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Winter weather Feb 19th...Ducks take refuge on a park bench which is surrounded by flood water in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 19, 2014. See PA story WEATHER Floods.

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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.  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.

Richard Deacon...British artist and Turner Prize winner Richard Deacon poses with his sculpture 'Out of Order 2003' at Tate Britain art gallery in London during the launch of the exhibition of his artworks at the gallery, Monday Feb. 3, 2014.

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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

Locals dressed as Vikings  march through the streets of Lerwick on January 28, 2014, 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 1000 people parade and throw their flaming torches into the galley.

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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 (left) and Marie Njumba  look up at a pair of 20ft tall 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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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.

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.

Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, sets out his view on the economy ahead of the next general election at the Senate house, London this morning.

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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

Actors dressed as zombies exit Bank Station in London as peer-to-peer lender RateSetter highlights the issue of 'zombie' savings accounts with  lifeless returns . PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 15, 2014. The independent study commissioned by RateSetter found that 79% of Britons do not check their savings returns against inflation, with some falling as low as 0.1% earning just  1 a year on savings of  1,000.

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Actors dressed as zombies exit Bank Station in London as peer-to-peer lender RateSetter highlights the issue of “zombie” savings accounts with lifeless returns. The independent study commissioned by RateSetter found that 79 per cent of Britons did not check their savings returns against inflation, with some falling as low as 0.1 per cent, earning just £1 a year on savings of £1,000.

Fire tugs spray jets of water into the air as HMS Illustrious returns to Portsmouth Royal Navy Base almost a month later than planned after being diverted to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 10, 2013. The 23,000-tonne helicopter carrier was operating in the Gulf, in November, expecting to be home on December 13th. Instead, Illustrious and her 650 crew spent three weeks delivering emergency aid supplies and repairing key services and broken infrastructure. After five months away the crew will enjoy a belated Christmas with their families.

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Fire tugs spray jets of water into the air as HMS Illustrious returns to Portsmouth Royal Navy base almost a month later than planned after being diverted to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan

A general view of the Thames Barrier on January 7, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. After a period of recent storms and heavy rain, forecasters are warning that there is still more bad weather to come over the next few days.

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The Thames Barrier aims to prevent London, UK from being flooded by exceptionally high tides and storm surges moving up from the North Sea. After a period of recent storms and heavy rain, forecasters are warning that there is still more bad weather to come over the next few days.