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The spaces occupied by the central of the million pound fridge magnet are for sale in blocks of 40 x 40 pixels, with a few larger blocks for the more adventurous. 

Presently unsold blocks link through to this page where you may read a little about the image currently occupying the space.  All the images on show, which form a kind of mini-blog, have some relevance to the idea behind the Million Pound Fridge Magnet: That it is a representation of the people of the 21st century. As well as this, these images give potential contributors an idea of what people are interested in clicking on: Each of these images is represented on the statistics page.

Wellington

This is Wellington's statue, just outside the museum of modern art in Glasgow.

The students love him so much that you can guarantee that no day will pass without there being a traffic cone on his head, which I believe represents a dunce hat placed there as  a statement of defiance against the realm.

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Bull!

This is a timeless picture of a large cut-out of a bull near Benidorm in Spain. I took the picture over a decade ago but what is symbolises to me still holds true today and will always do; 1) how much us British love Spain as a holiday destination and 2) the complete and utter bull that we are all exposed to day in and day out by the establishment, which we can (almost) escape from when we are on holiday in Spain.

The fact that it is a pro-establishment advert for bull fighting is another matter altogether.

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National pride

The stone of destiny was stolen from Westminster abbey and returned to Scotland in 1950 by a group of students lead by Ian Hamilton. They broke it on someone's foot, mended it (not the foot) and then it was duly returned. Somehow in the midst's of it the students evaded prosecution too!

Here is (I think) actor Charlie Cox on the set of a new film by the same name giving the national flag a good wave while seated on a statue in front of the old houses of parliament in Glasgow.

Though the events of the heist in 1950 were smack bang in the middle of the last century, the ever growing independence amongst the countries that make up the UK is very much a thing of the 21st century, namely the formation of the Scottish parliament in 1999. 

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Five a day

This colourful picture is of an Orange, Bramley, Conference Pear, Red Williams (my favourite) and a Kiwi. 

It represents a truly 21st century idea that people are embracing, eat your "five a day" of fruit and vegetables. An idea which has lead directly to the popularity of the smoothie, fruit diet and companies actually providing their employees with free fruit so they don't get ill so often. Of course, if they just opened a window and turned the heating down then that would also reduce the number of days taken sick.

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Renovation

In Britain we seem to have always been obsessed with our homes. "An Englishman's home is his castle." Renovation is certainly not a new obsession either. However, it is only quite recently that it has become, what I would call, a growth industry rivalling the popularity of, well, gardening or better. 

Programs like "Renovation, Renovation" appeal to our creative sides and sense of achievement. The gradual demise of our farming industry left, during the last century, a trail dilapidated farming buildings, but now these are all being snapped up and turned into yuppie retreats. Bad because it makes these sorts of building ill-affordable to genuine farmers, but good because it is preserving our heritage.

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Junior programmer

Okay, this is a bit of an exaggeration, however it is certainly a 21st century idea, introduced by "the friends of IT" - New Labour, that every child should have access to a computer and be literate in using computers.

Being somebody who started programming at the age of 7 and has made a career in IT, I don't like the idea children spending vast amounts of time with computers. There are better things to do, like building dams in the local streams and hacking down stinging nettles with badminton rackets. 

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Escape

Escapism is a popular subject these days. More and more of us are taking off to exotic destinations to escape the rush of modern live and get our glimpse of "the beach" or other sites of beauty before they disappear completely. This is my glimpse of that.

This is not in fact a dolphin, it is a small species of whale whose name escapes me. 

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The golden age

When we see these machines we think of that phrase - "the golden age of steam". I wonder then what the 21st century is the golden age of? The Internet perhaps, or maybe entertainment or even self indulgence. 

The main reason that  this locomotive appears is that the golden age of steam is making a bit of a come-back in the 21st century! For the first time since Beaching, steam trains will soon be travelling between East Grinstead and Sheffield Park proving that the man was wrong in the first place.

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Cricket vs. Football

Sport continues to be a theme of the 21st century and with the 2012 Olympics looming it is near impossible to say that sport is not representative of Britain right now.

With many of us proving better at virtual sports on our Xbox's and Wii's than we are at actual thing. Who knows, maybe the Olympics will one day be hosted by Microsoft.

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The digital age

I've got it! This is the golden age of Television. Televisions are at last becoming discrete items in our living rooms, which is very fortunate because property developers seem to be building houses and apartments with ever smaller square footage and an ever higher price tag. Reclaiming the floor space once taken up by the TV is a bonus, especially if you have children.

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London

Just for the sake of it, a bit of London that I have captured over the years.

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HMS Grafton

This is HMS Grafton (F80) at port in Tenerife, while on active service. She is a type 23 frigate designed for hunting down soviet submarines (a.k.a. Duke class, because they are all named after dukes).

Twice a victim of 21st century economics: In 2004 she appeared as the HMS Suffolk in the ITV drama "Making Waves", which was cancelled after 6 episodes due to low viewing figures, causing upset to our sailors. Clearly they were not as popular as Emerdale. She was then sold off in 2006 after 14 years service to the Chilean navy along with the Norfolk and Marlborough. She is now called the Almirante Lynch FF 07.

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More escapism

Some people might not be too keen on escaping in one of these. It is not much of a symbol of the UK or the 21st century, I just like the picture, which is the cable car up the side of the volcano at the heart of Tenerife.

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Harrier

I think this is one of the most wonderful aircraft in existence. This picture was taken back in 1997 at Farnborough and shows a lovely silhouette of the aircraft. You can just make out the pilot. 

Interestingly this aircraft appears only 1cm long on the original picture, taken before cheap cameras had decent zooms. Yet the wonders of modern day scanners has been able to pick out the detail locked away in the picture and make it quite a bit bigger. I dare say if I had used a better scanning resolution I could have picked out the pilots smile.

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Red arrows

Apparently when the red arrows fly these collision courses one pilot flies the line and the other has to miss. 

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