Big fat gypsy wedding and the Andre Simon Award

big fat gypsy weddings

Yesterday was action packed. After travelling into London for a client meeting, it was back home, in time to witness a remarkable spectacle.

Have you ever seen the Channel 4 series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings? It’s a close look at the traveller community, with a particular emphasis on weddings. They tend to be quite extravagant. Well, we live in a cul de sac with a row of houses on one side, a pond and green on the other, and a Catholic church at the end. This was the setting, yesterday, for a traveller community wedding that attracted quite a bit of attention, because it was being filmed by Channel 4. It was quite a spectacle, with the bride, a Barbara McFadyen arriving on the back of a truck, supporting a blinged up electronic ankle tag. I took some shots, and a short film.

Then, in the evening, it was the Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Awards. San Harrop and I attended because our book, Authentic wine, was one of the four shortlisted works in the drinks category. Alas, we lost. The winner was The Oxford Companion to Beer. We drowned our sorrows on distinctly average Chilean wine, but had a nice time chatting to some of the other shortlisted authors.


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