Monday, March 25, 2019


I was born in the wagon of a travellin' show
My mama used to dance for the money they'd throw
Papa would do whatever he could
Preach a little gospel, sell a couple bottles of
Doctor Good

I can't tell you how excited I was to see My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding appear on the downloads a couple of weeks ago. I had watched the Pilot for this series some 6 months ago and had no idea that they had continued filming. The first episode (the pilot), like the last two takes a close look at the life of Travellers in the UK, particularly as they lead up to the most important day of a Gypsy woman's life, her Wedding Day.

Well I have to admit that I absolutely love the show and can't wait to watch it each week, last week I had to watch it twice because I was still trying to figure out if the Mother of the Bride was actually a bloke or a distant relative of Lady Gaga! either way it is one of those shows that leaves you quite literally gobsmacked.

Culture is a fascinating thing and being expats we get to share lots of different cultures and celebrations. I think this is the first time that the Gypsy Community in the UK have let us share their celebrations, and take a look inside their lives. Truly fascinating.

The first thing that hits me is that like some other cultures the Female does not appear to be respected as much as the Male. They are not allowed to ask a man out, neither are they allowed to work (after marriage), and they can'tdrink alcohol until they are married. Being a bit old fashioned myself I can understand the asking a man out bit, but not the working anddrinking alcohol bit. And on top of all that they must be Virgin Brides, and people wonder why they marry so young! I would have been down the aisle at 16 if that had been the rules in our house too!

Not since watching the fabulous documentary about the Amish Teenagers who went to the Uk to spend their Summer or the fabulous Karl Pilkington's, An Idiot Abroad have I been so hooked on a TV programme. However, whilst I was more than aware of the Amish and know quite a few idiots, the Gypsy Community is one that I really haven't heard much about.

We must all remember the box office hit of 2000, Snatch. A fabulous movie directed by Guy Ritchie who at the time was married to Madonna (I am sure she is a bit Gypsy), hit our screens and I can honestly say that the character of Mickey O'Rourke played by the georgous Brad Pitt, had every girl in the land wanting to be a Traveller! for me it was the first time I had seen anything about Traveller's and their lifestyle.

to be continued tomorrow

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