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Icons hit the headlines on a regular basis.  Read all about it..

Show your true colours on St George's Day

Great ideas for celebrating the national day of England's patron saint

Design Olympic Icons

Icons needed for the high jump at 2008 Beijing Olympics

Icon Mania in USA

Coca Cola couple live out their dream in their Washington home

Celebrate the Chinese New Year

Celebrating the influence of Chinese porcelain on British ceramics -February 10 and 11 with special festivities to mark the Year of the Pig

East End and Gangsters Linked

Fictional villains like Phil Mitchell top a list of things people associate with London's East End

Beatles Club 50th Birthday

Iconic Cavern Club rocking round the clock

Hunt on for best-dressed gents

Public invited to help choose the winning fashion icon

New inventions... New icons...

An international exhibition showcases icons of a future age...

Icon on Wheels

Steve McQueen in the limelight again...

2007 is Bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade

Events are planned around the country to mark this significant event

The Chips are Up

Register for National Chip Week 2007

Living landmarks

The battle is on to be chosen as a new national landmark

Icons of the future?

Plug in car may save the day

London's Gone to Iceland

Capital city gets festive with ice rinks and drinks

Top Icon of the Environment

All will be revealed next week when ICONS and the Environment Agency announce the top Icon of the Environment

Take your partners...

New Irish dance events announced

Would you Adam and Eve it?

Rhyming slang published in new Captain Cook.

Top Ten Living Icons

Winner being announced December 16

Coventry rolls out Icons of the Future

Display of automotive talent and design

Media Matters. Choose your iconic moments

ICONS backs national hunt for iconic media moments by relaunched National Media Museum

V&A wins top award

Modernism exhibition site impresses judges at the British Interactive Media Awards, where ICONS was also shortlisted for an award

Try, try again

Game over for Robinson, England Rugby Coach

ICONS shortlisted for award

The presitigious British Interactive Media Awards event is being held tonight

South West Seeks New Scorsese

New opportunities for film makers of the future

A prize for all seasons

Craig Stevenson of Hunslet in Leeds, recently collected his iPod Nano after correctly answering the ICONS autumn quiz, and being chosen in our lucky draw.

Feeling under the weather?

Met office telephone alert warns sick patients of worsening weather

Winter Wickets

The Ashes start again Down Under...

Elite Cars Drive Up Demand

New jobs at Rolls-Royce as Far East increases demand.

Brave Hearts

New Icon of England, Westminster Abbey, hosts Children of Courage awards

Peak District Comes up Trumps

Top card game celebrates council aniversary

Poppy as an Icon

Remembrance Day is commemorated by the nomination of the Poppy as an Icon

ICONS hits the headlines

Five national newspapers, several TV reports up and down the country, a special BBC Online feature....ICONS' new Icons of England list has once again captured the interest of the media

What are they saying about the new Icons?

People who love the new Icons of England …and their comments

ICONS launches a new project

Environment Agency launches ICONS of the Environment with ICONS. The Barn Owl, Wind Farms, the Otter, the Recycling Logo, Thanes Barrier, Dartmoor, are among the candidates to become the top Icon of the Environment.

Festival celebrates new work

Vote for your favourites. Disabled and deaf artists feature work in new Liverpool festival

Pigeon action clipped by ban

Pigeon racing is facing a financial crisis due to international events being banned due to the risk of bird flu.

Guy Fawkes Night to be an Icon of England

Watch out for news of 21 new Icons of England on November 10...

Steam Iron

Steaming ahead to Ironbridge.

Who's a Winner?

Repeating last years victory, the Doctor Who team have cause to celebrate.

Who's Talking Success?

Dr Who is up for television awards again

High-flying Dove

New award and national status for Peak District Ravine

Cornish Beatles

The Cornish band, Skwardya, have recorded well-known Beatles songs in Cornish!

'V' not for Victory

V-sign causes trouble after national defeat

Brighton Eyes Icons Prize

Celebrations all-round as i360 gets Yes vote.

Life of Michael

Python writer releases personal funny files.

Apples in Peak Condition

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has named a Peak District pub, the Old Poets’ Corner in Ashover, Derbyshire as its Cider Pub of the Year.

Black History Month

October is Black History Month in Britain.

New Robin Hood On Air

BBC Television’s prime time version of the Sherwood Forest legend come to screens this Saturday.

Icons immersed in the Thames

Images of Hindu deities were submerged in the River Thames at the end of the Bengali Durga Purga festival

Hello, hello, hello...

The iconic Secret Policeman's Ball is back raising money to help Amnesty

Wait a minute Mr Postman!

The Sergeant Pepper album cover will feature on a set of postage stamps in January

Art Spreads

Recently nominated icon used in tasteful arts project.

Narrowboating Widened

Goods news for Narrowboat lovers as British Waterways announces repairs to a large section of the Grand Union Canal.

The Doctor's new prescription

BBC Tardis finds rare footage

New Hall for Westminster Abbey

The Church of England appointed a new Dean of Westminster as Reverend Canon John Hall was named yesterday as replacement to Very Reverend Dr Wesley Carr.

Tap into History

Old phone directories reveal secret connections.

Death of the postage stamp?

Royal Mail plans to launch an online postal service using pre-paid downloadable barcodes

Wheel Achievers

US team wins wheelchair rugby in a close match

Children's author birthday honours

Fans celebrate what would have been iconic children’s writer Roald Dahl's 90th birthday

Freedom of the city

Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman Animations have won the freedom of their home city Bristol.

Robin Doesn't Pay

BBC Tapes returned after police investigation

Summer Sounds Better for our Quiz Winner.

ICONS fan hears the good news.

Pepper Top of the Pops

The British public has voted Sgt Pepper the greatest Number One album of all time.

ICONS Makes Award Shortlist

The Association of Online Publishing has chosen ICONS for the shortlist in the "launch" category in this year’s AOP awards.

Beef's back!

Beef stock will once again be an ingredient of Bovril following its removal in 2004 when the export of British beef was banned.

Brick Lane Festival

Sunday September 10 sees the eleventh Brick Lane Festival, celebrating the uniqueness of this part of London.

Been Spammed Lately?

More success for the Python Team

Prince of Thieved?

Tapes from the upcoming TV series of Robin Hood have been stolen in Budapest

Land of Lakes and Beer

Local breweries are celebrating their success as the Lake District produces another small beer company keen to get a head in the real ale industry.

Even More Carnival For Notting Hill?

Talks between the Mayor of London’s office and Notting Hill Carnival organisers may lead to an expansion of the event next year.

Icons of the Palate

Two national icons top survey for providing a healthy option for tourists.

Swing it to win it?

England has won the cricket test against Pakistan but only after some controversial events brought the game, its umpires and the Pakistani team under review.

Notting Hill Carnival time

Europe's biggest street party, Notting Hill Carnival, will be held on the streets of North London Sunday and Monday 27-28 August.

Icons by Moonlight

A German artist has created an "iconic" study

Snakes Alive!

Python Pair Explore New Project

Icons are a bargain. It's official!

A survey by VisitBritain shows that the average cost of English visitor attractions is less than £5

Vigil for Peace in the Middle East

York Minster, an icon of England, is the place The Archbishop of York has chosen for his peace vigil and fast

York Minster stones could end up on eBay

York Minster, struggling to raise money for £23m renovation work, resorts to auctioning off medieval stonework

Surfing the Domesday Book

National Archives launches the Domesday Book Online

Dead Men Talking

Bloody deaths at the Tower are remembered as a new memorial is unveiled

Feeling Lost? Icons can show you the way

Icons of England can help us map our environment

Oxbridge Media Quota High

Media dominated by people from Oxbridge and private schools, says The Sutton Trust.

Tally No!

First man convicted for breaking ban on foxhunting with hounds

ICON of Whales?

The Hedge, just declared an Icon of England, has sparked a new Save Our Whale campaign as a topiary whale is threatened with the chop.

Robin Rides Again

Nottingham rejoices as Robin Hood is announced an Icon of England

Film star Miss Potter

Lake District and Isle of Man feature in new Beatrix Potter movie

The ICONS have landed!

ICONS launches its 3rd wave of Icons of England. Hundreds of new pages have been added to the ICONS online collection.

Pottering off this mortal coil?

J.K. Rowling reveals two deaths in last Potter novel

The Icons are Coming!

Twenty new Icons of England will be announced on Tuesday August 1. Watch this space!

'Angel' of the South?

Gormley sculpture planned for roof of Palace of Westminster

West Country Wonders

Cornwall and West Devon mines successful in World Heritage Site bid.

Talking About a Heatwave.

Untypical English weather remains popular conversation piece as temperatures soar.

What's Your Icon of the Month?

Major exhibition of childrens art from ICONS and Mencap

Stonehenge - the Builders are coming

Debate is over as new visitor centre and rail link get green light. It has sparked almost as much probing and controversy as Stonehenge has itself.

Is it "time" for the OED?

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary lists “time” as the most commonly used noun in the English language.

Sailing with The Archers

Ambridge-on-Sea? Soaping up the waters with the BBC favourite

Hedges Growing On Us

Recovery revealed in a new study by the Countryside Agency

World Class Icon?

Rugby Football receives nomination as Icon of England prior to Women's World Cup.

Elementary My Dear Watson ...or is it?

Plans to develop Sherlock Holmes’ creator's Hindhead home are under attack

New Zealand PM Highlights ICONS Project

ICONS mentioned in speech by PM Helen Clark at opening of Constable exhibition in Wellington

Hats off to Chaplin!

Fans bowled over as Charlie Chaplin's hat is sold for record sum

Porridge at the Tower of London

They can't shut the doors fast enough as visitors rush for a chance to be a Tudor prisoner

Oak Trees Attacked by Killer Bug

Tree disease threatens the much-loved mighty English Oak Tree

What icons would you insure?

Poll for Yellow Pages highlights national treasures

Pop goes Top TV Icon

Famous television chart show withdrawn as Internet provides the music for e-generation.

A Mini Adventure?

Special edition mini selling like hot cakes

Food for Tennis?

Wimbledon signals the start of the strawberry season

Up, up and away

Bristol's Balloon Fiesta organisers are floating on air as it is nominated as an Icon of England

World Cup Fever

As the players slug it out on the pitch, ICONS has been reading up on all the news. Did you hear that...

Icon Anyone?

Pimms- The No 1 drink this summer?

The WOW Factor

Lake District provides dramatic scenery for Windermere on Water Festival summer festival.

Iconic Footballing Moment?

Photographs of injured Owen circle the globe as England fights for glory in the World Cup

Back on Track

Ascot racecourse re-opens after £200m renovation

Ancient Pagan Rites

Summer Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge. Crowds expected overnight on June 20/21

Yes Minster!

Former York Minster stonemason wins award for master craftsman work

Silly Walk to Retirement

Python star to become "comedy professor"

Chalk up the miles

Summer activities at the White Cliffs of Dover

Walsall steel icon moves a step closer

"Gateway" plan receives lottery support

Rowling named as greatest living British writer

Potter just got hotter for J K Rowling

Fans Giving it Large for World Cup

A giant St George's Flag - an Icon of England - is following England to the World Cup in Germany

Magna Carta signing day tops poll

The anniversary of Magna Carta has topped a poll to select a date to celebrate Britishness.

Interested in making money?

Bank of England Museum re-opens

New Media Award Nomination

ICONS website nominated for New Media Award

Mini-skirt Icon in V&A exhibition

'Swinging London' - an exhibition of 60’s fashion opens at museum

Foxhunting and the Ban to be included

ICONS – A Portrait of England is announcing today that it will include ‘Foxhunting and the Ban’ in its next round of national icons to be released at the end of July. It is another step in the creation of an online collection that aims to provide a snapshot of the life of the nation in the 21st Century.

New Constable exhibition

The Hay Wain features in new Tate Britain show

Over 50's Vote Silver Surfers a Success

Get your ICONS toolkits here to run an ICONS workshop!


Repairs mean that this Icon of England's quarter bells will be out of action for a month

Airbus... Icon of Europe?

Gordon Brown congratulates Britain for its contribution to the new Airbus phenomenon

Get your Silver Surfers ICONS toolkits here!

ICONS is encouraging 20,000 older people to start using the web.

ICONS supports Footsteps of Giants

West Midlands Festival launches to celebrate the great achievements and treasures of the region.

Old balls please!

Tennis Museum opens in time for 2006 Wimbledon. Is Wimbledon an Icon?

'Inspired' plan for places of worship

Jools Holland, Jeremy Paxman and Griff Rhys Jones back new English Heritage campaign

Gnomes kick off World Cup Fever

St. George"s Flag World Cup Gnomes prove popular

City By The Sea!

One of England's largest arts fests, the Brighton Festival, opened this year with a specially commissioned anthem - "City By The Sea".

Rare Shakespeare Up for Sale

A First Folio edition of the plays are up for auction

Save the Café

'Greasy Spoons' could be a thing of the past

Prisoner Freed from Archive Vault

Cult TV series to be re-made

Engineering Icons for the Hammer

George Stephenson's model of steam engine is one of museum exhibits to be sold off

Things Look Up for Nelson's Column

Nelson faces clean-up blitz

Queen's stamps exhibit marks birthday

The British Postal Museum & Archive says 'Happy Birthday Ma'am'

York Eye Opens for Business

City's star attraction begins its revolutions

Oldest FA Cup given to FA Museum

The FA Cup made for the 1896 cup final, the oldest surviving version of the trophy, has just been presented to the National Football Museum in Preston by its owner, David Gold, chairman of Birmingham City.

St. George's Flag Iconic - it's Official!

The St. George’s Flag - the emblem of St. George and St. George’s Day - has made it into our official Icons of England collection. The flag is among 21 new icons which will be revealed to the nation on 28 April and its new iconic status will provide a boost to St. George’s Day celebrations on the 23rd.

Icon rivalry. New Brighton Eye?

Iconic new landmark proposed for South Coast

Turner masterpiece sets new record

New York Christie's auction raised record amount

Awards for architecture in the East

Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) award shortlist for the East announced

Climb Every Tower?

Climbers could soon be scaling Blackpool Tower

Mr Men 35th birthday

Mr Men series of children's books now 35 years old

Southend Golden Oldies' Resort

Southend is the top choice for people retiring by the sea

Spice Girls Top Icon Poll

Nineties icons poll puts Spice Girls on top

North East Want Gospels Back

Campaign being waged to return Lindisfarne Gospels to the North-East

Beast of Bodmin Sightings

Film footage of sightings of big cats viewed

Radio 4 Campaign Hits Right Note

Campaigners hope a new single will help save theme tune

National Portrait Gallery Exhibition

People Icons featured in new NPG Exhibition

Blackpool wants World Heritage Site status

An English sea-side resort is discussing applying to be recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mother's Day - An Icon?

Mother's Day took place on 26 March in England

Concorde Wins Design Icon Contest

BBC's Culture Show has announced Concorde as the winner of its Design Icon Poll

Frankenstein Goes to Los Angeles

Movie buffs got a treat when a Californian wax museum shut its doors - all the wax-work models were auctioned off

Read a Book in Brighton & Hove

The City Reads was launched on 2 March to encourage the city to all read Whitbread prizewinner, Ali Smith's novel, Hotel World - and then get talking about it. It is the latest initiative to spur people to enjoy literature and follows on from 2005's effort to encourage the city to read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - one of the official Icons of England announced in January.

Spitfire 70th Birthday

Exactly 70 years to the day after the first flight of the Spitfire there was a spectacular re-enactment on 5 March at Southampton Airport, from where the aircraft's inaugural flight took place.

FA Cup Final Move - Wembley landmark delayed

May's Cup Final will be played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, the FA has announced, because of delays building the new Wembley Stadium

Neolithic Site Saved from Diggers

Yorkshire celebrations as fight to save prehistoric site of Thornborough Henges is won

Top Three Design Icons Chosen

Public are still voting to find the top favourite

An Angel of the North even further north?

Scotland may get its own Angel of the North in the form of a 90ft statue of a nude woman in multi-coloured steel.

Ist Edition King James Bible Found

Scholars have discovered that an old Bible in the University of Manitoba's archives is a rare first edition, first printing of the King James Bible.

Eastern Landmark Appeals to Germans

The East of England Development Agency, promoters of a new landmark for the East of England - www.landmarkeast.org.uk- are exhibiting in Munich, Germany, home to many tourists for whom Eastern England is a popular destination. About 216,000 German tourists came to the East of England in 2004.

London Eye Gets a Life

A new 25 year lease of life has been given to London's star attraction, voted the most iconic landmark in modern England in the ICONS poll.

Top Marks from New Media Age and The Guardian

Two media accolades were achieved this week. IT magazine, New Media Age selected ICONS as its Site of the Week, with a glowing review and a score of 72 out of a possible total of 75 marks, and The Guardian gave ICONS pride of place in its Internet Preview section in The Guide.

England v Wales at Twickenham

Wales defends its Six Nations rugby title on Saturday February 4 with a championship opening match against England. The Welsh hope for their first win over England at Twickenham since 1988.

Culture Show Hunts for Design Icons

BBC's Culture Show is asking viewers to vote from a long list of 20th century design icons so as to identify the top ten design icons for their poll by 16 February and the top three by 2 March. The winner will then be announced on 16 March. Votes can be cast in the Great British Design Quest at bbc.co.uk/designquest.

ICONS invites LGBT nominations

To celebrate LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and transgender) History Month in February, the ICONS project has invited the community to nominate icons of England that are special to them.

New Guide to London Praises Modern Icons

The London Eye comes in for praise from the capital's latest Lonely Planet guide, which celebrates millennium structures like the Eye and Tate Modern for creating an image of a 'dynamic city'.

ICONS on the People's Network

This week ICONS was featured on the People's Network website, providing direct access to England's public libraries.

A National Day to Celebrate?

Gordon Brown is proposing a ‘British Day’ where people could enjoy their own kind of ‘Fourth of July’ style celebrations to help boost national pride and a sense of togetherness.

ICONS - A Fanfare of Publicity

The launch of ICONS - A Portrait of England sparked interest all round the country - in fact, all round the globe. The quest for Icons of England has become a talking point everywhere.

Wonder of the World?

Stonehenge, one of our newly-announced icons of England, is on the voting list of 21 nominations for the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Are fish fingers an icon of England?

They have just celebrated their 50th birthday and 15 billion have been sold since 1955. More than one million are eaten by Britons every day and while they may be thought of as children's food, two-thirds of fish fingers are eaten by adults.

Ashes Victory

An iconic moment in English sport occurred on Monday 12 September when the England cricket team took back the Ashes trophy from Australia for the first time since 1989.

Iconic Phone Boxes Plea

The Lord Mayor of London has appealed to British Telecom (BT) to keep the iconic telephone boxes on the streets of the City. Alderman Michael Savory said he was writing to the company because he fears the numbers of public phone booths are dropping each year. There are similar concerns in other parts of the country, following a BT review of its loss-making payphones which are being hit by the popularity of mobile phones.

Iconic Landmark for Wales?

A £1m sculpture to rival the Angel of the North may become a reality as a gateway to south Wales. Capital Regional Tourism, which promotes tourism in south east Wales, presented the idea to Welsh Assembly members in July and sites near the second Severn Crossing, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport have been suggested.

Britain's Greatest Painting

After six weeks of public voting to find Britain's greatest painting, Turner's Fighting Temeraire won the poll, organised by the BBC Today radio programme in association with the National Gallery, with more than 31,800 votes.

Double top for Sussex beer

Harveys of Lewes won an unprecedented first prize in the "Best Bitter" category for the second year running at the Great British Beer Festival

100-Minute Bible

The latest addition to the ever-growing library of Bible versions was launched at Canterbury Cathedral on 21 September 2005.

Icons go on show in art

Young people in South Tyneside have been using their imagination and creativity to produce representations of the region's landmarks in a variety of art forms.

Icons at the Festival of History

Just days before the Icons site announced Stonehenge as one of our first nominations, a brave team in Northamptonshire set out to build a half-size replica of this extraordinary structure.

Icons of England in Stamps

The British Postal Museum & Archive is supporting 'Icons - A Portrait of England' with a new slideshow of stamp designs.

Dr Who Receives 3 Gongs at National TV Awards!

Iconic TV show is back...

Alice's Adventures Under Ground CD-ROM

An exciting new CD-ROM will please Alice in Wonderland fans everywhere

Ronnie Barker's Glasses Iconic?

The sad loss of comedy actor, Ronnie Barker, has moved the nation to tears of sadness ... and joy as a host of commentators remind us of his comic roles and special brand of humour. It also prompted at least one Breakfast TV presenter to describe his glasses as an icon. Do you agree?

Read what they are saying about the Routemaster bus

Everyone is talking about the Routemaster bus as the deadline for their demise gets closer.

Henry VIII Portrait

Rolf Harris has led a group of more than 100 mostly amateur artists to recreate a giant canvas of a famous portrait of King Henry VIII. The picture was then assembled in London's Trafalgar Square as part of a project - Rolf on Art: The Big Event – and this was broadcast live on BBC One on Sunday. Last year a team of painters recreated Constable's The Haywain.

Iconic buses live on!

50 of the traditional Routemasters are being saved for heritage routes linking the city of London's most famous landmarks.

Islam Roots in England

Organisers of the Islamic Awareness Week launched at London's City Hall on Monday have asked everyone to weigh up the huge contribution that Muslim people have made to life in this country. The Icons project, in turn, has invited the Muslim community to nominate icons of England for this website.

Preston Manor Celebrates the English Cuppa

A nation of tea addicts? When did the original tea cup from China first acquire its handle? Who invented high tea?

New Icon for East of England?

Two designs which won a competition for a landmark of the east have been given the go-ahead. A 177ft high bridge based on windswept reeds will be built across the A14 linking Cambridge with Wicken Fen Nature Reserve. Plans for a moveable bridge which will be used for events across the region also received support from the EEDA. Construction is due to start in 2008.

Icons of England in stamps

The British Postal Museum & Archive is supporting 'Icons - A Portrait of England' with a new slideshow of stamp designs.

Celebrating the English Cuppa

A nation of tea addicts? When did the original tea cup from China first acquire its handle? Who invented high tea?



I enjoy drinking a nice English cup of Rosie Lee!

I. Keene