Though warm and frothy ale is an enduring symbol of Britain, there's a fight on to save the traditional British pint from being flushed away by a fizzy tide of bland, mass-produced Euro-lager. Real ale, made the time-honoured, natural way, is an endangered species that enthusiasts say is being muscled out of British pubs by international brewing giants.
A videotaped message from the grave by one of the London suicide bombers was broadcast on British television on Thursday as the country braced for the painful first anniversary of the July 7 attacks. Shehzad Tanweer's statement came as Britain prepared to remember the victims of the bombings, an atrocity that woke the nation.
Sick of sky-high prices and lengthy waits for operations, growing numbers of Britons are going under the surgeon's knife overseas, in destinations like South Africa, India and Eastern Europe. Cheaper operations are enticing more than 10Â 000 Britons per year abroad, some travelling huge distances to factor in some fun in the sun -- and still saving on the price of British private sector surgery.