Gloucestershire, Cotswolds, Primroses.
An unexpected patch of primroses growing on the side of a valley on the southwest slopes of the Cotswolds between Hawkesbury and Horton.
During medieval times the leaves were boiled with lard making an ointment to treat cuts.
On May Day, bunches of primroses used to be put on the floors of cowsheds to protect the cattle from witches.
Westonbirt holds the national collection of trees. There is a huge variety of different species. The ...
Westonbirt Arboretum in the Cotswolds, is set in 300 hectares and has over 16,000 trees. Every Decemb...
Castle Combe is, arguably, the prettiest village in England. If you can get there before the tourists...
Both Blackthorn and Hawthorn are hedgerow trees with white blossoms. The simple difference is: Blackt...
An aerial panorama taken by Bexcopter at Nymsfield, Gloucestershire
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With Markus and Jurgen Matern, Ian James Wood, Matthias Taugwalder, Aldo Hoeben, Kay-Uwe Rossberg, Wi...
The 200 foot long St Werburgh's tunnel is a legal graffiti/street art site in Bristol that gets frequ...
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.