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.

You can read all the ideas below or download a pdf here

Your Ideas

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Zelda Blackadder
  zelda_blackadder@yahoo.com

September 19, 2008 - 09:50 AM
 
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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Andrea Pendray
  andrea@pendray.co.uk

August 31, 2008 - 01:43 AM
 
September 6th 12 noon - Chalfont St Giles Country Show

This Show has been taking place yearly for over 100 years & is held on Stone Meadow, which is where Oliver Cromwel camped after the Battle of Aylesbury.

The Show has 2 main aims: to give people a good day out & to distribute funds raised to local good causes.

The theme of this year's Show is Paradise, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the completion of Paradise Lost by Milton, who lived in Chalfont St Giles for a while.
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caroline
  cazer3ica@hotmail.com

August 25, 2008 - 09:41 PM
 
Griffin Association in Blackburn Lancashire along with Griffin youth club have received funding to deliver a music event in the local park,the aim of the event is to bring live music to the community and to promote bands, instruments to all.

You have met some of us before at an event in Blackburn on a car park with young people DJIN
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colin procter
  colin.freakwave@btinternet.com

August 18, 2008 - 01:55 AM
 
It's a bit late in the year for it, but have you taken in a rock festival? Rather than the big corporate events, lots of towns and villages hold smaller scale festivals, featuring local bands and centering on pubs and parks etc. The rituals and characters you find at these places can be fascinating; local old missed-the-boat musos, local radio DJs, the almost famous, appreciative crowds of family members....
Alternatively, "battle of the bands" talent spotting events are a very similar institution and are probably most popular around autumn time...
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