YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE TO READ >>
Long-term expat Chris Stander passes away at 48 Former owner of Terminal bar and neo-Renaissance man was a fixture on the '90s scene... ...

Why the Gypsies went to Dover
Pin It

When I was a teacher of English in Prague I came into contact with adult Czechs everyday. Many of my lessons did not involve a book but were instead conversation lessons.

Whilst this is invaluable for my students, giving them a rare chance to speak English with an English person, it was also an eye opener for me, as I learned more and more about the Czech people, their attitudes and their values.

But recently, I had a few problems with the authorities here. I was arrested, banned from the country, (with a passport stamp to prove it), and a deportation order was served against me. I was given five days to leave but I was not given any reason for their actions.

At the time of the arrest, there were five of us. We were frog-marched out of a pub and made to stand facing a wall while we were searched. We were not allowed to speak or move our heads.

We were three whites, (one English and two American), and two Asians, (a Dutchman, and myself). I do not know what the police found on the Americans, but they were told to go back in the pub. 

The other Englishman, a friend of mine, was also told to return to the pub, despite having no form of ID on him, and being found to be in possession of marijuana, which they confiscated.

The Dutchman and I presented our valid passports, and were searched while they were verified using a police computer. After the search had yielded nothing, and our passports had been verified, we were formally arrested, and taken to a police station to be deported.

This was by no means the first time I have had problems with the Czech authorities. (I have been assaulted with a baton, asked to pay bribes when in fact I've done nothing wrong, searched in the main drag in town in the middle of the day, and have to produce my ID on an almost weekly basis).

Even if I'm just nipping out for a packet of cigarettes, I have to remember to take my green card.. I know many people who live here, both legally and illegally, and of my white friends, the majority of them do not carry any form of identification. Why should they? They don't need it.

My girlfriend tells her friends and colleagues about some of the things that have happened to me. Everybody is agreed on two things. 1)It's terrible, he's such a nice lad, and 2) it's only happening to him because he looks like a gypsy. It is the second statement that galls me.

Firstly, in reality, I look nothing like a gypsy. The problem is that through narrow-mindedness, anybody who is neither white nor black in the eyes of a Czech must be a gypsy. The more broadminded Czechs may be well aware that I am not Romany, but I am still eyed with suspicion.

An empty seat on a crowded bus will remain empty if I am sitting next to it. All receipts must be kept until out of the shop, as I am invariably asked to produce them on leaving. And secondly, if I was a gypsy, the treatment I have received wouldn't be viewed as terrible.

When talking about gypsies with my students, the most common sentence I hear is: "I am not racist, but I don't like gypsy's". Clearly, the use of the word 'but' in this sentence implies that they've given an impression, but now they want to clarify and modify it. The Czechs claim the gypsys "Don't live like we do. We give them houses, and they don't look after them". 

A small scale version of what many ex-pats think about the Czechs; They don't look after their environment. Prague has 6 times more pollution than the standard for a European Capital, thanks mainly to the motorway which runs right through the heart of the city. Paper and plastic are not recycled.

Hell, they don't even look after themselves; often drinking beer before midday, eating little fresh veggies and lots of greasy, fatty foods. In most village restaurants, you will find a bowl of bread on each table, complete with a tub of lard to spread on it. 

But this is no reason to hate a people.

During my successful battle against deportation, my landlord drove me to the German border for a visa requirement. On the way, he slowed down as we were passing a field and pointed at some gypsys who were gathered round a fire.

Behind them, were two dilapidated caravans, one with a broken window. Still pointing at them, and laughing with derision, he said, "Look at the gypsy's. See how they live".

And then, in seriousness, he turned to me and said, "You know, I am not racist, but the gypsy's and their ways, make me laugh". 

I thought, 'If that's humour, then you Cesky's are the laughing stock of Europe. Look at you; in your 10 year-old Skoda, with no heating or radio. Look how you lap up anything from the west; Levi's, McDonalds, mobile phones, etc. Look at your attitude to fidelity in marriage. Look at how long it takes to pick up a parcel from the post office, an event for which you need a day off of work.' 

I said nothing.

The Czechs claim not to be racist, and in some degree they may be right. Racism in this country is a completely different concept. There are of course the skinheads who are the true racists, but normal Czech's have nothing against Africans, or me, once they learn I am English.

Here, the racism is subliminal. 

You may shake your head scathingly, or stare menacingly at a gypsy on the tram, or in the metro. You'll have the full support of your fellow passengers. You may openly talk about your dislike of gypsies to complete strangers, (as happens from time to time in class), as the thought that somebody may not agree does not even enter your head. If they are not racist, they are culturally intolerant.

My girlfriend tells me the Roma here are despised by the people. They live in an environment where they are constantly viewed with suspicion, frequently beaten up, often arrested and imprisoned, and never, never, given any respect.

They cannot work because nobody trusts them, (besides, what would people say if you had a gypsy working for you?) so they are forced into crime, which increases the feeling of hatred towards them. They are accused of being lazy, and their way of life is not accepted. They are objects of scorn, and derision, and loathing. 

While all this may not add up to enough to obtain refugee status, it is nonetheless, a pretty miserable existence.

And this is why the gypsys went to Dover.

How the Russian Dead Hand System works (or, Putin'...
Jeffree Benet How the Russian Dead Hand System works

Have you ever noticed that the Russian President for life Vladamír Putin walks around with a swagge [ ... ]

Childhood's demise
Michael Lennea Extras during filming of The Thin Red Line

Michael Lennea battles the demon that is modern cultural programming.

How Gaming Became a Billion Dollar Industry
News Desk How Gaming Became a Billion Dollar Industry

The gaming industry has really rocketed over the past decade.

The Last Underground (Praha 1999)
Robyn Glennon & Allison Lewis The Last Underground (Praha 1999)

In the shadow of the mainstream, breaking ground at Galerie No D...

Sounds like... Issue 19
Keith Kirchner

Music reviews from the pages of Think Magazine...

Comic: Psychic Girl & Honzo
Upside Dan & Snotalie

A two-part comic series we ran that featured the super powers of an English teacher in Prague...

Make Your Escape, to Kutná Hora!
Allen Rogers Kutná Hora's greatest monument is the Cathedral of St Barara, built by Petr Parler the architect of St Vitus Cathedral in Prague. The elegant net vault above the central nave is supported by double flying buttresses in the French high-gothic style.

Had enough of clubbing and frying your brain with narcotics? Want to be way-out of town as the horde [ ... ]

Review: Skoda 120 - Four Stroke Heaven
Joseph Ali Tehranian & Micha Jayne Full of gas, the Czech Skoda 120

Once in a very great while I have the distinct pleasure of test-driving an automobile so well-engine [ ... ]

Read more...

Name Day/Svatek

Yesterday : Ludvík Today : Bernard Tomorrow : Johana After tomorrow : Bohuslav

Our Mission

1. To make you think
If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you. If you really make them think, they'll hate you.
2. To tell the world the truth
When you only tell the truth, you start earning trust, as journalists, our mission is to tell the truth.
3. To make you laugh
We want to make you laugh, chuckle, smirk, grin or smile as we try to find the upside of life in the face of all the evil around us.

The Power Flex yoga pant from 90 Degree by Reflex is the ideal combination of fashion, function, and performance. Our fabric is designed to contour perfectly to your body, giving you a streamlined look. We've created the perfect fabric at the perfect https://www.amazon.com/90-Degree-Reflex-Womens-Power/dp/B00IDHFYVM These Power Flex Pants are perfect for yoga, pilates, running, or any type of exercise or fitness-related activities. You can also go from the gym to running errands - all while being comfortable and stylish. Pairs well with our famous Power Flex Tan.

Bola24 adalah agen bola sbobet indonesia terpercaya

Situs bandarq indoqq dan aduq online terbaik di Indonesia

Tüvtürk randevu alma telefonla araç muayene randevusu almak için online hizmet tüvtürk araç muayene randevu istanbul ankara bursa izmir antalya telefonla randevu online web sitesi üzerinden başvuru yapınız Tüvtürk araç muayene randevu aldıktan sonra veya katma değerli 0888 233 0666 servis numaramızı dilediğiniz saatte çevirip çağrı

Taller Movil is a manufacturer of innovative van racking and aldder rack fully customised and made of anodised aluminium profiles which give them strong mechanical resistence plus light weight, give a look there http://tallermovil.org. Given that Taller Movil has planned to expand abroad starting from the USA where is opening a new facility in the state of Delaware because of its position on the Atalantic Ocean close to Florence port and the main market o the North East.

let's think for a while as to why love is important in a relationship. By reading these Love Qoutes you will be overly inspired to be more active, open and expressive about your feeling and showing someone how much your truly feel about them.

Improve your online visibility and generate more revenues thanks to Inspira SEO services in Bangkok, Thailand. Inspira SEO company offers professional and results oriented services.