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A: Benson Weir and Lock

by Rob Bowker, 6.1 km away

Benson Lock is on the River Thames close to Benson, Oxfordshire. Built in 1870. The distance between ...

Benson Weir and Lock

B: St Mary Magdalene

by Rob Bowker, 6.8 km away

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St Mary Magdalene

C: Crowmarsh Gifford

by Rob Bowker, 7.0 km away

The river Thames during the November 2012 flood. Looking over the submerged water meadow downstream f...

Crowmarsh Gifford

D: St Peters Church

by Rob Bowker, 7.2 km away

t. Peter's Church, Thames Street, Wallingford stands at the bridge entrance to the old Saxon Burgh on...

St Peters Church

E: Wallingford Town Centre

by Nikhilesh Haval, 7.4 km away

Wallingford town centre stands in for the fictitious town Causton in the popular British TV Series Mi...

Wallingford Town Centre

F: St Leonards

by Rob Bowker, 7.4 km away

St Leonards is the oldest church in Wallingford and has Anglo-Saxon work in the walls. It was partial...

St Leonards

G: St Marys Newnham Murren

by Rob Bowker, 7.6 km away

St Marys Newnham Murren

H: St Mary's Church

by Rob Bowker, 9.2 km away

Mid-13th Century church where stood a Saxon church previously. Frescoes. Last resting place of crusad...

St Mary's Church

I: Pill Box

by Rob Bowker, 9.4 km away

There are hundreds of these WW2 concrete pill boxes which line the banks of the Thames. This one is o...

Pill Box

J: Dorchester on Thames Archaeological Excavation Oxford University 2013

by Ian.R Cartwright: Institute of Archaeology Oxford, 9.5 km away

Dorchester on Thames Archaeological Excavation Oxford University 2013. View from spoil heap. End of 2...

Dorchester on Thames Archaeological Excavation Oxford University 2013

This panorama was taken in England, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

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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