Afloat in Salford Quays, between The Lowry and MediaCityUK
A bird's eye view from above the Princess Katherine in North Bay, between MediaCityUK and The Lowry at Salford Quays. I've wanted to shoot a panorama from here for a couple of years, as I've captured panos from many of the tall buildings nearby and wondered what it would look like from the water, surrounded by the iconic buildings all around. This viewpoint takes in two cities – Salford and Manchester – and one of the biggest development zones in the north of England in recent decades.
Amongst other sights, this view takes in the new BBC buildings, the MediaCity studios, the University of Salford's MCUK, ITV's offices (and across the Manchester Ship Canal, the new Coronation Street set), The Lowry and the Imperial War Museum in the North. Just beyond lies Trafford Park, and just out of sight, Manchester United's famous football stadium at Old Trafford.
This was a bit of a challenge to photograph – a side wind meant the boat was drifting and rotating considerably even in the time it took to shoot this – but I still think it provides a cool view of one of the most dynamic parts of Salford and Manchester.
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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.