Duct tape holding up Canterbury Cathedral

How can you tell when the economic crisis has reached epic proportions in great Britain? When the marble pillars of Canterbury Cathedral, the seat of the Anglican Church and site of the murder of St. Thomas a Becket, are being held together with duct tape.

"Bits of the cathedral are falling down," said Chris McWilliams, a cathedral spokesman. A global campaign to raise the UK£50 million needed to make repairs has so far only brought in slightly over UK£9 million. Officials of the church are also hoping for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. "There are very urgent structural issues. It is in serious jeopardy. We have to act quickly if we don't want to have a ruin there," McWilliams added.