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The Little Chapel

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A work of art and a labour of love, the Little Chapel is possibly the smallest chapel in the world. Inside it is just five metres long and three metres wide and it was built almost single-handedly by Brother Déodat who started work in March 1914. His plan was to create a miniature version of the famous grotto and basilica at Lourdes in France. He had come to live at Les Vauxbelets in 1904 with a group of De La Salle Brothers (L'Association des Frères des Ecoles Chrétiennes) who were teachers dedicated to providing an Educational College in a spirit of absolute charity. This purpose continues to the present day and guardianship of the Little Chapel now rests with Blanchelande Girls College which is run by a Charitable Trust. The Little Chapel is beautifully and ornately decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china which have been painstakingly set into the walls and the ceilings. Since moving to Les Vauxbelets the College has started an ongoing programma of repairs and improvements. In this way the pupils and all those connected with the school are able to play a part in looking after the treasure in their midst.

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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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