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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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July 22, 2008 - 12:34 PM
Alex Davey -

60th Anniversary of the 1948 Olympics - Firefly dinghy Nationals Champs in Torbay in 1st week August 2008.

In 1948 the Olympic sailing events were hosted in Torquay. The single handed dinghy chosen was the firefly. The winner of the gold medal was a young Paul Elvstrom who went on to win a further three gold medals over the next few decades.

The firefly became very popular in the UK, particularly at universities, and it is still thriving now (as a double handed boat) offering cheap, close, competitive sailing. In the first week of August (3-8) we will back at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, 60 years on, for our National Championship regatta. One of the top competitors is sailing a beautifully renovated boat which was used in the '48 Olympics. Details on the RTYC website.

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