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Machinery, Dounby Show 2011, Dounby, Orkney

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The Dounby Show is always on the second Sunday in August. It is the West Mainland Agricultural Show and has everything you would expect. Animal judging, Farm Equipment sales, Equipment Demonstrations, Horse Events and all the usual sideshows.

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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.

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