Allerford Village, Exmoor National Park
Allerford is a small settlement adjacent to the river Aller, within the confines of the Exmoor National Park. The image shows the Packhorse Bridge. The museum of West Somerset Rural Life is located in one of the village cottages.
The Horner Water flows alongside the village of Bossington, just 1km before it reaches the sea at Bos...
The shingle ridge at Bossington Beach after heavy rain had increased the river flow to such an extent...
Bossington beach is compossed of a steeply shelving shingle bar that has extended across Porlock Bay,...
The tricky path on the east side of the Coastguard Lookout Hut at Hurlstone Point, which leads to a s...
The NE end of Bossington Beach, just below Hurlstone Point.The current here is so strong that the peb...
The view from the top of Hurlstone Point.From this unusual vantage point right on top of this landmar...
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.