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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September 19, 2008 - 09:50 AM
Zelda Blackadder -

1. Sorry its a bit late in 2008 for this but there is a fair on the small green of Kew Green, probably the last Saturday in August of each year. Apart from bric a bric and local crafts stalls there is a large marquee where the local Horticultural Society display their produce and prizes are awarded for the best or largest vegetables and fruit. Also included in the awards is home made bread, preserves, even photography! Its a real local event.

2. In Kew Road near to Kew Gardens is atraditional English tudor style Maids of Honour Teahouse. This is owned and run by the Newens family and has run at least 3 generations and work on the premises. Tea is served in Spode blue and white ware. All cakes, tarts, pies and bread are baked on the premises and quite delicious. The house delicacy is "Maids of Honour", a pastry to have with tea or coffee which is a "secret recipe" and apparently dates back to Henry VIII. This establishment also serves coffee and lunches!

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