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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June 27, 2008 - 05:02 PM
I don't know if the channel islands are included in this project but if they are the sark sheep racing is someting you should check out!
totally barmy! check out the strange laws as well while you are there, like being able to marry at 14 and being able to beat your wife with a stick no larger than your little finger....
looking forward to seeing this project!
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peter combes

June 17, 2008 - 05:10 AM
Hi Simon,

You are welcome to come to see me teach Basic first aid to students from companies/schools etc all over the Abingdon ish area, (I have a large footprint, you would see why if we met).

Better still we as in the British Red Cross, Commercial Training Team run courses everyhere in the UK & Ireland.

Just pop onto Click on first aid at work and you will see loads of courses going on, some wherever you are.

Why not give the central admin number a call, say who you are and why your interested. I'm sure they will be happy to assist.

If you want to catch me then do give me a call.

This Friday I'm in Milton Keynes teaching infant & children resus at a community school.

(Friday night Teaching judo in Faringdon on a community project, started in 1964, my hobby since 1971).

Monday in Cirencester teaching a 1 day adult works related life support (students from various local companies there).

Thursday + Friday next week at my base here in Abingdon at the above address. Teaching a group of 24 students on their refresher course. To enable them to re-qualify as first aiders in their respective workplaces.

Simon. This is a positive side of life that people don't see, in these uncertain times it's nice to see.

You could be that window.

"Always look on the bright side of life"

Peter Combes
0784 3501438
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Michael-John Jennings

June 16, 2008 - 07:17 AM
Essex: Suggestion
I am a photographer and saw your pic in todays Times and I think your overall project sounds fascinating.

As you are in Essex i think you could go to Dagenham. It's old white working class territory but always had a history of right wing politics it featured on recent BBC series white working class. Not sure of specific event but Barking and Dagenham as a borough is very interesting. Also Faces nightclub in Gants Hill the nightclub frequented by footballers and wannabe jordan types...could be very intersting to photograph from different perspective to the usual papps who hang outside there on a Sunday night
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Kate McGregor

June 11, 2008 - 11:13 PM
Hull Fair 10th-18th October.
This is one of the oldest travelling fairs in the country ( it celebrated it's 700th birthday in 1993). It is looked forward to by local people as much as Christmas is. A good time for all.
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