Gateshead is fast becoming one of the biggest cultural quarters in the country capturing the imagination of the world with The Angel of the North - Britain's largest sculpture, The Gateshead Millennium Bridge - the world's first tilting bridge, BALTIC - the ambitious Centre for Contemporary Art, and The Sage Gateshead – the regional music centre designed by Lord Foster.
The Sage Gateshead sits on of the River Tyne, which runs between Newcastle and Gateshead. The iconic ...
Exterior view of The Sage Gateshead
The Sage Gateshead provides world-class facilities for acoustic music on a prime riverside location o...
The Sage Gateshead is a modern £70 million performing arts centre, opened to the public on the 17th o...
Newcastle Gateshead Quayside
Newcastle upon Tyne from the Quayside, including the Tyne Bridge, Gateshead Milennium Bridge, The Sag...
Gateshead Millennium Bridge is the world's first and only tilting bridge. Designed by Wilkinson Eyre ...
The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art was concieved to be a ‘major new capital facilities for the Co...
The "Blinking Eye" Millennium Bridge crosses the river Tyne between Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne...
Gateshead Millennium Bridge
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.