Trapshop - Black Country Museum - Dudley
Trapmakers workshop at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley.
The site is a 'living' museum, open for almost all of the year, which gives an accurate representation of the industrial heartland of the Midlands, driven by coal, in the early 1900s.
Castlefields boat dock at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley. Note the hand-operated lifting b...
The Tramshed at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley in the West Midlands. The 22 acre site is a...
a 360x180 panorama of my garage, insane megapixels so zoom right in and read the mm scales on the rul...
Stourbridge High Street. June 2013.
Lower high street at the site of the new Tescno (not)super store. x fly
The staff very kindly agreed to let me take a panorama of the library, thanks. x fly
Birmingham Symphony Hall, with lots of light.
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.