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Salisbury Cathedral Font

Installed in 2008, the font in the center of Salisbury Cathedral was created by British sculptor William Pye. The cruciform-shaped bowl holds a still, mirror-like volume of water, reflecting the ceiling vaults and stained glass around the cathedral. Water pours constantly from the four arms of the bowl into a bronze grate below. 

From the William Pye web site: "Here two contrasting aspects of water are woven seamlessly together: stillness expressed in the reflecting surface, and the flow and movement though the spouts expressing its essential life giving properties."

Britain's new £10 note

Britain recently introduced a new, polymer £10 note featuring Jane Austen. The country is slowly replacing old paper money with new, more durable polymer notes. The £10 note follows the introduction of the £5 note, which features Winston Churchill, that occurred last summer. The old £10 notes will still be valid until sometime next spring – the exact date hasn't been announced yet – but beyond that the old notes will no longer be accepted in shops. Old £5 notes have already gone out of circulation, though older notes can always be taken to the Bank of England and exchanged for new notes.

Hotel Report Card: The Lamb Inn, Burford, England

The Lamb Inn ★★★

Sheep Street, OX18 4LR Burford

Tel: (0)1993-823-155, Fax: (0)1993-822-228

The building that houses the Lamb is a 15th century cottage that has been beautifully restored inside and out. Rooms are comfy and stylish, several with plasma screen TV’s and other modern bits, but all without losing the essential charm of the building. Rates are on the lower end during the week, and on the upper end on Fridays and Saturdays.

Located at the southern edge of the Cotswolds, it’s an easy drive to central Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace and Oxford. Less than a two-hour drive to Heathrow makes this a nice spot for the last night before a flight back to the US.

Singles: £110 to £260, Doubles: £120 to £270, Credit Cards: MasterCard/Visa accepted.

Hotel Style: Boutique; 17 Rooms

Grades: B (Location), A+ (Property), A (Rooms)

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A short history of the pound

Why is the British currency called the pound? And why is the unit of weight abbreviated "lb."? In light of Scotland's move to breakaway from England and become an independent country, meaning they would lose the right to issue and use the British pound, the BBC has produced a short piece on the history of the pound.

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