Alfriston Clergy House - River Bank
The Alfriston Clergy House was the first property owned by the National Trust and was bought for £10 in 1896! The House is situated between the Church and the river in the rolling countryside of the Sussex Downs.
The Orchard garden belonging to the house.
The church sits directly beside the Clergy House but does not form part of the National Trust estate ...
The Long Man of Wilmington, is a 235 feet tall figure on the side of a hill near Wilmington, Near Eas...
Seaford, East, Sussex, UK, clifs, channel, england
These chalk cliffs form the start of the Seven Sisters (a series of chalk cliffs) at Seaford and exte...
The shoreline from Seaford Head to the beach and beyond to Newhaven in the far distance. This beach ...
The Seven Sisters are a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel. They form part of the South Do...
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.