Best of Britain: Looking ahead, looking back

June 10, 2010

The first two photos in this week’s Best of Britain show a possible future, and a touch of the past.  The first photo shows a sculptor putting the finishing touches on an amazingly realistic wax representation of Cristiano Ronaldo, someone England had to face off against in the last World Cup, and may do so again.

The second photo is of a snowboarder enjoying the last bit of snow on Cairngorm Mountain in Scotland.

In between are photos from horse and bike races, a royal visit for wounded veterans, an unusual portrait, and a memorial for victims of last week’s shooting rampage.

A sculptor poses with a wax figure of Portugal's soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo at Madame Tussauds in London June 9, 2010.   REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

A snow boarder enjoys the last of the snow on Cairngorm Mountain, Scotland June 5, 2010. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Spectators watch a sprint horse race during Derby day at Epsom racecourse June 5, 2010.  REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Aaron Gwin of the U.S. competes in the men's Downhill during the Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William, Scotland June 6, 2010. Gwin placed fourth.   REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Mark Mothersbaugh, lead singer of the U.S. band Devo, poses for a photograph in a hotel elevator in London June 9, 2010.  New wave art rockers Devo are promoting their ninth studio album "Something for Everybody,", their first in twenty years.   REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Floral tributes for Garry Purdham who was shot dead by Derrick Bird are seen at a gate near Gosforth in Cumbria, north west England June 4, 2010. Prime Minister David Cameron will visit Cumbria Friday to talk to senior police investigating why a quiet taxi-driver gunned down 12 people in Britain's worst shooting rampage for years. REUTERS/David Moir

Prince William (2nd L), speaks to nurse Jane McLenaghan (L) and Royal Marine Dave Corcoran (R), during a tour of the Help for Heroes Rehabilitation Complex, at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), at Headley Court, in Surrey, southern England June 4, 2010. The complex, which was opened Friday by the Prince, will be a centre for physical rehabilitation for soldiers seriously injured during active duty.       REUTERS/Ben Stansall/Pool

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