Salford Quays-Salford-Greater Manchester-UK
Salford Quays is situated on the site of the old Manchester Ship Canal docks in Salford, Greater Manchester, UK. The massive regeneration project includes a shopping mall, the Lowry Theatre, The Imperial War Museum North and most recently the BBC Media City. Manchester United's ground Old Trafford is just over the water.
Stood on the bank of facing the old Number 9 Dock at Salford Quays, from here you can see the new BBC...
Last time I stood here and captured this view, the MediaCityUK site was half-built, there was no sign...
The view towards a half-built MediaCityUK from The Lowry in Salford in spring 2010. When I photograph...
A bird's eye view from above the Princess Katherine in North Bay, between MediaCityUK and The Lowry a...
Imperial War Museum North, Media City, Salford Quays
Tank on display outside Imperial War Museum North 2013-10-14
I've always wanted to shoot inside a full anechoic chamber. I've not quite fulfilled that ambition ye...
Shot 24 storeys up, on top of an almost-finished apartment block at the prime development site of Med...
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.