Pictured: Photos of the Week from the Christian Science Monitor 6/26/17

The following is a trio of images that caught my imagination for their quality and content. Coincidentally they also happen to be from my native land.

A member of the emergency services works inside the Grenfell apartment tower block in North Kensington, London, on June 17. Hannah McKay/Reuters.

A member of the emergency services works inside the Grenfell apartment tower block in North Kensington, London, on June 17. Hannah McKay/Reuters.

A Christian women gives a Muslim man flowers on June 19 as they gather close to the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London. A van was driven into pedestrians near the north London mosque, leaving one man dead and eight injured. John Stillwell/PA/AP.

A Christian women gives a Muslim man flowers on June 19 as they gather close to the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London. A van was driven into pedestrians near the north London mosque, leaving one man dead and eight injured. John Stillwell/PA/AP.

Women pose for photographers on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race in Ascot, England, on June 20. Alastair Grant/AP.

Women pose for photographers on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race in Ascot, England, on June 20. Alastair Grant/AP.

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Video: Marshawn Lynch “fast feet” training on the beach

No. 24, Marshawn Lynch, of the Oakland Raiders carries the rock.

No. 24, Marshawn Lynch, of the Oakland Raiders carries the rock.

SHAWN WATCH — Check out this video of Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch training with the “fast feet dude” at the beach. Amazing.

TMZ Sports report:

“Marshawn Lynch hit the beach with Luis Badillo Jr. who’s said to have the fastest feet in the world. He’s trained world class athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo, Asafa Powell and tons of NFL players. This time, he flew up to the Bay Area to put in some work with the Oakland Raiders star — and it’s clear these dudes ain’t messin’ around.”

Wow, dudes.

ESPN Body Issue to go Beast Mode again

Marshawn Lynch, ESPN Body Issue, 2014.

Marshawn Lynch, ESPN Body Issue, 2014. Click to enlarge.

SHAWN WATCH — The ESPN Body Issue will go Beast Mode again in 2017. Or so the story goes.

CBS News released a teaser of ESPN’s upcoming body issue with six images. I excitedly flipped through them and the only running back they showed (twice) was Dallas Cowboys rusher Ezekiel Elliott who is also on the cover.

That’s nice. But not the running back I want and probably most everyone else wants to see. Come on ESPN! We want to see our man.

In the meantime Lynch is preparing for his return to professional football with the “home team” while giving out free haircuts for good grades and 2,000 free waterpark tickets to Oakland kids, among other things.

But Business Insider reports, “Marshawn Lynch, one of the newest members of the Oakland Raiders, has been quick to ingratiate himself with the city’s youth.”

Don’t you hate that sort of jaded reporting? Oh, look. The author Sam Belden is a Sports Intern at Business Insider. Do your homework Sam and offer some facts instead of uninformed opinions.

Fact. Lynch does not ingratiate himself with anyone.

Fact. Lynch chose to stay in his community when he could easily have left.

Fact. Lynch has been helping the youth in the Oakland area since he joined the NFL in 2007.

Fact. Lynch’s Fam 1st Family Foundation has been helping thousands of kids since 2006.

Fact. Lynch is a remarkable man.

ESPN’s Body Issue hits newsstands July 7.

Royal Ascot: Day Four Hats

My favourite hats for day four at Royal Ascot are worn by Her Majesty the Queen and Princess Eugenie.

Queen Elizabeth II

The titfers worn by the Queen at Royal Ascot thus far have seemed predictable and not very exciting. Although the colours have been luxe perhaps it was the “heaviness” of the brocade fabric which also matched the coat that I didn’t find very appealing.

No matter. I like Her Majesty’s hat today very well indeed. The colour is fabulous on her, I like the size and shape of the crown, “cartwheel” brim, and the silk flowers with straw twists decorating it. I even like the coat. Yes, indeed. Her Majesty looks most festive.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan

Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie looks terrific again today. She has certainly worn some lovely hats this Royal Ascot. Today she is wearing another navy hat this time with the same angled upturned brim but with yellow flowers sewn around the base at the front of the crown. And that dress. Gorgeous!

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Designer: Bundle McLaren.