Travellers’ tales

22 July 2023 9:00 am

In the absence of their own written records, they have been ‘invented’ and misrepresented in Europe ever since their arrival in the Middle Ages, says Klaus-Michael Bogdal

When did ‘pikey’ become offensive?

12 February 2022 9:00 am

A policeman sent a colleague who was house-sitting for him a WhatsApp message: ‘Keep the pikeys out.’ He was sacked…

I’m gypsy and proud

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Exciting news from my father’s cousin in Canada. ‘You asked about our grandfather, there is much to tell,’ he writes.…

Why do we envy nomads but treat Travellers so badly?

25 April 2021 5:00 pm

Oh for the open road! Who doesn’t want to abandon the suffocating suburbs – waking to an alarm at the…

A celebration of friendship: Common Ground, by Naomi Ishiguro, reviewed

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Naomi Ishiguro began writing Common Groundin the aftermath of the Brexit referendum. The title refers to both Goshawk Common in…

Why Pontins thinks I’m an ‘undesirable guest’

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Why Pontins thinks I’m an ‘undesirable guest’

Credit: whitemay

The travellers could teach the locals a thing or two about being responsible citizens

10 August 2019 9:00 am

The travellers were blamed for fly-tipping when all that was left on the common after they went back up north…

Rod Liddle: What do you call travellers when they are no longer travelling? 

26 October 2013 9:00 am

How should we describe the people who allegedly abducted that little girl in Greece, after a neighbour claimed that they…

The police give Melissa Kite short shrift

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Walking the spaniel on Tooting Common, I was apprehended by a man on a bike. He was ashen-faced. His young…