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Royal Mail pay tribute to racing legends

In the run up to the Grand National the Royal Mail has launched a new set of stamps in tribute to some horse racing legends. The stamps feature original artwork of eight champion horses achieving their greatest wins on UK race courses over six decades Horses making up the set include Red Rum, Shergar and Desert Orchid.

A collection of Gran National Stamps Credit: Royal Mail

The stamps launch in the year marking the 40th anniversary of Red Rum’s history-making third Grand National win. Known as the ‘Sport of Kings’, it was due to the 17th-century patronage of James I of England (James VI of Scotland) and Charles I that Newmarket in Suffolk developed into the home of organised horse racing.

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Baby you can drive his car! Beatles Porsche up for auction

George Harrison's and his Porsche 928 Credit: omega auctions

A sports car owned by George Harrison for four years from new is the star lot in Omega Auctions Beatles Auction taking place later. The car is expected to sell for over £20,000.

Various Beatles themed memorabilia is up for grabs including previously unseen footage of the band.

There's also a record inner sleeve with doodles and drawings by John Lennon, 1974. The sketches, in black felt pen, are believed to have been John's initial ideas for the cover of his "Walls and Bridges" album.

Where is the best place to live in the NW?

This is one story that may cause some controversy - where is the best place to live in the North West? Well according to the Sunday Times its Knutsford in Cheshire.

Acacia Avenue, Knutsford Credit: pa

Judges on the panel used a wide range of criteria including jobs, exam results and broadband speed, community spirit and local shops and culture.

Perhaps in a move to keep the good people of our region happy, a number of other areas of the north west were also voted as among the best places to live in Britain. Here are some of them in no particular order.

  • CUMBRIA
  • LIVERPOOL
  • CLITHEROE
  • KENDAL
  • ANCOATS
  • LYMM
  • SADDLEWORTH
  • RAMSBOTTOM
  • WEST KIRBY
  • KIRBY LONSDALE

Hero dog "one in a million"

Border Collie Bryn

A search and rescue team dog from Cheshire is being given the animal equivalent of an OBE. Bryn the Border Collie, is receiving the PDSA Order of Merit. He's saved countless lives searching disaster sites for survivors across the world.

Bryn with rescue teams in Japan

Working with UK’s International Search and Rescue Team, Bryn was deployed to Japan in 2011 after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, and Nepal (2015) following the earthquake which killed and injured thousands. Steve Buckley is Bryn's handler.

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Sir Ken Dodd's famous one-liners

Sir Ken Dodd has been in showbusiness since 1954 Credit: pa

Liverpool comedian Ken Dodd has a royal appointment at Buckingham Palace later, to receive his Knighthood. The 89 year old from Knotty Ash was given the accolade in the New Years Honours List.

5 CLASSIC DODDY ONE-LINERS

  • My Dad knew I was going to be a comedian. When I was a baby he said, 'Is this a joke?"
  • Did you hear about the shrimp that went to the prawn's cocktail party? He pulled a mussel.
  • I haven't spoken to my mother-in-law for eighteen months. I don't like to interrupt her.
  • I told the Inland Revenue I didn't owe them a penny because I lived near the seaside.
  • 5 out of every 3 people have trouble understanding fractions
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