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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Carol
  crowntreejones@nationalforest.org

August 11, 2008 - 09:38 AM
 
The National Forest Wood Fair is held on August Bank Holiday Monday. In a magnificent setting below the craggy summit of Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire, see quintesential English crafts such as willow weaving, pole lathe turning, coracle making or ancient dug out boats, watch a wheelwright at work and tradtional horse logging.

Thousands of people flock to this annual event and enjoy having a go at many of the activities, and sampling the tempting choice of locally-sorced food and drink. New this year is the grand auction at the end of the day. The gavel will come down on a handmade coracle, the chain saw sculpture made during the day, and a Gordon Monk child's chair, plus a selection of other top quality items.

The Wild Man of the Woods sings his songs and spins his yarns throughout the day, you can learn survival skills and all about country potions.

The photogrpahic possibilities are endless and it would be great to include this in the We English project. What could be more English than an oak tree?

National Forest Wood Fair Monday 25 August, 10 am -5 pm see www.nationalforest.org
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Miriam
  macbethg@btinternet.com

August 06, 2008 - 09:04 AM
 
On 11-13 September, the Temple is hosting an RHS flower show within its huge garden. It’s a little known fact that the Temple is actually the original home of the Chelsea Flower Show, and hosted the RHS’s annual spring show there from 1888 to 1911, before this got transferred to its current Chelsea location. This year will be the first time in nearly a century that the show will return to its original home and many of the exhibits are marking the occasion with ornate historical displays.

Just for info, the Temple is a 20-acre piece of land that lies between the Embankment and the Strand, and is home to two medieval Inns of Court, an 800-year old round church (made famous in the Da Vinci Code), the Elizabethan Middle Temple Hall and the enormous Inner Temple garden (3 acres!). Any chance the floral show, garden or round church might make a good photostory?
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allan stone
  stonealanstone@btinternet.com

August 01, 2008 - 09:21 AM
 
16th Aug, the start of the football season at Pro level, sports plays a huge part in many peoples lives in england money in the game is huge, grass root level people play and have to pay............ it is going from the street and local field................ this might be a good idea?
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Derek Pimble
  derekpim@aol.com

July 28, 2008 - 06:12 AM
 
At the present time a second TV mast is being erected alongside the first, at Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. The riggers can be seen quite clearly, working some hundreds of feet above the ground. With a lelephoto lens, should make a good picture
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