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Chesil Beach

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A: The kids playing on Chesil beach

Par Bob Stapleton, à 40 mètres

The kids playing on Chesil beach

B: The Verne Prison

Par Bob Stapleton, à 1,000 mètres

"The Verne" Prison is a mens prison on Portland Island in Dorset. It was built in 1949 and is a catag...

The Verne Prison

C: St George Church

Par Sophie Morse, A 1.5 km

St George's is a redundant church, situated on The Isle of Portland it was finished in 1766.It's situ...

St George Church

D: St George Portland

Par Sophie Morse, A 1.5 km

St George's is a redundant church, situated on The Isle of Portland it was finished in 1766. Unfortun...

St George Portland

E: Chesil Beach Portland England

Par James Battersby, A 2.3 km

Chesil Beach is an 18 mile long pebble beach that runs from West Bay to Portland in the west of Dorse...

Chesil Beach Portland England

F: Pennsylvania Castle

Par Bob Stapleton, A 2.8 km

View from the fromt of Pennsylvania Castle in Portland Dorset. The castle was built in 1800 and was p...

Pennsylvania Castle

H: Portland Bill Lighthouse, Portland Bill

Par Robert Bilsland, A 5.2 km

For nearly 300 years there has been a lighthouse on Portland Bill. The current lighthouse was built i...

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Portland Bill

I: Portland Bill Lighthouse England

Par James Battersby, A 5.2 km

Built in 1906, this is the latest of a long line of lighthouses to be situated on the Isle of Portlan...

Portland Bill Lighthouse England

J: Nothe Fort

Par Simon Nobes, A 5.3 km

A stunning viewpoint on the southern entrance to Weymouth Harbour. It is possible to see the white ch...

Nothe Fort

Ce panorama é été pris à England, Europe

Ceci est un aperçu de Europe

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.

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