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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

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.

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.

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

Best of Britain: Competitions and celebrations


This week’s Best of Britain photos highlight a week of competitions and celebrations.

The first couple of photos are from sporting events high on the minds of Britons: Wimbledon and the World Cup. Also included is a photo of John Isner’s final victory at the end of an epic record-setting 11 hour 5 minute match against Nicolas Mahut.

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.

Best of Britain – the week in pictures

A weekly selection of some of the best pictures taken by our photographers in Britain, selected by our visuals editors.

Manchester City’s Robinho gestures during a match against Newcastle United in Manchester January 28, 2009. The Premier League star, Britain’s most expensive footballer, denied any wrongdoing or criminality after his arrest over allegations of serious sexual assault.  REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Best of Britain – the week in pictures


Here is our weekly selection of the best pictures taken by our photographers in Britain, chosen by our visuals editors.

A placard lies in the mud after a demonstration outside the Staythorpe power station, central England, January 19, 2009. Union members protested at the site of the new power station over claims overseas workers were being hired instead of UK staff.  Some commentators said unemployment could rise to three million before there is a recovery. REUTERS/Darren Staples