Best of Britain: War and peace

November 11, 2010

Two events highlighted the past week’s Best of Britain photos: Remembrance Day and the protests that made their way inside the Conservative Party headquarters.  In a simultaneous mirror of war and peace, there were the somber Remembrance Day vigils honoring those who’d given their lives in war, contrasted with the chaos of student protesters, angry at the Conservative Party’s plans for higher tuition fees and cuts to education.

Also included are photos of a girl celebrating Diwali and a scientist showing a new high tech material that can manipulate visible light.

Lance Corporal Ram Patten helps his daughter, Melanie, 4, plant a cross during the opening of the Royal British Legion Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance, in the grounds of Lydiard Park, Swindon November 9, 2010. Prince Harry planted a cross dedicated to his friend Lance Corporal of Horse Jonathan Woodgate,  who was in the Household Cavalry Regiment with Prince Harry, and was killed on foot patrol in Afghanistan earlier in the year.   REUTERS/Ben Birchall/Pool

Lloyds of London staff hold their annual Rememberance Day service at the Lloyds Building, which is designed by architect Richard Rogers, in the City of London November 11, 2010.   REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Photographs of soldiers killed on duty in Afghanistan are seen attached to replica crosses at a Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey in central London November 11, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A girl sprays bubbles during Diwali celebrations in Leicester, central England, November 5, 2010. Hindus decorate their homes and places of worship with lamps or candles and light fireworks during Diwali, the festival of light. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Dr Andrea Di Falco poses for a photograph with a tiny piece of Metaflex material in a laboratory at St Andrews University, in Scotland November 5, 2010. A team of scientists at the university have created the Metaflex material which could be used to make fabrics that manipulate visible light to shield objects from view.    REUTERS/David Moir

Demonstrators break windows of the Conservative Party headquarters building during a protest in central London November 10, 2010. A group of protesters against higher university tuition fees broke into the headquarters of the Conservative party on Wednesday, smashing the glass reception area and streaming up onto the roof.  REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Demonstrators break windows of the Conservative Party headquarters building during a protest in central London November 10, 2010.   REUTERS/Paul Hackett

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