I love the "?" against UK on page 13 of this presentation under the subject of which countries might participate for the "2015 Vison"
9 identified - Gr, A(lbania), Bul, Ro, Slo(venia), Au, I, S(pain), F,
7 in doubt -UK, Poland, Sweden, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia.
Leaving aside the other "doubtful" countries, such a map with a big "?" against UK could be used to introduce many a subject
a. Future EU membership - or at least "enthusiasm" for the concept
b. "Real" interest in pursuing further WHS
A few other examples of UK and "lukewarm" involvement in the pursuit of ever more trans-boundary WHS nominations -
a. I had a few discussions with the guy from UK interacting with Germany on possible extensions to the Vizcaya transporter bridge. UK government is NOT interested -despite the fact that we have 3 such bridges!
b. There was talk of the Chelsea Physic Garden joining the group of countries (led by Sweden) pursuing "The Rise of Systematic Bioogy". See http://www.lansstyrelsen.se/kronoberg/SiteCollectionDocuments/Sv/samhallsplanering-oc h-kulturmiljo/kulturreservat/varldsarv/folder_linnes_varldsarv_engelska.pdf
.I have NO evidence that the UK has joined the other 7 on this
c. There was talk of UK joining the Viking Site initiative with e.g Tynwald in Isle of Man. To my best knowledge nothing happened - http://www.thingproject.eu/sites/default/files/THING%20Project%20UNESCO%20Report.pdf
d. Indeed I was quite surprised to see Bath "joining" the other "Spas of Europe" but get the impression that this was a "defensive" measure to avoid Bath being left out of what might become an iconic list of European Spas. Still no response to my questions about this made directly to Bath!!
UK is and remains "Semi-detatched" on such exercises!! (For which, by the way, I do not criticise it)