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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Niall Taylor

April 21, 2008 - 02:44 PM
Hi Simon,

I suggest you go to Frinton- on-Sea in Essex, the home of my late grandparents. They were obsessed with being the right side of the level crossing (sea facing). Indeed you were not considered a proper Frintonian unless you lived “inside the gates”. In 2000 Frinton got its 1st pub to much public debate.

My brother and I were sent to Frinton when we were little for the summer to attend a church summer school, this abruptly stopped when we were accused of deliberately ripping the wall paper in the lounge and promptly sent home. I have really fond memories of a sea side town that was a little odd…

Life for my grand parents revolved around the Golf Club, so this is where I’d love for you to go. Check out a golf tournament, find some proper Frintonians. Hire yourself a beach hut and enjoy the sandy beach - YES sand !. Travel to Clacton and have a complete culture shock (second thoughts don’t bother with Clacton).

Have fun!



Fancy a curry before you dash off?
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Darren Zlatareff

April 21, 2008 - 06:09 AM
Hi Simon,
Just a few ideas to consider the alternative living/partying side of England. Traveller sites in the east or south west,gypsy sites,free party raves in the country. Could dig up a few contacts probably.
As usual mr.Simon,youve come up trumps with this web site initiative, cant wait to see the pics.
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Louise Chater

April 21, 2008 - 06:09 AM
Portscatho Regatta - Saturday 23rd August.
Fabulous v traditional regatta held in this small village on the Roseland Peninsular in Cornwall. It has everything from beach sports, sandcastle building competitions, sailing, raft racing, stalls and games on the festooned lugger to an evening performance in the street with a local brass band (a bit like the northern bands, the miners bands here have llived on here in the SW) and live music on to late in the evening.The British doing what they do best!

And there's a great campsite near by we can direct you to.

If it interests you, there's a great package of stuff happening in Cornwall - the Minack Theatre nestling into the cliffs / re-constructions at various castles / outdoor theatre in the great gardens of the south coast of Cornwall etc etc.
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April 19, 2008 - 06:47 AM
Hey Si

I'm presuming you've considered joining us at New Wine, Kingdom Come - 26th July to 1st August. All the places have gone but thats never stopped you before!

Its a chance to see around 10,000 English people behaving in some very un-English ways!

You'd fit right in with your caravan too
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