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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Alex Davey

July 22, 2008 - 12:34 PM
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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Louise Woodcock

July 22, 2008 - 02:10 AM
Ramsgate is holding a Historic Festival.
It will be set in 1800, all will be dressed in 1800s costume.
It starts on Monday 26th July to Sunday 3rd August.
On the Sunday we will be having a Nepoleonic re-enactment battle with the 88' regiment of foot "The Devil's Own".

More info our website:

Many Thanks.
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Vic Steyerman

July 21, 2008 - 09:52 AM
The 43rd. annual Worstead Village Charity Festival.
Home of the world famous Worsted woven cloth.
Three day country festival 25/26/27th July
Something for everyone.
Arts/crafts marquees/ stalls/
Full programme of entertainment in village square and display ring on Sat/Sun,groups.vintage tractors/cars/heavy horses/sheep dog displays/rescued birds and animals/home made food/bands/children`s rides.demonstrations by famous Worsted Weavers and lace makers in the village church.
Large car parking area/trains from Norwich and free tractor rides to village from station.
Probably the best value for money family day out you will find.10am-6pm daily.
Children £1.00 Adults £5.00
Come and enjoy a Norfolk country day.
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Peter Laurie

July 21, 2008 - 08:19 AM
Come greyhound racing at one of 30 race tracks around the country and enjoy a very British sporting and social occasion. A fun, exciting and affordable night out for all groups and families of all ages.

One major forthcoming event is the final of the prestigious Sussex Cup competition at Hove Stadium on Tuesday 29th July, starting at 7.25pm. If it is a warm evening you can enjoy the top class racing from the terraces with a cool beer and watch the sun go down. Alternatively enjoy a three course meal in the well-furnished restaurant.
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