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In Britain – 7 days in 7 pictures

December 24, 2008

Wednesday: A homeless man sits outside the entrance to Green Park Tube Station in central London on Christmas Eve, while a man and a woman kiss goodbye after a shopping trip. There was yet more evidence this week that the world’s economies are limping into the new year,  with Britain contracting more sharply than first thought and further signs that the U.S. economy is in a sharp decline. REUTERS/Andrew Parson

Tuesday: A homeless man has his hair cut at the charity Crisis UK temporary day centre for the homeless at a school in London. Crisis UK opens its doors to the homeless over the festive period from 23 until 30 December. A survey for Crisis suggests nearly one in 10 people are struggling to keep up with rent or mortgage payments, and the charity fears there will be a surge in homelessness in 2009. REUTERS/Luke McGregor

Monday: A framed portrait of Oscar Wilde is seen with a lot label as it sits amongst other photographs at London’s Cafe Royal. Lots from the historic establishment that is due to be redeveloped into a luxury hotel will be auctioned on January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Sunday: Mourners stand together during the Lockerbie air disaster twentieth anniversary service in the memorial garden at Dryfesdale cemetery.  Sunday marked the twentieth anniversary of the bombing over Lockerbie of a Pan Am jumbo jet flying from London to New York that killed 270 people. REUTERS/David Moir

Saturday: Shoppers walk past reduced price Santa hats on the last weekend before Christmas in Oxford Street, central London. REUTERS/Andrew Parsons

Friday: Cast members from The Royal Opera perform during a rehearsal of ‘Turandot’ at The Royal Opera House in central London. Puccini’s classic piece runs over the festive period and throughout January at the Covent Garden venue.  REUTERS/Toby Melville

Thursday: A woman walks past a shop in central London displaying a sign that says “It is your patriotic duty” to shop. Data shows that online shoppers are behind an unexpected rise in retail sales in November. But record high government borrowing and shrinking mortgage lending underline the scale of the country’s economic downturn. REUTERS/ Eddie Keogh

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