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The population of the United Kingdom, it's visitors and it's many friends around the world went through a wide range of emotions during the month of July in the year 2005. The hopes for real progress in reducing debt and hunger in the developing world brought about through Live8 and the G8 summit at Gleneagles were followed by the joy of winning the right to stage the Olympics in London in 2012. The next day brought the devastating bombs on the London Underground and on a commuter bus in the centre of the capital. Celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War Two became overshadowed and the rest of the month was largely dominated by the fallout of all of these events.

A failed bombing attempt two weeks to the day after the outrages of July the 7th and the mistaken shooting of Jean Charles de Menezez drew an even bigger cloud over a month that had promised so much optimism and joy.

This web gallery is a small edit of the hundreds of images submitted by members of The British Press Photographers' Association from the month of July. Some are fun, many others are distressing and the rest reflect the mood of the time.

Published six months after the events that it features, this gallery is dedicated to the professionalism of the photographers and to the memory of those whose lives were lost or tragically altered by those events.

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