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from UK News:

Best of Britain: Let it snow

For the past week, snow was more than just a single story, it encompassed many stories.  This week's Best of Britain features a selection of pictures ranging from a sheep in a winter landscape to students determined to protest despite the snow.  There's a West Ham United player frolicking after scoring a goal and the trace footprints of pedestrians walking down a London street.

Also included are photos of Elton John guest editing The Independent, the cries of anguish as a fallen soldier is lead through Wootton Bassett and football fans distraught that the World Cup will not be coming to England in the near future.

A sheep is seen covered in snow in a field near Middleham, December 1, 2010.  REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Demonstrators march through the snow during protests about student fees and maintenance grants in London November 30, 2010.  REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

West Ham United's Jonathan Spector celebrates his second goal against Manchester United during their match at Upton Park in London November 30, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

A man strolls down a snow covered street in central London December 2, 2010.   REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Family members watch as the repatriation cortege carrying Guardsman Christopher Davies passes through the town of Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire, November 25, 2010. Guardsman Davies is the 100th British soldier to be killed in Afghanistan so far this year. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

Elton John (R) chats with Simon Kelner, editor of The Independent newspaper at their editorial offices in London November 30, 2010. John is the guest editor of the special World Aids Day edition of the British daily.   REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Fans react as they watch a televised outdoor screening of the World Cup 2018/2022 soccer host decision in central London December 2, 2010. Russia and Qatar will host the World Cup finals in 2018 and 2022 respectively, world soccer governing body FIFA said on Thursday. The decision, announced by FIFA President Sepp Blatter, followed a bidding process involving 11 nations seeking a prize expected to bring a huge economic boost for the chosen hosts. REUTERS/Toby Melville

from UK News:

Best of Britain: Reflections

This week's Best of Britain photos involve reflections of the literal as well as the metaphorical.  From an artist's work consisting of giant upside down mirrors, mourners lining Wootton Bassett, a portrait of pensioners hit by the recent "death bonds" scandal, to Gordon Brown speaking at the Labour Party's annual conference.

Also included is an image of Lehman Brothers artwork being auctioned, a costumed Ryder Cup spectator, as well as a man tending to the greens of Celtic Manor.

from Photographers' Blog:

Streets of Wootton Bassett

A historic market town with a distinctive 17th century town hall, Wootton Bassett is worth a visit – but the crowds that gather here with grim regularity are rarely interested in the tourist sites. Instead, as British troops face a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, Wootton Bassett, west of London, has become synonymous with the repatriation of soldiers killed in action.

After they arrive at a nearby air base, the bodies are driven slowly through the town en route to a hospital. For the past two years, townsfolk have joined grieving relatives in paying spontaneous tribute to the passing dead.

from Photographers' Blog:

A town of grief

The coffins of six British soldiers killed in Afghanistan are driven though the streets of Wootton Bassett in southwest England November 10, 2009. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Since the early 2000's, the bodies of fallen servicemen and women from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other places have been repatriated to RAF Lyneham. They pass through the town of Wootton Bassett on their way to the coroner in Oxford. This has led to family members, friends, locals and mourners from further afield assembling along the route of the funeral cortege. It is an emotionally charged event that garners wide media coverage every time.