RAF Leuchars Airshow
Royal Air Force Leuchars is one of the Royal Air Force’s principal operational fighter stations and one of the busiest air bases in the UK.
RAF Leuchars plays a critical part in the defence of the UK and its territorial waters. The last remaining Panavia Tornado F3 Squadron, 111(F) Squadron are tasked to provide crews and aircraft at 10 minutes readiness 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to police and intervene in UK airspace.
Apart from the front-line Squadrons and OCU, there are several other units based at Leuchars, including No 6 Force Protection Wing HQ, the East of Scotland University Air Squadron, 12 Air Experience Flight, a Mountain Rescue Team, No 612 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force (the Air Transportable Surgical Squadron), 71 Engineer Regiment (Volunteer), and 3 Flight Army Air Corps (Volunteer).
The ruins of the catherdral in St. Andrews and beside it St. Rules Church.
Down in the harbour visitors are crossing the lock to attend the harbour "open" day on the greensward...
The Arm looks back across the harbour and up the hill to the catherdral, whilst out at sea the Tall s...
Elie inner harbour from the Arm.
Elie in Fife is situated on the East coast of Scotland and lies on the mouth Firth of Forth.
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.