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Taken in Cornwall on a pier in Porthleven. Again, another incredibly windy day, really knocking the ...
Megiliggar Rocks lie between Porthleven and Rinsey Cove in Cornwall. The light stripes in the cliff a...
Trequean Zawn is a nearly inaccessible bay on the south Cornish coast between Rinsey Cove and Megilig...
The 15th century church of St Breaca at Breage (pronounced Breeg) in Cornwall contains some early and...
A quiet sunny day on Praa Sands Beach in Cornwall
Last chance to cross... This Panorama was taken on a fast incoming spring tide. 20 minutes later the ...
View towards St Michaels Mount from Marazion near to Penzance in Cornwall.
Kynance cove beach at low tide.
Helford Passage is a secluded spot on the Falmouth side of the Helford River. Helford Passage is the ...
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.