“Flying Gypsies? Target practice!”
“One mad man makes many madmen: many madmen make madness”
Flying Gypsies are a breed of traveller that have emerged as a solution to increasingly stringent legislation regarding travellers' caravan sites. They are distinguished from the regular gypsy in that they use air transport. Whereas your everyday, run of the mill gypsy is limited to only land travel, the flying gypsy can successfully avoid police raids and invasions from rival groups of travellers using the art of flying, in which they can be highly proficient.
Advantages of Flying
The Flying Gypsie, or flypsie's, method of choice is selected for the advantages it provides to their lifestyle. The main plus point of using hang gliders is that the gypsy can glide out of the reach of irate people who realise they have been conned out of £50 when they notice the shiny red pebble they just bought from them does not actually have any healing properties and is only good as a projectile to aim at their contraption as they glide off up there arse with KY Jelly.
The flying gypsy's aerial position also allows for the placing of mass curses upon large areas at a time. Thus, they can often be heard to utter sinister, nonsensical phrases as they pass overhead towns and villages in their flying contraptions. They tend to stay away from cities, however, where there are large amounts of skyscrapers and tall buildings for them to fly into. This characteristic brught rise the childhood playground rhyme:
|The flypsy is dead, he flew into a wall. He fell to the floor, which hurt him some more.|
Early Flying Gypsies
The first Flying Gypsies emerged in the Middle Ages. However at this time laws prohibiting their lifestyle were much more relaxed than today, to the point that relatively few gypsies utilised this method. The few that did managed to fashion makeshift 'wings' out of scraps of cardboard and cotton material. Mainly used when out 'scrounging' for food at the local farm, the method was largely unsuccessful due to the large amounts of grazing animals which meant the user did not have sufficient clear runway for take-off.
As air travel technology advanced, so did the flying gypsy's options of transport method. The early 1800's saw the emergence of the hot air balloon as a result of vigorous research by the travelling population: some guy was bored one day and decided to put his flatulence to good use utilising an empty potato sack. For a while, the partially decomposed ram's bladder and duct tape used to create the balloon held out, but the method was quickly rendered redundant as bored pre-ASBO youths began to throw stones which would puncture the device.
The Golden Age of the Flying Gypsy
Around this time, the flying gypsy was still quite scarce: most perished due to lack of aviation knowledge. In other words, they would generally jump off cliffs and fall to their deaths or get eaten by passing seagulls. However, as governments began to cotton on to their crooked scheme, they introduced measures to crack down on this "tax dodging scum".
This gave rise to what would become known as the 'golden age' of the flypsy. Coinciding with this increased legislation around the turn of the twentieth century (shoot Flying Gypsies on sight) was the invention of the hang glider. This would become the icon of the era, defining the period as the 'Time of the Tramp'. When a police officer approached, the gypsy, equipped with home made hang glider would simply jump off the nearest cliff and glide to
death safety in the valley below.
For years, police would find it hard to curb the flypsies' activities, leaving the travellers to
wallow in mud revel in their own self importance. Instead of joining the circus, people would take on the life of a flying gypsy, smashing into brick walls and crashing through farmers' barns gliding elegantly across the countryside.
Fall and Modern Day Resurgence
The flypsy still exists in modern (non) society, made possible by the convenient 'travellers act' which allows travellers to stay anywhere in the world they please for up to a week. This includes the grounds of Buckingham Palace and Jeremy Clarkson's back garden. However, after this seven day period, they must vacate otherwise the local government is granted a license to shoot them down with handguns. The remains are taken and recycled to make dog food and Tesco brand hamburgers with cheese.
In terms of technology, the Flying Gypsy is stuck in 1915 due to lack of funding. Attempts to bring the flypsy up to date for the 21st century have been met with a lukewarm reception by the Guild of Tramps, who insist:
|Home made hang gliders are the only way to get around in modern society. Forget your water powered buses and crap like that, bed sheets are the future of transport.|
To try and combat the existence of the sub-society, many local authorities have taken on experienced hang-gliders and fighter pilots to exterminate the 'pests'. Many country farmers have also fitted pellet guns to their crop spraying planes to keep them at bay in the tough winter months.
Residents can now purchase special sticky fly-paper like tarpaulins which drape over the rooves of houses to catch potential television aerial-stealing opportunist flypsies. Laws state that the victim can then be stewed or eaten with lobbies. And they taste great with vinegar, apparently.
Wubblulubble. This article has been cursed by me, head gypsy dude Ramon V. Albertson. Gurrrgh. Should you read it, you too shall be encursed for the rest of time. Muuuuuh. Be very afraid. The only way to break the curse is to buy one of my pebbles, erm, I mean precious gems, for £15. Or else, face the consequences, static mammal. Huwuhwuwh.
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