Highcliffe Castle Dorset UK
Highcliffe Castle in Highcliffe , Christchurch in Dorset. View to the south on a clear day you can see clear to the Needles on the coast of the Isle of Wight. The needles and other can be seen in this image if you look closely.
By Nihat Kurtoglu
Hengistbury Head. Ancient stone age settlement on Dorset coast , UK In the distance, Christchurch to ...
Hengistbury Head in Dorset UK in monochrome. Stone age settlement and protected area. ...
Inside the old ruined Norman Christchurch Castle.Motte and bailey castle raised around 1100 by Richar...
A view of the Isle of Wight from Mainland England. The needles are far in the distance at the tip of ...
The Mill at Gordleton in Sway, Dorset in the UK. A beautifull old mill lovingly converted into an exc...
The Old English bar at The Old Mill in Gordleton , Sway , UK
Dean Court in Bournemouth UK. Home to English football club AFC Bournemouth. situated in the Kings Pa...
A view from the Boscombe Pier in Bournemouth. Taken August, 2012.
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.