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966_travelling people

We used to have them in Norway too, until the government decided sometimes in the fifties that it was time to put an end to it. They ordered the police around the country to take their horses and slaughter them. This was normally done right there by the road side while the owners watched. It is a part of my country’s history I’m deeply ashamed about and I blame it on the old-school social democracy’s love of mediocrity and the principle of forced equality.

I saw an interview with a man of the travelling people who was a small kid back then and he told that the only time he ever saw his father cry was the day the police slaughtered his horse.

It is strange that so many of us find it so hard to accept people who chose to live their life on the outside of the mainstream – Ted

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A vardo is a traditional horse-drawn wagon used by British Romani people (Gypsies).

11167_vardo2The design of the vardo included large wheels running outside the body of the van, which slopes outwards considerably towards the eaves.
Originally Romanichals would travel on foot, or with light, horse-drawn carts, typical of other Romani groups or would build “bender” tents – so called because they were made from supple branches which they bent inwards to support a waterproof covering. The British Romani tradition of the vardo is seen as a high cultural point of both artistic design and a masterpiece of woodcrafters art.
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