Britain’s race to contain the coronavirus

Health officials are trying to contain the virus after a cluster of cases on the south coast. Can the virus be kept at bay?
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Masterpiece by Britain’s ‘greatest artist’ to light up St Paul’s Cathedral

The greatest masterpiece by one of Britain’s true artistic geniuses, is to be projected onto the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, fulfilling his dream 200 years after his death.
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Britain’s John Lewis Revamps Offer, Puts Urban Spin on Men’s Wear

LONDON — British department store John Lewis & Partners, where customers can find everything from lamps and frying pans to flat-screen TVs and computers, is putting a fresh spin on men’s wear in a bid to speak to multiple generations, street and sneaker devotees and necktie-free urbanites.
The retail stalwart, which also owns the upmarket supermarket chain Waitrose, has held relatively steady in the crisis that is sweeping the British high street. The store continues to invest in its store real estate, own-brand merchandise, staff training and has been swinging the spotlight onto own brand and exclusive products that customers cannot buy anywhere else.
It’s a tough time for British brick-and-mortar clothing retailers in particular. They’re falling victim to online competition, fast-fashion and streetwear competitors, as well as luxury brands keen to woo younger shoppers with entry-price merchandise such as sneakers and T-shirts.
Marks & Spencer is a prime example of the struggle so many are facing: On Thursday the retailer said in a terse statement that its managing director of clothing and home, Jill McDonald, was leaving the business after two years.
M&S clothing has been struggling for some time, a victim of long-standing supply chain and sizing issues and of a younger

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Britain’s Royal Mint Produces Prince George Coin

CAMBRIDGE CURRENCY: In honor of Prince George of Cambridge’s second birthday, Britain’s Royal Mint has created a special-edition, silver, five pounds coin. A modern take on the legend of Saint George and the Dragon, designed by Christopher Le Brun, is etched on one side while the other is adorned with a portrait of the toddler’s great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, created by Jody Clark. Only 7,500 limited-edition coins will be produced.
“The choice of the Saint George design to honor Prince George’s birthday is an apt one,” said Shane Bissett, director of commemorative coin and bullion at The Royal Mint. “The name George has long had links with the British monarchy and its coinage, there having been six kings of that name during The Royal Mint’s 1,000-year history. The choice of a silver 5 pounds coin is significant, too, as the tradition of crossing the palm of a newborn baby with silver is a way to wish them wealth and good health throughout their life.”
Two years ago, the Royal Mint created a limited-edition silver coin commemorating the birth of Prince George, which sold out within days. Priced at 80 pounds, or $ 124, the 5 pounds coin is available for purchase on royalmint.com.

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Pocket Guide to Britains Farm Model Balers & Combines 1967-2007

Pocket Guide to Britains Farm Model Balers & Combines 1967-2007


Collecting farm models is a popular hobby worldwide. Britains has been a leading manufacturer of these models for over eighty years, producing many initiative standard setting models. The company launched its first model baler in the late 1960s and its first combine ten years later, receiving the UK Toy of the Year Award in 1978 for the latter. Since launching these models, Britains has produced over 60 baler and combine models or variations from leading farm machinery manufacturers such as Bamfords, Case IH, Farmhand, John Deere, Krone, Massey Ferguson, New Holland, Vermeer and Vicon. David Pullen has collected many of these models and researched their development. The book includes a long section describing how the range developed, plus details of prototypes and some of the manufacturing background. Also, to allow the reader to identify different model variations, catalogues are included in which individual models are examined giving for each colour photographs, their main features and issue packaging.

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