In Britain – The week in 7 pictures

January 2, 2009

Saturday: A worker changes a sign in the window of the Woolworths store in Ashby de la Zouch in central England on December 27, 2008. Woolworths collapsed into administration in November and its administrators said earlier in December that all its stores would close by Jan. 5, with the loss of 27,000 jobs, unless a last-minute buyer could be found. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Sunday: A pro-Palestinian demonstrator waves a muddy boot during a protest near the Israeli Embassy in London on December 28, 2008, against the Israeli strikes on Gaza. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Monday: A busker warms his hands outside a shop offering price discounts in Loughborough, central England on December 29, 2008. As many as 600,000 people could lose their jobs in Britain next year, making 2009 the worst year for unemployment since 1991, personnel experts warned on Monday. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Tuesday: Aston Villa’s Ashley Young (L) crosses the ball which led to a Hull City own goal during their Premier League soccer match in Hull on December 30, 2008. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis . (No online/Internet usage of this picture without a license from the Football Data Co Ltd. For licence enquiries please ring 0 207 864 9000.)

Wednesday: A woman walks through Victoria Park during heavy fog in Leicester in central England on December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Thursday: Fireworks explode behind Big Ben on the Houses of Parliament in London during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year on January 1, 2009.  REUTERS/Stephen Hird

Friday: People view properties advertised for sale in the window of an estate agent in west London January 2, 2009. House prices in Britain fell by a bigger-than expected 2.2 percent in December for an annual drop of 16.2 percent, the country’s biggest mortgage lender Halifax said on Friday. REUTERS/Stephen Hird


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Looks like it’s all good news, eh?

Posted by Jason | Report as abusive

Sadly, the highlight of the first week of 2009 was the fireworks.

Posted by Jeanne moreau | Report as abusive

Agree with the previous poster about the fireworks – an ephemeral diversion: economic hardship is here to stay, sadly.

Posted by MW | Report as abusive

The picture of the woman walking in the fog seems fitting given the uncertainties we face — economically and otherwise — in the coming year.

Posted by Mark A | Report as abusive