Phone Box, Burnham Mkt Village Christmas Day
Traditional British Red phonebox in Burnham Mkt village centre on Christmas Day 2012
The infamous Burnham Mkt Post Office, Norfolk taken on Xmas Day 2012. Note the huge 4x4 characteristi...
The wonderful Norton St Margret's church situated on a hilltop and can easily be seen from the A149 c...
Graveyard at Burnham Norton, St margaret's Church, Norfolk, 26th Dec 2012. Resting place of my father.
The Burnham Overy Lower Mill cottages are situated on the A149 between the Norfolk coastal villages o...
Burnham Overy Staith, on the north Norfolk coast, UK. Burnham Overy lies between the village of Burnh...
This is a National Trust property and area, which is well known for its Mussells, a small stall on th...
The Ice House in Holkham Park According to an adjacent noticeboard, it is thought that this thatched ...
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.