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Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

The Dresses, the Drama, the Secrets Unveiled

  • Author: Jim Nally
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1444729853
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 288
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BIG FAT GYPSY WEDDINGS has been the most talked-about show on TV and delivered ratings almost as enormous as the frothy, bejewelled frocks its subjects wear. This book offers a window into the secret and surprising world of Gypsies and Travellers in Britain today. From spectacular first communions, strict courtings and jaw-dropping weddings, this book covers all the extraordinary rite-of-passage events in a Gypsy's life and offers an insight into their fascinating world. All the favourite characters from the show are there - from Thelma the miracle dressmaker to Paddy, the champion bare-knuckle boxer. Warm, engrossing and funny, BIG FAT GYPSY WEDDINGS lays bare an exotic unseen Britain that exists right on our doorstep.

Gypsy Wedding Dreams: Ten dresses. Ten Dreams. All the secrets revealed.

Gypsy Wedding Dreams: Ten dresses. Ten Dreams. All the secrets revealed.

  • Author: Thelma Madine
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • ISBN: 0007457006
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 256
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Thelma Madine, star of Channel 4’s Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and fairy godmother of Gypsy weddings, reveals the drama, secrets and surprises involved in ten gypsy weddings.

Media Studies

Media Studies

Texts, Production, Context

  • Author: Paul Long
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317860780
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 536
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Media Studies: Texts, Production, Context, 2nd Edition is a comprehensive introduction to the various approaches in the field. From outlining what media studies is to encouraging active engagement in research and analysis, this book advocates media study as a participatory process and provides a framework and set of skills to help you develop critical thinking. Updated to reflect the changing media environment, Media Studies retains the highly praised approach and style of the first edition. Key Features: Five sections - media texts and meanings; producing media; media audiences; media and social contexts; histography - examine approaches to the field including new and web media, traditional print and broadcast media, popular music, computer games, photography, and film. An international perspective allows you to view media in a global context. Examines media audiences as consumers, listeners, readerships and members of communities. Guidance on analytical tools - language, a range of theories and analytical techniques - to give you the confidence to navigate, research and make sense of the field. New for the second edition: New case studies including Google, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, the life of a freelance journalist, phone hacking at News International, and collaborative journalism. 'New Media, New Media Studies' is an additional feature, which brings into focus ways of thinking about new media forms. Media Studies: Texts, Production, Context, 2nd Edition will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of media studies, cultural studies, communication studies, film studies, the sociology of the media, popular culture and other related subjects.

Consumerism on TV

Consumerism on TV

Popular Media from the 1950s to the Present

  • Author: Alison Hulme
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317161173
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 184
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Presenting case studies of well-known shows including Will and Grace, Birds of a Feather, Sex and the City and Absolutely Fabulous, as well as 'reality' television, this book examines the transformations that have occurred in consumer society since its appearance and the ways in which these have been constructed and represented in popular media imagery. With analyses of the ways in which consumerism has played out in society, Consumerism on TV highlights specific aspects of the changing nature of consumerism by way of considerations of gender, sexuality and class, as well as less definable changes such as those to do with the celebration of ostentatious greed or the righteousness of the ’ethical’ shopper. With attention to the highly delineated consumer field in which ’shopping’ as an embedded practice of everyday life is caught between escapism and politics, authors explore a variety of themes, such as the extent to which consumerism has become embedded in forging identity, the positing of consumerism as a form of activism, the visibility of the gay male consumer and invisibility of the lesbian consumer, and the (re)stratification of consumer types along class lines. An engaging invitation to consider whether the positioning of consumerism through on-screen depictions is indicative of a new type of non-philosophical politics of 'choice' - a form of marketised, (a)political pragmatism - this book will appeal to scholars and students of sociology and cultural and media studies, with interests in class, consumption and gender.

Hard Knocks & Soft Spots

Hard Knocks & Soft Spots

  • Author: Paddy Doherty
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 144811781X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 336
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'I fight hard and love strong. I'm a traveller.' Paddy Doherty loves his life as an Irish traveller, but as a child he felt like an outsider. He was different to his siblings. On the rare occasions he went to school, he was bullied for being a gypsy boy. And beyond the gates of the camp he found nothing but hostility. Slowly, Paddy's hurt turned into anger and by the age of 11 he had started out on an illustrious career in bare-knuckle fighting. This earned him a position as one of the most well-respected (and feared) men in the travelling community. Yet while he won countless contests in the ring, the real battles he faced were very much outside. In this deeply honest autobiography, he tells of how he has loved and lost five children; plummeted to seven stone while battling depression, drink and drugs. He describes how it feels to be shot point-blank in the head and the lengths he'll go to to protect his people, as well as life since My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and Big Brother. Told with all the warmth and humour he is famed for, Paddy's rich and colourful story is one that will stay with you for a long time to come.

The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World

The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World

  • Author: Mary Zeiss Stange,Carol K. Oyster,Jane E. Sloan
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • ISBN: 1452270376
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 1160
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This e-only volume expands and updates the original 4-volume Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World (2011), offering a wide range of new entries and new multimedia content. The entries reflect such developments as the Arab Spring that brought women's issues in the Islamic world into sharp relief, the domination of female athletes among medal winners at the London 2012 Olympics, nine more women joining the ranks of democratically elected heads of state, and much more. The 475 articles in this e-only update (accompanied by photos and video clips) supplement the themes established in the original edition, providing a vibrant collection of entries dealing with contemporary women's issues around the world.

Tales of the Gypsy Dressmaker

Tales of the Gypsy Dressmaker

  • Author: Thelma Madine
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • ISBN: 0007456972
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
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Thelma Madine, star of Channel 4’s Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and fairy godmother of extravagant wedding dresses, reveals the drama, secrets and surprises involved in ten incredible traveller weddings.

White Wedding

White Wedding

  • Author: Milly Johnson
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 0857208977
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 464
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THE QUEEN OF FEEL-GOOD FICTION! 'Every time you discover a new Milly book, it’s like finding a pot of gold' Heat It's the day they've always dreamed about. But will it turn out to be a nightmare? Bel is in the midst of planning her perfect wedding when disaster strikes and everything she thought she knew is turned on its head. Can she hold it all together and, with the help of her friends, and a mysterious man she meets unexpectedly, turn disaster into triumph? Bel's friend, ice-cream parlour owner Violet, is engaged to Glyn, who is besotted by her although Violet fell out of love with him long ago. But however trapped she feels in the relationship, she can't quite say the words, 'I don't want to marry you anymore.' Then, just when she's about to give up and resign herself to married life, she finds love in the most surprising of places. Will duty rule her heart or will she allow herself to be swept off her feet? Max was planning a quick registry office do with her fiancé Stuart until she sees a TV programme about traveller brides and becomes determined to have the most extravagantly glitzy wedding ever. But in all the excitement has she lost sight of what's really important? Does she want the wedding more than she wants the groom? And as all three friends find the dress of their dreams at the White Wedding bridal shop, its owner, the lovely Freya, guarantees that her gowns will bring them happiness - though maybe not quite in the way they expected …

Gypsy Empire

Gypsy Empire

  • Author: Eamon Dillon
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1448168120
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 288
  • View: 9229
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Irish Travellers have never enjoyed a higher profile, at home and abroad, for good reasons and bad. On the one hand are the positive stories like the success of boxers such as John Joe Nevin and Tyson Fury, the popularity of Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and Paddy Doherty’s victory on Celebrity Big Brother. On the other are controversial news stories such as the Dale Farm stand-off and the recent convictions for slavery. Gypsy Empire delves into the heart of Traveller life, focusing on three aspects that have coloured perceptions of Travellers among the wider community: family feuds, bare-knuckle fights and trading. Many Irish Travellers are driven by the need to prove their status among their own, a powerful instinct epitomised by those who engage in brutal bare-knuckle fights. These bouts are fuelled by family feuds which sometimes erupt in vicious acts of violence. We meet many colourful characters, among them some of the world’s most prolific and gifted criminals, their self-reliance providing an edge over other crime gangs. This is a golden era for the Traveller clans which are expanding and growing like never before. Gypsy Empire takes the reader inside the hidden world of Irish Travellers.

The Time of Our Lives

The Time of Our Lives

  • Author: Jane Costello
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 147112925X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 480
  • View: 9936
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THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLING AUTHOR 'Funny, sexy and moving - a hilarious holiday romp with a heart. I loved it' SOPHIE KINSELLA Imogen isn’t used to luxury holidays. She’s used to juggling the pressures of her job while raising a four-year-old and trying to keep on smiling even when things aren’t easy. So, when her friend Meredith wins a VIP trip to Barcelona’s newest hotel, it’s her big chance to finally relax in style. But, as Imogen already knows, life has a way of throwing a curve ball. Before they have even set foot on the plane, things are not going to plan. The big question is: what is really motivating the mysterious man who’s always in the right place at the wrong time? Full of warmth, friendship, fun and laughter, The Time of our Lives is a novel to devour!