New Year Honours: Children"s illustrator Quentin Blake who sketched Roald Dahl books celebrates 80th birthday with a knighthood

Children's illustrator Quentin Blake who sketched Roald Dahl books celebrates 80th birthday with a knighthood | UPDATED: 00:26 GMT, 29 December 2012 Children's author and artist Quentin Blake is best known for illustrating Roald Dahl's books Children's author and artist Quentin Blake, best known for illustrating Roald Dahl’s books, will receive a knighthood. Mr Blake said the honour was an excellent present for his recent 80th birthday – but added that many of his fans already assume he is a Sir. He said: ‘The funny thing is that my books are published a lot in France and Germany and I get a lot of letters from people there who think I have got it already, so I suppose this kind of regularises it.

The school where you are TOLD to paint on the walls: World"s first mural institute opens in Lyon

The school where you are TOLD to paint on the walls: World's first mural institute opens in LyonNew school opened to teach how to paint murals to cover sides of buildingsFounder says he is responding to a growing demand across the worldLyon is considered the world capital of mural paintings | UPDATED: 11:13 GMT, 25 December 2012 With the majority of the world's population now living in cities and towns a new breed of designers are coming through to help create urban settings a little more pleasing to the eye. The world's first ever school for mural art has opened in Lyon, the global leader in the field, in a bid to meet the demand for artworks which can transform cityscapes.