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I am fighting royalty. I have gypsy kings on both sides of the family. Tyson Fury
A native of Stone in Staffordshire, Cooper was known as ‘The Bargeman’ because he worked as a labourer on canal boats. Of gypsy blood, he is said to be the man on whom George Borrow based his character, ‘The Flaming Tinman’, in Romany Rye. Rated one of the most complete boxers of his time, Cooper could hit hard and fast with both hands, was noted for his skilful use of the ‘one, two’, was adept at blocking and countering and topped all this with an ample supply of courage. Bill Richmond, the great black boxer, called him ‘the best natural fighter I have worked with’. Patrick Myler, The Steps to Strength and Fame
In 2007 Bulgaria joined the European Union. 18 months later the EU had to take drastic action against this new member state. Romany gangs from Bulgaria and its neighbouring countries are accused of making millions of pounds from pick-pocketing and prostitution on the streets of the UK. I meet gangs who see Britain as a soft target. Ross Kemp on Gangs s4e2: Bulgaria, Sky 2008
They don’t seem particularly upset at being apprehended. ibid.
On average they arrest around ten pick-pockets a week on the Tube. ibid.
There are gypsy gangs operating within the UK. ibid.
I’m in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. We’ve come here to attempt to uncover the truth about one of the most despised ethnic groups in Europe. ibid.
I’m saddened by the way these young women have to rule their lives. ibid.
I’m struck by the levels of poverty. ibid.
One in six is a gypsy. ibid.
Other groups the Nazis considered a threat were also to suffer: more prominently Europe’s gypsies. (Nazis & Gypsy & World War II) The Nazis: A Warning From History: The Road to Treblinka, BBC 1997
A quiet, pilfering, unprotected race. John Clare, 1793-1864, The Gypsy Camp
I fucking hate pikies. Snatch 2000 starring Jason Statham & Stephen Graham & Alan Ford & Brad Pitt & Mike Reid & Dennis Farina & Vinnie Jones & Robbie Gee & Lennie James & Ade et al, director Guy Ritchie, Tommy to Turkish
You can’t really understand much of what’s being said. It’s not Irish, it’s not Pikey, it’s just well Pikey. ibid. Turkish
I ended up following James and his family for the next twelve years. Storyville: Knuckle: Bare Fist Fighting, BBC 2012
The Quinn/McDonaghs have been fighting a bitter feud with their cousins the Joyces for decades. ibid.
Big Joe is the leader of the Joyce family. ibid.
You cowardly pack of bollockers. ibid. Joe Joyce
I filmed seven fights ... between the families. ibid. commentary
At least wars are about something. ibid. Joyce member
It’s a pity fighting over names ... It should be finished. ibid. McDonagh female
The fighting went on and I kept fighting. ibid. commentary
Each fight just seemed to lead to another. ibid.
I’d rather be known for something more positive. ibid. Joe Joyce
Rathkeale, County Limerick: travellers have chosen the town as their spiritual home, their mecca, and have all but made it their own. The settled community now came to be under siege. The Town the Travellers Took Over, Channel 5 2013
A hostile takeover … Tension and bitterness are never far from the service. ibid.
In the background there was someone pulling the strings. ibid.
The money-laundering capital of Ireland. ibid.
I’m a wandering gypsy. Lady Gaga
It’s estimated that up to half a million gypsies were killed during the War. Countdown to Victory s1e5: Fighting Further Afield, Yesterday 2014
I’m in Hungary to ask why most kids who end up in children’s homes are Roma gypsies. Are the people taking them away from their homes doing the right thing? Is racism behind the mass removal of Hungary’s gypsy kids? Stacey Dooley, Gypsy Kids Taken From Home, BBC 2018
They’ve been taken from their families in huge numbers. ibid.
Deep in the Cumbrian countryside lies the historic market town of Appleby. Home to just a few thousand people. It’s a quiet and peaceful place to live. But once a year everything changes. More than 40,000 people descend to the world-famous Appleby horse fair. The biggest gypsy and traveller event in Britain. It’s a fair steeped in history. For over 300 years people have flocked here to buy and sell horses. The Town the Gypsies Took Over, Channel 5 2019
In recent times travellers have been at the centre of a number of headline-grabbing crimes. One man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of police constable Andrew Harper while three men are on trial for his murder. This pensioner Richard Osborne Brookes was forced into hiding after travellers threatened his life. And several traveller gangs across the country have been convicted of modern-day traveller offences. Dispatches: The Truth About Traveller Crime, Channel 4 2020
Across England people are living in fear near certain traveller sites. ibid.
Lutterworth: behind the peaceful facade there is a very different story. Some of the locals who live in this area say their lives have been made miserable. People there say they’ve been victims for years for ongoing crime and anti-social behaviour which they say is coming from the local traveller site. ibid.
In 2018 there were two reported shoot-outs between feuding families. ibid.
See me. I’ve just served sixteen years of a ten year sentence – chucked a few Screws over the landing. Took a few prison governors hostage along the way. Call me old fashioned, I’ve done most of my bird down in the dungeons in solitary. But I enjoy me own company. That’s me: Bulla. Big Fat Gypsy Gangster: Bulla The Movie 2011 starring Ricky Grover & Omid Djalili & Tulisa Contostavlos & Steven Berkoff & Peter Capaldi & Rufus Hound & Rochelle Wiseman & Laila Morse et al, director Ricky Grover
He’s a Mafia man. He’s like a gangster. Set up for no reason by the bent copper, d’you know what I’m saying? ibid.
He wired my Frankie’s bollocks up to an electric kettle and turned it on. ibid.
Bulla has been labelled the most dangerous man in Britain today ... Man or animal? ibid.
I’m a lovely guy. But I can be very very naughty. ibid. Bulla
Bulla, his assets are with me. They used to be with Auntie Queeny. But she fucked up. Let me put it this way: Auntie Queeny, she is part whore and part horse. ibid. Jik Jickles, financial adviser
I was born on a snooker table. ibid.
You know what we need, don’t ja – a nice bowl of eels. ibid.
I was on the psychiatric ward with them. ibid.
I’m going to take his fucking face off. ibid. Queenie
If there’s one thing worse than a cozzer, and that’s a bent cozzer with a big truncheon. ibid.
Which one of you called my kids Pikey? ibid. cousin
My dad was Bulla the Fourth. The great fighting midget. ibid. Bulla
What a letdown I must have been. ibid.
Bulla is banged up again. ibid. rozzer
Being under sedation seemed the only way the prison system could deal with such a man. ibid. director
Unfortunately, people and animals were harmed in the making of this film. ibid. caption
In 2017 the Irish government extended this spirit of inclusivity to its traveller population … but three years on, has anything changed? Our World: Ireland’s Traveller Women, BBC 2020
For hundreds of years gypsies and travellers have been in conflict with the British authorities. But on a small field in Essex in 2011 an eviction took place and five centuries of tension exploded. A simple planning dispute between travellers and local councillors resulted in a scene never witnessed before in Britain before or since. Gypsy Eviction: The Battle For Dale Farm, BBC 2020
For those who lived there it was pure persecution. ibid.