A woman walks past a graffiti covered caravan at a protest camp set up close to the entrance of the IGas exploratory gas drilling site at Barton Moss, near Manchester, northern England. Britain may be a prime location for shale gas exploration in Europe, but a lack of onshore drilling infrastructure and local opposition will impede development, experts and geologists said at a shale conference in London.
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.
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
Ducks rest on a park bench surrounded by flood water in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire Read more
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.
British artist and 1987 Turner Prize winner Richard Deacon poses with his sculpture ‘Out of Order 2003′ at Tate Britain gallery in London during the launch of an exhibition of his work Read more
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Locals dressed as Vikings march through the streets of Lerwick onTuesday, in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. The traditional festival of fire is known as Up Helly Aa. The spectacular event takes place annually on the last Tuesday of January. The climax of the day comes with participants in full costume hauling a Viking longboat through the streets of Lerwick to the edge of town where up to 1,000 people parade and throw their flaming torches into the galley.
Matt Isard and Marie Njumba look up at a pair of 20ft topiary sculptures named Neighbours, made by Shipshape Arts, as they go on display at Victory Park in the East Village neighbourhood, built on the site of the former Olympic and Paralympic Village in east London. The figures depict the scene of two neighbours engaging in conversation over a garden fence and were featured in the Festival of Neighbourhood throughout the summer at the South Bank Centre.
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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.
Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour party, at the Senate House, London, on Friday morning, where he set out his view on the UK economy Read more