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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Andrew Keeble

June 30, 2008 - 02:31 PM
We are Debbie and Andrew Keeble of Debbie & Andrew's sausages and would like to ask for your help in supporting the beleaguered British pig industry by capturing our Welly Wanging competition to raise money for Farm Crisis Network.

As pig farmers of 20 years before we diversified into sausage making and after successfully developing a fair price structure for our farmers and processors, we are holding a welly-wanging showdown at the Royal Agricultural Show in Stoneleigh, Warwckshire on Thursday 3rd July. The aim of the day is to keep the plight of struggling pig farmers in the public eye and, at the same time, raise money for Farm Crisis Network, the charity which provides support for farmers and their families.

Hopefuls who sign up will be encouraged to put their heart and sole into perfecting their boot-chucking techniques. The best home-grown talent who throw the furthest over the course of the day will be challenged to a final our North Yorkshire farm later in the summer. In the hope of a win at next year's Boot Throwing Championship games, we also plan to sponsor the best overall talent with a trip to the event in 2009.

As pig farmers, we have been lucky, but many more are struggling at the moment and we wanted to find an interesting way to keep their plight in the public eye. We spend our life in wellies, they appear on our new sausage packaging and Yorkshire is both our home town and the home of welly-wanging, so it seemed the perfect fit for our campaign.

We will be asking for an entrance fee of £10 per person and all proceeds will be donated to Farm Crisis Network.

We do hope you find this particularly English eccentric past time of interest. Please do let us know if you and your family would like to come along.
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Colin Reeves

June 30, 2008 - 07:12 AM
Pershore Abbey is a stunning setting in the middle of England with a spectacular day planned for the Plum Fayre on August Bank Holiday - 30 gleaming Rolls Royce cars will mark out the plan of the long-gone cloisters while 100 teddy bears will race down zipwires from the top of the 200ft tower. Inside the hollow tower (part of a thriving parish church) more teddy bears will leap off with parachutes. The organ will play, the bell-ringers will ring and Plum Fayre activities will be all around the town and River Avon. See and
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Philippa Benson

June 30, 2008 - 12:26 AM
The Harley Davison meet in Kirkby Lonsdale (edge of lakes, lovely place you may know it) is worth a visit, they meet at Devils Bridge for bacon butties. It is in July but not sure when exactly. Hope your trip is going well.
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Carla Evans

June 29, 2008 - 01:44 PM
Hi Simon,

Martin Burton, the proprietor of Zippos Circus, would like to invite you and your family to come to the circus to meet him and the eclectic circus artistes who make up this diverse and magical travelling community.

You would be given a normally unseen glimpse into the circus world - including seeing the trailers where the artistes live to finding out what really goes on behind the scenes. And of course you would also get to see the show (and maybe join in yourselves!)

Zippos Circus is England's largest traditional touring circus, with the Big Top moving locations every week until November 2008.

To see more about the circus and where we'll be, please visit or call 07980 820420.

We hope to welcome you to the circus soon and wish you the best of luck with your project!
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