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Newfoundland dogs wait their turn to be shown during the first day of Crufts on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham central England. The annual event sees dog breeders from around the world compete in a number of competitions with one dog going on to win the "Best in Show" category.

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Newfoundland dogs wait their turn to be shown during the first day of Crufts on Thursday in Birmingham central England. The annual event sees dog breeders from around the world compete in a number of competitions with one dog going on to win the “Best in Show” category.

***BESTPIX***  Chelsea pensioners Plant World War One Memorial Meadow...LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04:  Chelsea Pensioners hold Poppy seeds at Cadogan Place Gardens on March 4, 2014 in London, England. As part of this year's Chelsea in Bloom Festival thousands of Flanders poppy seeds are being sown in this part of London to create a 'Memorial Meadow' to mark the centenary of World War I.

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Chelsea Pensioners hold poppy seeds at Cadogan Place Gardens in London. As part of this year’s Chelsea in Bloom Festival, thousands of Flanders poppy seeds are being sown in this part of London to create a ‘Memorial Meadow’ to mark the centenary of World War I. Read more

British army soldiers place sandbags at the entrance to a flooded house at Chertsey, England, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.  The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level for many years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London, including Chertsey which is about 30 miles west of central London. Some hundreds of troops have been deployed to assist with flood protection and to get medical assistance to the sick and vulnerable.

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British army soldiers place sandbags at the entrance to a flooded house at Chertsey, England. The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level for many years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London, including Chertsey which is about 30 miles west of central London.

Horses being exercised on the hilltops near Leyburn, North Yorkshire on the hilltops of the  Pennines as further snow is forecast for high ground across the UK.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 12, 2014.

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Horses being exercised on the hilltops near Leyburn, North Yorkshire on the hilltops of the Pennines as further snow is forecast for high ground across the UK.

A graveyard is seen underwater in the village of Moorland in south west England...A graveyard is seen underwater in the village of Moorland in south west England February 7, 2014. Many areas of the Somerset Levels have been underwater for over a month in the wettest January in Britain on record. Severe weather warnings for rain and gale force winds have been issued for the weekend. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A flooded graveyard in the village of Moorland in southwest England on Friday is just one of the many areas of the Somerset Levels that have been underwater for more than a month in the wettest January on record in Britain. Severe weather warnings for rain and gale force winds continue for the weekend

Preventive conservation co-ordinator at Historic Royal Palaces Jonathan Bridal inspects the Rubens ceiling paintings for damage during a conditioning survey at Banqueting House on January 21, 2014 in London, England. Flemish artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens painted the nine oil canvases for Charles I, they were installed in the hall in 1636. The three main canvasses depict The Union of the Crowns, The Apotheosis of James I and The Peaceful Reign of James I, since their creation, the paintings have undergone at least 14 restoration treatments including mounting the canvases permanently onto plywood boards in 1907. For the first time Historic Royal Palaces has taken paint samples of the coffering to determine past colour schemes.

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Preventive conservation co-ordinator at Historic Royal Palaces Jonathan Bridal inspects the Rubens ceiling paintings for damage during a conditioning survey at Banqueting House in London, England. Flemish artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens painted the nine oil canvases for Charles I, and they were installed in the hall in 1636.

***BESTPIX***  Severe Flood Warnings In Place For The UK...BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 3:  Waves crash over Blackpool seafront on January 3, 2014 in Blackpool, England. Gail force winds and an expected tidal surge are set to cause wide spread flooding in coastal areas of western England and Scotland.

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Waves crash over the seafront in Blackpool, England. Gail-force winds and an expected tidal surge are set to cause widespread flooding in coastal areas of western England and Scotland.

 

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Employee Julia Thomas poses with a diplodocus skeleton named "Misty", at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, southern England November 25, 2013. The 17 meter skeleton unearthed in Wyoming is expected to sell for 600,000 GB pounds (U.S. $970,000) when it is auction as part of the "Evolution" sale at the auction house on November 27.

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The skeleton of a diplodocus named Misty towers over an employee of Summers Place Auctions in the auction house’s showrooms in West Sussex, UK. The 17m -long skeleton, unearthed in Wyoming, is expected to sell for £600,000 when it is auctioned on Wednesday.

Doctor Who fans meet an actor dressed as a 'Cyberman' at the 'Doctor Who 50th Celebration' event in the ExCeL centre on Friday in London, England. The sold-out three day event in the ExCeL London convention centre celebrates 50 years of the show which has seen 11 actors play the role of Doctor Who and receives a worldwide cult following.

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Doctor Who fans meet a Cyberman at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration event in the ExCeL centre on Friday in London