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Overlooking St Thomas a Becket, Heptonstall

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A: Performing the Pace Egg play at Heptonstall, Good Friday 2014 (view 2)

by Joby Catto, 20 meters away

One of the Calder Valley’s most popular folk attractions is the annual Pace Egg Play. Its origins are...

Performing the Pace Egg play at Heptonstall, Good Friday 2014 (view 2)

B: St Thomas a Becket Church, Heptonstall

by Daniel Oi, 20 meters away

St Thomas a Becket Church, Heptonstall

C: St Thomas a Becket Church, Heptonstall

by Daniel Oi, 30 meters away

St Thomas a Becket Church, Heptonstall

D: St Thomas à Becket Church 'Inside'

by Dave Walker, 30 meters away

The rain let up just long enough for me to take this before the light went - this place is a real hid...

St Thomas à Becket Church 'Inside'

E: St Thomas à Becket Church and Graveyard

by Dave Walker, 40 meters away

The rain let up just long enough for me to take this before the light went - this place is a real hid...

St Thomas à Becket Church and Graveyard

F: Sylvia Plath’s grave at Heptonstall, near Hebden Bridge

by Joby Catto, 150 meters away

The American-born poet Sylvia Plath was buried at Heptonstall, near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, ...

Sylvia Plath’s grave at Heptonstall, near Hebden Bridge

H: Main Square by Night, Hebden Bridge

by Imran Azam, 1.0 km away

The main square deserted close to midnight. The air still...time was standing.

Main Square by Night, Hebden Bridge

I: Bluebells in evening sunshine, Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge

by Joby Catto, 1.2 km away

After the short, grey days of winter, springtime percolates slowly through Calderdale, injecting life...

Bluebells in evening sunshine, Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge

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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.

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