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Gypsy landmarks, camping etc

Discussion in 'Bushcraft Chatter' started by Tony, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. Jay.in.the.woods

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    we allways know when the gypsies are in town or nearby as lots of transit vans get stolen then turn up 4 miles down the road with the engine missing or whatever bits they need.
     
  2. Broch

    Broch Full Member

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    J.G.Cone in his book "make and do the woodcraft way" (my bible when I was a child) lists what he calls Hobo signs including "food given here", "sleeping shelter here", and (the one I like) "no grub without work". But the book was published in 1940.

    He also lists pages of "picture writing" signs but it's hard to tell which he just made up and which are genuinely used by any body.

    Broch
     
  3. scrogger

    scrogger Native

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    I wondered where my caravan had ended up!!!
     
  4. Bothwell_Craig

    Bothwell_Craig Forager

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    Until recently at least (and maybe still today) these signs were used by way of targeting households and individuals for unscrupulous purposes by members of the travelling fraternity.....allegedly!
     
  5. Klenchblaize

    Klenchblaize Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    "Smoke In The Lanes" 2

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    I'll get my pegs!


    Cheers
     
  6. Tadpole

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    I’ve avoided posting in this tread, mainly for the reasons most of you already know, but I have to say if you can not tell the difference between a proper Romaine camp site (they call themselves Rom meaning “the people”) and a travellers/tinkers site, why do you expect members of the public to be able to tell the difference between your bushcraft camp, and a campsite populated by drunken chav’s ned and hoodies, with the burnt out tents and abandoned tinfoil barbeque.
     
  7. Wayland

    Wayland Hárbarðr

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    I have a copy of that that I picked up ages ago.

    Interesting little book ranging from the useful to the clever but pointless?

    Some good ideas for scout leader types though.
     
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    Um, I cant tell the difference.
     
  9. Broch

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    Yeh, agreed, but as a seven or eight year old I found it facinating and my bedroom looked more like his cabin then anything else :)

    Cheers,

    Broch
     
  10. topknot

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    Hi, looking through some old books and found this

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    It goes on to say : his sign are never obtrusive - a twig stuck in the grass verge by the roadside, a small heap of sand or gravel at the crossroad, a leaf spiked on a barbed wire fence, only the practised eye will see the sign and read the message.

    Cheers Topknot
     
  11. hammock monkey

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    Hi,
    what book is that? looks interesting!

    I used to spy on the local Gypsies with my mate when I was a nipper, scary as hell back then but great fun! We started because we used to find traps and snares that had been set nearby, so we would do our best to find them and set them off.
    When we'd find them reset we'd eventually take them and dispose of them.

    I've never even heard about these signs, so its likely I missed them, its very ineteresting to think that this sort of thing might still exist.
    cheers
     
  12. tomtom

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    When I was a kid an old Gypsy lady came to the door, my mum bought some leather laces from her and when she went away she stuck an ivy leaf in the outside of the letter box as a sign for some reason, I'm not sure what it meant.
     
  13. Colin.W

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    from reading the posts it would seem that lots of people find it hard to tell the difference between traditional gypsies, tinkers and the dole scrounging low life travelers, on the trading estate near us there is a regular fight between the local authorities and the drunken (or stoned) travelers who set up camp leaving their beer cans other rubbish and dog dirt all over the place. I grew up in the Surrey countryside and had the pleasure of meeting true gypsies many times I think the people I met in my youth would think comparing them to the new age of traveling scum would be one of the worst insults I could imagine
     
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    I don't have to go back to my youth. A couple of years ago I saw some sort of meet up of gypsies in a clearing in the woods near here - and these gypsies had nothing to do with what people in the UK call "travellers".

    They were friendly, hospitable - and not particularly poor! From the number plates I could see that they came from all over Europe - must have been some sort of family gathering - about 7 or 8 vehicles. Looked very nice.
     

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