Billinge Hill Sunset View
I'd like to come up here one bright, clear day and try my hand at a gigapixel panorama to do justice to the sheer scale of the view from up here, taking in Manchester, St. Helens and Liverpool - but on this day it was a bit hazy, so this simple sunset scene will do for now.
St Helens Townhall square
Parish Church, St Helens, Merseyside
Wigan Parish Church and War Memorial, with little Field of Remembrance.Taken with a Canon 350D and Sa...
Inside the new combined Wigan Council Offices ( behind the frosted glass ), Public Baths and Gym.The ...
Construction works of the new Wigan Life Centre, South Site, viewed from the top floor of the Grand A...
I was grateful to be allowed onto the roof of the Civic Centre to take this panorama.
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Fresh snowfall overnight. I would have liked to go somewhere really nice and scenic for this shot, bu...
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.