07 April 2008

Icons of England

Whilst searching the net for information on Glastonbury Festival (there are reports that Jay-Z, one of the festivals headliners might be pulling out, possibly due to the poor sales, yesterday) I found this great web site, Icons: a portait of England. It lists the festival as quintessentially British and the "daddy" of all music festivals.

England has a rich and varied culture and heritage and this great site sets out to prove it by highlighting iconic features of the country. It's thought provoking and stimulates discussion of what makes England great and what things are unique to England.

Here's a list of some of the things Icons has deemed worthy of iconic status:

  • Alice In Wonderland
  • The Angel of the North
  • The Archers
  • Big Ben
  • Blackpool Tower
  • The Bobby
  • Bonfire Night
  • Bowler Hat
  • Brick Lane
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Chicken tikka masala
  • Cricket
  • A Cup of Tea
  • Doctor Who
  • The Domesday Book
  • Eden Project
  • The FA Cup
  • Fish and chips
  • Fox-hunting and the Ban
  • Glastonbury Festival
  • Globe Theatre
  • Hadrian's Wall
  • The Hay Wain
  • Hedges
  • HMS Victory
  • Holbein's Henry VIII
  • The Iron Bridge
  • Jerusalem
  • The King James Bible
  • The Lake District
  • Land Rover
  • Lindisfarne Gospels
  • Magna Carta
  • The Mini
  • Miniskirt
  • Monty Python
  • Morris Dancing
  • Mrs Beeton's Book Of Household Management
  • Narrowboats on Canals
  • Notting Hill Carnival
  • Oak Tree
  • The Origin Of Species
  • OxbridgeThe Oxford English Dictionary
  • Parish Church
  • The Peak District
  • The Phone Box
  • The Pint
  • Pride And Prejudice
  • The Pub
  • Punch and Judy
  • Queen's Head Stamp
  • Queuing
  • Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding
  • The Robin
  • Robin Hood
  • Rolls-Royce
  • The Rose
  • The Routemaster Bus
  • Rugby
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • The Spitfire
  • SS Empire Windrush
  • St George's Flag
  • Stiff Upper Lip
  • Stonehenge
  • Sutton Hoo Helmet
  • The Thames
  • The Black Cab
  • Tower of London
  • The Tube Map
  • The V-sign
  • The Weather
  • Westminster Abbey

For more information on each of these "icons" visit the site by clicking here.
I'd be interested to know what you would add to this list, especially if you are from over seas. How do you see England? I know our American cousins would add "bad teeth" to this list!

1 comment:

Eamon said...

Mmm, got me thinking now:

Bobby policman
Bitter beer
Black cab
Red bus
Talking about the weather
Boarding schools
How do you do? / Cheers / Mate

.. just getting going now ..