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Hastings, Sussex, UK. Hastings is one of Britain's oldest fishing ports. Boats have worked from the beach in front of the ancient town for over a thousand years, supplying Hastings with its basic industry and main tourist attraction.
The Hastings Fishermen's Protection Society preserves the fishing community's medieval right to carry on using that beach - known as the Stade for ever, free of charge. On the Stade there are more than 25 boats, the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Britain.
The Stade is the shingle beach used by the fisherman to launch and store there equipment on. The Net ...
The East Cliff Railway runs up the East Hill to the Country Park at the top, on the Stade are some of...
The start of Rock-A-Nore Road from the centre of the Old Town, to The West is the Pier and the newer ...
Here we are near the top landing of East Hill lift. The air is warm and the sun is shining. The view ...
Interior of living room at christmas. Artist home in Hastings in England with xmas tree and decoratio...
Bottom of Mermaid Street in Rye, East Sussex
Great Dixter House and Gardens is open to the public for about 7 months of the year. This panorama is...
Bodiam Castle is located in East Sussex beside the river Rother, it is a genuine moated castle, with ...
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.
The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.
Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".
Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.
Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.
In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states.
Text by Steve Smith.