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.

Funny photos of vehicles whose owners appear to like hoarding litter on the back seat

Now these really are rubbish cars! Funny photos of vehicles whose owners appear to prefer hoarding litter to carrying passengers | UPDATED: 00:03 GMT, 27 December 2012 Many of our cars have probably got the odd stray crisp packet or empty drinks bottle inside, but few will ever get to this state. These funny pictures, collected by photo gallery website Xaxor, show various rubbish-filled vehicles that owners clearly have no interest in cleaning. The cars – which look more like skips than vehicles – are filled with items from tissues to newspapers and McDonald's takeaway food to empty cups of coffee, leaving little space for passengers.