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Is this an icon?



It was 1906. The Rugby Football Union needed a permanent home. Billy Williams was the man charged with the task of finding a suitable site. He purchased 10 1/4 acres in Twickenham, a sleepy suburb to the south west of London. At the time the land was being used to grow cabbages. From such unpromising beginnings rose successive structures, each more impressive than the last. The distinctive “Twickenham look” was created by the renovations of 1931. Now the stadium is the largest in the country and the true home of English rugby. Attendance at the first match (Harlequins playing at home vs Richmond) was a mere 2,000 people. When the South Stand is completed, in a prime position right behind the goal, the capacity will be a massive 82,000, befitting a national stadium for a truly English game. The complex includes offices for the RFC, restaurants, function rooms, the Museum of Rugby and will even accommodate a four-star hotel!

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I nominate Twickenham as my icon of England

Andy Robinson

As Twickers's car park was mentioned by Mary Jolley from Birmingham, here is a literary note about it: "A bomb under the West car park at Twickenham on an international day would end fascism in England for a generation," wrote George Orwell before the war (source: "Blood, mud and aftershave: T is for Twickenham" by Nick Greenslade in The Observer Sport Monthly, February 5, 2006) It is of course far different today!

Rugby is a daft beautiful game. Only the British could have invented it. And why not celebrate it with a song sung by slaves roared after a meal of hip flasks and pork pies in the car park. You couldn't make it up. We're actually quite good at it now as well, having left the legacy of fun that is unique to rugby in the antipodes, and even post Napoleonic France, Italy and Romania, to name a few.
David Johnston

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I believe rice, peas and jerk chicken is an Icon of England.

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