Reading While Eating For July 25: British Invasion

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A diver surrounded by sardines performs Taekwondo during a promotional diving performance for summer vacation visitors at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, July 22, 2011. The aquarium is running the dive performance daily during the summer season.

Many of the major news events in the past six months originated in Great Britain: the Royal Wedding, the News of the World scandal and subsequent pie incident in Parliament, and the deaths of artist Lucien Freud and singer Amy Winehouse. So think British while you browse today’s links.

Mind Your Manners: In his cleverly titled op-ed “Rude Britannia,” John F. Burns, the New York Times‘ London Bureau Chief, is worried that Britain is losing its moral compass. (New York Times)

The Future of Spaceflight? Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson hopes Virgin Galactic will be able to send tourists to space by 2013. Does that mean Tang will be served on these flights? (BBC)

Checkmate: A former British soldier created a chess set featuring Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda pieces on one side of the board and Tony Blair and British soldier pieces on the other side of the board.  (Sky News)

Going Green: The London department store Selfridges set up an emerald green boating lake on its rooftop. NewsFeed thinks it looks just like the Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day. (Huffington Post)

All My Loving: Check out the 50 rare photos of the Beatles’ 1964 U.S. trip, which sold for $361,938 at Christie’s last week. (TIME)

The Wizarding World: See where all of the Harry Potter movies were filmed in England. (LIFE)

PSA of the Day: Created by Pegasus (the Turkish low-cost airline), this PSA stars a cute British tyke announcing in-flight safety information. (The Daily What)

Bloody Brilliant: The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart has a new appreciation for British politicians’ candor.  (Comedy Central)

Olivia B. Waxman is a TIME contributor. Find her on Twitter at @OBWax. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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