Thursday, 22 February 2007


Why a cup of tea and not a pint of lager? Why Alice's Adventures In Wonderland? What about Peter Rabbit or Harry Potter and Doctor Who? If we include the double-decker bus, shouldn’t we include the black cab too?

ICONS: A Portrait of England is a fascinating web project exploring the icons that best represent English culture. You can nominate and vote for your favourite icons, and so far 33 have been accepted. These include Sgt Pepper, Blackpool Tower, the Mini, the English Weather, the Bobby and the Tube Map. The site has a history of each of these icons, and you can add your own thoughts and comments. Potential icons I have voted on include Chintz, Ladybird Books, Morecambe & Wise, NHS Glasses(!) and Donkey Rides on the Beach. What's your favourite English icon?

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