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Give them the eye and I've got the gift of the Gammon
so I'm pretty excited about a whole series of it!
I'm going to have to catch it on 4OD though as my housemate won't let me have it on.
Channel 4. So good.
I completely forgot!
does he post on here?
Come on Swanley (use the fucking Sat Nav)
Swanley is a fucking catch.
(other than finding places and not being racist)
is something he's not very good at it would seem, but then love Swanley, love Swanley in a vest.
Fancy a girl? Try to rape her - it's part of her culture!
Pretty sure I'm going to be in it at some point - some of the footage in the trailers were from an eviction in Essex I was at so I'll probably be in the background somewhere.
the eviction is next week.
- "They are at the market to get homeware for their future Caravan"
- The fact that the only kind of soft toys the kids had were those massive one you can only win at the fair.
- The whole concept of "grabbing"
- the kids names, one named after Pizza and one named John-Boy
I'm not sure I could hack it. When Swanley or whatever his name is, was looking in the window of his marital home, it was TINY. Its probably a little bigger than my bedroom so I could not imagine living in that space the whole time....but I guess they like that don't they? or they'd move into a house? I dunno. Its all very confusing to me.
That grabbing thing is scary!
Councils have offered them housing (on the grounds that they become homeless after eviction) and they have refused consistently, even going to the high court to argue the council should give them land rather than houses (the high court disagreed).
A lot of the caravans are very small, but they live very communally, with lots of caravans gathered together, and some of the static caravans are actually pretty plush, and in my experience, scrupulously clean and very well kitted out.
It said a lot of them do now. I don't know how they afford to with all the kids they have though!
Broadly speaking, apart from their two noisy kids (with another half dozen to follow if last night's programme was anything to go by) they're nice.
The husband owns a van and seems to always be loading scrap metal onto it. I'm unsure how he comes by so much of the stuff and it's probably best not to know.
I used to work on an industrial estate where a man in a van would come round every day and collect whatever he can to be sold. Usually he'd get the scraps of cabling the engineers would leave when they come in as they can sell the metal inside. I can't see how much money there is in it but I guess if they go to all different industrial estates every day and collect a bit from everyones bin, then they'd have a lot to sell.
he wouldn't leave it out on display if it were stolen, I think.
I want to see inside their house after last night's programme. My place is probably a sty compared to theirs.
Only those without the means (usually the "pikey" or troublemaking element of the community) refuse to be homed.
Do I have one? Absolutely not, umless you count personal experience of being friends with some of the prominent traveller families in scotland. Like all communities, they have their prejudices and divides. The families I knew looked down their noses on certain elements of thw travelling community (who they called 'the pikeys' and who they said gave travellers a bad name). Undoubtedly it's more complex than that, and the story told from the other side will be different and equally compelling, but let's not let that get in the way of some good raconteuring.
in their community. Its like saying to us "well you can't live here in the house you've made your own and spend all your money on but you can live in this council flat, that okay?" Most people would refuse.
One's "gammon" has a whole different meaning entirely.
(I am perhaps incorrectly assuming that he meant "gab". Maybe he did mean gash!)
I've sung at lots of traveller weddings. What that says about the garishness of my band speaks volumes.
They are lovely people though, in my experience, romani grabbing aside.
But since I knew all the places they were in my flat mates have decided that I am a secret traveller.
LBH has quite a lot of them actually. I remember my rugby club was taken over when I was 15. They destroyed the first team pitch and ransacked the clubhouse. They threatened to set the club chairman on fire when he asked them to leave. All the parks in the borough are surrounded by concrete bollards.
But where my old band used to rehearse in West Drayton there was a permanent place for their caravans and they were always very pleasant "PLAYING THE GUITAR ARE WE WE GIZ US A GO" and always offering us tea
or London Borough of Hillingdon. One of the two
It just seems so, so right.
I did not like the fact that a form of sexual assault seems to be some sort of getting-together-with-your-partner tradition.
Also: all gypsy women appear to have massive breasts. The only positives of inbreeding?
the guys looked like orks.
Grabbing: I said to my housemate, that's really not very pleasant. Then she was all like, "no, it's fine - it's kinda like kiss chase. Then the bit at the end where the blonde girl was almost in tears...and she was all like, "Oh...".
As I walked out to top up my drink - "Do ALL gyspsy girls have massive boobs or something?"
and while the gypsy girls seemed quite happy with the notion of leaving school at 11 and never working again, nobody seemed to like the grabbing (and rightly so). very bizarre
Didn't get grabbed.
I had to google what grabbing was assuming it to be something like shoplifting/pickpocketing which just shows my predjudice I suppose. While initially it sounds a bit barbaric, it's actually just a sign of good manners and class as so elequently defended in the comments of this article.
"look dolly house cop ur self on u sick youngone only obvious ya havr to get grabbed i wouldnt have a youngfella asking me to go out wit him dats just desprate cos u would jump at it us travellers have to get grabbed cos we arent country people like u country girl god love u ur sick and anyways its not like dey do anythink to ya dere not peodos u dopey ass and cope ur self on english crum ur one to talk doll wit users going around acting like ur gods gift wen ur worser dan what we r at least us irish have manners and class"
Truly unnerving viewing...what with this and Tool Academy I'm starting to think I should throw my TV out the window.
baked hedgehog (sorry)....
Irish, Romany and New Age.
The Romany contingent appear to be the orignals and those that most fit the romantic (is that word even derived from Romany?) image of painted caravans and a life on the open road. The Irish contingent, far more recent and not a distinct racial group at all, but they've adopted some Romany customs along the way. New Age travellers, a disparate band of people who have taken to the road as a result of disaffection with settled life, environmentalists and people who just really like The Levellers and/or repetitive beats.
But, can the Irish and Romany marry each other or do they have to stick to their own communities? Additionally, do they regard the New Age variant as travellers at all or are they seen as interlopers who have hijacked a cultural heritage that is not their own?
and when she said "I look dead class" and then started gyrating and thrusting her pud to 'PARSEAHT', again in her wedding dress. That dress was a force of nature.
The hen night was absolutely astonishing for her dog-faced mother shaking her money maker in the club, surrounded by jailbait.
And the wee curly haired boy hanging out the limo window on the way to the Communion, choons pumpin'.
And Swanley showing up to the church an hour and a half late, then being all "Where's Josie?" And then phoning Josie saying "You've made a fucking embarrassment out of me by being late" and then fucking off to the pub.
I really could not understand most of what Swanley said. The clearest word was probably "Paki".
...and that's a direct quote was in progress.
Remembering he was on camera, he then asked 'what's a polite word for Paki?' before hazarding a guess that 'Indian' might be the word he was looking for.
I think many Pakistanis would prefer the former over the latter!