA'.

"The more we talked about it with the grandparents, the more it sank in, and we decided."

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