In a bid to attract more Chinese visitors, over 100 places of interest in the UK have been given Mandarin names, says the Daily Mail.

It's part of a £1.6 million campaign to get more Chinese tourists to come to Britain.

VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, asked Chinese people to come up with names - encouraging them to give literal descriptions of how they think of them. They did this for popular attractions, places, events, and even food.

They received over 130,000 suggestions such as the Mandarin name of 'Healthy Lung Village' for the Welsh village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch because, ”it can only be pronounced by those with sufficient breath.”

London's Savile Row, which is famous for men's tailoring, was called 'Custom-made Rich People Street' by the Chinese.

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Despite eventually losing the match 3-1, Preston North End player Scott Laird must have extremely pleased to have scored the opening goal in their FA Cup match against Premier League giants Manchester United.

For the League One club's defender had an added incentive – a £1 coin from his grandma.

The BBC reported Laird as saying, “Every time we scored as kids, she used to give me and my brothers a pound. Even though I'm 26 now, I still carry that tradition on.”

He added: “She was the first person I rang and said 'I want that pound'. I tried saying I wanted a bit more because it was against Manchester United, but she says that wasn't in the contract. It's something I'll be going on with until the end of my career.”

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Another football related tale in the Daily Star. A punter won nearly £170,000 on an accumulator – thanks to a goal in the 11th minute of injury time.

The man correctly bet on who would be the victorious team in nine matches with the winnings rolling over to the next fixture.

He needed Leyton Orient to beat Chesterfield away to collect the big sum, but the match was heading to a 2-2 draw until Orient's Dean Cox scored in the 101st minute! The match had been extended because of a succession of injuries to players.

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When Doreen Liddell of Penzance in Cornwall died, her family assumed that an ornament cat with delicate gold earrings was worthless and were ready to throw it away. It had stood on the hearth of Doreen's cottage for years without attracting much interest.

But, said the Daily Mail, when the family called in an auctioneer to clear her house, he discovered that the cat was a genuine Egyptian relic dating back to around 600BC, and is expected to sell for tens of thousands of pounds when it goes under the hammer.

A spokesperson for the auctioneers said the head of the Ancient Egypt department at the British Museum confirmed the cat dated from the 26th Dynasty.

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And another interesting auction story appeared in the Daily Express. A classic Morris Minor car which had been kept in a garage for 47 years with just 190 miles on the clock, was sold for £17,000 – nearly double the asking price.

It was bought by Joe Drydal from York. The previous owner, who bought it for £656 in July 1968, when a gallon of petrol cost just 30p. He kept the car in pristine condition, refusing to drive it for fear of damaging it.

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The Express (www.express.co.uk)

Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Daily Star (www.daily star.co.uk)

BBC (www.bbc.co.uk)