THEY say that the British are car-mad and a new survey, outlined in the Daily Mail, confirms that.

The study by new car buying website Carfused.com showed that 93 per cent of those questioned could remember the colour of their first motor, but only 88 per cent could recall the name of the first person they kissed!

And 79 per cent could remember the name they gave their first car, whereas just 75 per cent could could recollect their first kiss. Names for first car included everything from Arthur Pendragon to the Flying Egg.

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The Daily Mirror has put Chihuahua Bibity Bobity Boo under the spotlight for being the UK's smallest dog.

The animal, which goes by the name of Boo, is less than three inches high and weighs 1lb 10oz, and belongs to Ron and Susan Lingham, from Blackpool in Lancashire.

Ron said: “She’s so tiny, she just buries herself in my arms. I think she uses it to her advantage because it means she gets lots of kisses and cuddles.”

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Forty four year old Karen Hawkins from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, was so determined to recover her wedding ring which she lost whilst trekking in woods at Center Parcs in Longleat, Wiltshire, that a group of local metal detector enthusiasts were called in to help her.

The Daily Mail reports that Karen, husband Julian and children Jake, 16, and Beth, 12, spent hours searching for it with no luck.

So then Julian contacted a metal detector club in his home town and seven members of the group found the ring within 10 minutes. 

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How about this for arriving in style – the Manchester Evening News tells us that 16 year old Simon May turned up for the Year 11 prom at Alder Grange Community and Technology School in Rossendale...in a coffin inside a hearse!

Simon was accompanied by his older brother Ethan at the event at Higher Trapp Country House Hotel.

Although some pupils turned up in sports cars, convertibles, police cars and motorbikes, Simon stole the limelight.

Simon said: “It was Ethan who suggested it, he’s an apprentice at an undertakers and he asked if I wanted to go to my prom in a coffin. I said yes, and the undertakers that he works for put him in touch with a hire company in Manchester for a hearse.”

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Another teenager with a bright idea was 15 year old Bryon Wake from Martock, Somerset, who carried out an DIY operation to insert a microchip into his hand that can control his mobile phone and unlock doors.

A Daily Mirror article said that Bryon inserted the tiny 'transponder' using a hypodermic needle in his bedroom. The chip is the size of a grain of rice and can be read by Android devices.

The chip emits a signal triggering pre-programmed actions and is encased in bio-safe glass similar to chips used to identify pets.

He said: “It's not as though I was pumping metal into my hand. Now I can set it up to go to Bluetooth device, to pair with my Bluetooth speaker.”

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Some people reckon that the economy hasn't recovered yet but that didn't stop Sotheby's conducting an auction of contemporary art in London which raised £130.4m.

The Guardian reports that works by Andy Warhol, Lucien Freud and Gerhard Richter contributed to making it the auction house's most lucrative sale ever.

Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s head of contemporary art commented: “We reached new heights at Sotheby’s with the highest total we’ve ever achieved for contemporary art in London. Bidders from across the globe were drawn to Warhol works that ripped up the rule book for 20th-century art, rediscovered Francis Bacon gems, and some of the greatest works by British artists of the last 70 years.”

Reference list:

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

Manchester Evening News (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)