Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Consumer Guide

I have decided to target china, originally i was thinking of doing russia as i love the country but decided i would find it quite limited in the direction i could take it. I feel i have a lot more variety with china as it is such a diverse culture and i have so many more options of things of interest.

To do this i will look at chinese culture and what they may want to take away with them when visiting britain.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Twinkle Toes

Artist Twinkle Troughton examines what it is to be british, i found this interview with her on DazedDigital

She has a solo exhibition currently showing at Pure Evil gallery, which i plan to go see.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Pubs & Christmas

Went to my boyfriends local pub last night, the coach and horses in leyton (yuck) but it was amazing, christmas decorations up all ready, every inch couvered it was amazing, made me think of a proper british christmas, cosy pub and tacky decorations.

i have to go back and get a photo because it is amazing!

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

quintessentially British

googling 'quintessentially British' a discussion board appeared, from Flicker. People have posted their ideas of 'quintessentially British'.

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Fack to Bront is a group administrator Fack to Bront Pro User says:

Men in bowler hats, men in kilts, quiet desperation, women drinking pints of bitter, football thugs, angry of Tunbridge wells, attitudes to johhny foreigner.

I love Britain.

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James Thomas Rowe is a group administrator James Thomas Rowe says:

Cups of tea
Smashed up telephone box's
The smell of piss in shop doorways
complaining about the weather
Fat men with beards who drink bitter
Tossers in tracksuits
People who cant afford lots of gold wearing lots of gold

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emilyinautumn1 says:

Positives :
Quick wit; humour; a sense of occasion;beautiful buildings.
Spit on the pavements; rain.

There were more of a negative approach.... for example

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Monkey Magic Pro User says:

Teenage mums smoking over the baby's buggy
8 year old smokers
Fake Burberry caps
Chinese DVD sellers
Dodgy goat and dodgy chicken for sale in butchers

I guess it depends on how you want to look at it.... lets look deeper, past the rubbish, the takeaways and the 'chav' a little british charm must still exist!?


"... International visitors have been arriving in Britain in their droves over the last half of the 20th century to the present and as tourists they ‘do London, Stratford-on-Avon, the Lake District and Scotland’ – give or take a few other attractions- and leave- but what do they buy to take home- what example of British- ness do they consume to serve as a momentum of their visit?"

What is britishness?

What does it mean to me?

What does it mean to you?

These are the questions i need to ask to begin this project...