Finishing line of the 'Race for Life' at Tatton Park, Cheshire
The finish line of the 10k 'Race for Life' event at Tatton Park, Cheshire on the 2nd September 2012. Race for Life is Cancer Research's flagship fund raising event, a charity that helps raise money and awareness of their dedication to beating cancer through research.
Impressive tunnel under Manchester Airports' Runway Two, allowing the river Bollin to continue on it'...
Aircraft readying for take off on the Manchester airport runway. Taken from the south side of the run...
Winter view of river Bolin at Quarry Bank Mill near Manchester, England.Quarry Bank Mill is one of th...
After a long slog in the mill, unpaid child labourers, 'apprentices', had to work in the vegetable ga...
A country lane just beside the car park of Quarry Bank Mill near Styal in Cheshire. If you continue t...
The Carrs is a park along river Bollin in Wilmslow, Cheshire. The main (and just about only) attracti...
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.