Your Ideas

During the course of Simon’s journey around England members of the public were invited to post ideas of events and leisure pursuits that he could photograph, thereby positioning him alongside his fellow countrymen and attempting to involve the ‘English', to a certain degree, in their own representation. The ideas that were posted provide an interesting snapshot of the country in 2008 and work alongside Simon’s photographs. They illustrate what's important to people and explore their own thoughts on notions of Englishness.

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April 09, 2008 - 12:55 PM
Andy Greaves - andygreaves@hucknall.plus.com


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As part of your research can i recommend the book The English by Jeremy Paxman and also for a French view Les Anglais Portrait of a People by Philippe Daudy published by Headline. Might be worth looking at the poems of Betjeman as well.

my photo ideas are as follows:

Sons of the Desert Conventions ( Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society )

Bug Jams ( Volkswagon Beetle meets )

Hay on Wye Literary Ferstival

Muker Show / Reeth Show ( country shows in Yorkshire Dales )

Matlock Bath Raft Race ( Boxing Day )

Tansley Steam Rally ( or nay other steam rally for that matter )

Denby Dale Pie

Grasmere Sports Day ( Lake District shows and sports days ) the Fell Dog racing might be worth a look

The Tough Guy ( loads of other runs as well like Man Versus Horse )

Vintage Vehicle Rallies

Clown Conventions ( there’s a church service for Clowns in London every year I think )

Nottingham Goose Fair

Model Railways exhibitions

Bristol Balloon Festival

Gt Gable Rememberence Service ( Novemeber )

Tan Hill Sheep Show ( @ highest pub in England.

there's also a run of some distance on any weekend somewhere in the country. The Great Langdale Half and Full Marathon is particularly good.
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