Many of this week’s Best of Britain photos deal with troubles on the horizon. From the Pope’s greatly anticipated visit to the UK and the associated priest abuse scandal, to demonstrators protesting on the 9/11 anniversary as well as a fan crying over the sentencing of her beloved music icon George Michael.
Also included are photos of a fly fisherman, Will Ferrell at his movie premiere and the smallest man in the world playing fisticuffs with one of the strongest.
It’s been a week of events worth watching. From Tony Blair’s interview with Andrew Marr to performers at the Notting Hill Carnival, as well as a protest against stoning in Trafalgar Square.
Also included are photos of people watching the fourth England vs. Pakistan test match, a couple embracing after a music festival, a view from the Millenium Bridge and a photo juxtaposing the old and the new ways of generating energy.
This week’s Your View highlight comes from Abdul Ramdzhani, who photographed a Muslim woman dressed in white praying at a mosque where the walls were of the same color. The deftness in which the photographer highlights the woman’s face amongst the white makes for an intriguing photo.
Storm clouds, whether actual or political take center stage in this week’s Best of Britain. From photos of a man unconcerned by darkening skies in Hyde Park to a woman in a field during a protest against a big British bank, as well as Liverpool’s Reina keeping watch on the pitch during a rainstorm.
Also included are photos of people in costume during the Fringe Festival, honour guards at the funeral for a fallen soldier, a police officer keeping an eye on Downing Street and sailors during the commissioning of a new submarine.
Hot air balloons fill the skies over Bristol, a motorcyclist flies himself over a stunt track and meteors light up the night sky over Stonehenge. Three pictures showing the aerobatics up in the sky in this week’s Best of Britain.
Also included are photos of a Chinese couple preparing for a wedding photo in front of the Houses of Parliament, Nick Clegg making pizza, a sentinel of a sculpture in Newcastle and a last beer for a lost friend.
Brits work hard and they play hard. This week’s Best of Britain includes photos of people doing both. There’s a photo of dozens of people seeking to break the world record for naked rollercoaster riders as well as suited up City workers heading to their offices with the Tower Bridge in the background.
There are photos of workers checking up on Big Ben and chimpanzees checking each other. Also included are grouse hunters, Fringe Festival entertainers and a laughing Prince Charles as he attends the Highland Games.
Unusual design is a theme in some of this week’s Best of Britain photos. There’s a gallery assistant jumping up to touch an exhibit shaped like a giant table, a model resting on artistically painted deckchairs, activists dressed like characters from the movie Avatar, and a rehearsal for the merging of digital animation and performance.
In addition are workers building new structures for the upcoming 2012 Olympics, an international jump rope competition, and participants of a triathlon in Hyde Park.
The sky’s the limit behind many of this week’s Best of Britain photos, from the future of warfare in a newly unveiled unmanned combat drone to Spanish fans cheering their World Cup win in Trafalgar Square, as well as the launch of a bicycle sharing program, in the hopes of reducing overcrowding on London’s streets.
Also included are photos of the effects of a heat wave on Hyde Park, a Scottish Open player trying to dig himself out of a rough spot, a F1 Grand Prix fan, and toy cows at the Yorkshire agricultural show.
Each of this week’s Best of Britain photos touches on how events from the past continue to make their effects felt. Whether it’s people remembering the victims of the 7/7 London Bombings, tennis fans hoping for a Brit to once again win Wimbledon, or actors breaking a centuries-old Shakespearean taboo, each photo is a small example of living with history.
Also included are photos of anti-war protesters, an unprecedented treasure find, an art exhibit featuring the Queen and a wall-building competition, done the old fashioned way.
This week’s Best of Britain photos highlight a week of competitions and celebrations.
The first couple of photos are from sporting events high on the minds of Britons: Wimbledon and the World Cup. Also included is a photo of John Isner’s final victory at the end of an epic record-setting 11 hour 5 minute match against Nicolas Mahut.