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    Wedding in Great Britain. questions!!

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...s-caravan.html



    read the article. Explain to me about travellers and living in caravans and how come this girl didn't go to school and how come her mom is wearing a bra to the wedding. and what is a "big white" wedding?

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    What is a caravan?

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    travelers are here in the US too. here is the wikipedia listing on them, for what that is worth.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Traveller

    i had seen this article a couple days ago and cracked up. that is one stylish wedding they have going there. CLASS-Y! nice to see mom and daughter with matching boob jobs!

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    so they are gypsies? an undermined persecuted ethnic group?
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    Isn't a caravan in Britain what we Amuricans would call a trailer, RV or mobile home? And it's possible she was home schooled which is legal in Britain. It isn't clear whether the article (or that publication) would have investigated to that extent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Possegal View Post
    travelers are here in the US too. they are con-artists. here is the wikipedia listing on them, for what that is worth.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Traveller
    Yeah, I wondered. It fits the profile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mimitabby View Post
    so they are gypsies? an undermined persecuted ethnic group?
    Technically, gpsies are Romanies, a different ethnic group.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roma_people
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    hoping someone in G.B. will read this. thanks for your answers.
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    DH is british, so I'm up on the vernacular. A caravan is usually a towed RV, but can mean a regular has-its-own-engine RV. Travellers are what Americans tend to call gypsies (even when they are non-Romanian) who don't live anywhere for long and usually outside of the law (from not paying taxes level to con-man level). If you've seen the movie Snatch, Brad Pitt was a caravan traveller. And the TV show The Riches was based around the same culture.

    As for that wedding, it was just freaky, even for the Brits.

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    Weird...

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    So Mayan, where exactly do these people live? do they have Caravan parks, like our motorhome parks? do they live in Walmart parking lots?

    and what is a "big white" wedding?
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    There are caravan parks like we have. I'm not sure if ASDA (the UK Wal-Mart) lets them park there, but RVs are about 1/2 the size they are here mostly. The travellers I don't think use those options tho- they set up in a field somewhere. They must pay off a farmer, used abandoned property, or something like that, since they themselves don't own land.

    ETA- the caravan parks are more like KOA RV parks- there aren't very many (if any) 'trailer parks' as in the trailers that sit in the same spot for 20 years type trailers.

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    Oh, and 'big white wedding' isn't really a slang, they're just alluding to a large traditional wedding. And I think the reason it's news is that it's strange to see these people who usually live rather hand to mouth throwing such a huge extravagant event. Along the same lines as the not paying taxes and/or stealing thing, they tend to be somewhat anarchistic, which usually includes anti- commercial type things- ie, they tend to barter instead of shell out whopping amounts on (tasteless) wedding dresses.

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    Whoa.....

    Travelling people in the UK are a recognised minority under anti-discrimination laws. Like every other group - they are a mixture of good and bad.

    Here's an informative briefing from the Scottish parliament web site.


    http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/bu...es/rn00-76.pdf
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    wow, thanks Bruno, I'm reading it! (I knew you'd know!)
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