Bath, Prior Park College
Prior Park College is the finest Palladian style house in Britain. It was built by local entrepeneur, Ralph Allen who owned the mines which provided the building stone. The house was built as a marketing exercise to exhibit the qualities of the stone. The Park is now owned by the National Trust.
We don't get much snow in Bath - and when it comes, it doesn't stay very long.So when there is a coup...
Palladian is a style of architecture which was popular in the 18th Century. It attempts to recreate t...
This secluded path, verged in late spring with heady wild garlic is a by-way, part of an ancient netw...
Taken on a cold winter's morning, with hoar frost turning the landscape almost monochrome,this is the...
Combe Down is a 'panorama literate' village (I wonder why?). This was taken for a Community Christmas...
A pano-portrait of Don Foster taken on Election Day outside Combe Down Polling Station. He was duly e...
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.