How will the story stack up against the greatest films about business?Europe has been a place of battles and political intrigue for centuries.Some say they come from families affected by Cromwell’s military campaign in Ireland in the late 17th century or who began moving from place to place during the Irish famine of the 1840s. It has been used as a term of abuse towards gypsies since at least the 16th century, and has its origin in the word pike, which, around 1520, meant “to go away from, to go on”. It includes “back slang” words such as “gop”, for kiss, which is a reversal of the Irish word “pog”, and "lackeen", for girl, from the Irish "cailin" or "colleen". The term “pavee”, for Traveller, is of Shelta origin. Travellers refer to non-travellers as “settled people”. Many Traveller men expect their wives to be virgins when they marry.Others say there is evidence of nomadic groups in Ireland as early as the 5th century, and that the name "Tynker" can be shown to date back to the 12th century. They were often called “tinkers” because many were skilled tinsmiths, mending pots, pans and tools of local people as they moved from place to place, however the influx of plastics made this trade redundant. Travellers use the term among themselves to describe one another, but would be offended if they were called this by a “settled person”. Young traveller girls have a strict upbringing, closely watched over by their parents.Many Traveller women marry as teenagers so that they can move out of the family home. Large families are the norm, with some couples having over 10 children. Statistics for Travellers in the UK do not exist, although a 2006 estimate of the total number of gypsies and Travellers in the UK, based on local government caravan counts, was considered to be around 300,000.The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.But aside from the extravagant jewel-encrusted dresses and big hair, how much do you really know about Gyspies and Travellers? There are two types of Gypsies – Roma Gypsies and Irish Travellers.
As we approach a vote on the UK's membership of the European Union, we look at what 50 writers, actors, historians, artists and comedians have said about Europe and its nations.The show not only became a national addiction, it also created widespread debate about this secretive and often-misunderstood community.