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Google.co.uk gets a very British doodle

Log on to Google.co.uk tonight and you'll find it's all gone very British. The special logo was the winning entry in a competition for young people from around the UK

Log on to the Google.co.uk home page before 5pm on Tuesday 7 November and you'll see a special Google doodle featuring five wonders of Britain. Designed by Katherine Chisnall, a 13-year-old schoolgirl from Trowbridge, the modified logo was the winning entry in the Doodle 4 Google competition. The nationwide competition invited young people to create logos explaining what it means to be British today and attracted over 15,000 entries from doodlers aged 4 to 18.

The winning doodle features five British landmarks: the Millennium Sculpture, the London Eye, Blackpool Tower, Edinburgh Castle and the Severn Bridge. In addition to having her doodle displayed on the Google.co.uk home page for 24 hours, Katherine Chisnall won a trip to the Googleplex in San Francisco to work with Dennis Hwang, the original Google doodler.

Google also had 2,000 of the doodles analysed to identify the key theme selected by the entrants. Popular imagery included the Union Jack (52 per cent), monuments and historical figures (45 per cent), Big Ben (33 per cent) and the monarchy (31 per cent). Daily life was represented by football (16 per cent), cups of tea (12 per cent) and red London buses (9 per cent).

Visit the Doodle 4 Google Web site to find out more about the competition and see the top 30 doodles. -ML