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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Karl Reilly

April 23, 2008 - 04:21 AM
Old cars (British ones, of course) in show condition and those used for motorsport are a mainstay of activity for many people. This year is the 60th anniversay of Land Rover, and the Association of Land Rover Clubs will meet at Eastnor Castle at Whitsun banck holday - where the original designers developed the quinteseentialy British marque.

Similarly other clubs have celebrations, notably Austin Healy.

Motorsport attracts a huge cross section of people in all it's guises from grass roots events to major spectacles at nationally recognised circuits.
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Amanda Learmonth

April 23, 2008 - 03:24 AM
Come to Strawberry Fair in Cambridge on Sat 7th June ( - biggest free UK festival with music, arts, crafts - and most importantly... capoeira! :)
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Olivia Emery

April 23, 2008 - 02:05 AM
Hello Simon,
My Dad lived in the West Country when I was a kid and when I went to visit him during the holidays I would always be rather intrigued by the signs I'd often see advertising COWPAT RALLY's.
I never got to see one , so I have no idea what was entailed but sounded fun....
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April 22, 2008 - 11:23 PM
Anything to do with open water - someone has mentioned the serpentine already (did you know there's a life guard base there, too) but closer to home for you and probably easier are the Shiverers in Brighton - all year round, any weathers, total submersion in the sea.

We've already discussed this one - War and Peace show at Beltring near Tunbridge Wells. the organised activities are only the start of it and the rock'n'roll dancing on saturday night is brilliant.

While I'm on odd entertainment, I've just come back from a hen weekend - at an Adults only, 80s themed weekend at Butlins in Bognor. They do that sort of thing in skeggy and minehead, too, I think, and there is such a variety of people there that the people-watching is outstanding. Being pregnant and not drinking was definitely not an issue!! Some of the outfits, too... There were mostly stag and hen trips, and landmark birthday celebrations, but to go to a holiday camp is a particularly English way to mark a life-changing event, I think!!

I know it's cliche, but some sort of WI or Young Farmer's activity is important, I think. these sorts of organisations are indispensable when you're from a farming family and your day is centred around, for example, milking a few times a day and you start at half four.

Lastly, and very small fry, but something that for me sums up rural traditions (apart from people going to do whatever it is they do on the chalk Long Man at Wilmington's private parts!) is the sight of my mother and all her friends competing for honour, bragging rights and top prizes of 50p at her village horticultural society shows. The Olympics don't touch it. Sir Steven Redgrave would be crushed by the intensity of the competitive edge. They do this four times a year so, if you're interested, I can get you the dates for the summer and autumn shows!

If you want contacts for any of this stuff let me know and I'll suggest some locations for you! Lots of love, c.x
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