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'Think before you ink' tattoo vetting service launched

A "think before you ink" vetting service has been launched by a university translator for people who want a tattoo of foreign words or symbols on their bodies but are wary of misspelt body art, according to The Times (£).

David Beckham had a misspelt tattoo on his left forearm. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

David Beckham and Britney Spears have been previous victims of the misspelt tattoo, with the football star having the word "Vihctoria" in Sanskrit inked on his forearm.

The US popstar wanted a Chinese symbol tattoo that meant "mysterious" but ended up with the word "strange".

Sharon Stephens, who set up Veritas Language Solutions, told the newspaper that one client turned up with a Chinese tattoo that said "sweet and sour chicken" instead of his request "live and let live".

She added that another example of a misspelt tattoo was a woman who wanted an "I love David" tattoo in Hebrew on her back but after using an internet translation tool she ended up with: "Babylon is the world’s leading dictionary and translation software".

Ferguson book set to reveal why he sold Beckham

Sir Alex Ferguson's eagerly awaited account of his life as Manchester United manager will be released later today. Credit: Matthew Ashton/EMPICS Sport

Sir Alex Ferguson told Manchester United TV in a recent interview: "The problem with doing a book is you have to bring in the elements and factors which in many ways either affected or determined your management decision-making.

"Because I've been at the club such a long time and you're building team after team after team, there are areas that you can't ignore.

"Why we sold certain players like David Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooy. You can't ignore these things because these guys were big, big figures in Manchester United's career history."


Malala gets a Pride of Britain Award from Beckham

David Beckham presents a Mirror Pride of Britain Teenager of Courage to Malala Yousafzai, Credit: Philip Coburn/Daily Mirror/PA Wire

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for girls' education, has received a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Award from David Beckham.

He told the 16-year-old: "You're an amazing young lady, a very special young lady, and your story has moved millions of people around the world.

"I'm so privileged and honoured to present this award to you."

Malala said: “It is such an honour to receive this award. It will help me continue my campaign.”

The Pride of Britain awards will be screened on ITV at 8pm on Tuesday

Beckham attends London opening of new Belstaff store

David Beckham attended the opening of the new London flagship store of British luxury clothing brand Belstaff House.

The opening of the store on New Bond Street coincides with London Fashion Week, where designers are showing off their Spring/Summer 2014 collections.

David Beckham attends the opening of Belstaff House on New Bond Street. Credit: PA Wire
David Beckham poses during a photocall at the opening of the London flagship store. Credit: PA Wire

Beckham's son Romeo 'joins Arsenal's youth academy'

David Beckham's ten year-old son, Romeo, has reportedly joined Arsenal's youth academy on a development contract.

The youngster is a fan of the north London side and hopes to follow in the footsteps of his old man by becoming a professional footballer.

Romeo Beckham (far right) with his dad David and brothers Brooklyn and Cruz. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport


Call royal baby David, says Beckham

David Beckham believes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be "amazing" parents and has helped out the couple by suggesting a name for the new royal arrival.

"David's pretty good ... if it's a boy of course, " he recommended

David Beckham said pal William is an "unbelievable gentleman" Credit: Gouhier-Guibbaud-JMP/ABACA

The football star struck up a friendship with William when the pair joined forces to lobby for London's Olympic bid in 2007.

In an interview with Sky News, Beckham said: "They're going to be amazing parents because they are so loving towards children.

"We've seen William grow from that young boy into an unbelievable gentleman. And that as a father is really important."

David Beckham's career celebrated through Lego

David Beckham's distinguished football career has been celebrated using Lego pieces.

The Lego animation has accumulated nearly 250,000 views on YouTube.

The 38-year-old announced his retirement from Football back in May, after making 718 professional appearances and winning 14 pieces of major silverware during a 19-year playing career.

David Beckham arrives in China as football ambassador

David Beckham has arrived in China for a week-long trip, as the country's first global football ambassador - posting a photograph of his arrival on Facebook.

In March, China named the former England captain as its ambassador for the country's football league in a bid to revive the game's image, which has been hit by a match-fixing scandal and an exodus of international stalwarts.

David Beckham posted a photograph of himself on his Facebook page as he arrived in China. Credit: Facebook/David Beckham

In his new role, Beckham is expected to help bring the Chinese Super League (CSL) to the world stage and promote the game in the world's most populous country.

Beckham's second trip to China this year will see him observe games, attend training sessions and take part in charitable events in Beijing and the eastern cities of Shanghai and Hangzhou, his PR company said.

His wife Victoria is expected to join him over the weekend, when the two will attend a charity event.

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