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Tuesday, 28 March 2006
Billie the cat

billy the cat

This is another photo of my sister’s cat Billie.

I was somewhat surprised to see that a programme on BBC2 tonight, Gypsy Wars features someone that I met just over two years ago

Irish gypsies have descended on the picture postcard village of Cottenham. They’ve settled on the orchard owned by conservationist Joanna Gordon-Clark. Now she’s determined to get it back - in the face of threats of violence and intimidation.

In Cottenham, Middle England has begun the fight back against the traveller invasions. Some strong language.

Joanna claims that the gypsys have deserted their nomadic conservationist tradition. I remember Joanna as a softie with a hard outer shell.  I hope that she (and all the other subjects) survive this fly in the wall reality TV documentary with their dignity intact.

Posted by bigblue on 28/03/2006 at 12:09 AM
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She retained a strong sense of dignity throughout the episode which dealt with a period of sadness, anger and frustration for her. Her final comment was interesting. Observing her land from some distance she said “I think there is just too much standing in the way of me getting my orchard back again”.

The council did not come across well: they basically allowed a situation to develop by not doing anything.  The settled residents of Cottenham generally came across much better than the community involved in Gypsy wars last week: they showed restraint, understanding and compassion.

Posted by mojo  on  28/03/2006  at  12:45 PM

I agree but the problem there seems to linger on. There’s a also feature on Cottenham and the travellers over on the BBC Cambridgeshire site.

Posted by bigblue  on  31/03/2006  at  12:41 AM

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