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Best of Britain: Trials and tribulations

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.

A gust of wind blows the shoulder cape of Pope Benedict XVI as he arrives at Edinburgh Airport, in Scotland September 16, 2010. Pope Benedict arrived in Britain on Thursday hoping to win over one of Europe's most secular countries, but a last minute diplomatic hiccup and the possibility of a low turnout threaten the success of the visit.  REUTERS/Andrew Milligan/Pool

Muslim demonstrators protest after burning a U.S. flag outside the U.S. embassy in London September 11, 2010. Saturday marked the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

A fisherman casts his line on the river Tummel in Perthshire, Scotland September 10, 2010. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Fans of George Michael stand outside Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in London September 14, 2010. Michael was sentenced to eight weeks in jail on Tuesday for driving under the influence of cannabis when he crashed his car into a north London shop in July.   REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Actor Will Ferrell reacts on the red carpet when he arrives for the premiere of 'The Other Guys' in Leicester Square in London September 14, 2010.  REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Pictures of victims of sexual abuse are placed by U.S.-based Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) outside the Vatican Embassy in London September 9, 2010.  REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal (R) poses for photographers with Londoner 'Tiny Iron' in central London September 9, 2010. 17 year old Khagendra is the smallest known person on earth at 22 inches (56 cm), whilst 'Tiny Iron' has biceps measuring 24 inches (61 cm) in circumference, giving him the title of 'Biggest Biceps in Britain'. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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Best of Britain: Who’s watching?

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.

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) members look through a window into the Long Room to watch the presentations after England defeated Pakistan in the fourth cricket test match at Lord's Cricket Ground in London August 29, 2010.   REUTERS/Philip Brown

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair appears on BBC journalist Andrew Marr's television program in London August 30, 2010. REUTERS/Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout

A young woman takes part in the annual Notting Hill Carnival street party in London, August 30, 2010.  REUTERS/Paul Hackett

The first phase of a new wind farm is seen next to Drax power station in Drax, September 2, 2010.   REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Pedestrians are reflected in glass as they cross the Millennium Bridge in front of St Paul's Cathedral in London August 21, 2010. Picture taken August 21, 2010.    REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

A couple kiss as revellers leave the South West Four music festival on Clapham Common in London August 28, 2010. The two-day weekend festival will feature DJs such as Fatboy Slim and Paul Oakenfold.    REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

A demonstrator holding a placard casts a shadow accross a banner during a protest against stoning in Trafalgar Square, London, August 28, 2010. The protest was organized to coincide with similar ones in cities around the world after an international campaign was sparked by case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani in Iran; who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.  REUTERS/Paul Hackett

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Best of Britain: Storm’s coming

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.

People relax in deckchairs in Hyde Park ahead of the holiday weekend, in London August 27, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A police officer is reflected in a mirror as he stands guard in Downing Street in central London August 19, 2010. Drastic government spending cuts to tackle a huge budget deficit could leave Britain at greater risk of attack from militants, although the austere times could also open up opportunities for the country's security industry. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Liverpool's Pepe Reina stands in the rain during their Premier League match against Manchester City at the City of Manchester stadium in Manchester, August 23, 2010.   REUTERS/Darren Staples

Performers from "The Gift of the Gorgon" walk along the Royal Mile to promote their show during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland August 25, 2010. REUTERS/David Moir

A woman walks through a field to a climate camp in the grounds of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) headquarters, during a day of action against the bank, in Edinburgh, Scotland August 23, 2010.    REUTERS/David Moir

Scots Guards carry the coffin of Lance Sergeant Dale McCallum of 1st Battalion Scots Guards into the New Testament Church of God in Willesden for his funeral service, London August 20, 2010. McCallum was killed in the conflict in Afghanistan on August 1.    REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Crew on board HMS Astute watch during the commissioning ceremony of the Royal Navy submarine at the Clyde Naval Base near Glasgow, Scotland August 27, 2010.    REUTERS/David Moir

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Best of Britain: Up in the air

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.

Yasmine Liu from China (2nd L) has her make up retouched as her husband Jeremy Sun waits before posing for a wedding photo shoot outside the Houses of Parliament in London August 19, 2010. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Hot air balloons fly in the early morning at the International Balloon Fiesta in Bristol August 13, 2010. The annual event attracts up to half a million spectators over four days with six scheduled mass balloon ascents. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg helps children make pizzas as he poses for photographers during a visit to the Shepherd's Bush Families Project and Children's Centre in west London August 18, 2010.    REUTERS/Toby Melville

Mike Mason of the U.S. performs during the finals of the Red Bull X-Fighters 2010 World Tour in London August 14, 2010. REUTERS/Joerg Mitter/Global-Newsroom/Handout

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky over Stonehenge in Salisbury Plain, August 12, 2010. The Perseid meteor shower is sparked every August when the Earth passes through a stream of space debris left by comet Swift-Tuttle. Picture taken using a long exposure.  REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

A pint of beer is placed on the hearse carrying Sapper Darren Foster, 20 from Carlisle, of the 21 Engineer Regiment and Sapper Ishwor Gurung, 21 from Pokhara in Nepal, of the 69 Gurkha Field Squadron in Wootton Bassett August 19, 2010. The soldiers were killed in Afghanistan.   REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

The Angel of the North sculpture is seen in the early morning in Newcastle,  August 13, 2010. Picture taken with a long exposure. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

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Best of Britain: Work and play

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.

Thrillseekers take part in a world record-breaking nude rollercoaster ride, to raise money for Southend Hospital's breast care unit, at an amusement park in Southend-on-Sea, southeast England August 8, 2010. Participants, who loaded into the carriages 40 at a time, broke the previous world record of 32 naked riders on a theme park ride. A total of 102 riders turned up to ride without clothing. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

City workers cross London Bridge during the morning rush-hour in the City of London August 11, 2010.     REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Gamekeepers Bob Pirie and Adam Smith (R) pose on a heather moor a day before the opening of the grouse shooting season, on the Auchleeks Estate near Trinafour, Scotland August 11, 2010. The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust says that the economic resilience of grouse shooting is being tested by falling numbers of grouse being shot. Their study suggests slightly less than half as many grouse were shot in Scotland last year as in 2001.   REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Two chimpanzees groom each other as they sit together in their Budongo Trail enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland August 10, 2010. In March eleven new chimpanzees were introduced, in stages over six months, from Holland's Beekse Bergen safari park in order to create a 'super group' of twenty two. REUTERS/David Moir

A street entertainer performs during the opening day of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival August 6, 2010. The festival runs for the rest of August. REUTERS/David Moir

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Best of Britain: Living with history

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.

A flower is seen placed at the London Bombing Memorial, on the fifth anniversary of the attacks, in Hyde Park July 7, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Fans of tennis player Andy Murray eat strawberries and cream as they watch his Wimbledon semi-final match against Spain's Rafael Nadal on a television in a bar in Murray's hometown of Dunblane, Scotland July 2, 2010. REUTERS/David Moir

Actors Dominic Rowan (L) and Miranda Raison perform as Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in Shakepeare's Henry VIII at the Globe theatre in London July 6, 2010. William Shakespeare's Globe theater has finally put a 400-year-old taboo to rest by staging the play which burned the original house down during the Bard's lifetime. The theater on the south bank of the River Thames in London, which burned to the ground during the staging of a play about Henry VIII in 1613 and was rebuilt in the late 1990s, has staged the first version of the play that has come to be called "Henry VIII" since that fateful day. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

A British Museum worker holds recently-found Roman coins in London July 8, 2010. One of the largest hoards of Roman coins ever found in Britain has been unearthed in a field in Somerset by an amateur treasure hunter with a metal detector. The stash of some 52,000 mostly bronze coins dating from the third century AD was buried in a large, well-preserved pot close to the picturesque town of Frome. It has yet to be valued. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Sheep pass by entrants in the annual Friends of the Lake District Dry Stone Walling Competition, who were working on their section of wall, in Little Asby Common, July 3, 2010. The event is aimed at preserving the traditional craft of constructing the walls, made without mortar, that are a distinctive part of Britain's rural landscape. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

An anti-war demonstrator, who had camped out in Parliament Square, is removed from the entrance to Downing Street by police officers during a protest in central London July 2, 2010. The Mayor of London won a court order this week to evict the demonstrators who are living in a makeshift campsite opposite the Houses of Parliament. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

A woman poses with Kim Dong Yoo's painting "Elizabeth II vs Diana" a giant oil of the Queen made up of scores of faces of Princess Diana, before the launch of the Korean Eye : Fantastic Ordinary exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea west London July 5, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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Best of Britain: Fakes and spills

This week's Best of Britain brings us everything from highs and lows to fakes and spills.

Prince Harry falls off his horse as he plays polo in the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic on Governor's Island in New York, June 27, 2010.   REUTERS/Stephen Lovekin/Pool

Prince Harry falls off his horse as he plays polo in the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic on Governor's Island in New York, June 27, 2010. REUTERS/Stephen Lovekin/Pool

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Samantha Cameron poses with waxwork of her husband, Prime Minister David Cameron, at Madame Tussauds in London, July 1, 2010.  REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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Best of Britain: England pride

This week's Best of Britain photos show the many different angles of people's pride in England.

With the World Cup in full swing, one photo shows a house wrapped with fabric in the shape of St. George's Cross ahead of the match against the United States.  While another shows a man with a British flag being held back by police during a counter-protest.

Also with their patriotic pride on display is a long line of Chelsea Pensioners, spectators at the Trooping the Colour ceremony, and the glamorous hats at the Royal Ascot.