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Members of the public enjoy an ice skating rink in the courtyard of Somerset House on December 23, 2013 in London, England. With two days until Christmas day, many people have finished work for the festive season and retail forecasters are predicting a significant increase in gift purchases with many shops offering heavy discounts.

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Members of the public enjoy an ice skating rink in the courtyard of Somerset House on Monday in London, England.

Eve Grayson, a Reindeer herder of the Cairgorm Reindeer Herd, feeds the deer on December 23, 2013 in Aviemore, Scotland. Reindeer were introduced to Scotland in 1952 by Swedish Sami reindeer herder, Mikel Utsi. Starting with just a few reindeer, the herd has now grown in numbers over the years and is currently at about 130 by controlling the breeding. The herd rages on 2,500 hectares of hill ground between 450 and 1,309 meters and stay above the tree line all year round regardless of the weather conditions.

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Eve Grayson, a Cairngorm reindeer herder, feeds the deer on Monday in Aviemore, Scotland. Reindeer were introduced to Scotland in 1952 by Swedish Sami reindeer herder, Mikel Utsi.

Horse Racing - The Paul's Place Raceday - Chepstow Racecourse...Andy Smith on his way to victory in the second heat during The William Hill Camel Derby at Chepstow Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 21, 2013. See PA Story RACING Chepstow. Photo credit should read:

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Jockey Andy Smith guides his mount to victory in the second qualifying heat for the William Hill Camel Derby at Chepstow racecourse in Wales on Thursday. Read more

Hailo proposed road signs...EMBARGOED TO 0001 TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19 EDITORIAL USE ONLY A variety of 'road signs' positioned on a London street depicting the up to date hazards that Hailo taxi drivers believe should be part of the Highway Code.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 19, 2013. To celebrate Hailo, recruiting 13,500 drivers, the black cab app called upon 'the knowledge' of over 500 Hailo cabbies to identify the most confusing and outdated road signs which make up the Highway Code. Hailo worked closely with their drivers to create new signs that accurately reflect 21st century driving issues. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire

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Road signs erected on a London street by taxi company Hailo show hazards that their drivers believe should be introduced into the UK highway code. Read more

The MOL Caledon container ship, operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., sits moored to the dock side at DP World Ltd.'s newly operational London Gateway deep-sea container terminal port in Stanford-Le-Hope, U.K., on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

The MOL Caledon container ship, operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, is moored at the dock at DP World’s newly operational London Gateway deep-sea container terminal port in Stanford-Le-Hope on Thursday

Students from St Andrew's University indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honor the 'academic family' on November 4, 2013, in St Andrews, Scotland. Every November the 'raisin weekend' which is held in the university's St Salvator's Quadrangle, is celebrated and a gift of raisins (now foam) is traditionally given by first year students to their elders as a thank you for their guidance and in exchange they receive a receipt in Latin.

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Students from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, on Monday cover themselves with foam to honour the ‘academic family’ . The ‘raisin weekend’ is held every November in the university’s St Salvator’s Quad. A gift of raisins (now foam) is traditionally given by first-year students to their elders to thank them for their guidance. The first-years in exchange receive a receipt in Latin.

A murmuration of starlings fly close to power lines at sunset near Gretna on the Scottish borders.

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A murmuration of starlings fly close to power lines at sunset near Gretna, Scotland.

Great Britian's (left to Right) Laura Trott, Dani King, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell, on their way to breaking the world record in the Women's Team , Pursuit during day one of the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester.

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Great Britain’s Laura Trott, Dani King, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell on their way to breaking the world record in the Women’s Team Pursuit, during day one of the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester.

Huntsman Andrew German of The Cheshire Forest Hunt exercises his hounds in the autumnal countryside in preparation for the start of the new hunting season on October 31, 2013 in Knutsford, United Kingdom. The hunting season traditionally starts near to November 1st. Although a ban on hunting has been in force since February 2005 many supporters of fox hunting are continuing to call for a repeal of the ban, saying the current law is hard to interpret and enforce.

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Huntsman Andrew German of The Cheshire Forest Hunt exercises his hounds in the autumnal countryside in preparation for the start of the new hunting season on Thursday in Knutsford, United Kingdom. The hunting season traditionally starts near to November 1st. Although a ban on hunting has been in force since February 2005 many supporters of fox hunting are continuing to call for a repeal of the ban, saying the current law is hard to interpret and enforce.

Masks hang on a rail at the National Theatre's Costume and Props Hire department in Kennington in London, England. The Costume and Props Hire department in Kennington is the home of over 85,000 items including suits of armour, medieval masks, corsetry and period dresses all of which have been produced and brought to be part of the productions for the National Theatre in the last 50 years. The collection now services the public for fancy dress costumes along with TV and film companies.

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Masks hang on a rail at the National Theatre’s Costume and Props Hire department in Kennington in London, England. The Costume and Props Hire department in Kennington is the home of over 85,000 items including suits of armour, medieval masks, corsetry and period dresses all of which have been produced and brought to be part of the productions for the National Theatre in the last 50 years. The collection now services the public for fancy dress costumes along with TV and film companies.